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“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” — Psalm 91:1

The Bible says God has a secret place.

Is this just a euphemism for God’s general care or is there, really, a place (physical or spiritual) not even suspected by most?  Is it just a euphemism for heaven or can the living person enter?

Psalms 31:20 calls it a “Pavilion” or “tent” saying it is a place of God’s presence, a place of safety from pride and strife of tongues. Job calls it a place of wisdom and that it is “hid from the eyes of all living” (Job 28:21) so at this point it sounds a bit like heaven, but not so fast! The New Testament, using the term “mystery”, says it is now revealed!

Paul said he discovered it and we could, too!

“By revelation [God] made known unto me the mystery; as I wrote afore in few words,  whereby, when ye read ye may understand…)”– Ephesians 3:2-4

He wrote the secret mystery is that God always planned to join himself with mere human beings — and actually does so in Christ! This mystery, he said, is “Christ in you” (Colossians 1:27) and that we actually enter into Christ like we enter our clothing (Galatians 3:27).

More than a euphemism, the Bible says our bodies actually become a physical part of Christ and that what we do in our bodies, both good and bad, is being done with and to Christ’s body. (1st Corinthians 6:13-17) This is why we need to do right things with our bodies. That same passage says those joined to Christ are one spirit, the human spirit infused and one with God’s Holy Spirit.

God’s secret place, his pavilion? Safe in Christ!

“God raised us up and seated us in the heavens with Christ Jesus … to show future generations the greatness of his grace by the goodness that God has shown us in Christ Jesus.” — Ephesians 2:5-7 (CEB)

Start reading the Scriptures from this perspective and a whole new world opens!

– fritz
Related Post: “Thin Places” — March 20, 2012

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But God, … quickened us together with Christ, … and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:…” — Ephesians 2:4-7

“But ye are come unto … the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn … and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus …” — Hebrews 12:22-24

“Thin Places” are where the boundary between heaven and earth is especially thin. The Jerusalem temple is considered by some to be a “thin place”. So are various other shrines. People seek these thin places to get in touch with the divine.

But the Bible says in Christ we have been raised with Jesus and are seated with him now!

Seems to me I don’t have to go to a thin place, I live in one!

— fritz

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“What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away?” … The LORD said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.” … Then Abraham spoke up again … “[W]hat if the number of the righteous is five less? … What if only forty? … thirty? … twenty? … ten?” … [God] answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.” – Genesis 18:24-27

A famous story in the Bible — Abraham standing before God praying for a wicked city because his nephew, Lot, lived there.

Abraham got God to agree to save the whole city if there were only ten (10) righteous living there, only ten! Sadly, there weren’t ten. If only Abraham had continued to negotiate! It wasn’t God who quit the countdown, it was Abraham.

Sometimes we quit prayer too soon! Who knows what could happen if we keep praying until God says stop.

— fritz@langgang.com

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And [God] said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it. – Genesis 15:7

Abraham lived in Haran when he heard God’s call on his life. Terah, Abraham’s dad, had years before moved the family from Ur, about a thousand miles away. As far as Abraham was concerned his faith adventure started in Haran but not according to God. Ur was from where God said he brought Abraham from.

Circumstances and events in our lives are not random events until we find Christ, from our very beginning God is actively involved orchestrating our character, composition, and desires to bring us to himself.

God … separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace” – Paul (Galatians 1:15b)

– fritz

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