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Thursday, January 7, 2016

TRANSFORMING LOVE(ITSA RELATIONSHIP, PART 5)



ITS A RELATIONSHIP 
PART 5

“…that you may KNOW…..the only true God and Jesus Christ…” John 17:3
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DEAD OR DEFLATED SPIRIT
Your spirit is dead when God’s holy glory is not present. I will use an analogy that helped me understand this better.
When you blow up a balloon it is full of air, but if you let the air out, the balloon becomes deflated. The balloon is still available, but is useless or dead until someone fills it up again.
God told Adam and Eve they would “surely die” (Genesis 2:17). Their spirit or “spiritual balloon” per se became immediately deflated or dead and useless.
Therefore, just like Adam and Eve, a man or woman without God’s Holy Spirit is spiritual dead or deflated.
God is Life and anyone separated from God is “…dead in trespasses and sin” (Ephesians 2:1).
However, like a balloon can be filled with air again, spiritual death can be reversed when you accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
ALIVE WITH CHRIST
God makes you spiritually “…alive with Christ…” (Colossians 2:13). There is nothing you can do on your own to be restored to the original glory or reverse spiritual death; only God’s mercy and grace can save you through Jesus (Titus 3:5).
God spent the whole Old Testament trying to restore the relationship with his people through prophetic messages and warnings. The people’s sinful responses caused distance or exile between themselves and God over and over again.
Mankind’s inability to freely respond to holiness and righteousness became the enemy of the “oneness” relationship with God.
Freedom implies man is not oppressed by anything. However, freedom in Hebrew, according to Strong’s dictionary, means freedom from oppression.
Mankind’s freedoms are NOT free from the oppression of sin and because of that oppression of sin they can’t make themselves right with God through human effort (…the flesh profits nothing…” (John 6:63).
In addition, “….the whole world is under the control of the evil one…” (1 John 5:19). Without Jesus, no human is FREE from the oppression of sin, but are in fact under the control of Satan, the evil one.
This relationship between God and mankind is rightfully God’s to enjoy. God created the relationship and is rightfully the Husband/owner of ALL humanity.
However, mankind gave up on the relationship by responding independently from God’s Word. Yet, God loved mankind so much he didn’t give up on them and continued to pursue humanity.
God lovingly sent the “last Adam” in Jesus Christ to restore the relationship (1Corinthians 15:45-47). “So it is written: "The first man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit” (1 Corinthians 15:45).
JOHN 3:16
God promised and provided a way to redeem mankind back to him-self and restore the relationship he had deeply desired. What a great love!!! “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him, should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
The last Adam was the greatest gift of all in restoring mankind back to the relationship with God and enabling them to, again, freely respond to God’s loving commands.
Thus being free to respond enables you to keep your part of the YADA relationship.
God provided a way, through the finished work of Christ on the cross, to redeem man’s freedoms and their relationship with him.
Jesus demonstrated the relationship God wanted originally with the first Adam. Now all believers can enjoy an “oneness” relationship with God too.
Therefore, Jesus Christ is the forerunner for the relationship with God Through your God-given faith in his finished work on the cross you too can have a “oneness” relationship with God through Christ. What an opportunity. Hallelujah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jesus was “one” with God and their relationship is often referenced throughout the New Testament. This picture of their relationship is both an example and invitation for you to enjoy the same kind of oneness Jesus did.
GOD LOVES Y O U!!!!
God loves you and have waited and sacrificed his Son just so he can have a YADA relationship with you. No matter where you look or who you turn to you will never have or experience a love like God has for you.
Not even from your parents, siblings, children, grandparents, family, spouses, friends, drugs, food, alcohol, sex or any other connection will love you like God.
Without God, even what you believe are the best, loving relationships or connections are tainted (infected). Without God, love as we know it, can become toxic.
Love will transform you, but will it be for your betterment or your detriment?  However, God’s love transforms you for your good.
Man’s love transforms you too, but not always for good. Sometimes, even if your love is well intended it may not always turn out right for yourself or the other person.
For instance, it is safe to say Eve loved Adam and wouldn’t knowingly do anything to harm him or herself, yet Satan used her “weakness” to transform both of their lives from that point on.
Without God in it, your love for others is already tainted (infected). Jesus is the only example for how to love God, yourself, and others. Let’s take a brief look at Jesus’ relationship with God.
Jesus’ relationship with God during his life on earth was both as a Son and a subject or servant.
JESUS WAS SERVANT TO GOD
Like the old Adam Jesus was subject/servant to God “..I seek not mine own will…” and knew he was created for God “…but the will of the Father which hath sent me..” and while on earth  he acknowledged he was weaker than God “…the Son can do nothing of himself …I can of mine own self do nothing…...” John 5:19, 30). 
Jesus was so “one” with God that he actually said “my father and I are one” (John 10:30).
Even though they are joined uniquely together, we see Jesus as individual and yet “one” with God. We see Jesus as both Son and servant. We see Jesus as both divine and human.
This is what the bible says about this duel identity, “ Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God, But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:” Philippians 2:6-7).
Christ was claiming he had all the rights of his Father in heaven and he could take advantage of those rights if he wanted to, but he didn’t.
 In other words, like Adam and Eve, he had the freedom to respond to the life around him.
He willfully decided not to use the privileges of his divine connection, but instead remained servant/subject to God.  “…..nevertheless, not my will, but thine, be done…” (Luke 22:42)
He had these privileges as God’s Son.  If human fathers are rich or wealthy their children may have privileges that other children don’t have.
In addition their fathers are human and so are their offspring. Jesus’ Father is divine and holy, therefore, so is he.
Christ had excess to all the privileges of unsearchable power and authority that belonged to his Heavenly Father.
PHILIPPIANS 2:6-7
This is what the scripture means “ Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God, But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:” Philippians 2:6-7).  
Jesus could freely respond to life however he wanted, but he followed after God instead.

EXCERPT FROM THE CHAPTER "ITS A RELATIONSHIP"
FROM TRANSFORMING LOVE
BY DR PENSACOLA H. JEFFERSON 
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