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The Mystery Of God

"Ye are gods" said our Savior Jesus Christ. Were these words of Christ just spiritual salt and pepper? Was it a theological euphemism? Or did Christ really mean it? "THOU ART GOD."

This is really a mind-boggling possibility. Is God literally our Father and are we literally his sons and daughters?

It was during the Feast of Dedication, in Jerusalem, andin winter, as Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon's porch. The Jews surrounded Him and said to Him, "How long do You keep us in doubt? If you are the Christ tell us plainly".Jesus answered them, "I told you and you do not believe, The works that I do in My Father's name, they bear witness of Me. But you do not believe, because you are not of my sheep, as I said to you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish: Neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father who has given them to me is greater than all: and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father's hand. I and My Father are one. Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him and Jesus answered them, Many good works I have shown you from My Father, for which of those works do you stone Me?”

Blasphemy, shouted these self-righteous religious bigots as they stooped down to pick up stones, but for some reason they paused to give Christ time to pose a puzzling question from their own Scriptures.(verses 33-36) "You being a man, make YourselfGod" Jesusanswered them, "Is it not written in your law (Ps. 82:6), "I said, You are gods". If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came ( and the Scriptures cannot be broken) do you say to Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, 'You are blaspheming,' because I said I am the Son of God."

Having posed a question they could not answer, this made them even more angry, and again they tried to stone Him.

Everyone who calls themselves Christians believes as the most cardinal point of doctrine, that Jesus Christ was and is the Son of God. Just how many of these Christians do you know who also believe equally in the words Christ said just before His death? (John 17: 11 & 20-21) “I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You, Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. (20-21) I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word: "that they all may be one as You Father are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.” How many self-professing Christians really believe that?

As you watch these modern religious leaders today, are you really satisfied with their explanation of the meaning of life, the purpose of creation, or the ultimate goal we humans are to obtain?

Several decades ago, there were billions of people who believed that the ultimate goal was to achieve Nivana. (The state of perfect blessedness achieved by the absorption of the soul into the Supreme Spirit that is an unconscious continual existence). In this belief, what good is it to live forever and yet not even realize that you are, or that you even exist?

Billions of people believe that the after life of the faithful will consist of living at ease in an Oasis called the Garden of Allah-- just laying around in a hammock strung between to date palms, being cared for by little boys and seventy- two virgins (an eternal harem). This religion converts people by the edge of a sword to believe and seek this reward.

Christianity is separated into two basic concepts:

    1. The purpose of life is to achieve the beatific vision. The best definition for this is: "That you will live forever and will be able to gaze upon God, seeing Him better than you see Him now, but not as He really is, because He is too perfect to be seen even by the spiritually successful in their lower state of perfection.

    2. This Christian belief is that when you die, if you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, you will go to heaven as a spirit being of some sort and live eternally in bliss. You check in at the pearly gates with St. Peter, receive your wings, harp,cloud, and your golden slippers with which to walk the golden streets. However, you do nothing, and you do it forever. And you will never hunger or thirst or cry or suffer again.

The only reason you might want to achieve this goal is because the alternative is suffering forever in hell.

Of course, there are many more beliefs with goals that are just as vague. Some even believe we are born and die like dogs and cats with no purpose at all.

Why do we have all of these words, slogans and beliefs? Is it because they just don't really believe what Jesus Christ or His Father has told us? Does this so called modern Christianworld really believe the GOSPEL message stated by Christ Himself?Absolutely NOT!

What about you? Do you really believe the plain, clear wordsin the Bible describing the purpose of life, the plan of God, theGospel? Do the words used in the revelation of God to mankindhave meaning apart from the reality, or does the Bible say onething, but means something else?

WHY THE MYSTERY?

All of these people with their beliefs are very sincere, but theirfaith gives no reason for the purpose of life, the reason for creation,the plan of God, the ultimate goal God has set for mankind. The reason is that God locked up that” Truth" and gave thekey to unlock it only to those of His choosing and at the time of His choosing.

There have been lots of sermons preached on how impossible it is for us to know or even understand just what God has in store for us. They get this from ( I Corth. 2:9) "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him".

This verse conveniently explains away the vagueness of their beliefs and allows for all manner of speculation of doctrinal discrepancies among believers. Now what this does is to bring comfort to the confused and helps in swallowing the impractical visions regarding God's purpose.

(Verse 10) "But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit". In other words, God's purpose for mankind can be known, but only by His Spirit.

(Rom. 16: 25-27) "Now to Him who is able to establish you, according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began, but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever, Amen".

God's Holy Spirit helps us to understand the clear truth, and believing the Bible that it means just what it says. When God says sons and daughters, He means just that, not someone of younger years or intelligence. When God says Father, He means one who has produced sons and daughters, not just a Father image,or a Father idea. He means sons and daughters of fathers and mothers not just people who hold the same general belief.

The Bible says that we are made in the image of God. Why?None of the other creatures that God created are made in His image.God does not look like a cow, snake, bird or fish. God looks just like human beings. Or better still, we humans look like God--both male and female are made in His image.

We look like God, but we are not exactly like Him. An image shows design and shape, but is not made of the same substance as the original. We are physical, flesh and blood, temporary, mortal. God is a Spirit-- Eternal and Immortal.

King David wrote in Ps. 17:15, “As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness, I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness".

To be like God as God is God will require a change in our composition from physical to spiritual. ( I Corth 15: 50-52). Job was another person that was familiar with this change that is coming ( Job 14: 14-15 and 19: 25-26)

Now please understand this, what is changed is flesh, attitude and character, not personality, the integral personal conscious you.

The mystery of the gospel is not clearly explained in the Old Testament. This is one of the reasons that Jesus Christ came to this earth. (Matt. 11:27) "All things have been delivered to Me by My Father and no one knows the Son except the Father, nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son will reveal Him.

Now just what does it say in (John 6:44) "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him and I will raise him up at the last day".

Christianity does not deny that Jesus Christ was unique. He is the only son of a human being who had God the Father in heaven as His literal Father who caused His impregnation in the womb of a woman named Mary-- the Only Son of God.

Now understand this, Jesus Christ is also the firstborn, and the Bible says that others will come later. (Rom. 1:4) "And declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit holiness by the resurrection from the dead". Jesus Christ Himself was physical flesh and blood, He also had to change, and that overwhelming change came about at His resurrection.

Because of the resurrection of our Savior, it is now possible through the power of that resurrection that you and I can also be changed to become a Son or Daughter of God-- to be God as God is God—to be God as Jesus Christ is now God. Those who become members of God's Family, will be God, but will not have the same power, glory, or authority, as God the Father or Jesus Christ.

(Roman 8:29) "For whom He foreknew, He also predestined tobe conformed to the image of His Son (Rev. 1: 13-16), that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. (What does God say brethren means?) Now from this verse it sure sounds like that there are to be many more sons born into God's Family.

(Heb. 2:10) "For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all thingsand by whom are all things in bringing many sons to glory to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. Surely this verse makes it plain that there are others yet to be glorified sons. (verse 11) "For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which He is not ashamed to call them brethren".

(Col. 1:18, 27) "And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. (27) "To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory". Here the apostle Paul is talking about your Glory.

There is no question about it, the Bible tells us very plainly, for the reason that Christ came to this earth, to make it possible for usto become God's sons and daughters. (John 1: 12-13) "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name, who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God".

Nothing in the Bible could be stated any more clearer,that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God! So, a person must be born again, not just some experience of the mind, but an actual birth-- a complete change to a new being from our present state. (I Corth. 15: 35-49)

The Greek word for born is "gennan", it refers to conception, the begotten stage of fetus growth and actual birth. You and I are considered to be sons or daughters even though we have not been born again. When parents first learn that a new life is in the womb, they think of it as their child, even though it is not yet born. It is the same with God the Father.

When Jesus Christ said, "Thou Art God", He said that because that is our awesome potential whether you know it yet or not. God's way of referring to something He plans to do is to refer to it as if it were already done. (Roman 4:17) (Romans 8:14) "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God". There are no capital letters in the Greek. The people who translated the King James Version decided to capitalize the word son when it referred to Jesus Christ and not to capitalize the word son when it referred to us. In (verse 15) the word adoption can just as well be translated sonship or Sonship. We are to call God, Father, our real Father, not just a pretend father.

(I John 3:1-2) "Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God. Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him, beloved now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him for we shall see Him as He is".

Question? When Jesus Christ returns to this earth,what will He be like? Will he be a metaphoric, allegoricalor a mythical Son of God? Or will He be a real Spiritualall-powerful, actual Son of the Living God (Father). The answer is obvious, an actual Son of God. Then if he is likethat and we are going to be like He is, what do you supposewe will be like? GOD-- AS GOD IS GOD!

The great God is not playing games and is not sponsoring an eternal rest home in the sky for retired old Christians. The Great God is "Reproducing Himself".

Paul tells us in (Phil 2:5) "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus". Also in ( II Peter 1:4) "We are to be partakers of the divine nature"-- God's nature.

(Rev. 3:9) "I will make them come and worship before your feet and to know that I have loved you". Now all of us know that only God is worthy of worship. So there is only one inescapable conclusion. If we are to be changed from physical to spiritual and just ordinary spiritual, but by the Spirit of God, and if we are taught by Christ to pray "Our Father in heaven", if He really is our Father, if we are His Sons, if we share the Father's and Son's glory, if we inherit eternal life, if we partake of the divine nature, if we are to be just like Jesus Christ, if we have the complete mind of Christ, if we are worthy of worship, then we must be GOD! You were born to become God. This is the Mystery of God.

 
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