I will start today by saying that we have walked through the Old Testament and we have seen that God responds when we make decisions.
Moving and jumping quickly into the New Testament: In Christ there is no separation, but that in itself does not solve the problem we sit with today. Though we may be free and not separated from Christ, we still need to accept and open ourselves to that. So in essence it is not Christ and Christ alone.
It is Christ having closed the gap and us responding by accepting it. First we have to figure out what has been done (which is what the whole points of separation is about) and then realising the greatness of what Jesus really had done by closing the gap and reducing the distance to zero between us and God.
We also have seen in this series, that when we decide on something as humans, it has an effect on how God relates to us, right?
So going to the very beginning again I would like us simply to look at the diagram above. We need to look at eternity as one long line. Our fall in Eden is a dip. The old testament is the dip down and the new testament is the incline back up to the top.
It is not already done for us, the ability exists, but experiencing it depends on our acceptance of what has been done.
At this point let me also make something clear. When someone is sick, it would be wrong to make life decisions while feeling that way, right? Your perception is a bit flawed because you are not at your full senses. It is for this reason that I direct you to the diagram. If we are in the dip, our viewpoint will not be from a position of truth completely, since we are not in our environment that we were meant for. We also read in scripture that in heaven the lion will be at peace with the lamb. That is not currently the case.
Therefore we conclude that the world is affected by our decisions too, and that the way it is now is not the way it was meant to be.
Today I am not going to go into detail, as I will unpack these things next week. I simply wanted to get our eyes on the same things and our brains on the same page.
I welcome questions or comments so please feel free to question me on anything if I am being unclear or vague about.
Until next week…..