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Tuesday: The God Who Became One With Us — 7 Comments

  1. Most religions have more in common than we like to admit sometimes. Typically there is some belief that there is a supernatural being or beings who is/are in charge. There is the promise of some sort of eternal state of bliss. And there is an admonition and a moral framework for behaving yourself. Generally, eternal bliss in the future is linked to compliance with rules for behaving yourself in the present life.

    However, there is a fundamental difference between Christianity and most other religions. Christianity's salvation is a gift and not a reward. That statement seems so obvious to us because most of us have just finished studying Ephesians where Paul says:

    For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Eph 2:8 KJV

    The really important thing about Christianity is that God came among us to give us this gift. C S Lewis highlights how important this is in his book, "Mere Christianity":

    Then comes the real shock. Among these Jews there suddenly turns up a man who goes about talking as if He was God. He claims to forgive sins. He says He has always existed. He says He is coming to judge the world at the end of time. Now let us get this clear. Among Pantheists, like the Indians, anyone might say that he was a part of God, or one with God: there would be nothing very odd about it. But this man, since He was a Jew, could not mean that kind of God. God, in their language, meant the Being outside the world Who had made it and was infinitely different from anything else. And when you have grasped that, you will see that what this man said was, quite simply, the most shocking thing that has ever been uttered by human lips. p51

    God became man to save us. This was not "action at a distance". it was participation and involvement.
    An important corollary to this is the notion that salvation is not just a hope for eternity, it is a state of being now. Importantly, one of Jesus' names is "Emmanuel"; "God with us". He did not come to earth to show us how to be saved. He came to be one with us and save us. And that is the shocking difference between Christianity and most other religions.

  2. We can only respond to someone's love if we know and feel love. Love has been rare and sometimes misunderstood. I could not deprive myself today from citing Paul:

    "Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance... Three things will last forever - faith, hope, and love - and the greatest of these is love." (1 Corinthians 13:4-7,13)

  3. I remember my first experience with God and His Presence: I took what, Norman Vincent Peale, said in his book, "The Power of Positive Thinking," where he very clearly stated that there was power in using the name of Jesus in our prayers. I was about 21 years of age then. I do not remember much about the details here but I do remember that when I was done with my prayer after making sure that I included Jesus' name on it, I felt a presence of spiritual power that I had not experienced before. Then, yeas later, when I was about 28 years of age, I attended a Seminar that taught the "Principles of the Prayer of Faith," in seven lessons and took seven weeks, one lesson per week; all Bible and Ellen WHite based information to the lessons. Since then, God has blessed me and still blesses me and I experience God's Presence each and every day.

    • He is always here with us, Pete... We have to restore this sensitivity lost because of our sinful nature! And there are so many ways to do that; prayer is one of the most effective! Gaze at nature, the human body, and the stars; God's signature is present in every inch of His creation! How about a man falling in love with a woman? What a diverse and infinite God we have!

      • So, Mr. JC Zielak, do you feel that there are many ways other than Jesus and His name in our prayers to restore your so called "God's presence in every inch of His creation?"

  4. I do accept that i worship the living God ,real God so Christianity is real religion because we worship God who is with us for ever and ever


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