Clash of the
Considering our discussions on God's love throughout this website, we are confronted with an age-old struggle for independence. It's like a battle of titans where we sometimes see ourselves as Perseus, the demigod and son of Zeus, who fought against the forces of the underworld to prevent them from conquering heaven and earth. In this metaphorical sense, we obstruct the advancement of God's kingdom when His people engage in conflict with each other. This prevents the kingdom of God from expanding into the enemy's territory, as mentioned in
Matthew: "From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force" (Matthew 11:12, NKJV). This struggle is genuine, and it requires determined effort to overcome it, often involving difficult and strenuous measures.
To delve deeper, we can find that many issues within the family of God stem from a spirit of lawlessness, as Paul aptly describes. To address these challenges, it's essential to establish a foundation based on "God's Government and Order."
Philip Yancy beautifully articulates the idea that those touched by grace do not view those who stray as "evil people" or as pitiful souls in need of help. Instead, they recognize that God's love is extended to all because of who God is, not because of who we are. This understanding of God's primordial love forms the basis of our unity, surpassing our personal inclinations and efforts to maintain it.
Primordial love is deeply ingrained in our spiritual lives. When we experience God's love, we become part of a transcendent reality beyond ourselves. In contrast, many rich and famous individuals, despite their worldly success, still grapple with feelings of smallness, unloved, and loneliness because they lack this primordial connection. Regardless of our earthly circumstances, we find our security in an unshakable foundation provided by the Lord's sacrifice of His Son.
Returning to the beginning, it's essential to reflect on our origins, especially concerning family, faith, ministry calling, and vocations. We can draw parallels to the intimate fellowship that Adam and Eve had with God in the garden. Although brief, it marked a primordial moment for humanity. God sought to establish a family of faith through whom He could bless the nations and restore intimacy. This mission continued with the nation of Israel, chosen to proclaim God's principles through the Torah, Feasts, and sacrificial system. The mission further advanced with the arrival of the Jewish Messiah, Jesus, who inaugurated the New Covenant body. All these efforts are directed toward the ultimate goal of filling the earth with the knowledge, glory, and love of God.
God's government operates both spiritually and practically through His Holy Spirit, His Word, and His agents, such as the five-fold ministries mentioned in Ephesians 4: Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers, along with Elders and Deacons. These agents ensure the unity and stability of the body of Christ. However, today, there is a growing demand for change, and some seek to challenge established principles and leaders. It is essential to approach this with wisdom and a focus on personal transformation before seeking to reform external structures.
In times of change, we must return to the timeless wisdom of God's Word, which has sustained countless generations. Just as the Israelites in the wilderness needed guidance and nourishment, we must reacquaint ourselves with the deep and dependable waters of Scripture to navigate the challenges of our time.