I was having a prayer meeting with the men and a question came up. Recently I’ve noticed a trend in this line of questioning so I felt like it may be a good to explore and address with an open forum. I remember my pastor teaching me about helping people and how easy it is to counsel people that know
the Word of God. By counseling people I’m really speaking from the standpoint of sharing God’s light on life’s challenges. I’m not referring to some special session used for correction. The more I talk with people the more I understand what he meant.
So anyways back to the question. Here’s one way it may be posed, Since God knows everything (meaning the outcome of all things) and I have free will then what’s the point of living (my ability to choose) in this life? I might as well do whatever comes natural because my demise is already determined, Right? Then there’s the viewpoint which says “God knows his children and of course I’m his child so in the end God is going to make away from me. In other words God wrote the book and “I’ve been inked in so I’m good”.
Because both ideas contain facts supported by Scripture we can without further inspection conclude that either or both must be wrong. When we examine the Scriptures we find that neither of these simplified answers are true.
The title of this series is THE WORD because for us as believers it’s all we really have. I Corinthians 15:14 says that “if Christ be not risen then our preaching is vain and your faith is also vain”. So our entire faith or belief system is predicated on Christ being risen.
Being raised and ascension into heaven were the last of the Messianic prophecies fulfilled. Those prophecies where our proof that Jesus was, who he said he was. So John the Beloved of the Christ’s disciples opens his gospel expanding our revelation of Christ. John, (I imagine) perhaps, after reading the accounts of Christ that others wrote felt led of the Spirit to provide yet another first hand account. So he begins his book “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. Wow, I (you) could ponder (meditate) just that for hours, days, or perhaps even periodically throughout a lifetime.
Just before I wrote that last sentence my daughter asked me a series of questions that ended with “why is God, God? So I thought for a moment (because she is 7) and said the criteria for God is simple. I paused because while I was about to explain the three omni’s of God (Omnipresent, Omniscient, Omnipotent) it occurred to me that she might not know what “criteria” means. So I said criteria are a set of rules or tests that must be passed. She said she understood so I said the first rule to be God is that you could not have been created.
In John 1:3 John builds on his revelation that Christ did not begin in Mary’s womb. Neither was Christ merely present before God created the heaven and the earth. He says to us that Christ is not part of creation but rather the Creator. That He and the Father are God one in the same. The WORD which was from the beginning (When God set time in motion) was made flesh. Christ is not a word but THE WORD the embodiment and personification of God’s will for us all. Plainly John proves that Jesus supersedes the tests of man and passes the criteria to be God. It is through Christ that we have relationship with God. So how is it that we can say that we know him and our knowledge be contrary to the scriptures (THE WORD)? My hope for this series is to stimulate introspection, discovery of God’s perspective that we all may grow from where we are now to where the Creator would have us to be. Since we are believers, hypocrites or those yet to believe let’s get the conversation going asking the tough questions then draw our conclusions on the totality of scripture.
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Grace & Truth,
John 1:1-4 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
John 5:36-40 But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me. And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.