Is it possible to draw a picture with words of the contradiction in these two terms? I believe so! At least a picture that God’s Spirit might use to teach us a spiritual lesson about ourselves as God, by his Spirit, as he seeks to transform man into all he desires him to be.
Let’s first look into the Bible as it reveals itself. Look at these verses:
AND THE EARTH WAS WITHOUT FORM, AND VOID; AND DARKNESS WAS UPON THE FACE OF THE DEEP. AND THE SPIRIT OF GOD MOVED UPON THE FACE OF THE WATERS. (3) AND GOD SAID, LET THERE BE LIGHT: AND THERE WAS LIGHT.
As we consider those verses it is the beginning of God revealing himself , his Spirit to man. It doesn’t mean that God was not before that time but, the he now has decided to show himself to mankind. Now, look at this vese:
THEN SAID I, LO. I COME (IN THE VOLUME OF THE BOOK IT IS WRITTEN OF ME,) TO DO THY WILL, O GOD.
As we read that verse, to whom is the (I) referring? It’s referring to the third part of the Godhead. The very Spirit of God. We can continue to study (that Spirit) and how it relates to what we are looking into here. (In my Opinion) we see this more vividly in the gospel of John. John is the gospel that reveals Jesus Christ as (the Son of God). I’ve said this before: Matthew reveals Jesus Christ as the (King of the Jews). Mark reveals Jesus Christ as the ( Servant to man). Luke reveals Jesus Christ as the (Son of Man) and, of course John reveals Jesus Christ as the (Son of God). Now look at thses verses:
I’ll just write two verses but you can study them all.
HOWBEIT WHEN HE, THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH, IS COME, HE WILL GUIDE YOU INTO ALL TRUTH: FOR HE SHALL NOT SPEAK OF HIMSELF; BUT WHATSO EVER HE SHALL HEAR, THAT SHALL HE SPEAK: AND HE WILL SHOW YOU ALL THINGS TO COME. (14) HE SHALL GLORIFY ME; FOR HE SHALL RECEIVE OF MINE, AND SHALL SHEW IT UNTO YOU.
This is the responsibility of the Spirit of God. From the very beginning of the Bible; ( Genesis 1:1) all the way to (Revelation 22:21) that very same Spirit has sought to direct the footsteps of every person. Actually the only difference today is that now that Spirit has the God granted power to live within the heart of man and grant each person that will allow him to live within them the power to see and understand (God)!
The Bible; from beginning to end is simply put, who God is, how he thinks, how he reacts to every situation and so on. We just must be wiling to allow his Spirit to guide us to an understanding of who he is.
Do you ever feel that sometimes God seems to submit to us a double standard about certain things as you read? Well, aren’t we all the very same way? What if a book was written about every thought and deed have ever done, what would it say?
There was an old evangelist that just died a few years ago that once preached a message on marriage and divorce. After the service as people began leaving to Church; he was stand at the door, shaking hands with people as they left. This lady shook his hand and asked him this; preacher, have you ever considered divorcing your wife? He paused for a minute and replied; well, no but, I have considered killing her a few times.
Can you see in this story the point I’m making about even God and each of us? If we were to write about this man’s life, this would be revealed but that is or was not who he was, was it? He didn’t kill his wife nor did he divorce her but, that is part of his story. I’ll be honest, these things have crossed my mind a few times as well but, that’s not who I am. In the Bible, God reveals his truthful self to each of us and he also desires for us to know exactly who he is if we will take the time to do so.
As we study God’s word, his mercy and grace toward man is very overwhelming. In every situation he always sends grace before he sends judgement. His love and grace endures forever! His desire is for each of us to allow his spirit to grow and overtake our own personal desires. As individuals we are completely undeserving of his love but, through his grace as we see in scripure, he offers it still to each person.
The question is, will you allow that book, the Bible, who God truly is to come alive within your sinful flesh so the people can see God’s Spirit far above all that you are as a sinner? That’s the spiritual call of each and every one of us!
As we consider; who you are, where you’ve been, what you have done and just how sinful we all are, it doesn’t matter. God’s love and grace can cover a multitude of sin and will. His Spirit within us can put all our ungodliness behind us. He will never remember it or bring it up again. other people might, but he won’t!
The word of God, the Bible is here for you. It is a very special gift from God to you! Why not pick it up, begin to pray in God’s Spirit and allow that word and his Spirit to transform you into all that God desires to be within you, starting today!
This is Actually: January 1, 2023. The very beginning of a new year. Why not let God become either a more important part of your life or if you’re lost without him, ask him to be your savior today!
2 Timothy 1:7