When God Speaks …
… you will not get to sleep!
So it is 5:56 am, I have been up pretty much the whole night. This happens to me every now and then when God has something He wants to particularly say to me so a few hours ago, I checked the time on my Mobile, it was just after 4:00 AM so I turned to my bible on my phone and the verse of the day spoke to me which was …
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding
So I asked for forgiveness for not fearing God as I should. Next I read the passage it suggested which happened to 2 Corinthians 5. This verse stood out most for me
that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
Both parts spoke to me incredibly, a fresh revelation. We need that, all of the time! Sometimes we can make God’s word stale and stagnant and it starts to become lifeless for us because we read it through obscured glasses. I think that has been part of my problem of late. Not that I wasn’t reading God’s word but the devil slipped on these glasses unnoticed… and this morning God took them off as I confessed my sin and sought after Him. The devil is tricky that way. If you are not getting blown away by God’s word these glasses have probably been slipped on you too! Be aware!
I want to speak mainly about what God revealed to me in the latter verse I shared. First of all the first part. What a re-revelation! Nothing, as a Christian, I did not know, but as much as we all try to not let the world obscure and hide God’s truth for us, sometimes inspite of our best efforts it can succeed because we try to do it in our own strength.
I think this is the truth that people need to hear. God does not count our sins against us! The message of the cross is not the message of “You messed up, you filthy and vile sinners, so I needed my Son to die to sort it out” – Some people think this way, and while they think this way they will never know God’s grace, His wonderful mercy or His inexplicable love. No way, no how looking at the Bible through these lenses! God comes across as an disgruntled, angry parent sorting out their child’s mess when that is not the truth of the word at all!
The fact is the reason for Christ was “God was reconciling the world to Himself through Christ” Yes we are sinners, and we need forgiveness and to be saved by grace yes, I know that and agree whole-heartily. But the primary reason Christ came was not to bring forgiveness… I may be walking on dodgy doctrine hear but this is what I feel God has said to me in this verse … the primary reason for Christ was reconciliation.
You see God did not look at us and say “You vile and filthy sinners I’ll need to sort this mess out by sending my Son to die” He said amongst Himself “How can we bring them back to us, I want to be there Father, but they don’t want to be Children” and the Son replied “I know a way that might just work.
You see the reason for Christ was not to highlight our sin but to highlight our need for God. To bring us back to Him. The method to accomplish this is through conviction of sin and our forgiveness which Christ also makes possible through the cross. God looked at the world and despite the state it had gotten into did not think to Himself “I’ll leave them to it” but rather “I want them to come back to me so they will know my love” the Son said “I’ll go and show them that love then make it possible for them to know it” Christ made reconciliation possible through the cross. That is why he came first and foremost, forgiveness through His blood was the only way it could be accomplished. For if there was another way He would have done it so!
It must be a side effect of being human, thinking everything is about us. But the cross is not about God coming to get rid of our sin. It’s about God coming to make it possible for Him to have a relationship with us if we choose that through accepting forgiveness. It wasn’t about our need to be saved but God’s desire for us to be His children – Salvation is the method through which that happens. That’s the Father’s heart.
I hope this has given you a fresh perspective. Maybe some of what I say here is wrong. I never admit to being 100% right, only ever 100% under grace. But I believe there was something in why God highlighted this verse to me in the small hours of the morning. To highlight to me it wasn’t about my sin Christ came, but it was about His loving Father’s heart that needed to make a way possible for us to be His children.
Reconciliation was the reason for Christ. Salvation is the method through which Reconciliation is possible.