Fighting the fight

An invisible war began in the Garden of Eden.  God had commanded Adam not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  A serpent inquired from Eve, 

”Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden?'” Genesis 3:1

We know that serpents are not interested in the diet of human beings.  The Bible reveals that it was Satan who spoke through the serpent.  Revelation 12:9

That is where the war against God’s Word began.  It has never stopped.  Only when Satan is finally cast in hell will we be free from it.  On this side of the grave our ‘normal’ is the evil one’s attacks on our belief in God’s precious true Word.  He has only one goal: please don’t think God speaks the truth.  

The problem is, God does speak the truth.  It is a tragedy when people believe the devil’s lies, because it leads to destruction – eternal destruction.  That is why the devil is so persistent with his attacks on all God’s followers.  

Jesus teaches, 

‘Our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.’  Ephesians 6:12

Bad things happen because bad evil beings attack us.  However, God does not leave us powerless.  We can be victorious when we use His weapons and His authority.  See Ephesians 6:13-18; Luke 10:19

Jesus is the eternal Victor.  If we persevere and fight, we will, one day, be with Him in eternal peace and harmony.  There are no battles to fight.  We fight them here on earth.

God has no favourites

There are people who claim that Jesus was an ordinary human being whom God ‘elevated’ to be the Son (capitol S) of God.  If it is true that Jesus was an ordinary human whom God deified, then we have a very serious issue with God’s integrity.  Favouring one specific ‘human’ being would be a charge against His holy character:

1. God has no favourites. 

  • ‘For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes.’  Deuteronomy 10:17 
  • “Then Peter began to speak: ‘I now realise how true it is that God does not show favouritism but accepts men from every nation who fear Him and do what is right.’”  Acts 10:34 
  • ‘For God does not show favouritism.’  Romans 2:11 

2.  Favouritism destroys good governance  

God’s governance demands no favouritism.  Favouritism is, was and will be the scourge of human governments.  That is not God’s way.  He knows favouritism demands extra gifts, extra treatment, extra protection, et cetera.  That is unfair to the ‘ordinary’ citizens.   

3.  God is a just God.   

  • ‘…He will govern the peoples with justice.’  Psalm 9:8b   
  • ‘It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice.’  Job 34:12  

4. God treats all people the same.  

  • ‘He repays a man for what he has done; He brings upon him what his conduct deserves.’  Job 34:11  
  • ‘I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to what his deeds deserve.’  Jeremiah 17:10
  • ‘God will give to each person according to what he has done.’  Romans 2:6
  • ‘The dead were judged according to what they had dome as recorded in the books.’  Revelation 20:12b 

Why would God then single out one person to become the divine Son of God?  Does it mean that person is excluded from Judgment?    

Conclusion

Jesus was not a man who became God, but God the Word who became the Son of Man for a very specific purpose to enable people to become children of God.  Jesus came down, and went up again.  He was not ‘down’ and was then ‘elevated.’

Jesus, the beginning and the end

The Bible covers Jesus’ life from before the beginning of creation, right into eternity.  As God the Father talked to Jesus and told Him what to say,1 so the Old Testament ‘talked’ to Jesus and told Him what would happen to Him.

#  The Old Testament Scriptures reveal the life of Jesus.      

  • Sometimes we might be inclined to neglect the Old Testament.  Yet Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit, never doubted the truth and accuracy of the Old Testament that predicted His suffering and Resurrection.  Think about Isaiah 52:13-15; 53.  The last verse of Isaiah 53 sums it up, ‘For He bore the sins of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.’   
  • When Judas Iscariot led the crowd, sent from the chief priests and the elders, to arrest Him, Jesus said, ’But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?’ 2  

#  The New Testament Scriptures reveal Jesus as,   

The Word of God  

  • John 1:1-2 explains that Jesus was around before Creation, ‘In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.’   Notice the emphasis that He was with God in the beginning.  
  • 2 Timothy 1:9 repeats it, ‘This grace [from God] was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.’  Time began with creation.  
  • Revelation 19:13 again reveals Jesus as the ‘Word of God.’  

The Lamb of God  

The Living Word of God is also called the ‘Lamb of God.’  1 Peter 1:18-19 says, ‘For you know it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ a Lamb without blemish or defect.’  He was our Passover Lamb.  

Eternally on His Throne  

In the final scene before the ‘billions of years’ commence (not that there will be time then), we see God on His throne with His beloved Son at His right hand also on His throne, ‘…the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city.’ 3

Conclusion

Jesus is the Beginning and the End.  Truly miraculous!

References

  1. John 12:49  
  2. Matthew 26:54  
  3. Revelation 22:1
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