Faith
Wednesday February 23, 2011
Hartsville News Journal
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FAITH COMMENTARY
"Created equal "

Fasten your seatbelts as we are about to enter a bumpy ride through scripture, a ride that takes us back to the days when we were Created Equal.

Observing so many of God’s children being born into a world of sickness and poverty is cause for concern as we ask ourselves: Is Created Equal an optical illusion?  Does God allowing this to happen show Him treating His children equal?  Ezekiel 18:25 KJV addresses whom the unequal ones are:

    Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way equal? are not your ways unequal?

How can it be that our unequal ways contribute to and affect the situations we face at birth?  This question will be answered later but first we allow Rev. 4:11 KJV to address the created part of being Created Equal; it tells why we were created:

    Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

God was lonely!  Creating us pleasured Him by filling an emptiness that He felt in His Heart.  It gave Him someone to love and potentially, someone that would return His love.

Created Equal puts us on equal footing and gives us equal opportunity to show God our love but the question is:  When is it that we were Created Equal?

The answer is that we were Created Equal before we were placed in flesh bodies.  This explains why our being born into what appears to be an unequal or unfair situation is simply a continuation of being Created Equal.  Jacob and Esau is a good example of this taking place. 

Romans 9:13 KJV shows God loving one of these twins and hating the other and this took place while they were still in their mother’s womb:

    As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.

Had Jacob and Esau not lived and performed before being placed in their mother’s womb, hating one and loving the other could easily be considered unequal treatment from God.

But life for them was continuing and not beginning.  How they performed in their spiritual bodies before they entered Rebekah’s womb is what caused God to love one and hate the other. 

Comprehending this takes us to 1 Peter 1:20 KJV where God calls our remembrance to a time that existed before this earth age, a time when Jacob, Esau and we were with God in spiritual bodies:

    Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world,

 


 

but was manifest in these last times for you, 

Being foreordained before the foundation of the world is something that took place at the “Katabole”, an event that ended the earth age that existed before this one, the one in which we now live.

“Katabole” is an event that is referred to as the overthrow, Satan’s attempt to overthrow God.  Jacob’s, Esau’s and our performances there had a lot to do with the lump of clay or flesh body that God put us in this age.

“Foundation”, in this verse, is translated from the Greek word “Katabole” in the Manuscripts:

katabole,  kat-ab-ol-ay'; from Greek 2598 (kataballo); a deposition, i.e. founding; figurative conception :- conceive, foundation.

Satan’s unsuccessful attempt to overthrow God involves all of us.  A few fought for and stood by God but way too many choose to follow Satan.

Conception or conceiving in your Strong’s Concordance here refers to birth pain, pain experienced by this earth when giving birth to a new age, the flesh age. 

As we can see, “Katabole” plays a significant role in the founding of this world.

Continuing in the Manuscripts, “Ballo”, a primary verb places “Katabole” into action, demonstrating God‘s reaction to Satan’s attempt to overthrow Him:

ballo,  bal'-lo; a primary verb; to throw (in various applications, more or less violent or intense):- arise, cast (out), × dung, lay, lie, pour, put (up), send, strike, throw (down), thrust.

It was large numbers of God’s children siding with Satan that caused Him to destroy that earth age; intense, cast out, strike and thrust are words that describe His feelings when He did it.

God is the potter and we are the clay and Romans 9:21 KJV teaches that we are not to question the lump of clay (flesh body) that God choose for us to have in this earth age.  His choice meets the need He has to test us and, should we be His elect, to serve Him. 

    Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

Created Equal becomes extra obvious when we consider the many pregnancies that end up being aborted.  As precious as life is, those aborted in this age need no testing and it is a given that they stood by God at the “Katabole”:

Does this bumpy ride through Scripture help you to see that it was previous unequal actions that make Created Equal a reality?

 

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