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Thursday, February 23, 2017

God's Space And Our Space

Surfer 51

As a Christian the thought comes up now and then concerning how we approach God.

To do this we usually start with our own world view paradigm of God.

For some of us our paradigm of God seems to be way far away and we think that we have to go through a lot of effort to make contact with God if at all.

In the Old Testament we see the people of the Lord going to Zion to be with God.

Psalm 132:13-18New International Version (NIV)

13 For the Lord has chosen Zion,
    he has desired it for his dwelling, saying,
14 This is my resting place for ever and ever;
    here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it.
15 I will bless her with abundant provisions;
    her poor I will satisfy with food.
16 I will clothe her priests with salvation,
    and her faithful people will ever sing for joy.
17 “Here I will make a horn[a] grow for David
    and set up a lamp for my anointed one.
18 I will clothe his enemies with shame,
    but his head will be adorned with a radiant crown.”

This is where God's creation comes together in the covenant relationship, the temple.

We are Temple people and we go to the temple so we can be together with God there.

This is where heaven and earth meet.

We live in this sacred space in our own hearts today, where God and us come together.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17King James Version (KJV)

16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

Today the temple is a place that is set up within His creation. 

You as a Christian are that temple and God is calling it (you) "holy." 

Out side of you the temple that you are, surrounding you, is the rest of human space, the world where idolatry and injustice still abound.

You bring God's presence to the world that is going it's own way.

You are a place where God's glory is revealed.

People can press up to the window that you are and they get to see the Kingdom of God here on earth.

You are God's representative to a lost world.

Matthews Gospel cites the virgin birth of Jesus as a fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah, "Therefore, the Lord himself shall give you a sign: Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel."
Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23

God with Us

Emmanuel is a Hebrew phrase meaning "God with us."

El, the final syllable, is short for Elohim, a common Hebrew name for God that we see appearing more than 2,500 times in the Old Testament.

Jesus,which is the name both Matthew and Mark say was given to Mary for her son, is from the Greek Jesus, which in turn comes from the Hebrew Jeshua.

Also written as Yeshua or Joshua, all meaning "Yahweh is salvation."

Now we are with God through the Son Jesus Christ who is our salvation.

Through the incarnation of the human Jesus, we now have God with us He is "very God of very God."

Inside of us is God the Holy Spirit, we are filled with Him.

Mary was told by an Angel,"The Holy Ghost shall come upon you, and the power of the highest shall over shadow you, therefore also that holy thing which will be in you shall be called the Son of God."

In the much the same initiating way we are filled with God by the Holy Spirit.

If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God.
1 Peter 4:11

In the Old Testament, the “oracle of God” refers to the place where God dwelt—the Most Holy Place in the temple that contained the Ark of the Covenant—and thus the place where inquiry could be made about God’s wisdom, will, and word (see 1 Kings 6:5 and 19 in the KJV).

There are several places in the Bible that mention the oracles of God. In the New Testament, the term oracles of God refers to the Word of God; in the Old Testament, it sometimes refers to a part of the temple. 

We speak God's Word and His truth to people, reminding them that they are answerable to God who will one day hold them accountable.

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