spiritwarfare

Submission and Obedience

Whom Not Having Seen You Love

In the annals of eternity when God created the angels and His heavenly realm, the angels were privy to all God is and has. They worshipped around His throne, they partook of His unmeasured riches, and celebrated His abundance. They saw His power and majesty, the brightness of His glory, and the beauty of His face. The book of Revelation celebrates that relationship.

Yet with all that blessing and vision beyond human imagination, the devil, archangel of them all, rose up in pride against God and determined that he would sit on a throne as high or higher than God Himself (Isaiah 14). And, when he gave up his divine appointment as chief musician in the courts of God, a third of the angels fell with him. They, too, abandoned their positions.

Because nothing of God was hidden from them and because they were completely knowledgeable about God and His kingdom, they could not be redeemed. They were without excuse. Having seen even God's face, they willingly relinquished their heavenly positions with satan as their head. This was the origin of sin: rebellion against God, pride being the instigator.

Satan became so absorbed with who and what he was, his authority, and the fawning over him of his followers, he turned on God and would no longer worship Him, as do the angels (Revelation 4). Instead, this created being wanted a kingdom for himself, sitting as its head. God, his creator, had to cat satan our of heaven, because He could not tolerate such unholy opposition. The devil lost it all!!

We don't know the time span involved, but Genesis 1:1 opens with the creation of the heaven and the earth. Nothing God creates is less than perfect, so His handiwork must have been magnificent. It's likely that before time began, satan in his heavenly state was put in charge of the earth, and angels of lower station served him. At some juncture before verse 2, God must have challenged satan's absolute rulership over the earth that still belonged to God--and satan rebelled! And that brought the awful chaos of verse 2. Esther 1 and the account of Ahasuerus' feast and Vashti's rebellion well may picture that allegorically.

Thus, God did a 'remake' of the universe, focusing the Biblical account on the earth and its renewal as something brand-new and remarkable. After creating heavenly bodies and populating the earth with all creatures, God lastly created man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his very being the breath of Life, the image of God Himself.

Psalms and Hebrews say that God created man a little lower than the angels and crowned him with glory and honor. What exactly does that mean?

Genesis tells us that before the Fall, Adam had great wisdom. He named each and every animal. He was given rulership over the earth and was told to maintain and be the husbandman of all that grew. It was his domain. Adam was endowed with faculties that surpass anything man knows or has in this now sin-corrupted world. Every day God came and walked with Adam and Eve in the Garden, fellowshipping with them intimately. But He came on to their turf. They did not ascend to His. They did not see heaven.

Hebrews 11 says that without faith if is impossible to please God. Does this tie to "being made a little lower than the angels", and, if so, how?

Jesus commended those who believe in God without having seen Him. They put their confidence in Him and commit their lives and being to His care without touching or laying eyes on Him.

John 14:17 says, "the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see him or know him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you." He goes on to say in John 15:24, "If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would not have sin; but now they have both SEEN and HATED Me and My Father, as well."

Today miracle healings are manifested in certain Spirit-filled churches and evangelistic meetings, yet those healings don't make the news. Medical science is so advanced that cures from disease are commonplace and almost taken for granted. So, rather than marveling at God-given miraculous cures that do occur, the media and people in general scoff and question whether the confessed healing is just contrived and fake.

In Jesus' day, no one, but NO ONE, could restore hearing to the deaf, sight to the blind, healing to the lame and leprous, or life after death. The Jewish people to whom Jesus came flocked after Him for His healing miracles. They had no other hope for a cure. Time and again Scripture says that Jesus healed all who came to Him. He was not selective. They followed Him for food, as well, because He transformed five loaves and two fish into a meal that fed 5000 men plus women and children with 12 baskets full of leftovers!

Those who were touched in some way by Jesus' healing hands and word saw, heard and felt the miracles as they happened. But at the trial and crucifixion of Jesus, no one stepped forward to plead FOR Him because of what they had seen or experienced. They let Him die undefended.

It is little wonder that Jesus commends those of us today who trust God completely without ever having seen Him? Believing without seeing is what the Bible calls FAITH. Habakkuk 2:4 says "But the righteous will live by his faith." Likewise, the writer of Hebrews stresses that "without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him" (11:6).

So, dear reader, fasten your faith on God, be clothed with the image of Jesus, and walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. Walk by faith!! Be prepared to stand for Jesus no matter what the circumstances. Are you willing to give your life for Him because you believe in Him whom you've never seen? It could happen in this generation! Be sure your faith is anchored in Him. Some day you WILL see Him!

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