TLP Inspiration: 4/23/18

Priorities

For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,  and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

Colossians 1:19-20

Leading up to these verses Paul gave a list of attributes that he attributed to Christ, and here, as a way of summing up he goes the next step and puts all of the fullness of Jesus Christ into perspective.  Notice that God was “pleased” to have His own fullness residing in Jesus, and to have Jesus reconcile all to Himself. If you think about it, if there was reconciliation, there must first be a conflict…

We know that there was indeed a conflict, a conflict that engulfed all Creation the moment that Adam entered into sin way back in Genesis 3. It’s a funny thing, but for most of us, we don’t really think of sin the way we should, for we tend to think of it as a violation of some sort of rule or ordinance. Yet sin is much more than a simple violation; it’s rebellion, rebellion against God. So here we are, God was pleased indeed to place all of His fullness in the Person of Jesus and to have Jesus establish reconciliation on the cross, for in doing so He paid the entire cost of the rebellion: There is now peace between Man and God.

Why should He do that?

Love.

His love was so great that He placed His fullness into His Son and sent His Son to make peace with humanity; that’s quite a thing to ponder wouldn’t you say? I realize that this statement doesn’t pay the bills, nor does it solve all of the problems we encounter in this life, but it does something much greater than simply taking away problems and circumstances. Instead it transcends the problems of the day-to-day and empowers us to see greater things, to set higher aspirations so that the complications of the here and now are put into their proper perspective.

When you come right down to it, what God has done for us through Jesus Christ puts the hassles of life where they belong… on the low priority list.

Wow!

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About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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15 Responses to TLP Inspiration: 4/23/18

  1. Steve B says:

    “When you come right down to it, what God has done for us through Jesus Christ puts the hassles of life where they belong… on the low priority list.”

    But unfortunately we still have to deal with those hassles and problems. 🙂

  2. Steve B says:

    “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,…”

    But wouldn’t the fullness of God (the Father) dwell in Jesus anyway since Jesus gave the Word to build creation?

    • Don Merritt says:

      Let’s see… If the Son spoke to Word and Creation came into being, and if the Father was pleased for His fullness to dwell in the Son, then it stands to reason that the Father was pleased before time as we know it, came into being. 🙂

  3. I’ve always believed that because God knows the future, He knew us BEFORE the foundations of the earth, so He KNEW Adam would sin even before He created Him, yet He also knew the reconciliation through the Cross would come and as you said it, all for the reason of LOVE! God’s plan all along, due to never taking the freedom of choice (free will) from us, was a Creation that could and would be reconciled by an action that would demonstrate His unfathomable love and thereby also gain our Love. If we think about God’s plans and really meditate on them acknowledging all His Characteristics, it is awesome! Like you summed it up, WOW!!

    • Steve B says:

      “He knew us BEFORE the foundations of the earth…”

      Could you supply a scripture for that please?

      • Sure, concerning us: Ephesians 1:3-4, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, . . .”
        Concerning Christ’s Ministry: 1 Peter 1:20-21, “He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.”
        Remember, one of Gods character traits is Omniscience, all-knowing (from where we get our yearning for Science). There is nothing hidden from Him concerning our past, present and future. Remember also that God is eternal, always was and always will be, so time to Him means nothing other than how it applies to all of His creation.
        When you consider and TRY to meditate on ALL of His Characteristics, it causes us to truly “enlarge” the boxes we have a tendency of putting Him in! God bless as you continue to serve the Lord and others with YOUR blog!!

        • Steve B says:

          “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places IN CHRIST, just as He chose us IN HIM before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, . . .”

          Hi Roland
          I have highlighted IN CHRIST and IN HIM. This is important. Were we IN HIM before the foundation of the world? Of course not. We were outside of HIM and not even created yet. What these Ephesians verses are saying is that when God the Father created our universe and mankind He was giving us to Christ the Son. Whether Adam had sinned or not is irrelevant, even if Adam had not sinned He would have still needed to be IN CHRIST. Imagine the Father and Son (and Holy Spirit) having a chat beside the fireplace with a cup of coffee. The Father says to Jesus, “I have a new project, mankind, and you are in charge. If they freely decide to follow you then I will choose them as adopted children.”

          “Remember, one of Gods character traits is Omniscience, all-knowing (from where we get our yearning for Science). There is nothing hidden from Him concerning our past, present and future. Remember also that God is eternal, always was and always will be, so time to Him means nothing other than how it applies to all of His creation.”

          There is a question of TIME. Before the foundation of the world OUR TIME did not exist. Yes our time is different from God’s time. When God moves his finger then that happens under HIS time. From scripture prophecy we can see that God can see world’s TIME but how could HE see the world’s time before HE created it?

          However I pose 2 questions. 1) In Genesis 18 Gen 18:20 Then the LORD said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is very grave,
          Gen 18:21 I will go down to see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry that has come to me. And if not, I will know.” Why would the Father, Son and Holy Spirit need to check out Sodom and Gomorrah?

          2) A simple analogy. If you go and buy a computer game but you already know the outcome would you buy it? Imagine if you can that we are a computer game and God already knows everything would He not be a bit bored? Remember I am giving a simple example.

          Steve

          • Don Merritt says:

            Steve and Roland,

            Thank you both for your discussion here, I am enjoying reading each of your comments, in fact, I’ve gone into settings and allowed the max number of comment levels… thank you both!

            One thing I’d mention, and I’m not asking either of you to respond to it, just consider it… Often there is a great amount of confusion when we discuss time and the way God perceives it versus our human understanding of it, especially when it comes to matters relative to eternity past – time as we understand it – eternity future. The philosophical, and forgive me for using that word, but we have no other, consideration of eternity with past, present and future added to the mix, doesn’t really work very well, for with eternity, there is neither past nor present nor future- and that tends to make our heads explode. The result is that it is easy for two people to make a similar, or even the same point, and not realize it. I’m not saying that is happening here of course, but it should be considered as you guys move forward.

            So, with that, I’ll step out of the conversation: Carry on gents, and thank you both for sharing your valuable insights with us!

            • Steve B says:

              Hey Don

              Think of dimensions. Scientists say that our time is the 4th dimension however I really think it is the 5th dimension. God is still under time. When God does something can He go back and undo it. Example can He go back in His time and undo His creation? I don’t think so, so for me eternity, as we know it, is just God’s time in maybe the 9th dimension.
              To make it a bit easier think of a cartoon. We draw a picture on a 2 dimensional piece of paper and we can draw 4 pictures next to each other which move in time for the actors on the piece of paper but we can see all 4 at the same time. 🙂

              All the above is opinion only.

              • Don Merritt says:

                Well this just gets better and better! Very interesting Steve, no doubt about that, and who knows? You could be right, and you could be wrong. It’s a fun discussion in any case, isn’t it? One thing I am curious about though… How can you be so sure that an all-powerful Creator-God can’t undo… or is that a working theory?

                • Steve B says:

                  Hehe If I were God, and I could go back and undo stuff, I would have gone back to undo Lucifer and or the debacle in the Garden. Would have save a whole lot of trouble. 🙂
                  God could have outright destroyed everything and started again like I do playing computer games that I lose but that wouldn’t have been a good look to the angels since the remaining angels would have submitted in fear. Remember, God is the LOVE guy and LUCIFER is the fear into submission guy.

                  Question: God is all powerful to us, and he should be BTW, but is HE all powerful to himself? He may think He is just a normal guy. 🙂

                  • Don Merritt says:

                    Well now that’s a fascinating idea there Steve, only… if God thinks of Himself as a normal guy, then wouldn’t that mean there are other guys? I’m not quite sure I want to go there 🙂

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