The blogging begins. And so, I believe the best place to start is at the very beginning. A very good place to start…
Genesis. We need to start at the genesis of life to really understand the heart of God. What exactly was His desire? His reasons, His motivation, His inner workings that caused Him to create?
Unfortunately however, Genesis, the first book of the Bible does not actually reveal that. It only describes what happened, not why it happened. It is more a historical account than an interpretive one. For that perspective, we actually need to go to the very end. We need to see what the culmination of life is. The crescendo of existence. The finale of the great plot. The fulfilling of God’s eternal plans and desires. For that we need to look in the Book of Revelation. We need to see what God revealed to John the Apostle on the Isle of Patmos. How does it all end? What was His purpose for all of this? What is the point of life? Once all that is necessary on this Earth has taken place, what is the final result? What will continuous eternity look like? What was God’s original desire before the fall of man? Who is He and why did He choose to create?
Personally, I think that the book of Revelation can be a very challenging book to read. However, for the sake of this study, we will choose to look only at those pieces which reveal the end, the point, the, “they all lived happily ever after” aspects. In film terms, we will look at the end pieces of a suspense thriller that give one the meaning of why everything has happened. The “Ah, now I understand” scenes. The ones which bring the whole plot together and allow you to see everything in perspective. The ones that allow all the pieces to fit.
Hence, for now, we will not look at the historical things that must occur for the world to end and get to that final destination, like the slaying of the dragon, the release of judgments on the Earth, and so on. (It will take way too long and be very confusing; and besides it will not serve the purpose of our study). We will look at what eventually remains after all these things have occurred. Like the pure gold that remains after a scorching-hot refining process. What do we end up with?
Why? Well, because if creation is an expression of the desires of God, then surely, we need to understand what that desire is [/was] if we want to know God. Unfortunately, with the fall of man, God lost His creation to sin, and with that, the ultimate purpose of creation was corrupted. However, Jesus Christ came to redeem the world back to God, and essentially restore things back to the way they were supposed to be. We are therefore, going to have to look at the end result of the work of Christ, to understand what exactly God wanted from the beginning. (If this is a bit difficult to understand at the moment, don’t stress, it will become more clear as we move forward through the scriptures.)
The ones that contain the answers to our questions are Revelation 19:1-10; 21; 22:1-5. If you would like to have a look at them so long, you are most welcome. We will be working through them for the next while.
Let me pray for us. (I always do this in response to the word that God has just revealed and opened to my understanding. You are welcome to pray this for yourself. I find that it allows the Spirit to come and work the word into my heart.) God, you know all things. I ask that you would grant unto us the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation in the knowledge of Christ. Enlighten the eyes of our understanding. May we comprehend your eternal purposes so that we may walk in a manner that is worthy of you. Show us the hidden mysteries of your heart that are in Christ Jesus. Open up the Spiritual realm unto us. We want to know you. You are our eternal reward. Forever the object of our affection. The reason we exist. Prepare our hearts to receive your word. To see you for who you really are. We want to know you. Amen.