THE GIFT of HIMSELF
FEBRUARY 17, 2016
As scripture informs us,
The capacity for fellowship with God has within itself the glorious hope of fulfillment, but until the fulfillment comes, the capacity becomes a source of intuitive feelings of yearning frustration and futility. With any capacity, any potential, until potential yields fulfillment, the sense that something's not right becomes a terrible itch that can't be scratched. We must have “it” but we're denied “it.” The “it,” of course, is Him, God Himself hidden from us within us, waiting for the time of the Father’s determination to come into us, from within us, to share with us the communing life of the God-family Itself. But the days, weeks, months, and years may drag on as we’re denied that revelation, and drag on even beyond this life. All human addiction; all human obsessive-compulsive, clinging attachment, by the way, is at its heart a substitute for Him gifting Himself to us, including His communion with the Father.
God’s gift of Himself in His Son began as a gift to the world, but according to God’s design, the world cannot come to know that gift except by His ordered, open-ended, sequential election. Hence, all creation is anxiously waiting for the revealing of the sons of God. Until Adam and all his progeny have the Son-basis of their creaturehood revealed to them from within them, each in his own order, sequentially and open-endedly by divine election, all creation will suffer the futility of its unrealized potential. No natural potential has the ability for self-fulfillment. It must be acted upon by grace and grace alone.
Divine election will continue open-endedly, choosing out sequentially from the world’s system those few chosen to proclaim the election of the many. God's design has been to lead us into helplessness, before leading us into glory. There's a most insightful expression in an old hymn: “Chords that were broken will vibrate once more.” Inevitably by God's temporary withholding of Himself from us, the chords that could sing the praises of our God became broken, but they will sing again. They most surely will sing again. They will sing in the eons as they have always sung in eternity, building to that crescendo that will bring the eons to their goal: that God might be all in all.
Divine election will continue with sequential open-endedness until it is proved that the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. The original gifting and calling of God belong to none other than Adam, and all who have come, and will come, from his loins.