Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Dwelling Place Of God

Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple.
(1 Corinthians 3:16-17 ESV)

As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
(1 Peter 2:4-5 ESV)

The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. (Acts 17:24-25 ESV)

The Holy Spirit dwells in every true believer. God no longer dwells in temples made with hands, but instead he dwells in the hearts and manifests himself in the lives of his followers. We (God's church) are made up of living stones built on the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, and Jesus is the chief cornerstone in this spiritual temple. (Eph. 2:20)

Our goal is not to see a rebuilt temple in Jerusalem, but to experience life in the Spirit, as the dwelling place of God, here and now. God has chosen a people for himself through his Son to be heirs of his promises and to experience his divine presence. In Christ we are partakers of the divine nature which allows us to access the mind of Christ. 

We are the clay vessels that God has chosen to pour his life into, so that we can share his life with others.  All of the fullness of  God dwells in Jesus and we (his people) are spiritually located in Christ.  As God's workmanship we were created for good works in Christ Jesus, that can only be accomplished through His indwelling Spirit. - Bobby

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Humility of Jesus

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
(Philippians 2:5-8 ESV)

When challenged by Satan in the wilderness, Jesus refused to turn a stone into bread. Satan sought to push Jesus into pride by using his power for self-gratification or by showing off by jumping off the Temple and being rescued by angels (Luke 4:1-13). Jesus only used his power to serve others. He never used his gifting for self promotion but lived under the authority of his Father. Jesus was the most humble man and yet the most powerful man who ever lived. 

The Son of God is the pattern for how we should live our Christian life. As sinful creatures we can grow in humility by studying and meditating on the life of Jesus while seeking to emulate him. Jesus never sought to force obedience on anyone. And instead of urging his followers to take the lives of others, he taught them to lay down their lives as he himself did.

 He left Heaven and made himself of no reputation and humbly became a man. He washed the dirt that he had created of the feet of those he had formed from the dust. He never called for an armed rebellion, as he taught his disciples to arm themselves with love. He walked a narrow road and the call is the same for all that would follow him today. - Bobby

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Humanity of Jesus

In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, 

(Hebrews 5:7-9 ESV)

I think when we examine and meditate on the life of Jesus we often forget about his humanity. All of his true followers, believe in his Divinity (He is God in the flesh) but we sometimes forget that he lived life as a real man. A real man with real human emotions. I have often pondered on the fact that Jesus was a teenager once. He had real struggles growing up, but without rebellion as he lived in perfect obedience to his Father. 

He not only overcame the sinful temptations of the flesh but he had to deny himself of a future wife and family, and the normal life that his contemporaries would have experienced. But Jesus only did what God assigned him to do, and was completely focused on his mission. He lived in perfect ongoing communion with the Father, and the Holy Spirit. Jesus felt the pain of the sins of all mankind, but yet He himself  remained sinless. 

His perfect obedience and reverence to his Father made him the only person who has ever been qualified to represent sinful humanity before God. His life and death were very costly. He who was lacking for nothing came to earth and was perfected at each stage of his life through obedience and suffering. And as He came into full maturity and at the proper time - he died for our disobedience and rebellion. So, why not meditate with me today on the fact that we owe Jesus everything? - Bobby

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Growing in Oneness of Mind by Dallas Willard

"In the union and communion of the believer with God, their two beings are unified and inhabit each other, just as Jesus prayed: “I ask…that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you sent me” (Jn 17:20-21). As we grow in grace, God’s laws increasingly form the foundation of our hearts, his love is our love, his faith our faith. Our very awareness of our actions, intentions and surroundings then bears within it the view that God takes, bringing things into the clarity of his vision just as a candle might illuminate what is on our dinner table." (Hearing God, p. 133-134)

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Too Much Information: A Reflection For The Coming Year

“Be still, and know that I am God." (Psalm 46:10 ESV)

The beginning of a new year is a good time to do a personal spiritual inventory. Are we closer to God than we were a year ago? Do we have a good spiritual appetite? Spiritual progress is slow and often filled with setbacks. Our failure to live up to high personal standards can cause us to seek out spiritual how-to-books, or we can be so discouraged that we just give up completely. There has never been a time in human history when so much information and entertainment has been made available to us. And we have been inundated by "spiritual" books, blogs, audio, and video content. But might I suggest that we seek spiritual illumination and revelation over information.

Of course, information is vitally important. But we need to be more selective and intentional  in our  pursuit of knowledge. Bible reading plans are good, but if we don't slow down long enough to, brood over, meditate, study, and ingest Scripture, it can become a duty and not a delight. The goal of learning Christian doctrine is to get to know the Divine Person behind the teaching. And Jesus is not a doctrine, he's a person. 

Those who have tried Christianity or Church and have never experienced the power and presence of God, have only been informed about him, but not rightly related to him. God is relational in his being (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) and the study of his life requires interaction with him. Time and the removal of excessive information and distraction is required. My goal this year is simply to get to know God better and and to seek to limit some unnecessary distractions. The accumulation of too much information  can keep us from what is most needful...the presence of God. - Bobby