yesterday i was introduced to a new blogger, and i spent an hour or two of my dawn reading his writings. at the end of my read, i was uncertain. i sensed a spirituality, but i did not see faith. i sensed a religious mind but i did not see the gospel. and this got me thinking, and thanking.
my thoughts, in retrospect, were these.
what is christianity all about? what is christ all about? have we believed cleverly crafted fables? have we signed up for another clubhouse gathering? have we added another asset to our stock? i do not believe in theology or religion, for scripture has proved to me, in pictures of the pharisees and saducees, that they are but a poor attempt of man to reach god. ever since adam made his choice in eden’s garden, man lost his ability to connect with god. and so god had to move in on us. i think scripture puts it this way: “…while we yet sinners christ died for us..” [romans5v8].
what is the meaning of his death? why did he die? to give us theology? to bring us religion? to leave us a panacea? i think not. to save us from sin?… if christ died just to save us from sin, then pop quiz y’all: why are we still here on earth? after being saved from sin, why didn’t we just zap away to heaven? is there much more to the death of christ than salvation from sin? could it be that christ came to bring us “this gospel”? [matthew24v14]…could it be that christ came to die, not only to save us from sin, but also to grant us a gift? [1 john5v11]
does this in any way imply that, not only am i a sinner saved by grace through faith[eph.2v8] (consequently, i am now a saint [ phillipians4v21] and i guess this bursts the bubble of the particular conception that saints are ancient dead folks), but am also a partaker(aka participator) in the divine nature[2 peter1v4]?
if eternal life, the exact substance of god almighty, has been deposited on the inside of me, doesn’t that equate me to god’s status? [eph.2v6] i mean, if i was born into england’s royal family, doesn’t that automatically qualify me as royalty, for royalty? could this in any way be the reason for god’s injunction in genesis for me to dominate and subdue this world? (gen.1v26)
i am tempted to believe that god’s plan of salvation far exceeded a deliverance from sin, but also included a deliverance into our inheritance.[eph.1v11] i am tempted to believe that god’s superhero act was not simply to rescue us from death, but also included the license for us to be life givers.[john7v38] i am tempted to believe that the sacrifise of jesus on the cross of calvary was not just a substitute for my sickness, and my griefs[isa.53v4-5], but a license for my divine life and everlasting joy.
my thanks, in appreciation, are these.
scripture informs me that a lot of god’s own people(believers, not unbelievers) perish and suffer because they lack knowledge – not faith, not prayers, not faithfulness [hos.4v6]. so i am thankful that god has placed me in a ministry that has exposed me, not only to the truths of gods word, but also to the facts. i am thankful that not only do i believe in god’s work for and in my life, i am conscious of my rights in christ. i am thankful that not only have i received grace, but i am growing in grace[2 pet.3v18]. i am thankful that not only am i no longer a sinner, but i am now a saint of god. i am thankful that not only have i been healed, but i can now live in divine health 24/7/356 because of the indestrutible eternal life residing in me. i am thankful that where god created adam to be a living soul, he birthed me to be a quickening spirit[1 corth.15v45]. i am thankful that should i continue with this writing, i will sooner run out of space than reasons to be thankful for.