Faith
Wednesday March 23, 2011
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
FAITH COMMENTARY
"Learning More About Ourselves"

Learning More About Ourselves comes from being aware that things from our past happened for a reason and that they position us to take advantage of things happening now as well as the things that will happen to us in the future.

Last week’s article addressed things happening to us in the past by taking us to Jeremiah 4:26-27 KJV, verses that focus on the “Katabole”, a time that, attempting to overthrow God, Satan’s actions brought about a sudden end to the First Heaven and Earth Age:

I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the Lord, and by his fierce anger. [27] For thus hath the Lord said, The whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end.

Satan challenging God at the “Katabole” brought anger and disappointment to Him, giving Him reason to make a full end and judge us, but He refused. Needing time to test us and find out how we really feel about Him, God created a new Heaven and Earth Age and He will judge us after we all pass through it.

John 3:5 KJV addresses this age by introducing us to “Born of Water” in the flesh, the way God gets us there:

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

Things we did at the “Katabole” caused God to bring us here. “Born of Water” happens when the water in our mother’s womb breaks, allowing our life to continue in the flesh; it matters not what we did in the First Heaven and Earth Ageā€¦“Born of Water” gives equal opportunity for everyone to join God in His Kingdom.

The Fallen Angels are the one exception. Refusing to be “Born of Water”, God has sentenced to hell.

God takes away the memory of everything we experienced in the First Earth age as well as purposely slowing our pace of life in this one; John 3:6 KJV shows that the spiritual bodies we served in then serve a different purpose than ones we now use:

That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Learning More About Ourselves, we see “Born of the Flesh is Flesh” to be an expression that God uses to point to the time that we serve Him in the flesh and even though it is only a fraction of our time in existence, we cannot minimize its importance. Our deeds in the flesh determine how much glory accompanies our Spiritual Bodies in Eternity.

Understanding this age is easier when assuming that in order to

 


 

meet His purpose God sliced time in half, inserting this Flesh Age between the two resulting spiritual ones.

John 3:13 KJV shows God requiring us to leave the First Heaven and Earth Age and serve Him in this one before we are allowed to join Him in Eternity:

[13] And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

Christ served a purpose when He left Heaven to come here and so do we. Isaiah 57:15 KJV shows that our purpose is to show by our deeds how much we love Him and to give Him the opportunity to revive our hearts and join Him in Eternity:

For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

How fortunate we are for God to give our humble spirit the opportunity to show Him the real us.

Understanding what God is telling us about the Heaven and Earth Ages is Learning More About Ourselves.

John 3:14 KJV points to believing earthly things that God tells us about today leads to an understanding of the Heavenly Things God wants us to know about from our past and future:

If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?

Are these seven verses helping you to understand and believe what God wants you to know about Heaven and earth ages?

Are you learning more about yourself?

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Pastor Billy Johnson can be reached by email at billy@lakeshorebible.info or viewed online at www.lakeshorebible.com