Let Us Be
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:8-11
Within the inspired words of God, God tells us how he accomplishes great feats. The methods God uses to bring about his desires have been passed down from the father to his son and then Jesus taught the same methods to his disciples. In the same way your father taught you how to approach life God is instilling in you a method of absolute attributes to approach eternal life.
We need to consider eternal life means you have to approach life that will last forever and whatever you do today will affect your life a million years from now. How do we live eternally without the principles of holiness that God lives by? The principles developed by God are guided within a way of absolute principles that does no harm to other living beings.
In the long run any life acceptable to God is the difference between good and evil and what is right and what is wrong. Godís basic philosophy is you canít be both at the same time because walking on both sides of life would lead to confusion. The realm we currently live in is the proof of God's thinking.
In our lifetime we have the opportunity to live on both sides of good and evil, but the decisions we choose to live by are guided the outcome these attributes produce. No one likes to be made a slave or be taken advantage of through the decisions another person makes. Each person is sovereign in the fact they have the right and the authority to live as we see fit and we do not have the wisdom to choose the right attributes to guide our lives forever.
When our ways are wrong, people will find those faults and expose them. At the same time can you find fault with God and has he done anything that has harmed you? The natural condition of man is to rebel from the authority God has given to parents and anyone who has authority over them.
Within the autonomy of our sovereignty each person possesses is a method of right and wrong and good and evil that determines what is fair just and right to us. The way people govern their life affects our life by what they have done. Their ways are governed by their thoughts but their ways are judged by their deeds.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. Proverbs 1:7
How can we be found right with God without considering his ways since no one has found fault in him? God created us and has embedded in us that there is a life after we pass on. We must consider what eternal life is and are we prepared to liove and function right before an awesome God who governs his life through holiness.
God also embedded in the mind of every person that he exists and has the sovereignty to rule everything in his creation. To the first of his person of his creation referring to Adam God said;
You must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die." Genesis 2:17
Godís command to Adam was meant to be obeyed and disobedience to Godís command made Adam subject to the penalty of death. However the shrewd serpent countered Godís command with his own opinion and stated man was able to make decisions without Godís guidance.
"You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman." For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." Genesis 3:4-5
Adam and Eve mankind was given the right to disobey God and the right to choose between good and evil. They chose to go against the command of God without fully understanding the consequence of their actions. It appears that Satan's overwhelmed Eve when she chose to eat choosing to be like God knowing good and evil.
Does mankind know God has the right to do with mankind as he sees fit or know he is subject to his creator? In his holiness God deals with sin (deeds against his principles is a crime against God's holiness) will be dealt with harshly. For the most part mankind has chosen to ignore God when knowing God is the whole purpose of life itself.
Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. John 17:3
No one has the wisdom to seek God without first having a personal relationship with him. God said my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways. Because God is eternal he thinks in ways that will endure forever. God chooses to work with mankind through covenants to form an agreement with you so everything works together for the common good. For this reason every Christian should learn as much as possible about God to understand his thoughts and ways in preparation for the day we enter heaven.
To explain Godís ultimate goal God sent his son into theworld to reveal what God has planned and to teach mankind Godís principles. He also made it plain that that his fatherís will was more important than his.
"Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." Luke 22:42
God has given you a choice to obey with the consequence of knowing that if you donít repent you will perish. With the choice to acknowledge God, God will make every effort to work out your salvation with him. God works through a covenant with you that is not one sided. God recognizes you as a person and will respond to your needs through prayer. He will do unto you what he wants you to do to him.
Through love His system is just and acceptable to mankind. God has a concern for the needs of those who choose to walk with him and will respond to you in love. In his covenant with you God treats you as his son and says;
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Matthew 7:11
Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. John 17:3
It was a part of Jesusí testimony that he was sent by the father to complete several specific tasks. His tasks were to become a sacrifice of atonement; to redeem and reconcile man to God and freely justify man by the grace of God. In addition Jesus taught us how to live by faith and participate in the divine nature. The reality of his life was a demonstration that man could live in a sinful world and overcome the world through the love of God.
God anointed Jesus as the coming Messiah and Christ to make man aware of God and how his plan would affect mankind in the coming age. His plan was to introduce a holy way of life, put an end to sin, to atone for the sins of the world and prepare mankind for eternal life. Jesus plainly said he did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it. In addition he spoke of the seriousness of Godís plan and warned mankind unless you repent you too will perish (Luke 13:5).
Jesus also spoke to those who believed in his name of the need to be born of the spirit. The born again experience is eye changing transition from seeing things from the worldís point of view to seeing life from Godís position. Eternal life demands decisions that will remain stable for millions of years and produce a positive attitude for a life of absolutes. A life of absolutes means that you learn how to things within a disposition of a love taking positive steps to insure that you do unto others as you would want them do to you.
God accredited Jesus with signs and wonders to confirm his divine nature. At the same time Jesus humbled himself to become the servant whom God was well pleased with. Some say it thundered and others say it was the voice of God when the Son was glorified by God. On the other hand the son glorified the father through obedience even to his death on the cross.
Love and obedience is a basic attitude that pleases God and that character trait was seen in the life of Christ. His testimony of complete devotion to God was revealed in these words;
For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it. I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say." John 12:49-50
Jesus told a parable concerning our obedience;
"Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say? I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. Luke 6:46-48
The commands of every father are due to the problems he has experienced during his life time and his commands are meant to keep his children from harm. It follows that man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. Ezekiel wrote;
I gave them my decrees and made known to them my laws, for the man who obeys them will live by them. Ezekiel 20:11
Jesus also said;
"Consider carefully what you hear," he continued. "With the measure you use, it will be measured to you ó and even more. Mark 4:24
The desire to pay attention to what God says is important to our lives. Jesus did not come to Lord it over mankind he came as a tutor; a leader who would lead you to the narrow gate. He chose to become a servant who did the will of the father knowing that God does not want anyone to perish.
Jesus was sent to those whose ears were stopped up and refuse to listen to the gospel message. Yet as the scripture says they perish because they refuse to come to Jesus to have life (John 5:40) and refuse to love the truth (2 Thessalonians 2:10) rather delighted in wickedness.
Jesus came to bear witness to the ďwhosoeversĒ of the world that they may take part in Godís plan of salvation. To God there is neither Jew nor gentile for in Godís eye all men were chosen from creation to become a child of his kingdom. He taught once born into the kingdom God takes on a parental role that teaches his children to become like Christ and rule with Christ in the ages to come.
Jesus did not teach his disciples to live for the temporal life but to produce fruit for eternal life. Jesus said life not the abundance of worldly possessions but eternal life was in knowing God the father and Jesus who was sent into the world. Jesus focused on teaching us to love God with all our heart and to pay attention to things above where true life abounds.
Because Jesus testified to the wickedness of man he was hated without reason and bore the insults of man. The builders of Godís kingdom tried to kill the Son and condemned him for blasphemy claiming to be the Son of God. According to the High Priest it was better for one man to die than the whole nation perish (John 11:50). However it was Godís plan for his son to die as an atonement sacrifice so all men may be reconciled and come to the saving grace of God.
Godís plan continues to this day because Jesus gave his life once for all. Those who believe in his name have hope in his resurrection and a future in heaven.
We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 1 Thessalonians 4:14