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Looking at God and Man from a different perspective

19 January 2013, 07:00

The world at large is under the mistaken impression that God is silent and nowhere to be found. Here is proof that He is seen and heard each and every day.

WHERE IS GOD?
A reasonable and valid question from a child would be, “If God created everything, then why do we never hear from Him or see Him?”

How do we answer such a question?

It is true that God dealt directly with individuals during Old Testament times and we also hear modern-day testimonies by people who have had encounters with Jesus by means of visions or outer body experiences (OBE’s), but it is believed that we do not have God, in person, addressing the world en masse directly. And surely, such a presence would certainly leave no doubt as to the reality of God and it would answer every child’s question concerning His whereabouts.

Perhaps we should look at the whole picture and then come to a conclusion.

IN THE BEGINNING
A short summary would tell us that God created man in His image, meaning that God created man within His Being – just like you and I would create a garden layout within our being (mind) and then physically go and lay out that garden. The difference is, God is a life-creating Being and the life of man was created in Him (His image) in the same way that He created angels.

God then formed the physical body of man from the dust of the ground. This body was lifeless, it had no consciousness, no individuality and, therefore, no personality. All of these attributes were contained in the spiritual make-up of man created within God’s image where it remained until God released it into that lifeless, physical form by blowing it into the “nostrils” of the first man, Adam. Only then did man become a living soul – the crown creation of God, after His likeness.

We are told that God created man for His pleasure and fellowship, but this fellowship was broken when man disobeyed and chose fellowship with Satan. To this day, man is in fellowship with Satan, hence the depraved condition of man and his environment.

The penalty for this broken fellowship with God was death and eternal spiritual separation from God. It was a human being that broke this fellowship and it was going to take a human being to restore this fellowship. But no ordinary human being could ever accomplish this. Man was irrevocably sentenced to death because of sin running through his veins.

FELLOWSHIP RESTORED
God, in human form, entered Earth as Jesus Christ – a human being – the One who was going to present Himself to fallen man as the new Adam - One who was without sin and, therefore, qualified to take the penalty of sin upon Himself and die in the place of man. When Jesus Christ died on that Cross we all died on that Cross. He was the sacrificial lamb for man. But before He went to the Cross He declared the Good News of man’s redemption through Him. “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” (1Cor.15:21,22)
Could it be any clearer than this?

Because of one man (the first Adam) all men died. And because of one man (the last Adam, Jesus Christ) all men were once again made alive and reconciled to God. In 1Cor. 15:4 we read that “the last Adam was made a quickening spirit” to man.

Being without sin, Jesus was able to perform healings and miracles in demonstration of what all men without sin could do and also the fact that without sin man would be able to live in this world without sicknesses and diseases.

God so loved the man that He created that He simply could not see him perish without the chance of redemption. It was this loving Grace towards man that made God step in Himself to redeem man from death and eternity in hell – the place prepared for Satan and his angels.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE
However, there is a matter of man’s God-given free will. Only those who hear the Good News and have come to realize the truth of their sinful nature and have, in repentance, come to God in prayer in acceptance of what was done on the Cross, are born again into the new life in Christ.

Man used his freedom of choice in the Garden of Eden to walk away from God and to walk in sin and bad health. Now he can use his freedom of choice to return to God and live life abundantly – free of sin and sicknesses and diseases. The Cross of Jesus Christ crushed the power and symptoms of sin once and for all. “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:” (1Peter 3:18)

That sums up the picture of the relationship between God and man.

THE ANSWER TO THE QUESTION
So now we come to the answer to that opening question. Why do we not see God or hear directly from him? The truth is, we see Him and hear from Him all over the world each and every day.

Please pay close attention to this. “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;” (Heb 1:1-3)

Jesus was (and still is) the Word of God and as such was - as we see in the above passage - the “express image” of God. In other words, the world saw and heard from God directly when Jesus was here and IS STILL HEARING AND SEEING HIM EVER SINCE THE DAY JESUS SAT DOWN ON THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER.

THIS IS HOW WE HEAR AND SEE
In John 17 we read how Jesus prayed that all those that come to Him should become ONE with “us” – that is, ONE with the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. That prayer was answered and became a reality after Jesus died on the Cross for all mankind. Note that this would apply only to those that would come to Him in repentance and acceptance of the work of the Cross. There are MILLIONS in the world who have become ONE with the Triune God. They are called Christians. The world sees them and hears from them each and every day. They represent the express image of the Living Christ each time they speak to someone about the Good News, but most people reject and even mock what they see and hear from Jesus within these born again human creatures who have become ONE with Him.

And so the world continues on its merry way wondering why they don’t hear from or see God.

There is more. After Jesus rose from the dead – having paid the penalty for our sin – He made a mind-boggling declaration. “Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.” (John 20:21)

Imagine that – exactly as the Father had sent Him, WE are now sent to present God to the world – and so the world sees God and hears from Him all day long all over the world.

Let’s not end there. As Jesus is right now, so are we who are born again and have become ONE with God. “Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. (1John 4:17)

We are in this world, just like Him, so that the world can hear from and see God.

And when a group of Christians come together in one place, Jesus becomes ONE in them. “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matt 18:20)

THE WORKS THAT CHRISTIANS DO
Further proof that the world sees and hears God every day all over the world can be found in
John 14:12. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”

We are here IN THE PLACE OF JESUS and we continue where Jesus left off. However, it is Jesus within us doing the work, for He is alive and well and living inside every born again, Spirit-filled child of God that abides in Christ. “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.” (John 15:4)

As for Jesus doing the work through us, we find it in Mark 16, starting with
Verse 15. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Verse 16. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
Verse 17. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
Verse 18. They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Verse 19. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven,
and sat on the right hand of God.

And then we see in Verse 20 the fact of Jesus being the one doing the work through all those sent by Him. “And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.”

Indeed, God is seen and heard throughout the world each and every day.

If a Christian spoke to you about Jesus recently, then you’ve seen and heard Jesus.

How did you exercise your free will in this matter – this matter of Life or Death?

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