Life is beautiful; this is one thought I always uphold irrespective of seemingly prevailing circumstances.
There is the spiritual aspect to life as well as the physical. These aspects may be distinct but never separate; rather, they are intertwined and interwoven; interdependent and influence each other. This is indisputable.
No one amounts to anything great without some form of direct or indirect aid from the spiritual dimension, either knowingly or unknowingly. Life itself is firstly spiritual; for man is spirit, soul and body (1 Thess. 5:23).
The physical and seen realm is subject to and mostly influenced by the spiritual realm. Deeds and orchestrations are firstly initiated in the spirit realm, and the expressions are visibly manifested in the physical.
After creation, God said to man that in the day that he eats of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he shall surely die (Gen. 2: 17). Death is not the cessation of breath necessarily; rather, it is the state of being anathematized from the stream and source of life; God.
Man eventually rebelled against God’s set authority and was banished from his home. Man died; he became mortal, dead doomed; meaning irrespective of what he does or not, death was his inevitable end. The first death just as earlier on mentioned refers to separation from God. From that point henceforth, man began seeking and devising ways to reach out to God but all was to no avail, it was a void adventure. That was the foundation of his life of mortality, and this came with plagues such as sickness, uproar and tumult, pandemonium , all these became the order of the day alongside confusion, poverty, suffering, curses, hopelessness. In fact, this distorted the spiritual order of things, and spiritual laws were compromised, yet there was no god on earth to enforce order and lots more.
From that time on, man did all he could in order to affect or influence the spirit dimension of life which happened to be the real and original life.
I’d like to state here that truth is not a statement of fact, but rather, the substance of a reality and realities are furnished in the spirit and expressed in the physical; not vice versa.
In all his adventure to seek for something beyond the mundane, he was able to make some significant success. A few are highlighted below.
Cain and Abel: “1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. 2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. 3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. 4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: 5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.” Gen. 4: 1-5.
Man tried to reach God via sacrifice, and it quiet yielded. At least one out of the two had his sacrifice accepted.
Before the fall, man never needed any sacrifice to reach his maker, the voice of God was usually heard walking in the garden, and would have fellowship with man (Gen. 3: 8).
Seth: In Gen. 4: 26. It says: “And to Seth, to him also there was bore a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.”
This was the second attempt vividly stated out in scripture on how man tried to connect to his original source from whence he was hewed.
Noah: Noah was a man who God affirmed him the status of being righteous. The first time God destroyed creation, Noah a man of simple obedience was instructed to build an ark. It took him time and lots of faith because rain had never been seen or experienced on the earth before that time; however, he eventually finished the building Genesis chapters 6 and 7 give us the details. Yielding to further instructions, God saved only him and all that were with him in the ark.
Immediately after this, he built an altar and offered sacrifice. Scriptures tells us that God was pleased at his sacrifice and vowed never again to destroy the earth with water. That led to the placing of the bow in the sky (rainbow). Still on this altar, God enacted a covenant with Noah, swore never to destroy the earth again with water, and reversed the curse he had previously placed in the earth due to man’s rebellion in Gen. 3 at the fall of man. Gen. 8: 20-22, 9: 1-17 gives us the complete details
Abraham: Genesis chapter 12 gives us the account of the call of Abraham, he was asked by God to leave all that he’s got and is, and go to a land that he will eventually be shown and he obeyed. At various places where he camped awhile, he erected an altar. Gen. 12:8, the altar he raised here was visited again in chapter 13: 4. In Mamre in Hebron, he also raised another altar that is verse 18 of the same chapter. In chapter 22, verse 9; he also erected another altar in order to sacrifice his son Isaac. Chapter 26: 15, 33: 20, 35: 1, and several others.
Courtesy of what Abraham did, his children also serviced those altars and encountered Jehovah.
Moses, Elijah, Elisha, Solomon, Daniel and many more were men of altars. In this present day, it is still the same, and our hearts are the altars
Somewhere in man’s heart, something was lurking and whelming up, seeking for real fulfillment and satisfaction. Indeed, there is an insatiable thirst in man that only God can quench, a vacuum that only his spirit can fill, and an emptiness that only his presence can occupy.
Well, that was the pattern in that dispensation.
As time went on, when God saw the limitation and plague mankind suffered, he offered a solution and a way out.
Jehovah who is all knowing foresaw what was going to happen because he is in the realm of eternity, where time and space are not consequential and everything is laid bare before his very eyes. He already made provisions in the person of his son who had to die and pave the way; reconciling men back to God.
And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Rev. 13:8)
After this very dispensation came another, where the begotten son of God, who the bible described as the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person and upholds all things by the word of his power (Heb. 1: 3), walked this earth, lived, and died in order to give us eternal life and present to us a kingdom, God’s kingdom which is now operational on earth with the intent that it becomes operational first in our hearts and take over the earth eventually. This act of God’s mercy turned the table totally. It did so in so many ways. A few of such ways include the following.
- We were translated from the kingdom of darkness, into the kingdom of his dear son. We now have eternal life (John 3: 16). The God kind of life simply because we believe “who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear son” (Col. 1: 13).
- A person was presented to us; Jesus Christ, through whom we have access to the father 23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. (John 16: 23), standing upon his righteousness; and also his name was given and at the mention of his name, every kneel will bow and tongue confess his lordship to the glory of the father above (2 Cor. 5: 21 and Phil. 2: 10).
- We now have the blessed Holy Spirit, dwelling in us, bearing witness with our own spirit of our sonship in God (Rom. 8: 16). By whom we were also sealed (Eph. 1: 13) and experience quickening always when we call upon him (Rom. 8: 11). He is the one working in us to fulfil the kingdom mandate, and remember, he has not called the sons of Jacob to seek him in vain (Phil. 2: 13 and Isa. 45: 19).
- A hope and a future: no man on earth is a biological accident, we were specially created for specific purposes, that explains why you are the only you in eternity likewise myself. No one looks exactly like you in physical appearance and spiritual make-up and design, character, virtue, taste and every other ramification. Everyone has a hope and future in God, and the coming of Jesus made it possible for us all to fully live out our purposes in God and die empty, i.e. having fulfilled and done to the latter every work God has purposed you for (Jer. 1: 5-8 and Psalm 139: 13-16).
- Assurance of the afterlife.
I say this; there is no faith in the whole earth that gives hope of the afterlife except that which Jesus Christ presented to us. He said, I return to my father. No pioneer of any faith said that. All were born as a result of intercourse of man and woman, lived like every other normal person, died, were buried, decayed like every other mortal man who was doomed from the very onset. Not one of them gave any hope of what life will be after we expire this lifetime or transcend this realm. None said where they were coming from, at best they claim to be messengers, and none could boldly say, I return to my father, or He who sent me (John 3: 16 and 14: 1-3).
These are just to mention a few.
To be continued …………………………….