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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

TRANSFORMING LOVE (ITS A RELATIONSHIP, PART 2)




IT’S A RELATIONSHIP
PART 2
“…that you may KNOW…..the only true God and Jesus Christ…” John 17:3


For example, the actions of the “weaker vessel”- according to the philosophy of the biblical times in Genesis - is said to be connected with the creation order also and not just gender.
Eve (alone) was created for Adam. Adam (male & female) was created for God. Some scholars feel this implies that Eve’s relationship with God was more distant than Adam’s as a result of the creation order.
What this refers to is a philosophical term prevalent during the Old Testament era, called “emanations,” which means “flows from.”  This term also suggests that created things are subject (servant) to and weaker than the thing from which it was created.
Adam was created by God, thus subject (servant) to God and weaker than God. Eve was created by God also, but from Adam and thus was subject (servant) to Adam (his helper) and weaker than Adam. "The head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God" (1 Corinthians 11:3).  
This potential explanation makes Adam closer to God in the Genesis created order and therefore, was not a good “direct” target for Satan’s tactics.
This view offers a rich and fresh explanation of why Eve was chosen to be tempted and not Adam. Satan probably knew he would not have any direct influence on Adam, but he knew Eve would.
Again, gender is not necessarily the issue here. What is outstanding is Adam’s “oneness” with God and how that protected him from the direct “wiles” of the devil.
However, the one Satan deemed further away from God was a better target and he knew her knowledge or understanding of God’s word was not exact either.
Eve said God said not to “touch” the tree and she called it the “tree in the middle of the garden.” The scripture says, Eve replied in this manner “but God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die” (Genesis 3:3). What God actually said was, “….of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it; for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Genesis 2:16-17).
 It is good to “know about” something through others, but it is better to “know” something for yourself.
When you don’t nourish and develop your own relationship with God you became a puppet for Satan to use to “…kill, steal, and destroy…” yourself and others (John 10:10).
Satan will use your distance from God to further broaden that distance and will also use you to impact others in your “sphere of influence” to distant their relationship with God as well.
Adam and Eve didn’t just fall into sin, but they fell away from the relationship with God, which I imagine was the “fall” heard around the world and in all of heaven.
The “fall” away from God that severely separated humanity from the YADA relationship. This separation from God is experienced by every human being born into the world; and has impacted hundreds of generations to this present day.
The greatest tragedy of the whole Genesis account is not simply “original sin” as is usually the focus, but it is the cutting asunder of the greatest relationship between God and humanity ever experienced until Jesus Christ.
Humanity has not been able to get out of the deep well of separation or absence from God since Genesis. Mankind is still eating from the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”
Adam and Eve’s fall may have been similar to that of Satan’s which Jesus speaks of in Luke 10:18, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” And we hear Satan’s fall spoken about in Isaiah 14:12 “How art though fallen from heaven… how art thou cut down to the ground….”
Adam and Eve probably experienced the same immediate type of fall – though spiritual - once their eyes were opened (Genesis 3:7).
Eve’s desire to be like God and not just subject (servant) to God was fatal. At first glance her desire looks good.
However, it seems like so-called “good desires” apart from God’s righteous demands or divine will; can also cause you to “fall away” from Him.
You fall away from God’s bountiful presence, - which includes his majestic holiness and loving goodness - when you go your own way.
Humanity needs the goodness of God’s holy presence every day of their lives, whether they are aware of it or not. Unfortunately, mankind looks for goodness in their human goodness and not God’s.
Don’t trust in your “own” goodness; for your own heart will deceive you more than anything else and is more wicked than anything else you possess (Jeremiah 17:9).
“Good” people who trust in their “own” goodness and not God’s are often the ones whom others believe are going to bust hell wide open. Without God, all of “your” goodness is already tainted (infected) and as “filthy rags” in God’s sight (Isaiah 64:6).
There is no goodness apart from God. Goodness is God’s established concept or standard and not man’s. God is the ONLY one who can give you a clean heart and renew a right spirit within you in order for you to bear the fruit of goodness at all (Psalm 51:10).

Only God’s Spirit produces the fruit of goodness (Galatians 5:22). God requires you to be holy, as he is holy, which means to be separated and set apart for his good purposes (1 Peter 1:16).
Real goodness, therefore, come from the indwelling Holy Spirit and is the result of its fruit (Galatians 5:22-23).
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23).

EXCERPT FROM THE CHAPTER 
 ITS A RELATIONSHIP FROM TRANSFORMING LOVE
BY  DR PENSACOLA HELENE JEFFERSON
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