"For in him we live, and move, and have our being…For we are also his offspring. Forasmuch as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent" (Acts 17:28-30).
It is so easy for us to see God as man - man being the person composed of spirit, soul and body who lives on the earth. In Acts 9 a dialog takes place between Jesus and Saul of Taurus where Jesus asks Saul, "Why persecutest thou me?" It is obviously the people whom Saul was persecuting to whom Jesus is referring. Yet he unequivocally shows himself as them, as He goes on to say: "I am Jesus whom thou persecutest." Also in Matthew 25:40, we see Jesus once again saying: "… inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." Jesus was declaring that while each of us is a personal manifestation of God in the earth, we all came forth of the same Father.
Yet, we find it so hard to see man as God in the earth - not man's faults and failures, not man's outward physical form, but the very essence of man's being. So although we are Christians and profess that we know the Lord, we continue to envision God as some entity separate and apart from ourselves and thereby continue to keep the rest of creation in bondage (Rom 8:21) not realizing the creative power that has been unleashed within us. Therefore, what we did innocently before, what we did in the privacy of our closets, now is having repercussions that we may not even be aware of. It may seem that our actions affect only ourselves, not realizing that they may be keeping us, and therefore all of creation, in the bondage which Christ has already broken.
Whether we believe it or not, whether we accept it or not, we are crated in the image and likeness of God. So as God spake and it was done, so our actions, our words are bringing forth fruit in the natural realm - some unto honor and some to dishonor. When we operate out of the life within us, what comes forth brings forth life also. But operating from the death within, that same creative power will produce death. You may wonder how it is possible for God to do something dishonorable or hurtful. Brethre, we all came forth from the Father. What we are, came forth from him. So yes, as God, God has the capacity to do anything. But since He is ruled by His love, all God does will be for the benefit and not the hurt of mankind. Man on the other hand, is so caught up in himself being apart from God, and is so taken with this false humility that he is overextending his boundaries to see himself as God in human form, that in his blind ignorance he is grossly misusing the nature within him and making the grace of God of none effect.
The times of this ignorance God is no longer winking at. For while man knew not what sin was, God could not hold him guilty. But God in His mercy, is now revealing our true nature and characteristics as being divine. Furthermore, God in His mercy, is revealing the responsibility we have, to function as God in the earth. So now, we are without excuse and God commands man everywhere to repent or "change his mind". As Paul put it in Ephesians 4:24, 25: "And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another." We must recognize what Paul further shares in 1 Corinthians 2:16, "…we have the mind of Christ."
The truth is that the very essence of our beings is God. The truth is that this God has taken on a physical form in order that there can be an interaction between the spirit and the physical realm of earth. In other words, God desires to be manifest in the earth. The truth is that this being on the earth can respond either to the external physical stimulation of the flesh, or the internal urgings of the spirit. But the life of this being comes from the God within. Therefore we can only demonstrate God in truth as we behold the truth within us and operate out of the holiness and righteousness within. Anything else would be a lie. And, as we behold the truth, we see that though, in the natural, we are housed in different bodies, we all represent the same God which lighteth everyone who cometh into the world.
It is therefore our responsibility to recognize and acknowledge our oneness with God the Father and operate out of this knowledge at all times, in order that we may stop hurting creation and instead bring us all into the glorious liberty of the sons of God. Hallelujah!
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