Submission and Obedience


"...then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb." Revelation 22:1

"That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God" Ephesians 3:1-19.

A look at science reveals that Euclid described three-dimensional physical space values often labeled as width/breadth, height/depth, and length.

Space most commonly is described as having three dimensions of length, breadth, and height.

Time is another concept having three dimensions: past, present, and future.

Though the Godhead consists of three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, a fourth dimension is found only in God! and described in the passage from Ephesians.

What a demonstration of the greatness of God is revealed in those verses! He is seated on His throne at the apex of eternity. His throne exemplifies His power, omnipotence, and Creator-ness. God Himself is the source of everything, of life and all things that exist. Nothing WAS or IS that did not originate in Him.

At the opposite pole of eternity stands the Lamb, equally God, but the embodiment of His humility and qualities announced in the Ephesians declaration:

Breadth, meaning God's outreach to all people, slighting or omitting no one. No one is excluded by His great love.

Length, distinguishes the enduring of His mercy and longsuffering without end to all people and every sin.

Height, extols God the Father, in whom originated the eternal plan of redemption and by whom was endured eternal separation from His Son when He died on the cross.

Depth, the boundaries of poverty to which Jesus was willingly plunged as a servant in separation from His Father and the Godhead (the pain of it beyond human ability to fathom or comprehend), so that redeemed men and women, boys and girls, may enjoy and embrace the richness of God's love forever.

How dare anyone make light of the sacrifice God made in every way possible, so that He could redeem a Bride worthy of eternal bliss with Christ, her heavenly Bridegroom. Redemption was not cheap nor easy, but rather cost God the extremity of His eternal being. It cost God everything! Dare we complain or draw back when God asks everything from us? It is our spiritual service of worship, of which He is worthy! Romans 12: 1-2 says:

"Therefore, I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect."

Paul wrote that passage and the entire book of Romans to believers under the thumb of Rome and its pagan rule by fear. Faith in Jesus, proclaimed to anyone who would hear, was not approved by Roman rule and idol worship, and many Christians became martyrs for their faith. So, they really meant what they said when they confessed that they were a living sacrifice before God. It meant they would probably lose their lives just as sacrifices do. In today's American culture, free from severe persecution, it is easy to mouth such a declaration of loyalty to God without possessing whole-hearted commitment and submission to Him and His will.

While considering all God did to redeem people from sin to a life of righteousness, look also at this fact: If you are not really born again like Jesus explained to Nicodemus, if you have just a profession of faith without having repented of your sins and being made a new creation in Christ Jesus (II Corinthinans 5:17), it is impossible for you to make such a sacrifice of yourself to God. You have nothing to bring. An unforgiven sinner cannot bring an unholy sacrifice to God and expect Him to accept it.

Paul wrote his treatise to 'brethren,' not imposters. As long as you profess without possession, you are destined for hell, not heaven. You are not worthy of eternal life with the Godhead. You are lost!

Examine yourself under the direction of the Holy Spirit. Sincerely repent of your sins and come to God in humility. The eternal welfare of your soul hangs in the balance. Consider the sacrifice made by Jesus, the Lamb of God, for your redemption or know that one day God on His throne will be the one you face to pay the price for rejecting His Son!

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