May 9, 2018
Colossians 1:19-20… For in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross.
This sentence reveals 2 of my core beliefs. 1. The fullness of God lived in Jesus. Jesus was, in every way, God. The Spirit of God lived in Him.
John 16:7…Nevertheless, I tell you the truth; it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But, if I go, I will send him to you.
I have wondered why the Holy Spirit could not come to us while Jesus was here. One possible answer is that the Spirit is a specific entity and could not be spread so thin. He was in Jesus in fullness. Jesus went to heaven and was no longer in need of being filled with the Spirit. At that time, the Spirit was sent to all of us. We don’t, individually, have the fullness of God’s Spirit; but, we do, collectively. That is the thought behind our Bible Discussion Group. It is not a teaching format like most Bible Studies. It is a discussion format where every person contributes to the conversation and the mind of God is revealed in the composite revelation. Like I said, this is one of my beliefs… and it is not everyone’s. But, it is a value of mine, and I set up Bible Discussion times to watch it work. The 2nd part of the statement, this morning, that is part of my belief system, is that we are being reconciled to God; He s not being reconciled to us. He is not compromising so that He can be with you and me. This reminds me of a vision I had: First I must say, “I don’t have many visions” That is just not the way God speaks to me. I have heard from other people that He speaks often in visions. I don’t disagree; I just know that is not my lot. So when I have a vision, I remember it… I was walking in a dark forest. I could not clearly see the path in front of me. I saw Jesus walking in the forest as well. He had a light. I asked him, “Jesus, could you come over here and shine your light on this path?” He answered, “That is not the right path; come and join me.” That little vision explains reconciliation, as I see it. Too often, we want Jesus to join us in our endeavors. He calls to us, “Come to me.” Our future is in Him.