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There’s a noticeable difference in the Bible’s portrayal of God. In some passages God is seen full of anger while others show him full of tenderness.

As early as 144AD some, like Marcion of Sinope, taught the God of the Old Testament was not the same as one of the New. The Church dealt with that issue long ago but still this pops up from time to time.

Jesus, the Church, and even the Bible itself has always maintained there is only one and the same God — the difference is with with people.

For example: Vandals thinks I’m the grouchy old man who calls the police on them but non-criminals see a different side — I’m the same guy.

Another example: My young children think I’m the smart man who helps them solve their problems, hugs them all the time, and gives them stuff. My teens think I’m the stubborn guy who makes their life difficult and requires them to bring the car home by midnight. Some of my children think I’m the stupid guy who is just out of touch while others think I’m getting smarter as they get older.

I’m the same guy, the difference is the relationship my children have chosen to have with me.

The Bible says God is “Love” (1st John 4:8, 16) and a “consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:219) all at the same time. He offers a tender relationship if we will choose it.

“Jesus said If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” — John 14:23

— fritz

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God … hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, … who … sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high” — Hebrews 1:1-3

God has always been pure spirit (John 4:24) and though we may not realize it, today, before Jesus the idea a human could sit on God’s throne was just not thinkable.

Prophets looking into heaven were amazed at what they saw,

And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it. — Ezekiel 1:26

No one at the time thought it could be literal yet when Jesus purged our sin he bodily came out of the tomb, bodily ascended to heaven, and bodily sits on God’s throne next to Majesty.

What’s he doing there? Lots!

The Bible says he is praying for God’s mercy and grace on this dying world. It’s been noticed the wrath of God seldom falls like it did before Christ. That’s possibly because Jesus is there praying for mercy and grace — always referring to his sacrifice on the cross.

“He’s there from now to eternity to save everyone who comes to God through him, always on the job to speak up for them.” — Hebrews 4:25 (Message)

He’s preparing a place to receive us, his followers,

“I’m on my way to get a room ready for you. And if I’m on my way to get your room ready, I’ll come back and get you so you can live where I live.” — John 14:3-4 (Message)

He’s preparing us for his new world government.

“And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.” — Revelation 11:15

We are his now and have his ear, the ear of God. What a privilidge.

Sound bite: The King of the Universe knows my name and I have his ear!fritz@langgang.com
— See Also “Is Jesus ‘Smart’” – June 13, 2011

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God … hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son … the express image of his person, — Hebrews 1:1-3

Ever wonder why the second commandment — no images of God? I think it is partly because there is only one (1) legitimate image of God. Jesus said,

He that hath seen me hath seen the Father. — John 14:9

I noticed something in Business. Phone calls are helpful and e-mail is quick but they all can leave the wrong impression. It takes a face to face, person to person meeting to truly communicate.

We can see God’s creation, review history, read the Old Testament and still get the wrong impression — God came face to face, person to person in Jesus to show what he is really like.

— fritz@langgang.com

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Watchman Nee

Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way…” – John 14:5-6a

While traveling through an airport years ago I was approached by a Hare Krishna devote in his wig passing out books and proclaiming his meditation as the way Jesus recommended. I was a new believer at the time (and feisty) but I knew that wasn’t right — I began following him, witnessing to him about Christ until he left the airport saying, “Man, leave me alone!” (That wasn’t very effective but it was quite a sight and an interesting memory)

Fact it, Jesus never recommend a method or formula, he recommended himself.

Watchman Nee (1903 – 1972), spiritual reformer who spent his last 20 years persecuted in a Communist prison, put it this way:

[T]o believe in the Lord himself, and to believe a formula, are actually two different motions…A method has no power nor effectiveness; for not being Christ, it is simply a dead thing. Every spiritual thing outside of Christ is dead…

The reason for many unanswered prayers and ineffective testimonies is found in our not touching the Lord. We have merely copied the method of others; we have not touched the Lord himself.” – Watchman Nee, Christ The Sum of All Spiritual Things

– fritz@langgang.com

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Becoming an Intecessor

“Those who love me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and my Father and I will come to them and live with them.” – Jesus (John 14:23 GNT)

Becoming an intercessor, in my experience, doesn’t work by trying to be one.

I have found better success by not focusing on prayer but on Jesus. Living with Christ, recognizing he is living with and in me, listening for his whispers has done more for my prayer life than trying to pray. Inviting him to act in the lives of others and asking him to intervene in the environment he and I share seems to happen on its own.

Prayer: Jesus, come live with me, every day, all day!

Sound Bite: Becoming an intercessor is a by-product of living with Jesus.

-fritz@langgang.com

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>Living With God

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“…they have now compassed us in our steps …” – Psalm 17:11

The Psalmist, King David of the Bible, faced difficulties, but he faced them with the assurance he did not face them alone. His enemies weren’t surrounding just him, they were surrounding him and God, and God always wins.

Jesus said

“If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” – John 14:23

If you have submitted your life to Christ and are following him by reading his word, the Bible, and obeying to the best of your ability and understanding, those who fight you have a monumental task because God doesn’t lose, and everything He allows He uses for your good.

– fritz

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>Abraham’s Blessing – God’s Country!

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“Christ hath redeemed us … That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ” – Galatians 3:13a, 14a

Abraham’s blessing, thousands of years ago, has unique meaning for participants in Christ.1

That blessing, found in Genesis 12, includes six (6) things, the first and primary – ownership of a place in God’s Country (and it’s not Texas)!

“Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee …” Genesis 12:1

God calls us, like Abraham,2 to abandon our old ways and follow Christ to a land that he, himself, will reveal – to his kingdom on earth now, the Church, and ultimately to heaven prepared especially for us.

“I go to prepare a place for you … And … I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” – Jesus (John 14:2-3)

If there were no other blessings, no other promises, this would be enough!

Ah! But there is more!

– fritz

1 – Blog Post – November 8th, “Abraham’s Blessing Like a Football
2 – Blog Post – November 7th, “Abraham’s Call – A Prototype

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