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The Surreal World

March 28, 2007

Ephesians 2:4-7  “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,  Even when we were yet dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace yue are saved;)  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:  That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

I just had a fascinating event take place.  This post was completed and I was finishing up the final paragraph when our cat “Daisy” jumped onto the keyboard and managed to delete the entire thing.  So now to start over while Daisy gets to prowl the fields.  (This is what she usually does anyways.) 

To the agnostic-minded person, religion may well seem like a “make-believe world” of stories and regulations which they will claim to have no scientific proof.  I Corinthians chapter 1 tells of this phenomenon and it tells how God uses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise.  To take them in their own craftiness.  They observe all that appears and ask the question:

“How could one entity possibly do all of this?” 

Such is the reasoning of the natural man as it would seem to be impossible for a single God to create all of the billions of galaxies and yet fabricate the most complex of biological structurs.  To create billions of consious beings and know what’s in the heart of each one of them.  It seems to be simply beyond the range of possibilities unless we think of the alternative.  Therefore to this question we can respond:

“How could all of this do this to itself when it wasnt?”

Before being born again, many of us probably had a similar view of “religion.”  Good morals to live by and a lot of stories which took place long ago, but the physical realm seemed much more relevant.  The things that registered on the five senses which we could verify their existance through natural means.  The spiritual realm may have seemed like a venturing into the surreal for most.  (Not so much for me as I had a fascination with the spitiual realm; a fascination that could have led to a whole lot of trouble had I not come to Jesus.)  Principals of faith may have seemed “contrary” to common sense. 

When we come to Jesus; repenting (being sincerely sorry) of our sins and asking the Lord to save us; accepting his shed blood on Calvary as payment for our sins, our lives are forever altered and we begin to “change.”  When a person truly accepts Jesus as Savior, the Holy Spirit begins a work in their life; that of transforming them into the image of Christ.  This process continues for the rest of our earthly lives.  The first steps can be small; sometimes slow, but they take place nonetheless as a new christian will have a “desire” for such.  Lord begins to open our understanding to things.  One of the first things that I noticed was the bible “making sense.”  Even the King James version; the old English wordings which beforehand seemed incomprehensible could now be understood.  

John 14:26  “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance.”

 We learn what it is to be truly “alive” and to have a relationship with a risen Savior.  We begin to long for a closer relationship with him and our desire to meditate on heavenly things grows.  Things in this world, which once brought with them the illusion of fulfillment now seemed empty and “cold.”  The realm of the spiritual which once seemed so alien now becomes real while the physical world begins to lose its appeal.  We begin to see it for what it is; a very temporal dwelling place that cannot even begin to compare to eternity.   The concept of prayer transforms from a tradition-driven set of rehearsed phrases into a direct line of communication with the Almighty. 

We learn that our Savior, Jesus Christ, who loved us when we were lost and at our worst, is our high priest forever, after the order of Melchizedec and forever lives to make intercession for us.  He is as close as the mention of his name, 24/7 and hears our faintest cry.  As we spend time with him in prayer and search the scriptures, we begin to understand more and more of just how awesome he really is.  And yet despite all of the understanding that one may be granted in this life, his ways are still past finding out.  The following verses will show this to be true; not only for a person who has no regard for the God of all eternity, but also for the saint who seeks him diligently.  The first one deals with a natural man that has no interest in the things of God

II Timothy 3:7  “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

They will heap to themselves diploma after diploma in a pursuit for earthly knowledge while paying no heed to the Lord Jesus Christ who is the Creator of all that we see and think that we own.  “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.”  But while a person who is of such a mindset won’t so much as entertain the notion that “God is” a true born again christian will never be able to fully grasp Gods awesomeness either.  The difference is that the saint “knows God” and desires to know more about him.  While we’ll never be able to grasp the full extent of just how incredible he is, we keep seeking after him; knowing that “he is” and is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. 

Job 9:10  “Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number.” 

The entire ninth chapter of Job is incredible.

Psalm 139:6  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.” 

Psalm 139 is also incredible.  When we begin to grasp the significance of these things; that we have a relationship with the Ancient of Days through Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, and that his ways are as far above ours as the heavens are above the earth, our entire perception of this world changes.  It becomes a “surreal landscape” of things which can be seen and touched, and yet have no space in eternity.  The world and all that is therein will eventually melt with a fervent heat.   

This post is getting long and I haven’t yet reached the material that was on the previous one which Daisy launched into the space-time continuum.  Actually this version seems more relevant than the previous one and so, “Praise God for cats!  As we draw ever closer to the Lord Jesus Christ, the things of this world become “strangely dim” in the process.  Things which I used to get so worked up about simply have no bearing on me.  This process is an ongoing one and I can point to things which, three years ago seemed ever so important but now fail to get me worked up.  A primary example of this would be the ongoing drama of American Axle & Manufacturing. 

I used to worry about the future of the plant.  The list of “what ifs” never ended as I would ponder the array of senarios; most of which seemed to end in its physical demise.  Today I really don’t worry as God doesn’t require the help of American Axle to provide a table in the wilderness.  The righteous are never forsaken and if this present situation comes apart, as physical situations are known to do, the Lord would be moving us elsewhere.  I don’t “pray” for this to take place; only for the Lords will to be done in all things.  But if it happens, the joy of the Lord is greater than any circumstance.  We need, in this hour, the resolve of Job; that we’re going to serve God no matter what.  This world really is not our home; a truth that applies to every saint of God.  We truly have no continuing city here and while there are many places that I would like to visit, none of them will be “home.”  

I need to close up for now.  One thing that the other version of this went into extensively is how the more we have our hearts on the world to come, the more compassion we’ll have for those who are lost and undone.  (This post needs a part two)  There’s a direct link between our love for the Lord Jesus and our love for those who keep themselves outside the household of faith. The more heavenly minded a person is, the more concern they’ll have for the lost and the more they’ll do to reach them with the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.  As this age is quickly coming to a close, I pray that we would be about our fathers business like never before.  I’ll close out with the following passage:

Hebrews 1:10-12  “And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the work of thy hands:  They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they shall all wax old as doth a garment;  And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed:  but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.”

Hebrews chapter 1 is awesome too.  Sometimes it’s really hard to just choose a couple of verses to write when the whole chapter is so powerful.

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8 comments

  1. Psalm 139:6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.”

    ha ha ha .. this verse makes me laf. i’ll never figure it out. i don’t even try…


  2. Favorites from Hebrews:

    1:6-7 “And when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says,
    “AND LET ALL THE ANGELS OF GOD WORSHIP HIM.”
    And of the angels He says,
    “WHO MAKES HIS ANGELS WINDS,
    AND HIS MINISTERS A FLAME OF FIRE.”

    2:17-18 “Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

    For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.”

    13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”


  3. Hi Tim Bob,
    just popping by to say hello…Psalm 139 is my favourite of all psalms..


  4. Greetings Code. The deep things of God are beyone awesome. We cant fully grasp them, but we can rejoice in that he is a faithful Creator and never changes. Thanks for stopping by.


  5. Greetings carol. It’s one of my favorites also.
    Be blessed always.


  6. Greetings Cumby. The book of hebrews is so incredible and filled with insight. You bring up some truly awesome verses. Thanks for bringing them up.


  7. Hello Timbob, Have you ever wondered just who Melchizedak was?

    “For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, 2 to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated “king of righteousness,” and then also king of Salem, meaning “king of peace,” 3 without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.
    4 Now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils.”

    One of the many mysteries I have pondered.

    This world and all of illusions is growing old and threadbare like a garment worn too long. May we ever keep our eyes fixed on that which is eternal, remembering that it is the reality and all the rest will pass away.

    Have a great time with Kimberly on your anniversary!
    I will be gone for the next three days and may not be in blogworld again until Monday. Until then may the Lord richly bless you and your loved ones.

    Susan


  8. Greetings Susan. It’s indeed one of those incredible ponderings as to how this all fits together. Concerning Melchizedek, it’s a fascinating acount and yet, the full scope of it I’m certain that we dont truly grasp. It’s so icredible how Gods ways are past finding out. This is comforting because it means we’ll always have fascinating things to learn. We really do serve an awesome Creator.
    Have a great weekend in Christ Jesus, who gave his life for us, that we could be with him throughout the eons to come.

    timbob



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