Revealing God

Leviticus 18:2: “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, I am the LORD your God.

window-226901_640Our life is to be a revelation of who God is. As we shine as light we manifest who he is, and fulfil the plan of God for us.

When God made man it was to be a showcase of himself on the earth. God was coded in the genetic DNA of man (male and female) made as the image of God (Genesis 2-3).

If you wanted to imagine God, man should be it. He was specifically made in the image of God, and no other creation was like that. The angels were made with special powers, the plant and animal were made with certain finesse and beauty and agility, but man was made in the image of God. He was a physical revelation of an invisible God.

However, the first Adam fell to the wrong influence of the devil. So there was a need for another Adam (1Corinthians 15:45). And there comes Jesus. And in the making of the two Adams there are similarities.

The first Adam’s body was formed from the dust of the floor, and Jesus’ body form was derived from the ovum of Mary, representative of the earth, since Mary was made from the dust.

Adam had the breath of God come into his nostrils and he became a living soul, marking the beginning of his earthly existence.

What about Jesus?

Mary was told by angel Gabriel that the Spirit of the Lord will come upon her and that will lead to the conception of Jesus, the Son of the Highest, in her womb (Luke 1:27-39). Note that the first Adam was also called the son of God.

Gabriel explained the process of the formation of Jesus similar to the way Adam was formed. The breath of God the Holy Spirit will come upon the dust formed ovum of Eve, and there will manifest a unique human being who is divine.

He will walk the earth manifesting as God, because he was God from eternity past only manifested in time. John said: we beheld his glory as the glory of the only begotten of the Father full of grace and truth. Adam was also similarly filled, since he was filled with the breath of God, which is the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is also called the spirit of truth and the spirit of grace.

But regardless of that both the first and the second Adams were given similar opportunity to choose to obey God or not. They were made perfect, but they were given opportunity to be corrupted or not.

While sticking with the will of God for the first Adam has no foreseeable negative consequence before he fell into sin, for Jesus, choosing the will of God in the wilderness (Luke 4:1-8) or the garden of gethsemane has immediate negative consequence (Matthew 26:36-46).

Jesus was tempted by the devil to turn stone to bread, and not doing so means that he was going to remain hungry at least a few moment more having been fasting for forty days, eating nothing.

In the Garden of gethsemane, yielding go the will of God to go to the cross was going to cause him pain. He would lose his life, suffer disconnection from the father as the lamb bearing the sin of the world. For pulling through in obedience to the father, while the first Adam failed is the reason Jesus qualified to be called the faithful and true.

To reveal God you need to deny yourself, just as Jesus denied himself.

You cannot reveal God until you are submitted to him just as Jesus did.

His first act of submission was when he was baptised in water by John.  Here was the creator allowing himself to go into the water, allowing himself to be impacted by the ministry of John.

In that act Jesus associated with sinful humanity, and begun the journey to the cross as the ultimate Passover Lamb.  Remember that in the Old Testament the Passover lamb was kept for four days before it is sacrificed after it has been picked out (Exodus 12:2-11).

So from the day John the Baptist laid his hands on Jesus, he was picked out as the Lamb of God, identified as such: the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29-33). From the day John the Baptist laid hands on Jesus to the day he hung on the cross was about four years, matching the experience of the Passover lamb in the Old Testament, day for year.

And now as Spirit Jesus is revealing God in us by his presence there. Paul was emphatic when he said if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ he is none of his (Romans 8:9).

So you are on earth to reveal God, to be light in the world (Matthew 5:14), to manifest the knowledge of God wherever you go (2Corinthians 2:2-14). Paul said we have this treasure in earthen vessels so that the excellence of the power will not be of us, but of God, as we reveal him (2Corinthians 4:7). We are manifestly declared as the epistles of Christ, bold written not by the ink but by the Spirit of God (2Corinthians 3:3).

The Holy Spirit is important in the life Christians to facilitate our revealing God. The experience of receiving the Holy Spirit starts the journey of being conduits of the power and presence of God, of being his vessels.

But to receive we have to be opened, while unbelief is like a cover on us. Paul reminded the Galatia church that they received the Holy Spirit by the hearing of faith and not the work of the law (Galatians 3:5). Faith means we are opened to the reality of heaven. It is in the posture of faith that we receive the Holy Spirit and it is through steps of faith that we manifest the spiritual gifts have received from the father.

Paul told us that we should use our gift in proportion to our faith (Romans 12:1-8), in whatever capacity of gift we have.

The use of the gifts is in the context of being part of the body of Christ, who called himself the temple of God. So to the limit that we are in union with God, we express him. We express his wisdom, his power because the plan is that through the church there will be the manifestation of the manifold wisdom of God to principality and power in the heavenly places (Ephesians 3:20).

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