Leviticus 21:7: They shall not marry a prostitute or a woman who has been defiled, neither shall they marry a woman divorced from her husband, for the priest is holy to his God.
With the coming of Jesus God has another ideal man.
He spoke from heaven about Jesus: this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased (Matthew 3:17). This means he passes all the test. And therefore qualified be the representative of God on earth.
Jesus told Philip: if you have seen me you have seen the father (John 14:8-11).
We are meant to look to Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 2:2).
Paul said that we are complete in him who is the head of all principality and power (Colossians 2:10). There is no need that we have that is not met in Jesus. He is the wisdom and the power of God (1Corinthians 1:24).
The bible says that God was in Jesus reconciling the world to himself, not willing that anyone should perish but that all should come to repentance (2Peter 3:9). He is salvation for us.
Jesus represents God’s ideal in power, wisdom and also love. And God is love, and his is a caring father, and that is the image of God that Jesus wants to impress on us, after many years of limited or twisted understanding of God, promulgated by the devil.
But with Jesus God can fully present himself. Jesus expressed his thought, ways and life fully, being the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). He said no one comes to the father except through him, no one can connect to the father, by ignoring him. And if you do not respect the son you are in the risk of eternal judgement.
Because Jesus fully represent God’s ideal, in his opinion, thought, God has committed all judgement to his hand (John 5:22).
Adam fully represented the will of God when he was made. God asked him to name all the animals, a test he passed in flying colours (Genesis 2:19-20). But when he stopped doing the will of God, he stopped bearing the image of God because to the limit that you do God’s will, you represent him on the earth.
Jesus said that some people call him lord, lord without doing what he wants them to do (Luke 6:46). In another place he said that whoever does the will of the father in heaven is his mother, brother and sister (Mark 3:35). Therefore it is to the limit that you are carrying out the will of God that we are like Jesus, that you express similar spiritual genetics like his. It is to that extent we follow his ideal, being representatives of the will of God as he is.
Jesus expressed his mission saying it is to do the will of God (Hebrews 10:7).
God’s ideal is for us to continue to change. It is from glory to glory (2Corinthians 3:18), from faith to faith (Romans 1:17). This is because God himself is our idea, our destination.
He said that his ways are higher than our ways and his thoughts than our thoughts as the heaven is above the earth. The difference is infinite.
Therefore there is no getting to God on our own, we need Jesus. He is our “rocket ship” to heaven. John wrote that no one has seen God at any time but the only begotten of the father who is in the bosom of the father he (Jesus) has declared him (John 1:18).
Jesus came to bridge the gap in our wrong concept of God and who is really his. The twisted view man has about God began when the devil told Eve that God lied to her when he said they should not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and that if they did they will die. The devil contradicted the word of God. He said that they will not die (Genesis 3).
There was the liar saying God is a liar. It is in his interest to misrepresent God so that he can attract their (Adam and Eve) allegiance which was to God to himself.
Another way of looking at this topic is that there is an ideal you.
While there is an ideal man Jesus whom we are all supposed to follow, who seek to restore the right concepts of God in us. There is also an ideal you which is you fully in the plans and purpose of God for you. It is you victorious and in the full service of God. It is you shining in the glory of God.
Paul said that we are God’s workmanship made for good works which have been prepared for us to walk in them (Ephesians 2:10). The bible says that he who is called is meant to be glorified (Romans 8:30).
There is a dimension of the glory of God that we should manifest as members of the body of Christ.
There is the need for you to discover your place in the body of Christ, the abilities you derive from him and the assignment you have to carry out in him. We need to have that fully realised in our lives, as empowered by the Holy Spirit.
We are not saved to sit behind, we are meant to move forward as soldiers of Jesus Christ, who does not entangle himself with the affairs of this world so that we would please the one who enlisted us, as Paul told Timothy (2Timothy 2:1-4). Timothy was told he needed to be God’s ideal soldier not allowing anything to entangle him, not allowing anything to stop him from attaining the ideal him.
A prophet in the Old Testament was meant to be an ideal prophet. He was sent to confront the demonic enclave of king Jeroboam. He went with a special instruction (1Kings 13). But when he heeded the words of an old prophet he was distracted, and died before his time. And that was not God’s ideal for him.
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- Does “Father” Mean God is Masculine? (newheavenonearth.wordpress.com)
- Standing on the Promises (meredithlbl.com)
- Recognize Deception When People Speak against God’s Church and some agree (prophecynewsandviews.wordpress.com)
- THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT by Andrew Roebert. (christianmotivations.weebly.com)
- Christian Spiritual Worship (christianfaithforums.co.uk)
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