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In my book, “The Strong Man Of God, Back To Basics,” I write in some detail about the temporary roles and activity God has assigned men and women in this present mortal age. Satan, sin and self has done so much to corrupt the understanding of those roles and activity that in these latter days a “battle of the sexes” not sanctioned by God is underway creating confusion and destroying lives. This evil battle will end forever at Christ’s coming, but the eternal roles and activity God has designed for man, His creature, will continue solely with His saints. As I point out in this edited 2012 Commentary, this eternal design is exceedingly greater than that which is mortal!
Originally Published June 2012
Many professing Christian men live as though their present mortal experience is the greatest of all possible experiences in their eternal existence. While they claim to believe in "life after life," they live like "this is as good as it gets." As a result, they deny themselves nothing that they desire and are too focused on and consumed by the temporary experiences of this life including the over acquisition of material things. Teaching in many churches and Christian media are responsible in major part because prosperity is their emphasis. Even those concerned with helping men speak almost exclusively to their mortal roles as husbands and fathers. But man as God designed him is more.
That God has greater plans for man than his mortal existence is hinted at in Eden and loudly heralded by Jesus Christ (Genesis 1:26, 2:7-9, 3:17-19, 22-24; Luke 20:27-40; John 10:10, 11:25-26, 38-44, 14:1-6). Mortality was always only intended to be a temporary, stage one of human existence. The "tree of life" which in its fruit provided instantaneous immortality among the trees of Eden could have been accessed by Adam. In his mortality, however, the man was tested as to his willingness to obey his Creator, failed and was driven from the garden (Genesis 2:16-17, 3:6, 22-24). But God was not done with man for He had created him to live in a body and serve His purposes forever!
Millennia later, out of the context of unrestrained praise to God for the excellence of His name in the whole earth and glory beyond the physical universe (Psalm 8:1-3), Israel's king David marvels and asks Him the rhetorical question of creation's ages. He wants to know, "What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit (give attention to, care for) him," (Psalm 8:4, NKJV)? The question is followed by David's recognition of man's exalted role and responsibility in God's created order as ruler over all the works of His hands and a restatement of praise for the excellence of God's name in the whole earth (Psalm 8:5-9). Truly, man's eternal destiny is great!
While being a man as God designed does involve for most being husbands and fathers in this present age, these roles are temporary; partial preparation for and a foreshadowing of the ultimate rule to which God created us to serve. To that end sin and death did not alter God's purpose that man should be immortal. Bodily resurrection is now God's primary bridge to immortality. It is about rising to die no more. This is stage two of human existence leading to rule over all the works of His hands. All who ever lived and died will be raised from the dead to immortality, but not all will enjoy God’s eternal life and glory brought to light by Jesus Christ (John 5:24-30; 2 Timothy 1:8-10).
Every aspiring strong man of God should be fervently living out our mortal lives to please God while eagerly looking forward to the hope of immortal glory through Christ who has gone on before us and is soon to return (Colossians 1:9-18, 24-28; Titus 2:11-14)! Our mortal experience swallowed up in immortality will be in time by roughest comparison like a grain of sand at the universe’s center; in quality, no comparison! The apostle Paul teaches us to live now as if Christ has already raised us to immortal glory. This being the case, we are to set our minds on and value the things important to Heaven where Christ is already seated in immortal glory (Colossians 3:1-2).
This does not mean as some charge teachers like me teach that to please God we must withdraw from the world and take a vow of poverty. Conversely, it certainly does not mean that we sell our souls out to pursuing pleasure, money and things to the point Kingdom priorities in the Gospel and this life are lost to us (Luke 12:15-21; Colossians 3:3-6). I have known too many professing Christians that have allowed the pursuit of riches to ruin their otherwise promising spiritual walk as the Bible forewarns (1 Timothy 6:6-10). Nevertheless, I am a living witness of the gracious provision God extends to the man who puts Christ and His Kingdom first (1 Timothy 6:11-16).
Therefore, let every aspiring strong man of God in the image of Christ be the husband to his wife, father to his children and son to his parents God's Word requires in the power that our eternal Companion, the Holy Spirit supplies. However, know He is not just concerned for our fruitfulness in those temporary roles, but also as God designed in our eternal roles as sons, disciples and servants of God and fellow man. In all our roles the Spirit prepares us for eternal service as rulers with Christ over every creature and created thing our God has made as part of our glorious inheritance in Him (Romans 8:15-23; Revelation 22:1-5). Do not miss out seeking after yours now! The risen, living Christ continues His cry among American churches, "Who is on the Lord's side?"
As the Lord has led and arising from last week’s blog, I repost this edited 2012 blog to cause professing Christians to fully consider this business of accusing God of being unfair in these latter days. All of the world’s causes are not God’s causes no matter how right they may seem or emotionally appealing they may be to us (Proverbs 14:12; John 7:21-24). Standing with those as a professing Christian that are accusing God of being unfair is not the side you want to stand on in light of His ongoing judgment in the churches and fast approaching wrath.
Originally Posted May 20, 2012
I am compelled by the Holy Spirit to challenge the whole degenerate spectacle today of so many individuals and groups calling for fairness. It is not new to be sure. The ancient Israelites were so bold as to accuse God of being unfair to His face after He laid down His standard for judging the eternal destiny of souls (Ezekiel 18). Souls that sin, die. Righteous souls live. Righteous souls that backslide into sin and do not repent will die. Wicked souls that repent will live! Israel thought that this was unfair and apparently many professing Christians do today that also cannot bear the thought that God would condemn them for willfully sinning without repentance. But God stands His ground then and now (Ezekiel 18:25-32; Hebrews 10:26-39).
Save your rebuttal of protest on my citing Ezekiel 18 as a Scripture reference for Christians since it is from the Old Testament. I am fully aware that the righteousness spoken of at that time was of the law. However, to God righteousness is righteousness whether it is of the law or from faith. None of the Old Testament saints were declared righteous by keeping the law perfectly because they could not. All who have ever been declared righteous by God were--as the apostle Paul makes clear, declared so based on faith in His promises (Romans 3:9-4:25, 10:1-13). Nevertheless, the righteous of God by faith in all epochs obey His Word to include properly dealing with sin guilt or suffer the consequences. Those who do so in love find it easier to obey (Psalm 32:1-5; 1 John 1:8-2:2, 5:1-3).
Thus, living the way God expects is required of Israel in the Old Testament and Christians in the New. God is perfectly just as our Creator to demand that we live as He has commanded. We are His creatures for whom He has set down His will for our conduct presented in the Bible based on His own holy, just and righteous character (1 Peter 1:13-21)! Christians may not have to obey the letter of the law to be saved, but we have been given commandments that actually fulfill the law we are to obey in the power of the Holy Spirit who lives inside of us according to the New Covenant, to help us do that very thing (Jeremiah 31:31-34; John 13:34-35, 14:15-17; Romans 8:1-4; 2 Corinthians 3:1-6).1
Israel’s exile to Babylon for breaking His covenant and law proves God meant business then, and surely He also means it now for those of us ushered into the New Covenant by the blood of Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son (Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 10:14-22, 11:27-32)! In spite of this very clear warning though, among the rebels calling everything and everyone including God that stifles their desires unfair are professing Christians in no small numbers. But how can this be? Have they not read in the Bible or been taught God and the Son of God is perfectly and eternally just (Deuteronomy 32:4; Zechariah 9:9; Acts 3:14-15)? Do they not understand that they are blasphemously accusing the holy God of sin and will be condemned with the wicked without repentance because His just ones live by faith in Him (Habakkuk 2:4; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 11:6)?
Truly, what began a generation ago as the right thing to do in reversing hundreds of years of inequality and unfairness visited by whites (including a great number professing to be Christians) upon blacks and other racial minorities in our nation has now degenerated into a narcissistic feeding frenzy of souls from every walk of life clamoring for equality and fairness as they selfishly see it. Anything one does not personally agree with is childishly labeled unfair. This state of affairs has turned governments, institutions, churches and families into confused bowls of gelatin afraid to say or do anything lest someone be treated unfairly and trying desperately to be all things to all people.
As a black American, it is painful and deeply offensive to watch since racial discrimination continues as it always has and the just demand of my forefathers for its end is mocked and trampled upon by the present clamor for fairness from every quarter including some blacks with all other immoral sinners simply wanting their way. Talk about unfair; now, the very quest for the divinely displayed nobility of fairness has been hijacked by evil so that those in it are treated as and lumped together with all the other whiners that selfishly only want something for themselves. Alas, it would finally come to this in a world that has been unfair since man’s fall to sin and Satan.
Indeed, the world is not fair because we are sinners and its current ruler, Satan, is completely evil. Violently clamor, march, litigate and legislate all you want to; this fallen, sinful world will never of itself be entirely fair. In The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics as the Lord leads, I teach men how He expects us to live in an unfair world following His example (1 Peter 2:18-23). When there are egregious instances of injustice such as that suffered by my forefathers in slavery, Jim Crow segregation and the continuing “isms” that plainly violate God’s standards, we that love the Lord must rise up even at personal cost to peacefully take a stand to advocate for a righteous correction.
Nonetheless, every aspiring strong man and great woman of God in the image of Christ and peculiar to the world knows full well that the just world we seek will only arrive when the Just One comes in wrath to perfectly give the narcissistic agitators for fairness exactly what they demand, vanquish the present ruler and set up His own righteous Kingdom on this planet (Psalm 2:9, 72:1-4; Isaiah 42:1-4; Matthew 6:9-13; Revelation 19:11-16, 20:1-3). The risen, living Christ continues His cry among American churches, “Who is on the Lord’s side?”
1 See the January 2014 posts, God’s New Covenant under the category, Holidays and Party Of The Second Part, Pt. 1 and 2 under the category, The Faith to learn
more about the New Covenant as the one and only covenant from God Christians have to be concerned about.
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