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Summary: God meets us

How is the knowledge of the Lord impacting your relationships? How is your understanding of Him coming down in human form while still retaining the full rights of deity impacting your own life? Our relationships are the best test of our walk with Messiah. At the risk of sounding redundant I will say this. Most often as believers we try to reach up towards the Lord rather than realizing that He has already reached down to us in His personhood and death; identifying with us not us with Him in that understanding. In another sense its not truly our fault, but our cultural upbringing that most often defines our faith even after we have come to faith, and are actually in Him. It matters not whether you think culturalization does or does not affect us, because it does. In fact culturalization affects your faith more than you may realize.

Our culture tells our young men and women to attend school then specialize, then refocus after they have found out what they do in an attempt to have a “career”. This of course is part of the problem that we have. We already have as believers an eternal career in carrying the living lamp of the Word of the Lord to the nations of the world. Many might think that the Bible is dead in today’s society. To this argument, I want to suggest something: If the Bible is dead, then we don’t need hermeneutics which is the science of Scripture, which helps Pastors and lay people alike to understand how to properly intrept the Scriptures. Oh yes, another thing we won’t need homiletics the study of preaching, because everyone would know how to preach perfectly to get the desired results that the preacher or teacher so choose, but another hand we wouldn’t need archeology either because we would have already discovered and uncovered all the mysteries of the world’s gone by. You see the problem with such a problem philosophically? Do you see the problem with it theologically? Perhaps you even see it biblically as well, but even if you don’t today your going to get some fresh insight into why the Lord comes down and how we can meet Him as He meets with us.

God came down to meet us and dine with us. The story is a simple one yet it is profound all at the same time. Perhaps rather than explaining a doctrine we would rather to see it from the Scriptures which are living and breathing able to penetrate the fabric of our very being.

Phillippians 2: Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

How is knowledge affecting your relationships? Here what we find is that God took the knowledge of who we are, because He has known the mind of man since the dawn of time, and yet He the Lord our God humbled, Himself in becoming a man, a servant of men. In Galatians 6:2-5 it reads, “2Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 5For each one shall bear his own load.” Matthew 22: (A) 34But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36"Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?" 37Jesus said to him, ""You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’[a] 38This is the first and great commandment. 39And the second is like it: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]”

Luke 10: 25And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" 26He said to him, "What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?" 27So he answered and said, ""You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’[a] and "your neighbor as yourself."’[b] 28And He said to him, "You have answered rightly; do this and you will live."

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