You are god's idea
YOU ARE THE EXPRESSION OF THE GREATEST IDEA THERE EVER WAS GOD IMAGINED YOU.
In the Beginning was the Word. This phrase can be immediately identified as John 1:1 by about everyone. What is a word? Forgetting for a moment the Greek Logos using our English languagewhat does the word 'word' mean and imply? A word is a verbalization of thought and/or intent. Everything in God first began with a thought. The Logos of God is a potential expression or intent that is about to become reality while rehma used in Hebrews 1:3 as Christ is upholding all things by the rhema (word) of His power is a description of what has become. John saw the intent of God in the Logos and expressed it as an outworking of potential power about to burst into reality. The Logos of God is expressed thoughtGod's thought about to become lifeflesh.
Andre Rabe You were on my mind before time began. I dream(ed) of you, imagined you, designed you within Myself before this universe was formed. You were at home within my thoughts, without spot, without blame (without guilt)...perfectly free and fully alive. What I thought of you then is still my only reference to who you are. Discover yourself in me.
John, in writing his gospel takes a different approach from Mathew and Luke in that he has no concern with the genealogies that point to the natural lineage of the Messiah but he introduces us to a time before Abraham or even Adam. He takes in and through time and displays in vivid description the love dream or the Divine Intention of the Creator that Paul makes known in Galatians 1:15. John records the incident in the first chapter of his gospel. Take a look at the prologue in the Mirror Translation.
Mirror Translation (John 1)
1 To go back to the very beginning is to find the Word already present there. The Logic of God defines the only possible place where humankind can trace their genesis. The Word is I am; God's eternal eloquence echoes and concludes in him. The Word equals God. (The Word was 'with' God; here John uses the Greek preposition pros, which indicates direction; forward to; that is toward the destination of the relation. Face to face. "For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and return, having accomplished its purpose (canceling distance and saturating the earth with heaven's blessing; the incarnation), so shall my word be that proceeds from my mouth." Isa 55:10,11. Three times in this sentence John uses the imperfect of eimi, namely en, to be, which conveys no idea of origin for God or for the Logos, but simply continuous existence. Quite a different verb egeneto, became, appears in Joh.1:14 for the beginning of the Incarnation of the Logos. See the distinction sharply drawn in Joh.8:58 before Abraham was born (genesthai from egeneto) I am (eimi, timeless existence.))
2 The beginning mirrors the Word face to face with God. (Nothing that is witnessed in the Word distracts from who God is. If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.)
3 The Logos is the source; everything commences in him. He remains the exclusive Parent reference to their genesis. There is nothing original, except the Word!
4 His life is the light that defines our lives. (In his life man discovers the light of life.)
5 The darkness was pierced and could not comprehend or diminish this light. (Darkness represents mans ignorance about their redeemed identity and innocence. Isa. 9:2-4, Isa.60:1-3, Eph.3:18, Col 1:13-15.)
9 A new day for humanity has come. The authentic light of life that illuminates everyone was about to dawn in the world! (This day would begin our calendar and record the fact that human history would forever be divided into before and after Christ. The incarnation would make the image of God visible in human form. In him who is the blueprint of our lives there is more than enough light to displace the darkness in every human life. He is the true light that enlightens every man!)
10 Although he was no stranger to the world; he always was there and is himself the author of all things, but somehow no one took any notice!
11 It was not as though he arrived on a foreign planet; he came to his own, yet his own did not recognize him. (Ps.24:1)
12 But to everyone who realizes their association in him, convinced that he is their original life, in them he confirms that we are indeed his offspring, begotten of him. (Gr. lambano, comprehend, grasp, identify with. This word suggests that even though he came to his own, there are those who do not grasp their true origin revealed in him, and like the many Pharisees they behave like children of a foreign father, the father of lies. Neither God's legitimate fatherhood of man nor his ownership is in question; man's indifference to his true origin is the problem. This is what the gospel addresses with utmost clarity in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus has come to introduce man to himself again; humanity has forgotten what manner of man he is by design! James 1:24, Deut 32:18, Ps 22:27. "He has come to give us understanding to know him who is true and to realize that we are in him who is true. 1 John 5:20. The word, exousia, traditionally translated 'power' to become, is a compound word, ek, always denoting origin or source and eimi, I am, thus out of I am! This gives legality and authority to our sonship! "He has given," Gr. didomi, in this case to give something to someone that already belongs to them, thus to return, the fact that they already are his own, born from above, they have their beginning and their being in him is now confirmed in their realizing it! See Eph.3:18, "empowered to comprehend." These same two words are used, Gr. exousia, ek + eimi and lambano, comprehend, grasp, identify with. Msg. He made to be their true selves, their child-of-God selves.)
13 These are they who discover their genesis in God beyond their natural conception! Man began in God. We are not the invention of our parents!
14 Suddenly the invisible eternal Word takes on visible form! The Incarnation! In him, and now confirmed in us! The most accurate tangible display of God's eternal thought finds expression in human life! The Word became a human being; we are his address; he resides in us! He captivates our gaze! The glory we see there is not a religious replica; he is the authentic monogenes (begotten only by the Father and not by the flesh; in him we recognize our true beginning). The Glory (that Adam lost,) returns in fullness! Only grace can communicate truth in such complete context! (In him we discover that we are not here by chance or accident, or by the desire of an earthly parent, neither are we the product of a mere physical conception; we exist by the expression of Gods desire to reveal himself in the flesh; his eternal invisible Word, his Spirit-thought, became flesh. Gr. ginomai be born; theaomai to gaze upon, to perceive. We saw his glory, doxa, the display of his opinion, the glory as of the original, authentic begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. The original mind, or opinion of God, preserved and now revealed in Christ. He is both the only begotten, monogenes, as in the authentic original mold, as well as the first born from the dead. Col.1:18, 1Pet.1:3. He is the revelation of our completeness. And of his fullness have we all received, grace against grace. Greek garin anti garitos, grace undeserved. "For the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. He who is in the bosom of the Father, the only original, authentic begotten of the Father, he is our guide who accurately declares and interprets the invisible God within us."Interesting that the revelation of the Incarnation in v 14 doesnt follow v 2 or 3, but v 12 and 13! Gen.1:26 redeemed!)
16 He is the source of our completeness. Grace against grace! (Grace prevailed against the tide of darkness due to Adams fall. His fullness is the source of all that grace communicates as our portion, against all the odds!)
17 Against the stark backdrop of the law; with Moses representing the condemned state of mankind, Jesus Christ unveils grace and truth! (He is the life of our design redeemed in human form).
18 Until this moment God remained invisible to man; now the authentic begotten son, (monogenes, begotten only of God) the blueprint of man's design who represents the innermost being of God, the son who is in the bosom of the father, brings him into full view! He is the official authority qualified to announce God! (Greek, eksesato, from ek, preposition denoting source, and hegeomai, official authority.) He is our guide who accurately declares and interprets the invisible God within us.
The purpose of Jesus was not to start any religious order or to anger those whose life was governed by the law but to reflect and bring to visible light the Wordthe Divine Intent of God in Jesus. His purpose was also to reveal in the Son of God the sons of God.
Due to a very prominent religious concept called the rapture, man is waiting for Jesus to come and rescue by pulling them out of this life when it was this life that He came to restore. Our faith in His death and resurrection as our own is not to qualify us for heaven but to release His life in us and to equip us here. He desires to communicate and reveal His glory which is not necessarily honor and respect and worthy of worship as our English word means but the Greek word doxa which means opinion or judgment. The revelation of His glory in us is a confirmation of His opinion of us and in this aspect we are His coming. Realizing that all men have their origin in God's intent frees us to love and value our neighbor as the image of God. But in realizing our neighbor is in God's imagewe must grasp that with our own heart about ourselves.
The Logos or God's intent became flesh and has taken up permanent residence or became at home in us and we gazed or understanding dawned with wonder and amazement upon the mystery of our inclusion in Him. We saw His glorywe were amazed as this understanding came that the display of His opinion of us was seen and consummated in the Christ. We saw the Father, full of grace and truth and in the image of the Father we were there in God's Grace and Truth. This Wordthe original mind or opinion of God was and is preserved and displayed in Christ. As we accept the glory of God we must come to understand that He is the revelation of our completeness as stated in John 1:16.
Verse 18 declares He is in/on the bosom (inner most being) of the Father. This obviously is not a physical location but is indicative of the closeness and intimacy of His Intent in the same way that the statement the Word was God indicates its origin being from the very essence of God's intentionsHis heartalso the physical location of the bosom or lap or breast. It is this Son of God who is our is our guide who accurately declares and interprets the invisible God within us because of the intimacy of being in the lap of God.
Religious thought sees the Word becoming flesh as God becoming human but John's prologue indicates it is the Intent of God that becomes flesh in Jesus and in us revealing the mystery Christ (the Logos, the Intent of God) in youin us giving us God life. The same life that was with the Father from the beginning then instilled in Jesus, now dawns or arises on/in us. The infinite life of the Father became visible before our eyes in a human person and now in every person. This life now finds expression in a fellowship union with the Father and the son that is without limit or interruption. J W Hanson in his work entitled The New Covenant says the power of God became a man meaning manifested and exercised through a manindicating God's intention was fulfilled as He logically (beginning in thought and then spoken) called it forth.
According to Ephesians 2:6 we were included in the resurrection of Christ and as a beneficiary of the full plan of redemption in the Logic of God we have a new frame of reference for this life (Col 3:1-4) and because of this restored position we are to re-think or Occupy your mind with this new order of life; you have died, your new life is hid in oneness with Christ in God. The secret of your life is your oneness with Christ in God The Mirror Translation goes on to say we are the revelation of Christ in the flesh. John G Lake adds You and the glorified Christ as one, are the divine manifestation of God. Come up to the throne in your thinking, dear ones. Let the throne life and the throne love and the throne power and the throne spirit possess you, and your tread will be the march of the conqueror, your crown the crown of glory, and your power the power of God. Not a saved man and a glorious God. But man fused into God and God fused into man, one divine creation. One in heart, one in mind, one in soul, you and God as one. ' You have all there is of Me, and I have all there is of you. We are one and indivisible.
A New Creation
As man begins to define his life from being in the Christ then we begin to see another more powerful aspect of our identity and it is that of sonship. This new man we are to put on is our experience of God in us and as we begin to grasp our union with Christ then we begin to experience the truth of 1 John 4:17 which says as He is so are we in this world. This is not some sweet by and by promise but an very definitive aspect of sonship for the here and now. To know the truth about ourselves as it is revealed in Christ is what frees us to be who we are. He is not only an example for us (being a pathway to follow) but of us (a reflection of who we really are in Father). The only faith that is worth pursuing is the faith of God which includes what God believes concerning us and this should cause a deep longing to find out the heart of our Father for us. Where do we look? Gods faith is on display in the Person, the life, death and resurrection of Christ. God believes in our inclusion which is an operation of His Intent put there by His faith and His placing us in the Christ produced our re-birth.
Why the Cross?
Rom 8:29-30 MSG 29 God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him.
30 After God made that decision of what his children should be like, he followed it up by calling people by name. After he called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with himself. And then, after getting them established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun.
The Mirror of Christ also reveals the accurate definition and measure of the life that God intended for us before the fall. We have used the term blood of Christ and we know about the power in the blood but the value of the blood can only be understood in relation to the value of what the blood redeems. The reference to our redemption and our value goes beyond the cross in that it defines the greatest expression and the grandest demonstration of the love of God in that God associated us in Christ before the fall even before the foundation of the world. God saw in man enough of Himself to see in man eternal companionship that alone explains the cross. It also explains the price that God was prepared to pay to ransom and redeem. It is also noteworthy that those redeemed did not become related to the redeemer after redemption or when they accepted redemption. Redemption is only possible because the redeemer is already related to those he redeems. Our redemption in Christ is based on the fact that he is related to mankind indicated we have the same origin in the Logos of God.
The price paid to redeem reflects the value of the treasure redeemed.
Psalms 139:13-18 LAMSA
13 For thou hast made my heart; thou hast accepted me from my mothers womb.
14 I will praise thee, because of the wonders which thou hast done; marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knows right well.
15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and marvelously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect; and upon thy books all these things were written, even before day was and man was brought into existence.
17 How precious also are thy mercies to me, O God! How great is the sum of them?
18 If I should count the best of them, they are more in number than the grains of sand; when I awake I am still with thee.
The Revised English Bible indicates the thoughts of God toward us are vast in number and if we tried to count them they would be more than the grains of sand (innumerable, uncountable). The REB adds in commentary to finish their count my years must equal yours. When we come to understand and appreciate how valued we personally are to God and the reality of the above thought then every fellow humanthe redeemed treasure of God becomes of great value to humankind and gives depth and understanding to the final release which is awaited by all creation (Romans 8).
Paul confirms to the Greek philosophers in Acts 17 that humankind lives and moves and has its being in their Creator and reiterates that all men are the offspring of God when he quotes from their own writings which was Phaenomena of Aratus who lived 300 BC. The verse is Acts 17: 26- 29 which states:
Acts 17:26-29 (NKJV)
26 "And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings,
27 "so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;
28 "for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, For we are also His offspring.
29 "Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and mans devising.
Many attempt to make it say Paul is condemning the thought as Arartus was a worshiper of Zeus and in his reference in the literary work he is speaking of his god and denying all men are God's offspring. Was Paul not aware that Aratus was worshiping Zeus and not Jehovahaccording to religious standards? Of course as they both were from Cilicia and he did not condemn him in his 'denomination' but continued to emphasize the power of God without concern for the title used to address Him. Paul, in verse 29, confirms the poet's statement irregardless of the name of God addressed.
Paul also confirms the value of mankind in his statement about the treasure of the Kingdom of God being in earthen vessels (2 Cor 4:4,7). When Jesus speaks of the man who does not know who he is in God He likens him to a lost sheep, coin, or son (Luke 15). It is important to note the inscription or the image on the lost coin does not disappear when it is not in the safe keeping of the owner, the sheep retain their value, and the son still has a father. Another important note is the object may have lost the awareness of its worth but the owner has not for one second forgotten the value of his possession and he seeks until what was lost is completely restored to ownership, identity and worth. In Paul's conversation about the mirror, he is simply stating what is the perception of the lost objectsthe perception of loss of value. Mankind forgot what manner of man he is by design. He misplaces the perception of his value as the image and likeness bearer of his Maker and this is what Jesus came to redeem, reveal again, and restore to the man who forgot it. We may now behold him with unveiled faces (we don't have to cover up before Him, we do not have to misrepresent who we perceive we are) as in a mirror and be immediately transformed (in our understanding) into his likeness by putting of the glory (opinion) of the flesh and putting on the glory (opinion) of God. Legalistic religion has kept the veil in place but the proclamation of the liberating truth of the Good News removes the veil. There is a book entitled GRACE, the Forbidden Gospel: Jesus tore the veil. Religion sewed it back up. which is a thought provoking concept of religion in action.
The Bible having been used more as a weapon to judge and destroy rather than for its purpose in allowing a glimpse of who we are. Instead of an instruction manual, the Bible is a mirror revealing our redeemed identity. We tend to see ourselves window-shopping the promises checking to see what is possible rather than seeing into the mirror what is reality and realized.
Any striving to become more like Jesus through personal devotion and diligence, no matter how sincere, bears the same fruit of failure and guilt. Jesus did not come to condemn the world but to free the world. Religion has majored on guilt and will-power driven sentiment which engaged man in futile efforts to save and improve himself. As the Bible was never meant to be a manual; its message is all about EmmanuelGod with us indicating every definition of distance is canceled because of our inclusion in Christ.
When Scripture is interpreted as a mere instruction manual for moral behavior, the real message of the Gospel is veiled. II Corinthians 3:15 declares Whenever Moses is read the veil remains and as Moses represented the law; it is Jesus who reveals grace and truth in the better covenant. It is only as we gaze (peer into, to see with attention and focus) into the mirror and the blueprint image of our Maker takes form in our spirit and we realize He is in us and we in Him. We have taught that Jesus is our example but we have left that definition incomplete in that Jesus did not come only as an example for us but as a picture of us. Beholding Jesus in any other way either sentimentally or religiously will bring no lasting change but in Christ we may know ourselves even as we have always been known by God (1Cor 13:12). Coming to understand that we have always been known by Father God will free us to live and move in God as He designed. John writes that this is not a new message but it is the idea that was from the beginning and yet it is new in that what is true or truth in Him is equally true in us (1 John 2:7-8). 1 John 5:20 indicates that the coming of the Christ has given understanding to know God the Father and in addition we are in God.
As we stoop and peer into the mirror and see who we really are because of being in Him we arrive at a new understanding and realize our most intimate and awesome desires of companionship with God is real and we change our mindsrepent and turn to an understanding of truthfrom an inferior mindset to the revealed opinion of who God says we are. (2 Cor. 3:18). Many doctrines of men are based on perceived ideas of God based on seeing God in our condition rather than seeing Him in truth without sin acting as a mirror reflecting a distorted image or concept of God.
In the Bible Jesus is quoted as saying upon this Rock I will build my church using the Greek word ekklesia. Most ideas make this word to be military based term to a called assembly to receive marching orders. Another way to understand this term is period usage as was the case in Athens when the males from all classes were called to vote for the ruling magistrates and punishment was allotted if you did not attendsound familiar. There are many contentions for the etymological usage of the word but in general it indicates an ownership of those named or called out. There are two Greek words which make up the word ekklesia and they are ek which is a preposition denoting origin, and the word kaleo which means to invite with a loud voice or to give someone or identify someone by calling their name.
This is what Jesus did in revealing Simon's origin in giving him a new namea name with purpose. It is upon this basis of calling out and identifying those called that Jesus builds his ekklesia revealing mans true identity and ownership. It is not a select few but all men since the all were in Christ. This ekklesia is not a building or organization but all men who recognize they are the habitation of God and inhabited by God as well. Being the church (ekklesia) we learn of our sonshipour belongingour origin in God and His intense love for us.
What is the key that unlocks the Bible's message of mystery? Martin Luther King Jr was famous for his statement I have a dream... but there was one who had a dream first. God had a dreama divine intention and we are in it. The heart of God our Maker is gently uncovered in its pages. Slowly perhaps at timesmaybe so we will not be overwhelmed at the awesomeness of His love as seem to a degree as can be written in Romans chapter eight. In this history and intention revealed we are told that all mankind had a beginninga genesis in God. It is not our brief history on planet earth that introduces us to God for He has always known us.
The expression of the heart of God as He created man was greater than His thought of creation. When God imaged or imagined man in His thoughts; He began to orchestrate His divine intention. He weaved in and out various processes in time to bring about His purpose of the heart. Ephesians 2:10 says we are God's work of art. Where did In the beginning of Genesis 1:1 began? In the beginning began in the heart or vision of God. The Hebrew word bereshet means in the head, mind, or concept of God. So in the beginning of our concept of time he created but creation was imaged in His mind before seen by the eye of His creation.
God's next thought of us has nothing to do with sin or behavior as His heart is full of love and acceptance of us. He is at peace with us not because we are perfect but because His reference is perfect. Just as Christ reflects God to us, He reflects us to God as the process of identification discussed earlier. Just as Adam represented mankind and all of mankind was included in his act of disobedience so Jesus represented all of mankind in His act of obedience. If every person was equally in Adam when the Adamic race fell then every person is just as in Christ when He died and was raised to life. We did not get our life back but we got His.
We spend hours looking in the Bible trying to find out what His plan for us might be. We have got to forget trying to find out his plan in written words and realize our life is His plan. We are God's moment and His location. Marques Hunt said we have to realize we are in God's moment and if that moment is not bringing us joy then we must reassess or repentor have a change of mind and see the moment differently.