Of junk and fake grace (10)

Where you find it easy is the place where you have contacted the grace of God and the opposite is also true. The grace of God is not an idea an event it is an endowment. An endowment makes the difference between crawling and flying, the difference between the beggar and the rich.

These flock of people running after prophets to tell them the will of God are clueless grace-wise. The grace of God is in our relationship with the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of grace, it is the demonstration of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

The grace of God is seen in the life of those who are Christians who are comfortably rich, the happily married, the stressless birth, holy living in the midst of a perverse generation. Connect with the grace of God.

Don’t be scared of the grace of God whether through your over concentration on dos and don’t from your religious background or the grace abusers touting a fake grace. Know the grace of God in truth. It will make all the difference. It an heavenly endowment.

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Appointed to eternal life

woman-163789_640Acts 13:48: And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed. (ESV)

On a cross-cultural evangelism, the apostles were seeing fruits of their labours as people chose to follow Jesus. They were not there to wile away time, they did not join a new fad, they were on a life or death assignment, communicating the love of God through Jesus to people where they are.

They were there to tell the people the implication of the death and resurrection of Jesus, to show that now the people of God can now officially include all people.

What they were doing was unique. They were pushing a novel agenda. In the time they lived, influence came either by military conquest, economic link, or long-held tradition, or a teacher rising up among the people, giving them a new perspective of things, but in Paul and Barnabas, we see pioneers of a systematic invasion of other locations with truth.

They came into an area and spoke of things the people have not heard of. They opened a door by their activity and many followed after. They are the hunters (Jeremiah 16:16), who leave the comfort of where they are, endure the uncomfortable life in the “bush”, and hunt for those appointed to eternal life.

How we become witnesses

sand-768783_640Deuteronomy 30:14: But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it. (ESV)

The word of God is very important. If you are not holding on to the word of God, it means that you are holding to another kind of word. When Eve stopped holding on to the word of God, it was because she held to the word of the devil (Genesis 3). According to the focus verse, the word of God is not just what you learn, but what you should do.

It was difficult for Jesus to do the word of God when it was time for him to hang on the cross and die for the sins of humanity. Nevertheless, regardless of how he felt about it, he committed himself to the word of God and went through the difficult experience in heaven (Philippians 2:5-11).

We should arm ourselves with the similar mind, to have the same level of devotion for obeying the word of God. James wrote that faith without works is dead. And as an example of a man who had faith, the bible mentioned the fact that Abraham obeyed God by taking steps to offer his son in obedience to him (Genesis 22).

That instruction was most unpalatable when viewed from the standpoint of Abraham’s attachment to the son of his old age, but the instruction was clear and his obedience was swift.

That man showed that when it comes to the word of God, absolute obedience is the only option. The fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom, and one thing God said when he later stopped Abraham shedding the blood of his own son was that he was now sure that he was someone who feared God, that he was not just seeking God for what he can get. He truly feared God, willing to give up everything for him. He held God in high esteem. Jesus said that it is not so important what you call him, but how you carry out his word (Luke 6:46).

Before Jesus left the scene, he was very emphatic that loving him is not about emotion, but obeying what he said. He has called us to be his witnesses. In the first chapter of the book of Acts, we see Jesus express his expectation of the church, for his people. He said that they should “Wait” in Jerusalem, to “Receive” the gift of the Holy Spirit and they shall be his “Witnesses (Acts 1:4-8).”

Wait

He first said that they needed to wait. Many people do not want to wait. Waiting tests our obedience, tests our patience, and endurance. When we wait, we express how empty we are of our own opinions and plans, but want to go with the Lord, hear him, follow him, key in to his timing and not just run on human emotion or ambition.

During the time of waiting there is the opportunity for a completion in the work that God is doing in us. The bible says that God is at work in us both to will and to do of his good pleasure (Philippians 2:13-14). Waiting is preparation for our manifestation, it is developing more and more self-awareness, learning to be different and to act differently, waiting for God to be through with what he is working within and around you to be done.

Receive

Jesus said that when the people wait then they will receive the Holy Spirit. That shows that waiting on the word of God is to experience the Holy Spirit.

Any word that is not leading us into more experience of the Holy Spirit is empty.  Paul prayed that the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with people (2Corinthians 13:14).

When we pray and when we read the bible, when we fellowship with other believers, it should all be means of experiencing the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, who has been sent to be with us.

He is not a visitor, he is an abiding presence; he is not minor player but a major player in our lives. Peter after he preached early in the book of Acts said that the people can expect times of refreshing to come from the presence of God (Acts 3:19-20). Through the Holy Spirit, the presence of God is made available for humanity.

To receive you need a posture of openness, it demands that your heart is open, not closed, that your hands are stretched out to receive. Jesus said that if anyone thirsts he should come to him and out of his belly will come rivers of living water from the water he will give him (John 7:37-39). When you come you express openness. He has to come first.

The process of waiting is supposed to deepen the hunger for God in you, as it is written: those who hunger and thirst shall be filled (Matthew 5:6). It means that then you are thirsty enough then the infilling will come, you will receive.

Witness

After you have waited and you have received, the journey does not end there, it is then time to launch out. There is no more time to smell the roses.

Jesus after he was in the wilderness for forty days and forty nights, returned in the power of the Holy Spirit and he was launched into a three and half years of impact.

In that time he trained people who went on to be his witnesses. He said to them: as the father as sent him so I send you (John 20:21-22). He multiplied himself in them. As he was a witness for the father on the earth he wanted others to be his witnesses.

They walked in full awareness of their identity as the witnesses of Jesus. Jesus came to the world to be a revelation of the father that was lost in the Garden of Eden and the disciples who were released in the upper room in the to be witnesses of Jesus. Enhanced by the Holy Spirit, they became the revelation of Jesus.

They were on a roll, they had a duty to perform. The bible says that the knowledge of the glory of the lord will cover the earth as the water cover the sea and the disciples were going to do their part in bringing that to fulfilment (Habakkuk 2:14). They multiplied the influence of Jesus wherever they went as his witnesses.

Reconciliation

hugging-571076_640Genesis 33:10: Jacob said, “No, please, if I have found favor in your sight, then accept my present from my hand. For I have seen your face, which is like seeing the face of God, and you have accepted me. (ESV)

This statement was made as Jacob saw his brother Esau after decades of separation. Jacob had run away from his brother who wanted to kill him.

In that period, their relationship was non-existent. They were dead to each other.  Jacob was the offender and ran away from being killed by his brother, Esau.

But when the time came for their face to face meeting, Jacob was happy that it was peaceful against his fear that something bad was going to happen to him. God had intervened with Esau and the meeting was okay.

Instead of judgement, so to speak, Jacob found favour, instead of rejection, he found acceptation. It was like the story of the prodigal son, who was fearful about the reception he was going to get when he returns to the father (Luke 15:11-32).

He had done the wrong thing and was reluctant to retrace his step. He had done the wrong thing and was facing the repercussion of his wrong move.

He asked for his inheritance and spent it on harlots in a foreign land in a twisted desired for independence. But instead of chasing him away, the father accepted him. Both the prodigal son and the Jacob took things for themselves in unethical manners. Jacob took Esau’s blessings by sleuth and the prodigal son decided to gain his inheritance even before the death of the father.

That was what happened to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. To obtain some kind of wisdom they ate the fruit God said that they shouldn’t.

When they did that they had to run away from God in fear, just as Jacob ran away from Esau. There was a breakdown in their relationship.

It is interesting that in the reconciliation between the prodigal son and the father and Jacob and Esau the once who should feel offended were seen moving to receive the other in their embrace

That gives us a picture of God and his disposition when we repent. When the prodigal son returned the father set up a party of rejoicing. So instead of having a feeling of condemnation, he was overwhelmed with love from the father, a love that never waned.

The father had to allow the son to make his choice and to also release him to face the repercussion. The prodigal son by moving away from the father learnt invaluable lessons that will actually make him a better son. That experience is invaluable. The next time he will make a better decision, he will be able to advise others, he will be able to show the right way to others. So the fact that you did something wrong in the past should not be the focus, it is how we become a better person because of it.

For Adam and Eve, their sin was not the end of humanity (Genesis 3), Jesus came as the way back to God, opening the path of repentance. He said: repent for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand. The sin is not the end, there is the door of repentance, the door of change, into new life and power. God is full of mercy, and compassion. He seeks Man out, coming in the shape of Jesus to save us from our sins (Matthew 1:21). He initiates the reconciliation, but we have to embrace it.

Reconciliation may be attempted but because of the response of the other party, it may not succeed. That is why Paul said that, as long as it lies with us, we should live in peace with all men (Romans 12:18). Everything does not depend on us. Sometimes the people we want peace with do not want peace with us. Peace initiatives may be rebuffed or conditions set for the people that may be difficult to achieve. A psalmist wrote: I am for peace, but when I speak of it, all they want is war (Psalm 120:6).

God sent Jesus to the world, so that through him the people will be saved, that they will be reconciled to him, and he has also given us the ministry of reconciliation (2Corinthians 5:12-21).

But people can reject Jesus. They do it all the time. Full of their own way, they reject the ways of God, full of their own plans they reject the plan of God.

John wrote that: for God so love the world that he gave his only begotten son that whoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

But people may choose not to believe and it is in the devil’s interest that they not believe. The bible says that he has blinded the hearts of those who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel shine on them (2Corinthians 4:4).

That is why for any ministry of reconciliation to be successful it must be backed by fasting and prayer by a team dedicated to it. Paul asked for churches to pray for him that the word of God will have free course and be glorified (2Thessalonians 3:1). Otherwise, there will be resistance if the people eyes remain blinded. Peter said: we will give ourselves to prayer and the ministry of the word (Acts 6:4).

Before the church, through persecution, was dispersed from Jerusalem, they were known for prayer (Acts 2:42). In the place where they go, they were efficient when it comes to preaching to others and churches were set up as a result of their efforts. One of the churches set up was in Antioch which continued with the priority of prayer.

Certain prophets and teachers in the church in Antioch were committed to prayer. On one of such occasions of fasting and prayer in Acts chapter 13, the Holy Spirit said that Barnabas and Paul must be separated to him for the work they should do. And that began a powerful reconciliation move of God that spread across many places. The point is that there is no doing any work of reconciliation without prayer. Even Jesus was soaked in prayer.

What is wrong with the tongue? 

man-31894_640Romans 3:13: Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: (KJV)

There are very strong picturesque adjectives used to describe the impure mouth here, as Paul attempts to show that all men are incorrigible sinners (Romans 3), that try as we may humanity without Christ are sinners because of how corrupted the mouth is.

He said that the scriptures have described everyone as sinners and there is no of escape to escape judgment but by believing in the sacrifice that Jesus made for us and the saved by faith. Paul said that scriptures said that everyone does evil, and no one is clean and the tongue gives the summary of that. James described the tongue as being a little member but boasts great things. He said the man who does not err in words is truly perfect (James 3).

Throat: Open sepulchre

For the throat to be an open sepulchre means that it is totally filthy. Paul said we should allow our words to be seasoned with salt ministering grace to the hearers (Ephesians 4). But if your tongue is full of rot, then that is what you will deliver to others. Instead of grace there will be curse. Even if you are saying nothing wrong, everything is wrong because of what is being communicated, which is death.

Jesus said that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45), not just in the choice of words but in the spirit behind the words. The devil did not seem to see anything wrong in his suggestions to Jesus as he tempted him, be it was still the devil, if you know what I mean.

The way our heart is shaped will determine how our words is shaped. And since the heart of man was contaminated by sin, therefore the only thing that will manifest is death, regardless of how well trained and well behaved we are.

An opened grave has nothing to benefit you and it is better closed. Before the destruction of the earth in a flood, the bible recorded that the imagination of our heart was evil continually (Genesis 6:5). The mind reeks of corruption, and that determines what essence comes out of the mouth.

The “open sepulchre throat” communicates death, and not life, it communicates end and destruction and not beginning or transformation. We read of one who speaks like the piercing of the sword, but we were told that the mouth of the righteous communicates peace and life (Proverbs 12:18).

God designed that the use of the mouth of man is to create blessing, not curses. God made all the animal and asked Adam to name them (blessing them) and what he called them that was what they become (Genesis 2). They came into their purpose by the word Adam spoke to them.

God made man in his own image and spoke words of blessings over him. And just as God blessed man, he also made man to be a source of blessing through the words of his mouth.

When God set up the ordinances for the nation of Israel, he said the high priest must be careful to place his words of blessing upon them saying: the Lord bless thee and keep thee, the lord make his face shine upon thee and given you peace (Numbers 6:22-27). Life was to be communicated from the mouth.

Tongues: used for deceit

When humanity through Adam and Eve, bought into the lie of the devil, lying became our identification mark. Gehazi lied and he was judged with leprosy (2Kings 5). He was greedy for money but still wanted to maintain a religious demeanour. It is that state of contradiction that lying attempts to combine.

It is associated with hypocrisy. It is coming not clean, not owning up to mistakes. Adam and Eve did not own up to their mistake (Genesis 3). They attempted to cover up, and lying is about cover up. It is embracing darkness instead of coming into light.

Just as Gehazi wanted to take undue advantage of the Syrian general, so lying also comes as a means to take advantage of others. It is the wisdom of earthly demonic and sensual kind (James 3). The liar’s eyes are set on things on the earth (Colossians 3), his mouth is influenced by the hell, and he is bound by sensual, not spiritual consideration.

The devil is called the father of lies (John 8:44). That is his identity. And Jesus told the people in his time, the desire of your father you will do, saying that the devil was their father.

Being a father has to do with influence, and with the influence of the devil in causing Eve to fall, and his becoming the god of this world, lying became the order of the day, but there is freedom from the burden of lying in Jesus, where we can come to experience rebirth, experience being born again, becoming new creature, putting off the old man (associated with lying), and putting on the new man (associated with truth [Colossians ]), which is renewed in knowledge according to the one who created him. The new man that we put on is Jesus.

Lips: Poison of asps

There is death and defilement in the mouth, with Jesus saying what comes out of us can defile. There is the deceit in the mouth which shows the influence humanity has come under, and lastly from the focus verse we learn about the poisonous power of the tongue.

The bible says that some people speak like the piercing of the sword. While we should use our tongue to build up, following the intent of the devil means we will use our tongue to defile others, through which we tear them down.

James wondering about the mouth said that it is the same instrument that we use to bless God that we curse our fellow human being, adding: this should not be so.

The devil poisoned the relationship between Eve and God, sowing the seed of distrust. And one of the things that God hates is a lying tongue and the one who sows division among brethren.

Denying Christ

jesus-284414_640Matthew 26:75: And Peter remembered the saying of Jesus, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.

Some people may not deny Jesus verbally, but in their behaviour they deny his Lordship. He diagnosed this problem long ago saying that many call him lord but do not do what he says (Luke 6:46).

That is “mouth allegiance” instead of heart allegiance. The bible says that “the fool says in his heart that there is no God (Psalm 14:1),” and this is shown in the way he speaks and lives his life, without regulation, following the evil dictates of his heart, refusing to be regulated by God’s counsel.

Jesus says that if we confess him before men he will confess us before his father in heaven (Matthew 10:32). That means if we identify with him he will identify with us, Paul says that all that was gain to him prior to meeting Christ, he regard them as dung compared to the excellency of knowing Christ, and be found in him without his own righteousness but that which is by faith in Jesus (Philippians 3).

Paul was a Christ exclusivist. As far as he was concerned, everything must be viewed from that prism. He said to the Corinthians church I want to know nothing in your midst except Christ and him crucified (1Corinthians 2:2).

He said: through the cross the world is crucified to him and him to the world (Galatians 6:14). The point is that having experienced the cross the world makes no meaning for him (his perception changed), and the world starts to see him as strange because of how the embrace of the cross has changed him, hence the persecution he faced, because he does not fit in and the message of the cross he preaches is in direct confrontation with the prevailing mindset of the people. It makes them uncomfortable.

Jesus, in one of the parables that he gave, spoke about the different kinds of heart with the seed of the word of God falling on them.

There is the stony ground on which the seed fell, and though it sprouted suddenly, it’s growth was cut short because there was no deep root in it and when the sun came up, which stands for persecution because of the word, it dries it up and the word did not become fruitful (Mark 4:1-20).

But the persecution faced by Paul did not have the same effect, which means that he has a deep root of devotion to Christ, and would not deny him no matter what. When he was making a defence of himself at a time of persecution, he said: I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision (Acts 26:19). He had an encounter with Jesus and he could not say that he did not see what he saw. And he was faithful.

In the focus verse, we see Peter remorseful after denying Jesus three times. Making an observation of the 12 apostles before the arrest of Jesus, one would be forgiven to have thought that if anyone was going to deny Jesus, it will be Peter, but he did.

He had boasted: “I will never deny you (Mark 14:27-31, 66-72),” but fell apart when his confession was tested. Your confession will be tested, what you claim to believe will be tested. Just as the depth of your understanding of God’s word will be tested.

Paul said that we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against different levels of spiritual forces (Ephesians 6:10-12). In the wilderness, the devil tempted Jesus whether he knew who he really was.

Paul said he who will be godly will be persecuted (2Timothy 3:12). Persecution comes in form of pressure to deny Christ, to deny the truth you have known. Eve was pressured by the devil to deny the truth of the word of God to her which had to do with not eating a particular tree, and she fell into the temptation (Genesis 3). In eating that fruit, she denied the word of God, which was the truth.

Peter denied Christ but he found repentance and restoration. Earlier Jesus had warned him that Satan has asked to sift you like a wheat, but he had prayed for him that his faith will fail not (Luke 21:31-31).

Jesus even spoke beforehand of the denial. This was to show that though Peter was going to mess up and mess up big time, Jesus was not surprised. Small sins, big sins, people mess up, and what Jesus calls for was repentance. We should try to justify our sins, but come clean so that we can receive blood cleansing (1John 2:9-11).

After Peter denied Jesus, he was overwhelmed at how he fell below the standard he once set for himself. He felt dejected. But Jesus later appeared to him to reaffirm his commitment to him, even calling him by name when he sent a woman to the apostles soon after he rose from the dead (Mark 16:17).

While the devil would like to impress on him that what he had done is really evil and that there is no way he can retrace his step, no way in which he can be again valuable to God, that he was the worst of the worst, but he believed the words of Jesus when he asked him later to feed his sheep, that he was still relevant (John 21:15-18). Jesus did not even mention the error.

As far as Jesus was concerned there are greater things ahead than mourning over the past that cannot be changed.

Peter fell down but he got back up again. He realised that the mercy of God gets refilled each rising of the sun, and there is no exhausting it throughout the day since it is eternal, coming from an eternal God. He looked into the eyes of Jesus and saw inexhaustible love, which as long as he was willing to receive it, God was willing to give it. He did not have to draw back and fall away like Judas did.

Denying Christ is not the unforgivable sin. We can come back, we can turn back. This same Peter who chicken-heartedly denied Jesus three times, stood before the Pharisees after his resurrection and ascension and said: we cannot yield to you in any way, we have to follow God rather than men (Acts 5:29).

He was fearless before the Pharisees, who had sometimes before organised the killing of Jesus, his master. Peter stood firm against the threat to his life. What a transformation!

That is the power of the grace of God. So, because you fell today does not mean you cannot rise. Prophet Micah said: do not rejoice over me my enemy because when I fall I will rise again; when I sit in darkness God’s light will shine on me (Micah 7:8).

Because you are down does not mean you are out. The bible says that to him that joined to the living there is hope (Ecclesiastes 9:4). The bible says that there is forgiveness with God, so that he can be feared. Of one woman who showered a lot of affection on Jesus, he said: the one who is forgiven much, loves much (Luke 7:47).

So God gives forgiveness to reap devotion and love from humanity. Rejection does not breed love, acceptance does. Jesus said: come to him all you that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28-30). He welcomes us to receive from him, and one thing we receive is forgiveness, without which we will not find rest, either in this life or in the one to come (Acts 13:38).

Is age overrated?

old-woman-574278_640Jeremiah 16:19: O LORD, my strength and my stronghold, my refuge in the day of trouble, to you shall the nations come from the ends of the earth and say: “Our fathers have inherited nothing but lies, worthless things in which there is no profit. (ESV)

We are supposed to respect our elders, and even stand up to allow them to sit (Leviticus 19:32). When writing to Timothy, Paul said he should treat the older ones as fathers, with all respect (1Timothy 5:1). However, old age does not equal to wisdom. That was what Elihu in the book of Job found out (Job 32:1-12).

After listening to three friends of Job talk to him for a long time, and they were not able to do justice to the issue at hands, he said that he thought that old age should mean wisdom, but realised that is not necessarily the case.

He concluded that there is a spirit in man and that it is the inspiration of the almighty gives him understanding.

It’s clear that it is not about how long you have spent on earth, what you have seen, it is about the operation of the Holy Spirit in your life, how yielded you have been over time to him. Age is overrated.

The bible says that the race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong, but time can chance happened to all men (Ecclesiastes 9:11). Being old does not give you the exclusive access to wisdom. Actually the bible says that out of the mouth of babes and suckling God has ordained strength (Psalm 8:1-2). And he chooses the foolish thing to confound the wise (1Corinthians 1:27). Do not allow anyone to hoodwink you because of his age.

Jesus was not an old man but was possessed by the Holy Spirit and God said from heaven that we should listen to him (Matthew 17:5).

The Holy Spirit is the spirit of counsel, might, knowledge, understanding, who confers on people sound judgement, which he also conferred on Jesus (Isaiah 11:1-5). The bible says that he will not judge by the hearing of the ears but will judge righteous judgement.

Sound judgement does not come just because of your experiences. Being old may actually mean you are more bitter or mischievous than the average man or woman.

The experience of a young prophet in the bible aptly illustrates this. He was sent by God to prophesy to the king of Israel, against the worship of idols going on there (1Kings 13).

When an older prophet came to see him after he had delivered his message, he convinced him against following through with what earlier instruction that God gave him, lying that God has given him another instruction for him. The younger prophet was, as a result, killed by a lion.

The old man was an expert in manipulation. He did not shirk from manipulating others in the name of God, abusing the trust with which people view him because of his experience or age. So if you think old age means wisdom then you may be opened to deception, and have your initiative paralysed.

What did you think happened in the Garden of Eden? The serpent showed himself in the garden as having much more knowledge about things than Eve, and that was a trap she fell into, swallowing what he said hook, line and sinker (Genesis 3).

Aaron and Mariam were older than Moses and they presumed to criticise Moses about a decision he made (Numbers 12). They were mistaken, but what if you were there and it is your idea that the older is always right, then you will have followed them in their error and possibly also in the judgment they faced.

When Jesus called Paul into the ministry he said that he did not immediately confer with flesh and blood nor did he go to those who were apostles before him (Galatians 1-2). He said that what he taught, he knew by the revelation of Jesus Christ. Revelation trumps age. A psalmist says that he has more understanding than his teachers because he meditates on God’s law (Psalm 119:22). So passion for God also trumps age.

Showing the level of independence of thought that he had he confronted Peter, a foremost apostle, to his face, when he made theological misstep. He was not cowed by Peter’s clout. His commitment was to Jesus and what he has called him to do. He did not say because Peter saw Jesus in the flesh, therefore, whatever he says or does is right. He noticed he was inconsistent and spoke publicly about it to help others not to fall into the trap.

Now to the issue of father which was the thrust of the focus verse. From fathers should come identity but because of the corruption of sin, fathers sometimes do not live up to expectation. David wrote if my father and mother forsake me God will pick me up (Psalm 27:10).

When the first fathering arrangement through Adam got messed up, God found another way to father us.

This is how it happens. Father transfers blessing or curses. The blessing on Abraham found expression in his children and the ultimate expression of the blessing was seen in Jesus, and through whom we become children of God and partaker of the blessing (Galatians 3).

But we had a previous father and that was Adam and what we got from him was the rule of sin and death (Romans 5:12-21). But the bible says that the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus sets us free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:1-2). We needed another father to free us from the bondage the first father put us. What one father messed up, another father sorts out, hence the need for another Adam- Jesus (1Corinthians 15:45). Remember Jesus was called everlasting father (Isaiah 9:6).

The choices made by fathers can affect children positively or negatively. Adam was son of God (Luke 3:38), he came from him as God breathed his breath into man the breath of life and man became a living soul (Genesis 2:7).

But when humanity was messed up because of sin, there was the need for spiritual rebirth for us to gain God as father anew, with God’s Spirit coming into us through Jesus as we bear his presence and identity.

And the Spirit that has been sent to us is the Spirit of adoption and enter into a relationship with God, calling him father (Romans 8:15). Jesus taught us to pray: our father in heaven, hallowed be your name (Matthew 6:9). God is no longer afar off but within us, we get to experience who he is, how he is, we get to become him.