It has been said God is outside of Time and has a Master plan before space, matter and therefore time began. This is called His Sovereign Will which is moderated by His good pleasure, no questions asked no help requested. You can see here that your creation and personal being is unnecessary, necessarily. God merely unfolds the plan like a rug and we all are mere dust in the carpet fibers. Time for all intents and purposes is the duration between God’s perfect conception and completion, according to God’s immutable and unchangeable plan.
So why does this God bother is the first thing that comes to my mind, and second why should I worship this God? Do I look like some dark age dork who thinks the earth is flat, and God is only interested in being the Sovereign because they said so. This view is imposed on the God of the Universe and not reflected in the actual narrative of scripture.
God’s Word manifests a universe and then commits to the Moment, and in observation calls it good and full of potential. There is no reason that an All Powerful, All Knowing, Ever Present God has to fix the future, like some insecure god of the Greeks. The Moment is the best place for God to effect a Future in concert with earths children, not because of a have to but choose to. There is no need for all possibilities to be reduced to mere illusion and nothing more. There is no need to cement a nonexistent end with zero input from those made in God’s image.
God’s Infinite intelligence and a heart of love, in place of a tin god’s divine pleasure, reveals a deeper process. Where angels failed before man shall succeed in concert with a God embracing all possibilities, fearing no free choice or strange trail taken. Mixing all the colors together like a Master Painter with an open vision, that includes those new colors freshly co-manifested. In fact expressively excited and passionate about the endless horizon, and willing to be patient for the weaker vessels to grow into the gods of Creations God.
Once committed in love to the creation and it’s pearls of great price, now is the only reality an Infinite God, need dwell in. To see the Open Plan unfolding according to His Interactive Will, Worlds without End amen.
Before time began Grace was in the wings, such is the Love of God that there was preparation for a wrong choice. God was prepared for the entrance of sin into this good world and redemption was in the wings. This is a continuation of our mini series in the book of Origins (Genesis) about our Dignity, Identity & Purpose.
As the Hebrew scriptures teach God creates a material world in balance with the Spiritual one (One Kingdom Under God), as He surveys all that flowed through His great Logos (Christ) God gives it all a Value by calling it Good. Then the story continues and God makes Man & Woman in the Image of the Godhead, decrees they are good and will live as ever-growing reflections of His love and Creativity in the cosmos.
Now death enters the scene through a side door from the trickery of a (The Jealous One) and as both the Hebrew and Greek scriptures teach creation is ruled by this great death principle. Instead of Life alone there is Good and Evil, Love and Fear and all the great dualities death brings into the realm of Life. Behind all that death there is a another more powerful principle which is the principal of Life, which always seeks to overcome and overtake death and all its forms & consequences.
One day in God’s Good time, this Principal of Life is revealed in the form of a Man (Jesus Christ) and He begins to speak the mysteries of God. That He is Life & The Resurrection and that all creation shall one day be resurrected by the power of His Life, which flowed through Him into being at the Point of Origins. Death is revealed to be just a temporary interloper, which although greatly feared is a resting place for those who God loved and called to live in simple faith. Death is but a veil that keeps us from seeing clearly our value to God, His Christ and Spirit. At the Cross it is death which is defeated by the resurrection of the Last Adam and His faithful obedience, with the promise that He was the first but not the Last.
Two resurrections sit out on the horizon for all Mankind, the first for those who believed the tellings of God throughout the ages and lived as stewards of life in this world. They are Physical Israel and her descendants who are always first and then the Church which is the Body of Christ reflected in the gentile nations.
Wait though there is more, for these elect are resurrected for a purpose and not for a proud boasting. There is still a work to be accomplished for like the first Adam and Eve, life must be taken out into the world that it be transformed and death finally defeated. This is the second resurrection where those privileged to be the first like their Messiah humble themselves, to bring Light and Life to those of the second Resurrection.
When God has restored all he has a claim on in Love, then that which refuses life whether it be men or angels are destroyed, for there is no life in them anymore. Then the begining of a endless unfolding of new beginnings begins, and Death is no more! Worlds without end amen, and Glory to God in the highest and to His Christ by the Power of His Spirit.
Perfection is composed of Qualities that can only be measured by its effect on any Quantity.
Most people see their life in terms of a court room, where God checks to see if you have done more good than evil. This view has been reinforced by religion throughout the ages, as well as it being the fallen way for us to think.*(see tree of Good and Evil in Genesis) What this kind of thinking does is create the false Idea that, Perfection is a quantity to be achieved rather than a quality to be experienced and lived
This is the basis of all Law Mindsets as well, and Jesus is asked many times what is the bottom line in order to get the Kingdom of God? Another way to ask this question is, how much can I get away with without losing the prize at the end of my life? All of this misses the point and the Spiritual teachings of Jesus Christ, but I have discovered that to most Christians what Jesus said isn’t nearly as important as Calvin, Augustine, Luther, Smith et all.
So back to Perfection and it really being about a focus on the qualities of life you live and how it affects others, rather than the avoidance of bad things or the pressure of goods works to please God. Perfection is both a state of Spirit as well as quality of Life, what Jesus would call Eternal Life or (Zoe Life). The teaching that Eternal Life is a prize that one receives after death, rather than the flow of The Spirit in this life and into the next is wrong.
Perfection is in Fact the Power of God that is the process that Redeems and Heals all within in its influence. This Perfection is at work in the universe and it will as Paul clearly teaches, have its effect in the restoration of all things. Perfection is about Process not Performance, it’s a quality of Life whose source is God’s Spirit, not a Demand you have to do or else. Perfection is based in surrender of the Ego, which is why the Law can never produce God’s Perfection nor was it intended to. The (Law Mind) is all about see what I have done, see what a good boy or girl I have been God, please don’t send me to Hell.
Under the (Law) close enough is not Good Enough, but under The Qualities of Perfection Love, Mercy, Kindness, Tenderness, influence, coming close is Good Enough, remember God said creation was Good not Perfect. You see Perfection as a quality of life implies a journey not a destination or even a goal. Perfection is a Journey where the notion is not my Egos will, but the Loving will of God. Where the life you live is about transformation and unity in love with others. Where The Spirit causes you to become the other in order to unite with them in God’s life.* (see Phil 2) The Qualities of Perfection is the atmosphere we breathe and move in, where Motive is Love and Intent is restoration first and foremost. Where your heart is examined by The Spirit to see if The Life of God directs and infuses your Journey, which is God’s Journey as well.
God set this in motion, and come to find out it will take an eternity for this process of Perfection and its Qualities to unfold. With ever deeper experiences of the Love and Majesty of our God’s plan to be experienced, with no end in sight. You see the Qualities of Perfection will be experienced in every moment then, just they can be Now! It really is the journey after all with Perfection as the Qualities of God’s Presence.
One could say that Jesus was the Expression of God’s Qualities of Perfection in Human form, and you’d be right.