Sunday, 25 January 2015

The Good News

Man died.  This was the finality of sin.  Yet, what did it mean for Man to Die? 

Man’s death meant that we were now sinners (and therefore would continue to commit sin); we were recipients of God’s wrath; we were enemies of God; we were lost; we were resistant to God; we were offenders against God and we were judged and condemned. 

Only if all of these conditions were turned around fully would Man be Alive again.  

The fig leaves weren’t sufficient to solve the problem and neither were the tunics of skin.  This was only a temporary covering of their shame, but not good enough to give Life to Man again.  Isn't it strange that to a large extent, Man has not understood his predicament even today, nor has he understood that none of the items he uses to cover himself can ever give him Life again? 

All of Man’s achievements, successes, attainments and accomplishments put together, cannot give him Life

Someone, who had no personal sin, had to become Man and take Man’s sin on himself.  Since Man’s sin was to be placed on Him, this person would become a recipient of God’s wrath, would become an enemy of God, would be rejected by God and would need to be judged and condemned to death, by God, in place of Man. 

Jesus Christ, the sinless Son of God was that person.  Jesus died, just as Man died in the Garden of Eden.  This was the extent of Jesus’ love for you and me.  Yet death could not hold Him and He rose again.

Man’s predicament had been solved for all of time.  Nevertheless, each person born on this earth needs to make a personal choice to repent of his/her sin and receive the solution that Jesus alone provides.  The individual will need to receive the Life of Christ by dying with Jesus on the cross by faith and rising with Him.

Jesus died in Man’s place so that we should no more live for ourselves, but for Him who died for us and rose again.  Without death of our selves we can never expect to live out the Life of Christ.  Sin is wrapped with our self and therefore the self must go.  We are crucified with Christ, but we now live because it is His Holy Spirit, who is now living through us.  This is a constant faith experience. 

This is the Holy Spirit walk that enables us to manifest the Christ life.  It is in this Spirit walk that we are taken back to the initial relationship that we had with God when He created Man.  The old has gone the new has come.  We are now prepared and reinstated to take our designated places as co-rulers with God.  We reign with Him though He holds the title deed.  He is the owner of all of creation and we are His steward-rulers.  All of creation is eagerly waiting for the sons of God to be revealed. 

As we walk this Holy Spirit walk, we seek the coming of Christ’s Kingdom and His will to be done on earth.  We wage a spiritual war against principalities, powers and the rulers of the darkness of this age in order to pull down spiritual strongholds and usher the Kingdom of God here on earth.  We are hastening the coming of the King, who will establish His eternal Kingdom here on earth. 

This is the Good News!

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

The Fall

The sad story of the Fall of Man is too painful to comprehend, but examine and understand the ‘Fall’, we must!  For therein lies our hope for a turn-around to fullness of life.

The tree and its fruit was surely a topic of regular conversation for Adam and Eve, since Eve was thorough on every aspect of the command of God - not to eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. 

Every time they discussed the tree and all that it represented, it should have sent them into a deeper measure of worshipful awe of the Creator.  Sadly, the story reveals that this was not to be.  There seems to be an ebbing away from a passionate love relationship with God to a mere obedience of Him out of fear of the consequences.  God created Man so that God and Man could be in a deep, passionate, love relationship with each other.  Man’s obedience to God was to be an expression of his love for God. 

The story discloses to us that there was an emotion, bordering on resentment, welling up within Man towards God.  God never told them not to touch the tree, but the manner in which this incorrectness is added in their response to the serpent, reveals a heart that seemed ready to rebel against God.  Should they not have been strong, firm and accurate in their response to the serpent?

Why was it ‘their’ response and not just Eve’s, to the serpent?  The fact is, Adam was there, throughout the conversation between Eve and the serpent. This was not a dialogue, as it appears, but a trio-logue, except that one party was a silent participant.  

Why would Adam be silent during this most crucial conversation concerning Life and Death for all of creation? The answer is too heart-breaking.  He was a participant of the gradual change of heart towards God.  He too was bent on rebellion.  The fact that Adam remained silent during this conversation reveals a plot to provide a way out for him, if this objective to eat the fruit, should all go wrong; which was proved later!

Does it surprise us then, that they ate the fruit?

Eating the fruit sealed the Fall of Man.  Till the time of actual disobedience, there was still hope of coming back to God, renewing their relationship with the Creator and growing into His likeness on a daily basis.  At the Fall, Man died.  It was finished. 

There was now a separation between Man and God, which no one could bridge.  God alone had to save Man, who was doomed.