The Existence and Majesty of God, 0.1

I picked up this study by Stuart Greaves, director of the Nitewatch at IHOP. I decided that I will be typing my responses to reading this book on this journal. Disclaimer: This is done under IHOP’s statement that the copyright on their teachings is the “right to copy.” This is just my summary and my thoughts as I go over the teaching, because I learn best by teaching, so I am taking and either paraphrasing/rewording/flat out copying what is written, so that I have to process it and it gets in my head better. 🙂 Enjoy!


Introduction: I. BEGINNING WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD

Ephesians 1:9-10 – all things made one in Christ

Abraham captured this vision – that the spiritual and physical were to be made one. This is central to the promise of God – to serve Him and to encounter Him, to live in the physical and in the spiritual at the same time. This is towards Zechariah 14: 9 – that “God will be one, and His name one.” Israel is the expression of this – it is a physical land and a holy land at the same time. This is why Abraham had to leave his land, his father’s land, to the land which the Lord had for him – this land was holy, and it was a place representing union between the physical and spiritual. This is “the expression of the sanctification of the physical.”

Abraham desired Heaven and Earth to be made one. His nation was made with this image in mind.

Ephesians 1:9-10, again: having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might father together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth – in Him.

This is the Lord’s purpose: the earth coming into the fullness of the knowledge of God and His glory. Jesus will come back, and when He does, heaven and earth will be made one. That is the Kingdom! For us, earthly beings, to understand God, a heavenly being, heaven and earth must come together as one. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The fullness of creation is found when the spiritual realm and the physical realm – that is, heaven and earth – are made one, and thus experienced in their fullness. This is the way to fill the earth with the knowledge of God. God’s plan of redemption hinges on this – redeemed people becoming a heavenly people, on earth – the Kingdom of God, at hand. We can live this kingdom out now. We don’t have to wait for Him to come back, we don’t have to wait until we’re dead, but the Kingdom, the same Kingdom of eternity, is written in our hearts and we have it available. Jesus didn’t say the Kingdom of God is coming soon, He said it was near, it was at hand, it had come. Our focus need not be on bringing people to salvation, but bringing them to a life in the Kingdom. This was the prayer of Jesus – Father in Heaven, may earth see Your Name treated holy, Your Kingdom come, and Your will done just as it is in heaven – these three things were the cry of Jesus on earth when He was asked what we ought to pray for. Jesus told us to pray for a union of heavenly and earthly things! This “on earth as it is in heaven” is so much bigger than what I’ve felt expressed in the cry of the church, in my own personal history.

Stuart quotes from Jurgen Moltmann’s The Coming of God, and the quote is too good not to take in its entirety: “Christian eschatology must be broadened out into cosmic eschatology, for otherwise it becomes a Gnostic doctrine of redemption, and is bound to teach, no longer the redemption of the world but a redemption from teh world, no longer the redemption of the body but a deliverance of the soul from the body. But men and women are not aspirants for angelic status, whose home is in heaven and who feel that on this earth they are in exile. They are creatures of flesh and blood. Their eschatological future is a human and earthly figure – the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. According to the Christian understanding, the Redeemer is no other than the Creator. He would contradict himself if he were not to redeem everything He has made. The God who created the universe will one day be ‘all in all’ (1 Cor. 15.28).”

Jesus’ motivation for the cross was His cry in John 17 – to make God’s name and character known, that we in the natural could get a grasp on the spiritual. Jesus said that eternal life is to know Him, and to know the Father who sent Him! Hebrews 1:1-2 says that Jesus came with revelation – that formerly, the Lord revealed things of Himself only through His prophets, but that now, He has revealed them through His Son. Jesus came to reveal the Father. The point of our walk is to know Jesus, and to know the Father, for the one who has seen the Son has seen the Father!

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