God is crazy, we are dying, and everything is great!
My previous post Deadly Deliverance spoke on how Christ was the perfect person to pay the debt we owe to God. Today I hope to explain a little more about the nature of what we call the Godhead.
Trinity in Unity
John the beloved was arguably the closest disciple to Jesus. After Jesus ascended into Heaven he wrote this about God, “there are three that bear witness in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit, and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness on earth, the Spirit and the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.” (1 John 7:8) The phrase “in agreement” in Greek is literally “for the one thing”. That is, God is after only one thing.
God is Crazy In Love
C.S. Lewis wrote, “God, who needs nothing, loves into existence wholly superfluous creatures in order that He may love and perfect them”. We are not worth anything and yet God wants us to share in that Unity of which John spoke.
On September 11, 2001, terrorists flew two planes into the Twin Towers in New York City destroying the buildings and killing many. At the base of those buildings is St. Paul’s church. This was the church in which George Washington was inaugurated. It was also the only building in that vicinity that was not destroyed. You see, a large Sycamore tree stood next to the building and took all the weight of the debris. It killed the tree but saved the church.
Creating us was not enough for God. As the Church, we have a tree that protected us (and still does). The cross of Christ. Christ left that beautiful unity in order to bear the weight of all the debris in our life, and not only to carry the load for us, but to pull us out of the deepest pits we have dug for ourselves, reaching even to hell to pull us to Himself and then into unity with the Trinity as Jesus Himself prayed that those who believe “may all be one; even as Thou, Father, art in me, and I in Thee, that they also may be in Us” (John 17:21).
We are Dead and so we Live
This great love, caused us to perish too. As Paul says, “if any man is in Christ [that is, brought into the unity of God’s love through grace] he is a new creature [or new creation]”. The old has died, and along with it all of its burdens.
Jesus isn’t all that died on the cross that day. Our sins, death, and the Devil himself died too. They no longer hold any power of us if we remain with Christ. When we sin, it is already covered. Doesn’t matter if the sin is a ‘religious’ sin like not going to church, or if it is a sin in that we miss the goal. Such as believing that we are unqualified for the work we have to do, or thinking that we could never have anything better than what we do now or used to long ago.
Sadly, many don’t think they can believe that because their religion tells them that there are yet more requirements to live up to. Keep these commandments, read these books, listen to this music and on and on. Well, don’t buy it.
Dance like a Fool
2 Samuel 6:14 says “David was dancing before the Lord with all his might”. You are not only saved, you are promised eternity in the communion of God. So go out and dance like King David, the man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22). Be free to mess up.
You know you are living the Christian life when people think you aren’t saved. When David danced the Scriptures record “that Michal the daughter of Saul [David’s wife] looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart”.
Be like God. Be so crazy in love with Him that you can’t help but be free from everything and everyone that tells you that you aren’t good enough to be loved. Don’t be afraid to die for the love. Die to all that holds you back from being the beloved creation of God. The one thing God is after is you. So run to Him, and never let go.
In the next post, I hope to talk more about what God has done for us. He is such a good God, even in the bad times. We often forget just how unreligious God can appear. So let’s explore the topic together next time. For now, I would love to hear from you. Has your understanding of the practical nature of the Trinity been expanded? Do you better appreciate the sacrifice Jesus made for you? Do you truly know just how free you are? Let me know in the comments below or send me a private message through my Contact Page.
Until then, “be a sinner and sin boldly, but let your trust in Christ be stronger”. God love you and keep you. Amen.