SALVATION is a BIG PICTURE

Now in Judaism the High Priest made an offering for the people once a year, every year.  It was only good for the people of Israel who were the people of the covenant, all outside this offering where not lost in an everlasting sense.  They where however outside the National Promises made to a Covenant People, they where to be so blessed in this life that all would be drawn in God’s Kingdom demonstrated and Manifested on Earth.

That Israel was chosen as the vessel of Gods blessing, was not meant to mean God had abandoned all outside of Israel.  You see Israel was a chosen people through which God would introduce the Savior of the World.  Now Jesus Christ is that savior but not just of those who are in The Church, although being in the Body of Christ comes with blessings just like the Nation Israel.  The book of Hebrews tells us Christ as High priest made one offering for all people for all time.  Revelation tells us He is this Offering of God which was offered as a demonstration of God’s love for the world, was a reality before the foundations of the world.

So we see that although God entrusts people with the knowledge of Salvation, that knowledge is not in and of itself what Salvation is.  It is God who saves period and there is a good reason for this, because people will make the way evermore narrow until no one but a very small group are actually saved according to them.  This is why it is appointed for all to stand before God, now blessed are those in the first resurrection for they shall never die.   There is a second resurrection however and many people will find the Salvation of the Lord during that great judgement.

Because as Paul teaches in the book of Romans that as we where all under Adam, so are we all under the Savior of the Worlds offering of himself. This as far as I can calculate is all of humanity, and it is not necessary that they be present when the High Priest made the offering.  Nor was it required reading with the appropriate verbal responses to the proper questions.  With Christ’s loving offering transcending time, space and location, it matters not whether you where a Plains Indian in 4000 BC or an Eskimo in 1400 AD.  How wonderful to share this story of the Salvation of the Lord and to free the soul here and now.  I fear however we have narrowed the way with our pride of knowing we are his children, and thinking that means no body else can be unless we get to them first.  God already has before time, and the sooner we see how Big the Picture of Salvation is the more we will praise HIM.  

So what then tips the balance for entrance into the future Kingdoms of God, why living like His dear son in this life silly.  You did not think knowing you were forgiven was all there was to this KIngdom stuff did you.  Oh and by the way Christ is not just the propitiation of your sins because you are aware of it, but the sins of the whole unaware world.  As Jesus taught it matters how you live in this world, not what you know or have read, or even believed with your mind.  What God accomplished before time began is way bigger then any system men have designed to contain it.  Jesus is Lord and He shall save all of Israel and that’s a way bigger group then we have ever imagined.

ANZAHOLYMAN

God in Time

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.

Praise the God

of

Risk and Change 

Praise the God

of

Creation and Expansion

Praise the God

of

Fellowship and Partnership

Praise the God

who Choose

this Way

by and through

Love’s 

Soft Power

Jesus Christ

ANZAHOLYMAN

Wrestling With God

In Paul’s letter to the fellow believers in Rome he ask a rhetorical question,“Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’”  I have seen this verse used time and again to prove God is Sovereign of the evil and the good.  That it’s all planed out from beginning to end including those merely playing the villans role.  Thank God the bible is full of actual stories that contradict this idea of God as puppet master.

Choice it seems is built into the biblical narrative from the very first story told of Adam and Eve.  As Dr. Michael Lodahl put so well in his book (The Story of God) “Scripture Testifies of God not only as the Creator of all things but also the One who has lovingly, compassionately, and freely entered into covenantal relation with the creation.”

Paul’s question rhetorical question is actually taken from the book of Isaiah and not as some might think from the mind of Augustine and Calvin.

Isaiah 29:16

You turn things upside down,

as if the potter were thought to be like the clay!

Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it,

“You did not make me”?

Can the pot say to the potter,

“You know nothing”?

But let us answer Paul’s rhetorical question with one big affirmative Yes!

Wrestle With God just like Job did over Gratuitous Evil.

Wrestle With God  just like Abraham who argued with God over the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Wrestle With God just like Moses did over his Identity at the burning bush, or as Moses defended others in the face of God’s judgment.

Wrestle With God just like Jacob did over the course of your life and refuse to let go.

Wrestle with God in the Garden as Jesus did, until the Leap of Faith is Required.

Wrestle With God

In Faith

and  Doubt

In Victory

and Defeat

In Love

and Fear

In hope

and Despair

Wrestle with God until He touches you

and gives you a New Name,

but know this most of the time the God you are really wrestling with,

is the god of your own understanding.

ANZAHOLYMAN