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Tropical_Man 68M
6573 posts
8/2/2011 4:47 pm
What about..... God

I am told it is all about relationship. God, creator and CEO of everything wants us. Yes us to have a relationship with him. Thats pretty kool dontcha think? I think it is. I was told years ago sin is what separated mankind from God. There was no way man could fix this, so he sent Jesus to atone once and for this issue. So he did. Behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. He took it all away, and all we had to do was believe in him. Receive the one time forgiveness of sin, ans swooosh...we are in. Impressive.

I remember a story in the old testament where God wanted to dwell with Israel and they were afraid, they asked for a King instead. Men for some reason like Kings better than they like God. So, reluctantly he gave them a King. But now, he gave Jesus so that we could have a personal relationship. It speaks as Christ the man died on the cross, this place in the temple called the Holy of Holies had a big veil where only certain priests could go. The veil was torn and thus entered a new relationship through Jesus where man could go boldly before God and fellowship with him. This culminated at Pentecost where the Holy Spirit was given to mankind. He convicts the world of sin and points to Jesus. In the believer he resides to comfort us and to teach us all things. Pretty neat huh?

Men complicate things and look for a long list of does and donts which have nothing to do with God anymore. Jesus Simplified it when he said, Love the Lord your God with all of your heart and soul and being. Oh what about people? Well, he said to love your neighbor as yourself. How are we going to go wrong in following those two simple things? We won't. However God knows we are human, imperfect and will fail from time to time. Sometimes those failures bring natural consequences on this earth.If we did not fail, Jesus would never need give atonement in the first place.

Why do we place God then, in this place of taskmaster? Why do we think we have to be in order to be accepted? Jesus said, I no longer call you servants, but friends. That is powerful. The word of God also uses marriage as a reflection of relationships with God. If you marry someone, and love them and them you...You wish to always honor them before mankind. You do not do things to go against the grain of your relationship. You nurture it. However with all of that said. We are human. We will make mistakes. That is where repenting comes in. Just as with God. Repenting means you agree with God. You walk away from wrong. Its just that simple.

The word of God states that all scripture has its place. I agree with that. It is used to tell the history, to point to Jesus, to paint the whole picture. But not all of it is applicable in our lives today. The Old Covenant was for the Jews. Not Gentiles. Peter said the law was never even given to the Gentiles. 1st Timithothy 1:9 says the law was only given to the unrighteous to begin with. I am not talking about lawlessness. I am talking about lovefulledness in which you do as Jesus said. Abide. Which constitutes allowing him to live through you. Paul did it, as he proclaimed, it is no longer I living, but Christ living through me. Maybe we should try that?

Galatians 3:. that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, "Cursed [is] everyone who hangs on a tree"), Yet the law is not of faith, but "the man who does them shall live by them." For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, "Cursed [is] everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them."

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