JULY 23, 2001

From the very beginning, God started a fellowship with His creation, when He brought animals and birds to Adam and allowed him to name them for him, and all through the bible, He is talking to men and women directly. By the time the Jews were brought out of Egypt, God wanted even to feed and clothe them, to take care of them, to fellowship with them in that way. He was a hard judging Father on one side and a soft, loving, food giving Mother on the other side. Both were His way of fellowshipping with His creation at different periods. In the fullness of time, He was so in love with His creation, that He sent His son to them, to fellowship, truly fellowship with them, even though He knew what the result would be (Jn. 3:16-17). It was His “plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. (Eph. 1:10, RSV) This was too close a relationship, and man could not take it. Someone as close as a brother was just too close. Man wanted some separation from God so that he could be in charge of himself, but the doing away with the only begotten Son caused an even greater relationship than man had expected, because God now entered into man instead of being a separate being from him (Gal. 2:20), and now man has found another way to be separated from God. It is called religion! In this way, man can allow the minister to talk to God so that he does not have to personally come to God the way God established it from the very beginning, and especially when the Jews came out of Egypt where they had to depend on God to give them food everyday.

God wants complete fellowship, total fellowship as one being, and man wants separation from God so that he can do whatever he wants to do “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” (Prov, 14:12, RSV) Man wants to be his own god and that is not the plan of the Creator “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the heart. (Prov. 21:2, RSV) The Jews knew that God had taught them that “Our God is one” (Deut. 6:4; Mk. 12:29; Gal. 3:20), and that oneness is what God wants with us, total oneness from the inside out. “But he who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him” (1 Cor. 6:17, RSV). Man is trying his best to keep his own individuality, which will be an impossibility even now, because God is omnipresent. He is everywhere. “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation. (2Cor. 5:18, KJV) The bible says, “our God is in all things. (Deut. 4:7, KJV) He is in everything and everything is in Him, so we are already totally one with God, but He wants us to know this by what He is causing in our lives. It is so foolish for man not to see God’s omnipresence, but his own selfishness has caused his eyes to be blinded toward this. The bible says that God is all and in all (Col. 3:11), and that’s all there is to it. It is so futile for man not to accept that. God is a patient Father and He has vowed to Himself that He will only teach us through His love and mercy and kindness. Isn’t that the real test of a Father? A human father does it through conditional love; God does it through unconditional love “So we know and believe the love God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. (1 John 4:16, RSV)




FROM GOD TO US [Lenny Antonsson] 7-23-01         1


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