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Redeem Your Time

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Not enough time in your day? Feel you have become a slave of time? Redeem your time by eliminating the following 7 major time traps.

“Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.” (Col 4:5)

“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. (Eph 5:15)

We make dozens of time trade deals on a daily basis. Some good some bad. We sell our time for an income or salary. Some use their time more effectively than others. The quest is to determine what is urgent, important, and what is a complete waste of your time. Making the right choice may sound easy but it can really get complicated.

Redeem your time

Time is one of our most scarce resources and commodities. Significantly, people who are very productive always find time to do what is required. Some people are always late, very busy without accomplishing anything substantial. Some people going through trauma and personal loss may feel that time is standing still.

In the Special Theory of Relativity, Einstein determined that time is relative–in other words, the rate at which time passes depends on your frame of reference. As we grow older, time seems to disappear quicker; contrastingly for a teenager, time is moving too slow for them to experience the freedoms of adulthood.

Currently, the shortage of time is used as an excuse for not praying, reading & studying the Bible, doing good, ministry, fellowshipping together. But when one really wants to go hiking or enjoying a meal with friends, or watching a movie then we have more than enough time?

Time is money we say. But, in reality, time is not money. If you lose money, you can always make it some other way. Time is not a renewable resource. Whatever time we lose is gone forever, never to be returned to us again.

Get motivated to redeem your time.

Just a tiny little minute

Only sixty seconds in it.

Forced upon me. Can’t refuse it.

Didn’t seek it, didn’t choose it,

I must suffer if I lose it,

Give account if I abuse it.

Just a tiny little minute,

But eternity is in it.

Dr. Benjamin E. Mays

How do you value your time?

How do we value ONE YEAR? Ask a student who failed a grade.

What is the value of ONE MONTH? Ask a Mother whose baby arrived prematurely.

How much do we value ONE WEEK? For the sailors trapped in a submarine on the ocean floor, it was the difference between life and death.

How much do we value ONE HOUR? Ask someone who missed a connecting flight because the first flight was delayed by an hour.

What is the value of HALF AN HOUR? Ask the parents of the flower girl and ring bearer who missed the wedding here yesterday because one of them thought the wedding was at 4:30, rather than 4 pm?

How much do we value ONE MINUTE? Ask someone who had a heart attack in a restaurant with a paramedic sitting at the next table.

How much do we value ONE SECOND? Ask an Olympic swimmer, who just missed qualifying by 3 one-thousandths of a second!

Alistair Begg

Learn to redeem your time by trading with Heaven.

People trade their time for various things, fitness, learning, investigation, hobbies, work, dialogue, relaxation etc! Time usually follow that what we value. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Mat 6:21) We as spiritual people and children of God, have surrendered our time, like our money, faculties, talents and abilities to be of divine use. Subsequently, our time should reflect godly pursuits as instructed by the Holy Spirit. Our lives should be fruitful, causing people heaven’s delight, and demonstrating God’s Kingdom here on Earth as it is in Heaven. This is a daunting task, and almost impossible by human effort.

This is why Jesus modelled a life that is in tune or synchronised with Heaven’s movement or initiative. He waited: “My time is not now” (John 2:4; 7:6, 8, 30; 8:20). Jesus often would stop and say: “today scripture is fulfilled in your hearing”. He was living according to heaven’s timetable. This is such a glorious biblical principle to understand! We can’t make the supernatural happen, but by reading the signs, we move ourselves into position for God to show up!

Redeem your time with prophetic intend.

The man who kept his young donkey, for Jesus to ride on is a good example. (Mat 21:1-5) This man possibly read the scriptures “Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey” (Is. 62:11; Zech. 9:9) then seeing Jesus minister the way he did, he put two and two together. He saved this very useful and necessary pack-animal, for when Jesus would have need for it.

Daniel Saw the scriptures about that Isreal will be freed after 70 years of exile (Dan 9:2). Then he prayed for this prophetic word to come into fulfilment. So Anna and Simeon faithfully prayed and waited for the promise of the arrival of the Messiah in their lifetime. (Luk 1-2)

Redeem your time from man’s time schedules.

Time is in God’s hand. He rules over it. He gives it to us as a means of His grace.

Why was Jesus born at that specific time? Why not born in the time of Jewish Political self-rule 130 years in between Greek and Roman Military Rule? Jesus was in no hurry to fulfil His divine purpose in only 2,5 years! He waited patiently obedient to earthly parents, working as an artisan, among the poor villagers of Nazareth not seeking fame or prominence. Uniquely, He eventually bought time through His Birth BC / AD literally creating a universal time marker, and the Sun darkened for 3 hours at His Crucifixion Mark 15:33 He clearly showed that he was not a slave to the time schedules created by man. His life was synchronised and determined by a higher level and dimension of time.

We find that divine acts supersede earthly time:

Joshua 10:12-14 – The Sun stands still.
2 Kings 20:8-11; Isaiah 38:7,8 – Sun moved back-wards 10 degrees.
Amos 9:13 – reaper overtake the sower.

When we obey God’s timing, He also will use us as he did with all the great leaders in the Bible to become His Divine Time Markers. Spiritual people, tunes into the heart of the father, become trendsetters, pioneers, front runners of God’s will and intend!

Discern heaven’s time schedule.

In effect, our effectiveness is synchronisation with heaven’s prophetic schedule and season (Kiaros moment) for something. (Zechariah 10:1) Pray for rain in the time for rain. Ecclesiastes 3:1–8—Fourteen pairs of opposites, offering practical wisdom for every area of life—but we must know the proper time for each.

Discern the right time for something: We are expected to recognise times and seasons (1 Thess. 5:1–6) “the signs of the times.” Therefore, we are all responsible to understand the times and seasons of God’s spoken word. (Matt. 16:1–3) Many people only think like a man, in the same way, Peter missed Jesus divine suffering, not discerning the time for spiritual interventions.

Sunday church meetings are not just another weekly activity, it is God’s family redeeming time to hear together what their Father is instructing them to do. Prophetic prayer is divine timing alignment and time-setting meetings. We can thus rest our faith in Him, that when He has purposed something, He will fulfil it! We just need to show up.

7 major time traps you need to avoid to redeem your time.

There are 7 major time traps that keep people bondage to a static state in time. Jesus can free you today, HE IS TIME and rules TIME.

These transgressions become time traps and spiritual time wasters, limiting productivity, meaningful purpose, and doing something of value to people – being His delight.

1. Unforgiveness and Offense

When you choose not to forgive people for their transgression and retain your offence, you get stuck in time, in the hurt.

2. Self-pleasure and Self-medication

People who use medicine or drugs to escape reality, lose time. They do not develop and get stuck in time. wasting their time on worthless idols (Jer 2:8)

3. Perfection and Laziness

We always need to improve what we are doing and seek to have excellence, but perfection can become an obsessive-compulsive disorder, procrastination, re-doing, over-analyses that lead to zero finished product. Don’t waste your time on useless work, mere busywork, the barren pursuits of darkness (Eph 5:11) Message Bible And an idle person will suffer hunger. (Prov 19:15)

4. Disunity

The opposite of disunity is called the speed of trust. A group that is divided gets nothing done, everyone is accusing someone else, too many opinions, too many leaders.  Get rid of your bitterness, hot tempers, anger, loud quarrelling, cursing, and hatred. (Ephesians 4:31)

5. Deception

Being conceited, waste – many people get busy with the wrong thing at the wrong time, with the wrong people and miss the opportunity. We can all be deceived, either through ignorance or rebellion and miss the timing of God. Double-minded man is unstable in everything they do (James 1:8)

6. Lack of Identity

Lack of purpose and calling – When God does anything He starts by calling a person. Missing your calling is missing your divine time appointment. make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble (2 Pet 1:10)

7. Fear

Is a prison that keeps people in an internal time loop, not achieving anything. No one ever started a new business or venture, got married, had children compelled and motivated by fear. Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? (Mat 6:27)

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‘n Heilige Kerk = ‘n Gesonde Samelewing

Reform the church to reform the land!

Dr Andre Pelser

As kerk is ons nie skaam om betrokke te wees in regering, skole, diensorganisasies, gemeenskap organisasies in ons gemeenskap nie. Ons glo in ‘n openhartige eerlike liefdevolle inklusiewe onpartydige verby die kerkmure tipe infiltrerende sout-en-lig tipe kerk!! 

Maar vandag wil die HERE ons net terugroep na SY eerste AGENDA en FOKUS – KERKWEES! 

“For thus says the LORD of hosts: Once more (it is a little while) I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land; and I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this temple with glory,’ says the LORD of hosts. ‘The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,’ says the LORD of hosts. The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the LORD of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace,’ says the LORD of hosts.” (Hag 2:6-21) 

Christus is “the desire of all nations” – Hy is wat die mens na soek.  

“DAAR is my Kneg wat Ek ondersteun, my Uitverkorene in wie my siel ’n welbehae het. Ek het my Gees op Hom gelê; Hy sal die reg na die nasies uitbring. Hy sal nie skreeu of uitroep of sy stem op die straat laat hoor nie. Die geknakte riet sal Hy nie verbreek en die dowwe lamppit nie uitblus nie; met getrouheid sal Hy die reg uitbring. Hy sal nie dof brand of geknak word, totdat Hy die reg op aarde gegrond het nie; en die eilande wag op sy leer. So sê God, die HERE, wat die hemele geskape en hulle uitgesprei het, die aarde uitgespan het saam met wat daaruit voortkom, wat aan die aardbewoners die asem gee en die gees aan wie daarop wandel: Ek, die HERE, het U geroep in geregtigheid, en Ek vat u hand en behoed U en gee U as ’n verbond van die volk, as ’n lig van die nasies, om blinde oë te open; om gevangenes uit die kerker uit te lei, uit die gevangenis diegene wat in die duisternis sit.” (Jes. 42:1-9)

Nog nooit in die geskiedenis was daar herlewing as gevolg van ‘n politieke party, ‘n nuwe toonaangewende sakeonderneming, of ‘n deernis gedrewe NGO nie. Herlewing gebeur in die kerk waar mense hulle harte na die Here bekeer, en saam God se oplossings vir die wêreld se nood demonstreer! 

Ekonomiese Jubileum waar niemand tekort gehad het nie, inklusiewe nie-rassige liefde en omgee, emosionele en geestelike vervulling, en koersvaste roeping identiteit is eerste deur die eertydse volgelinge van Jesus gedemonstreer!! Heiligheid is nie verhewe vroom witgepleisterde grafstene nie.  Heiligheid is die teenwoordigheid van ‘n liefdevolle regverdige God tussen Sy mense! 

Joernaliste, hoofstroom media en films tipeer die kerk in sterk negatiewe lig: Institusionalisme; Materialisme; Seksuele wanpraktyke; Bedrieglike bediening praktyke, leierskap magsmisbruik, is irrelevant tot sosiale nood. 22000 NGO’s in SA dryf nou sosiale ontwikkeling programme. Politieke partye word die profetiese stem van aanklag teen ekonomiese ongelykhede.  Para-kerk organisasies dryf gebed, dissipelskap, evangelisasie en versoening, restitusie agendas.  Met die COVID 19 pandemie word al hoe meer mense kerk-loos!! 

HIERDIE BOODSKAP IS ‘n TERUGROEP na GOD SE HART EN PLAN – DIE LOKALE KERK

Ons land staan op ‘n kantelpunt. Die lewendige, verenigde, geesvervulde, vrugdraende, gehoorsame, kerk wat Sy roeping verstaan en leef, gaan die katalisator wees wat konflik oor ekonomiese en sosiale inklusiwiteit en gelykheid gaan ontlont. ‘n Jesus waardesisteem, denke, gewoontes en gesindheid is die enigste oplossing vir ons land.   

Die kerk en gemeentes behoort voortdurend te transformeer om te word wat dit reeds in Christus is: Die volk van God, die huisgesin van die Vader, die liggaam van Christus en die tempel van die Heilige Gees. Daar is net één kerk, naamlik die kerk van Christus, wat nog altyd bestaan het en altyd sal bestaan. 

In die Ou Testament word die teenwoordigheid van God geopenbaar deur

  • ‘n Wolk wat die volheid van Sy heerlikheid simboliseer. Die wolk van heerlikheid – die Shekinah van God – het onder sy volk in die Tabernakel kom woon (Ex. 40:34) en later in die tempel (1 Kings 8: 10-11). In Esegiël is daar egter ‘n grafiese waarskuwing van hoe God se heerlikheid van Israel wegtrek weens die sonde van die volk (Eze 9: 3).
  • Terwyl Hy hier op aarde was, het Christus vir Petrus, Jakobus en Johannes ‘n bietjie kykie gegee van Sy heerlikheid toe Hy voor hulle verander het. (Matt. 17: 1-6; Mark 9:1–13; Luke 9:27–36; 2 Pet. 1:16–18) 

Christus is die volle demonstrasie van die heerlikheid van God. 

God se heerlikheid is nou gesentreer in Christus! Christus is die volheid van God se heerlikheid. Die OT heerlikheid was ‘n afskynsel, ‘n wolk, ‘n brandende braambos, ‘n lig, maar God het in persoon Sy volle heerlikheid in Christus geopenbaar. 

Die kerk is belangrik omdat sy vir Christus belangrik is: 

  • Christus het die kerk gestig (Matt 16:18)
  • dit met Sy bloed gekoop (Hand. 20:28)
  • identifiseer Homself intiem daarmee (Hand. 9:4).
  • Die kerk is die liggaam van Christus (Ef. 1:23; 4:12; 5:23-32; Kol. 1:18, 24; 3:15; 1 Kor. 12:12-27),
  • die woonplek van Sy Gees (Rom. 8:9, 11, 16; 1 Kor. 3:16-17; 6:11, 15-17; Ef. 2:18, 22; 4:4),
  • en die hoofinstrument om God in die wêreld te verheerlik.

“Dit is U wat die rol mag neem

om sy bande oop te breek

want U is doodgemaak,

en met u bloed het U mense gekoop

uit al die volksgroepe en tale

en volke en nasies wat daar is

sodat hulle aan God kan behoort

 10U het hulle konings en priesters

van ons God gemaak,

en hulle sal soos konings

op die aarde wees.” (Open. 5:9).

Die hoofrede hoekom nie-winsgewende organisasies, politieke partye, besighede, nie God se heerlikheid ten volle kan demonstreer nie, is omdat dit as sekulêre fidusiêre wetgewende instansies aan hierdie wêreld verslag moet doen, en dus op Christus moet komprimeer!

Hierdie instansies is belangrik, en deel van ons arsenaal om die wêreld te dien en te help, maar die kerk is ‘n heilige aan God instansie, om Sy heerlikheid in Christus te versprei!! 

Een van die massiewe verskille tussen die lewe met God in die Ou Testament en lewe met God in die Nuwe Testament is dat in die Nuwe Testament al ons bewuste verheerliking van God “deur Jesus Christus” moet wees.  

“Soek allereers die Koninkryk van God en Sy geregtigheid…” (Mat 6:33) 

“Ons almal weerspieël die heerlikheid van die Here, want die sluier is van ons gesig af weggeneem. Ons word al meer verander om aan die beeld van Christus gelykte word. Die heerlikheid wat van ons uitstraal, neem steeds toe. Dit doen die Here wat die Gees is.” (2 Kor 3:18)

“God het besluit om aan hulle bekend te maak hoe seën ryk en heerlik hierdie geheimenis vir die nasies is. Die inhoud daarvan is: Christus is in julle, Hy is julle hoop op die heerlikheid. Hóm verkondig ons deurdat ons alle mense met alle moontlike wysheid onderrig en leer, sodat ons elke mens tot geestelike volwassenheid in Christus kan bring.” (Kol 1:25-28)

“…aan die alleenwyse God, ons Verlosser, kom toe heerlikheid en majesteit, krag en mag, nou en tot in alle ewigheid! Amen.” (Jud. 1:25; Rom. 16:27)

“As iemand spreek, laat dit wees soos woorde van God; as iemand dien, laat dit wees soos uit die krag wat God verleen, sodat God in alles verheerlik kan word deur Jesus Christus, aan wie die heerlikheid en krag toekom tot in alle ewigheid. Amen.” (1 Pet. 4:11)

“…vervul met die vrug van geregtigheid wat daar is deur Jesus Christus tot heerlikheid en lof van God. “(Fil. 1:11)

“…vrede by God deur onse Here Jesus Christus..”  (Rom. 5:1).

“…om ons as sy kinders vir Homself aan te neem deur Jesus Christus.” (Ef. 1:5).

“…deur onse Here Jesus Christus, deur wie ons nou die versoening verkry het.” (Rom. 5:11).

“…wat ons die oorwinning gee deur onse Here Jesus Christus  (1 Kor. 15:57).

“…die saligheid te verkry deur onse Here Jesus Christus.” (1 Thes. 5:9).

“…die vernuwing deur die Heilige Gees wat Hy ryklik uitgestort het op ons deur Jesus Christus, ons Verlosser” (Tit. 3:5-6).

“…julle volmaak in elke goeie werk, om sy wil te doen, deur in julle te werk wat welbehaaglik is voor Hom deur Jesus Christus aan wie die heerlikheid toekom tot in alle ewigheid! Amen.”  (Heb. 13:21).

” …geestelike offers te bring wat aan God welgevallig is deur Jesus Christus.” (1 Pet. 2:5).

“En wat julle ook al doen in woord of in daad, doen alles in die Naam van die Here Jesus en dank God die Vader deur Hom.” (Kol. 3:17)

Die Jesus-beweging, wat in ’n afgeleë deel van die Romeinse Ryk in Judea ontstaan het, het in ’n relatief kort tyd die godsdiens van die staat (Mainstream) geword. Die getal Christene het in die eerste drie eeue besonder vinnig gegroei. “En dit het twee jaar lank geduur, sodat al die inwoners van Asië die woord van die Here Jesus gehoor het, Jode sowel as Grieke.” (Hand. 19:10).  

Ons skuld ons medemens dat hulle Jesus se bloudruk van lewe in ons KERKWEES sal kan sien.  

Elke kerk groepering soek en streef na hulle eie verstaan van God se heerlikheid en heiligheid. Daar is soveel meer, ons stop ongelukkig kort van die VOLLE heerlikheid van God:

  • Pinkster: ‘n Mistiese bonatuurlike ekstatiese ervaring tussen God Sy mense. Want God is Gees. 
  • Charismaties: Elke lidmaat het ‘n bediening om deur die gawes van die Gees, die koninkryk van God te demonstreer so word God se bonatuurlike heerlikheid prakties gedemonstreer. 
  • Gereformeerd: Gelowiges wat deur akkurate leerstellige begrip en voorbeeldige lewe.[1] God se heerlikheid demonstreer. 
  • Katoliek: Die wêreld onder beheer van die moeder kerk. 
  • Baptis: Die diepste verlange van die menslike hart kan net ten volle tevrede wees deur God se heerlikheid na te jaag. Trouens, God is die meeste verheerlik in ons wanneer ons die meeste tevrede is in Hom.[2]
  • Die Dissipelskap gefokusde kerke glo dat die Here die meeste verheerlik word, wanneer gelowiges volwasse word in ‘n leefwyse wat Jesus reflekteer, in waardes, gewoontes, woord en daad.[3]  
  • Dan is daar die meditatiewe innerlike spiritualiteit groepering, wat God se heerlikheid beleef in gebed en meditasie.
  • Die sosiale reg beweging sien God se heerlikheid wanneer wetgewing verander en in lyn kom met God se Wet en Voorskrifte.
  • Die Evangelistiese beweging sien God se heerlikheid in die hoeveelheid mense wat gered word, en gedoop word.

Elkeen sien God se heerlikheid, maar ons soek dit alles saam, en nog meer soos God in Sy volheid deur die kerk Sy liefde aan die wêreld demonstreer.

Mense is honger vir die realiteit van God self.  

Ons moet dus as kerk aanhou reformeer sodat God Sy heerlikheid in Sy volheid deur ons kan verwesenlik word!! Elke keer wanneer ‘n kerk die Here inperk, en nie verder groei na SY volwassenheid nie en volheid nie, verloor die LIG sy skynsel, en verval die samelewing in duisternis.  

Die wêreld se grootste kerk: The Yoido Full Gospel Church, Seoul, Suid-Korea.  Gestig deur David Yonggi Cho en Choi Ja-shil in 1958, word die kerk tans gelei deur Dr Young Hoon Lee. Die grootste Pinkster kerk in die wêreld. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25Jpdfip8-4  
Die Pinkster Kerk verteenwoordig nou amptelik die grootste persentasie gelowiges. 15% van die Wêreldbevolking is pinkster geesvervulde kinders van die Here.  

Regoor die wêreld rig die Here geestelike families op, elkeen onder die patriargale ouerskap van geestelike leiers, wat ons noem ‘n gemeente of kerk.  Geen mens sal ooit die volheid van Christus kan demonstreer nie, ook so geen gemeente nie.  Net soos wat verskillende mense, Christus beperk deur hulle vrees, vertwyfeling, inhibisie, minderwaardigheid beperk gemeentes ook die Here.  God se heerlikheid begin in ‘n individu, Kerk is maar net ‘n groter verteenwoordiging van God se heerlikheid soos ons begin saamwerk.  

Kies ‘n gemeente in jou lokaliteit, en word deel, en begin KERKWEES saam demonstreer!

  • Nooi mense!
  • Begin Huiskerk groepe deur NAGMAAL te hou!
  • Bring LEWE en LIG oral waar jy gaan, maar CONNECT hierdie mense met die groter LIGGAAM van Christus!

Mense wat nie in ‘n lokale GEMEENTE familie ingeskakel is nie, nêrens verantwoordbaar is nie, nie iewers gewig dra en ondersteun nie, loop die gevaar om soos ‘n hout wat langs die vuur lê uit te brand! 

Geen KERK familie is perfek nie, met ‘n rede. Sodat ons deur die ongemak volwasse in die Here kan word!  Die kerk is die geboorte plek, asook die ontwikkelings ruimte waarin mense hulle skeppingsdoel in Christus ontdek en uitleef. Die kerk verskaf dus die “In Christus” mense kapitaal tot ‘n gesonde samelewing.

‘n Pelgrimslied. Van Dawid.
Ek was bly toe hulle vir my gesê het:
“Kom ons gaan na die huis van die Here toe.”
En nou is ons hier binne-in jou, Jerusalem!
Jerusalem is die stad wat stewig gebou is,
waarheen die stamme kom,
die stamme van die Here.
Dit is ‘n voorskrif vir Israel
om die Naam van die Here hier te loof.
Hier word reg gespreek,
hier lewer die koning sy uitsprake,
die koning uit die geslag van Dawid.
Bid dat Jerusalem vrede mag hê,
dat hulle wat hom liefhet, rustig mag woon.
Mag daar vrede wees binne jou mure,
rus in jou wonings.
Ter wille van my broers en my vriende
wens ek jou vrede toe.
Ter wille van die huis van die Here ons God
bid ek dat dit met jou goed sal gaan.”
(Ps 122)


[1] https://www.baptistpress.com/resource-library/sbc-life-articles/the-church-a-display-of-gods-glory/

[2] https://www.desiringgod.org/about-us

[3] http://www.forgeinternational.com/resources#our-books

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8 Reëls vir die lewe geleer uit die natuur deur die gelykenisse van Jesus

https://youtu.be/7iunSPGy6bg

Baie stem saam: ‘God werk op raaiselagtige maniere’. As ons egter kon verstaan ​​hoe God werk en hoe Hy dinge doen, sal ons sy wil vir ons lewens verstaan. Soos om ‘n persoon te leer ken. Waarvan hou hulle, soos om iemand te leer ken? Hoe benader hulle dinge? Ek glo dat die weë van God geopenbaar word in die werke van God, en sy grootste werk is die skepping. Dit is regverdig dat ons nie ‘n persoon beoordeel op grond van wat hulle sê of die eerste indruk nie. Beoordeel ‘n man se werk, sy of haar nalatenskap.

Job het gesukkel om die weë van God te verstaan ​​en word aangespreek: “Luister hierna, o Job; Staan stil en beskou die wonderlike werke van God. ” Sy aandag word verskuif na die skepping, dit is verwondering, grootheid en kompleksiteit tot op die punt waar hy erken: “Ek het van U gehoor deur die gehoor van die oor, maar nou sien my oog U.” (Job 42: 5)

God modelleer dikwels geestelike waarheid in die skepping, en daarom beskryf die psalmis Dawid die hele aarde wat sy glorie weerspieël. (Psalm 72:19). God het Salomo groot wysheid gegee en daar word opgeteken dat hy geleer het oor diere en voëls, reptiele en visse (1 Kings 4:33) en in sy spreuke daaroor geskryf het om die sterk- en swakpunte van die karakter toe te lig.

In eenvoudige nederigheid, laat ons tuinier, God, u met die Woord landskap en ‘n heilstuin van u lewe maak. (Jam 1:21) (Boodskap)

God het bedoel dat die mens in ‘n tuin moes woon; die sonde het hom na die krotte gestuur –

Vishal Mangalwadi

Dit is dus geen verrassing dat Jesus die meeste geleer het uit lesse wat uit die natuur geleer is nie. Kom ons fokus dus weer en maak kennis met die lesse wat uit die natuur geleer is.

SAAD & HEININGS

Die Bybel begin in ‘n tuin, eindig in ‘n tuinstad, en die tussenin is vol verhale van God se ontmoeting met mense in wingerde, boorde, tuine, berge, velde en woude. Haal die tuine (Eden, Getsemane) en die berge (Sinai, Hermon, Ararat, Nebo, Karmel, Olywe, Sion) uit, en jy het die hart uit die Skrif gesny.

Die woord KHEN (חן) – gewoonlik vertaal as ‘genade’ of ‘guns’ – beteken ‘deurlopende buitemuur of deurlopende versperring’ – amper die woord vir ‘n tentdeksel of bedekking. En meer nog, in antieke nomadiese terme, die deurlopende muur wat gevorm word deur die groter kamp wat bestaan ​​uit individuele tente, wat gesamentlik beskerming, familie, behoort. So sê die HERE: Die volk wat van die swaard oorgebly het, het KHEN in die woestyn gevind; selfs Israel toe ek gaan om hom te laat rus. ” – (Jer 31: 2)

Toe God die mens gemaak het, het hy strategies in ‘n omheinde tuin gesit. H1588. גַן gan: ‘n selfstandige naamwoord wat tuin, omheining beteken. Dit word gebruik om die Tuin van Eden aan te dui (plesier) waar die eerste mensepaar geplaas is (Gen. 2: 8-10, 15, 16; 3: 1-3, 8, 10, 23, 24; Eze. 36: 35; Jo 2: 3).

EDEN: ‘n Manlike naamwoord wat verwys na ‘n luukse, ‘n plesier, ‘n plesier. Dit word in die meervoud gebruik, dit beteken luukse, luukse dinge (2 Sam. 1:24); figuurlik, van die vele wonderlike dinge en plesier wat God gee (Ps. 36: 8). Dit beeld die vele genot en plesier wat Israel voorheen geniet het (Jer. 51:34). ‘N Vroulike naamwoord wat dui op seksuele genot, ekstase. Dit verwys na die genot van intieme liefde met u eggenoot wat in konteks die vermoë impliseer om swanger te raak (Gen. 18:12). Om plesier en skoonheid te skep, moet u elemente en hulpbronne meng, dit insluit en onderwerp. Soos om ‘n koek te bak, ‘n veld te plant, kuns in te stel, ‘n lied te komponeer, ‘n boek te skryf.

JY KAN DIE VLEKKE VERANDER, MAAR NIE ‘N MAN SE AARD NIE

Want elke boom word aan sy eie vrugte geken. Want mense versamel nie vye van dorings nie en versamel ook nie druiwe uit ‘n doringbos nie. Dit is waarom Jesus vir Nikodemus gesê het: U moet wedergebore word. (Joh 3: 2-5) DNA bepaal die uitkoms. Ons kan nie al hierdie projekte hê om die mens te probeer verbeter sonder om te herleef nie. Dr Ado Krige, die legende en vader van baie suksesvolle rehabilitasiesentrums in SA, noem sy sentrums regenereringsentrums. Die eerste wonderwerk van Jesus waar Hy die beste wyn in ‘n sekonde uit die water regenereer, wys daarop. Dit is die kern van die evangelie! Hy maak vir ons nuwe skeppings. (2 Cor. 5:17) Die stigting van ‘n organisasie se DNA bepaal die mate waarin dit suksesvol is. Vennootskappe en strategiese alliansies werk slegs as die waardes-DNA inherent dieselfde is.

DIE MENSE WAAR JY DIE MEESTE TYE BESTEE, BEPAAL JOU

Kyk na die lelies van die veld, hoe hulle groei: hulle swoeg en spin nie; en tog sê ek vir julle dat selfs Salomo in al sy glorie nie soos een van hierdie klere aangetrek was nie. (Mat 6: 27-28). Daar word gesê dat u die gemiddelde is van die vyf mense by wie u die meeste tyd spandeer. Bill Johnson sê: vind u kerk, vind u bestemming. Die lelie floreer, want dit is in die regte habitat. Dit sal nie in ‘n woestyn groei nie. Elkeen van ons is dus gemaak vir ‘n relatiewe habitat waar ons kan groei.

DIE NATUUR IS VERHOUDINGS GEORIËNTEERD  

Alles in die natuur is verbind en in verhouding tot die ander. Onlangs het die Yellowstone Nasionale Park die ekosisteem laat herstel wat die trofiese kaskade-effek genoem word, aangesien wolwe weer ingestel is. U sal geen enkele kultuur Forrest in die natuur vind nie.

Alhoewel elke spesie sy unieke identiteit en doel het, funksioneer dit altyd binne ‘n spesifieke ekosisteem, wat onderling verband hou. Kommersiële boerderye is nie volhoubaar nie, omdat ons doelgerig ‘n wanbalans in die natuur skep, waarin ons weer meer en meer chemiese manipulasie moet gebruik om dieselfde resultate te behaal.

In ‘n ware sin hou die hele lewe met mekaar verband. Alle mans word vasgevang in ‘n onontkombare netwerk van wedersyds, vasgebind in ‘n enkele kledingstuk van die noodlot. Wat ook al ‘n mens direk raak, dit raak indirek. Martin Luther King

Jesus het die gelykenis van die koring en onkruid geleer, om die onkruid tot die einde toe te laat, dan word dit verbrand en vernietig. (Mat 13: 24-30) Een van die grootste foute in die Christendom deur die geskiedenis is die idee dat ‘n mens meer heilig word deur jouself van die natuur te skei. Hierdie selfopgelegde heiligheid het nie die krag om bose begeertes te onderdruk nie. Dit is die heiligheid van die een wat die geskiedenis verander! Soos Daniel, Nehemia, Ester & Mordecai. ‘n Hand vol sout maak ‘n mens siek, maar sout wat in ‘n sop vrygestel word, gee dit ‘n voorsmakie. Ons is nie van die wêreld nie. Soos Jesus, is ons vreemdelinge wat geroep is om sondeloos te lewe in ‘n krom geslag. Jesus het die streng godsdienstige kultuur van die Jode onrustig gemaak toe Hy geopenbaar het dat God se guns, die herstel van die jubeljaar ook vir die heidene was. (Luk 4: 16-30) U kan nie Christelike musiek skryf of Christelike skole begin nie, want musiek en skole kan nie met die gees gevul word nie en die stem van God gehoorsaam nie. Die komponis en die hoof is Christin onder Christus. Wat ons skep, die manier waarop ons sake doen, wat ons produseer, veroorsaak vreugde (EDEN-effek) en nooi mense uit na ‘n nuwe leefstyl. Daniël kon nie byskrifte gee oor wat hy in Babilon Jewish gedoen het nie, maar deur toestemming te vra om sy dieet reëls, sy voorkoms en algemene gesondheid te gehoorsaam, oortref die ander gevangenes.

GEESTELIKE KRAG IS NIE IN GETALLE NIE, MAAR IN INVLOED

Politici soek getalle om mag en invloed te benut. Dit lei tot groot dwaasheid, want niemand behoort ‘n aantal mense te verteenwoordig nie en kan eenvoudig nie. Mense verander gedurig. “Die koninkryk van die hemele is soos suurdeeg, wat ‘n vrou geneem en in drie mate meel weggesteek het totdat dit alles gesuurd was.” (Mat 13:33) Die mag van die koninkryk is in die mag van die een. Ware invloed word deur Kings vertrou en gerespekteer. “Die koninkryk van die hemele is soos ‘n mosterdsaad wat ‘n mens geneem en in sy veld gesaai het, dit is die minste van al die saadjies; maar as dit gegroei het, is dit groter as die kruie en word dit ‘n boom, sodat die voëls van die hemel in sy takke kom nes maak. ‘ (Matt 13:31; Luk 13:18) Durf iemand hierdie dag van klein begin minag? (Zac 4:10 Die boodskap) ‘n Boer verstaan ​​dat die kwaliteit van die saad die oes bepaal. Die gelykenis van die saaier onthul ook dat die uitslag van die oes bepaal is deur die toestand van die grond, nie die saad nie, en ook nie die saaier nie. Alles is gegrond in gesonde verhoudings – organisasies, gesinne, nasies, besigheid floreer en oorleef as gevolg van sterk verhoudings.

STRATEGIESE POSISIE VAN DIE MAG VAN EEN

‘N Sekere man het ‘n vyeboom in sy wingerd laat plant, en hy het vrugte daarop gaan soek en niks gekry nie. (Luk 13: 6-9) Sedert die begin sou God sy gestuurdes in situasies plaas om sy volk te bevry. Moses is strategies in ‘n rivier geplaas wat deur die prinses van Egipte gevind kon word. Nehemia, Daniel, Ester, die jong slavin wat Naäman van ‘n profeet in Israel vertel het, was individue wat veranderinge teweeg gebring het in die mensegeskiedenis deur hul persoonlike heiligheid.

DIE EVANGELIE IS VOLHOUBAAR

Die koninkryk van God is asof ‘n mens saad op die aarde sou strooi en in die nag sou slaap en bedags sou opstaan, en die saad sou uitloop en groei, hy weet self nie. Daar is baie video’s wat uitbeeld hoe die natuur uiteindelik al die konstruksies van die mens mettertyd sou oorneem wanneer iemand van die aarde verwyder word. Die natuur het nie ons ingryping nodig nie, ons is geroep om dit te bewerk en te bewaak. (Gen 2:15) As God iets doen, is dit volhoubaar. Toe staan ​​een in die raad op, ‘n Fariseër met die naam Gamaliël, ‘n wetgeleerde van die hele volk en beveel hulle om die apostels ‘n rukkie buite te sit. En hy sê vir hulle: “Israeliete, pas op wat julle van plan is om met hierdie manne te doen. Vir ‘n geruime tyd gelede het Theudas opgestaan ​​en beweer dat hy iemand was. ‘n Aantal mans, ongeveer vierhonderd, het by hom aangesluit. Hy is gedood, en almal wat hom gehoorsaam het, is verstrooi en het tot niks gekom nie. Ná hierdie man het Judas van Galilea in die dae van die volkstelling opgestaan ​​en baie mense na hom weggetrek. Hy het ook omgekom, en almal wat hom gehoorsaam het, is uiteen gesit. En nou sê ek vir u: hou u weg van hierdie manne en laat hulle staan; want as hierdie plan of hierdie werk van mense is, sal dit tot niet kom; maar as dit van God is, kan u dit nie omverwerp nie, anders sal u selfs teen God veg. Dit is dus my stelling dat slegs dit wat in Christus gebore, onderhou en vervul word, volhoubaar sal wees.

DIE LEWE IS SEISOENE EN SIKLIES

Daar is 7 dae in ‘n week, op die 7de maand is Sukkot gehou; op die 7de jaar is u skuld vrygestel, in die siklus van 7 x 7 jaar was dit Jubeljaar. Die tyd (Kairos) is vervul, en die Koninkryk van God is naby. Bekeer u en glo in die evangelie! (Mark 1:15) καιρός kairós; genl. kairoú, masc. selfstandige naamwoord. Seisoen, geskikte tyd. Dit is nie net ‘n opeenvolging van minute nie, dit is chrónos (G5550), maar ‘n periode van geleentheid (alhoewel dit nie ‘n noodsaaklikheid is nie).Daar is regtig geen Eng. gelykstaande aan die woord kairós, die toepaslike of geskikte tyd wat, wanneer dit in die pl. met chrónoi (tye), word vertaal as “seisoene”, tye waarop sekere voorafbepaalde gebeure plaasvind. Vra die Here vir reën in die tyd van laasgenoemde reën (Zac 10: 1) (Spring reën) Geveinsdes! U kan die aangesig van die hemel en die aarde onderskei, maar hoe kan u hierdie keer nie onderskei nie? (Luk 12:56) En die hart van ‘n wyse man onderskei tyd en oordeel, want daar is tyd en oordeel vir elke saak. (Ecc. 8: 5-6)

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8 Rules for Life learned from Nature in the Parables

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Many would agree, “God works in mysterious ways”. If we could however understand how God operates, and how He does things we will understand His will for our lives. Like getting to know a person, what do they value? How do they approach things? I believe the ways of God is revealed in the works of God, and His greatest work is Creation. It is fair that we should not judge a person on what they say, or first impressions. Judge a man’s work, his or her legacy.
Job was struggling to understand the ways of God and gets directed: “Listen to this, O Job; Stand still and consider the wondrous works of God.” His attention is moved to creation, it’s wonder, greatness and complexity to the point where he acknowledge: “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You.” (Job 42:5)
God often models spiritual truth in creation, which is why David the psalmist describes the whole earth reflecting his glory. (Psalm 72:19). God gave Solomon great wisdom and it is recorded that he taught about animals and birds, reptiles and fish (1 Kings 4:33) and wrote about them in his proverbs to illustrate character strengths and weaknesses.
In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life. (James 1:21 – Message)


God meant man to live in a garden; sin has sent him to the slums –

Vishal Mangalwadi


Thus it is no surprise that Jesus taught most from lessons learned from nature. Let us hence refocus our attention, and familiarise ourselves with lessons learned from nature.

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  1. SEEDS & ENCLOSURES
    The Bible begins in a garden, ends in a garden city, and the in-between is full of stories of God’s encounter with humans in vineyards, orchards, gardens, mountains, fields, and forests. Take out the gardens (Eden, Gethsemane) and the mounts (Sinai, Hermon, Ararat, Nebo, Carmel, Olives, Zion), and you’ve cut the heart out of the Scriptures.
    The word KHEN (חן) – usually translated “grace” or “favour” – means “continuous outer wall, or continuous barrier” – pretty much the word for a tent shell or covering. And more so in Ancient nomadic terms, the continuous wall formed by the greater camp made up of individual tents, that collectively symbolized protection, family, belonging. “Thus says Yahweh, The people who were left of the sword found KHEN in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest.” – (Jeremiah 31:2)
    When God made man, He strategically placed an enclosed garden. H1588. גַּן gan: A common noun meaning garden, enclosure. It is used to indicate the Garden of Eden (pleasure) where the first human pair was placed (Gen. 2:8-10, 15, 16; 3:1-3, 8, 10, 23, 24; Ezek. 36:35; Joel 2:3).
    EDEN: A masculine noun referring to a luxury, a pleasure, a delight. Used in the plural, it means luxury, luxurious things (2 Sam. 1:24); figuratively, of the many splendid things and enjoyments God gives (Ps. 36:8). It depicts the many enjoyments and pleasurable delights Israel had enjoyed previously (Jer. 51:34). A feminine noun indicating sexual delight, ecstasy. It refers to the enjoyment of intimate love with one’s spouse which in context implies the ability to become pregnant (Gen. 18:12). In order to create pleasure and beauty, one need to remix elements and resources, enclose and subdue it. Like baking a cake, planting a field, framing art, composing a song, writing a book.
  2. YOU CAN CHANGE THE SPOTS, BUT NOT A MAN’s NATURE
    For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. (Luk 6:44) This is why Jesus told Nicodemus, you have to born again. (Joh 3:2-5) DNA determines the outcome. We cannot have all these projects to try to make man better, without regeneration. Dr Ado Krige, the legend and father of many successful rehab centers in SA, call his centers regeneration centers. The first miracle of Jesus where He regenerated the best wine out of water in a second, points to this. This is the core of the gospel! Him making us new creations. (2 Cor 5:17) The founding DNA of an organization determines the culture and success if that organization. Partnerships and strategic alliances only work if the values-DNA is inherently similar.
  3. THE PEOPLE YOU SPEND MOST TIME WITH DETERMINES YOU
    Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. (Mat 6:27-28) It is said, that you are the average of the five people you’re spending most time with. Bill Johnson says: find your church, finds your destiny. The lily flourishes, because it is in the right habitat. It will not grow in a desert. So each one of us, are made for a relational habitat, where we can grow.
  4. NATURE IS RELATIONAL (INTERRELATED)
    Everything in nature is connected and in relation to the other. Recently the Yellowstone National Park saw its ecosystem restored what is called the trophic cascade effect, as wolves were reintroduced. You will find no mono-cultures Forrest in nature.
    Although each species has its unique distinct identity and purpose, they always function within a specific ecosystem, of inter-related harmony. Commercial farming is not sustainable, because we purposefully are creating an imbalance in nature, wherein in turn we have to use more and more chemical manipulation to have the same results.
    In a real sense, all life is interrelated. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Martin Luther-King
    Jesus taught the parable of the wheat & tares, to leave the tares until the end, then it is burned and destroyed. (Mat 13:24-30) One of Christianity greatest mistakes through history, is the notion that by separating oneself from nature, one becomes more holy. This self-imposed holiness does not have the strength to suppress, evil desires. It is the holiness of the one, that changes history! Like Daniel, Nehemiah, Ester & Mordechai. A hand full of salt makes one sick, but salt released in a soup gives it a taste. We are not from the world. Like Jesus, we are aliens, called to live sinless lives in a crooked generation. Jesus unsettled the stringent religious culture of the Jews when He revealed that God’s favour, jubilee restoration was for the gentiles too. (Luke 4:16-30) You cannot write Christian music or start Christian schools, because music and schools cannot be filled with the spirit, and obey the voice of God. The composer and the headmaster are Christian, under Christ. What we create, the way we do business, what we produce causes delight (EDEN-effect) and invites people to a new lifestyle. Daniel could not label what he did in Babylon as a Hebrew, yet by asking permission to obey his dietary rules, his countenance, and overall health surpassed the other captives.
  5. SPIRITUAL POWER IS NOT IN NUMBERS BUT IN RELATIONAL INFLUENCE
    Politicians seek numbers to leverage power and influence. This leads to great folly, as no one person ought to represent a number of people, and simply cannot. People change their minds, constantly. “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.” (Mat 13:33) The power of the kingdom is in the power of the one. Real influence is being trusted and respected by Kings. “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.” (Matt 13:31; Luk 13:18) Does anyone dare despise this day of small beginnings? (Zech 4:10 The Message) A farmer understands that the quality of the seed determines the harvest. The parable of the sower, also reveals that the outcome of the harvest was determined by the condition of the soil (heart) not the seed, nor the sower. Everything is grounded in healthy relationships – organisations, families, nations, business thrive and survive because of strong relationships.
  6. STRATEGICALLY POSITIONED THE POWER OF ONE
    A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. (Luk 13:6-9) Since the beginning, God strategically would place His send-ones in situations to liberate His people. Moses was strategically placed in a river to be found by the princess of Egypt. Nehemiah, Daniel, Esther, the young slave girl who told Naman of a Prophet in Isreal were individuals who brought about change in human history, through their personal holiness.
  7. NATURE IS SELF-SUSTAINABLE
    The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know-how. (Mar 4:26-29) There are many videos depicting how nature would eventually take over all the constructions of man over time when a man is removed from the earth. Nature does not need our intervention, we were called to cultivate and guard it. (Gen 2:15) When God does something, it is sustainable. Then one in the council stood up, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in respect by all the people and commanded them to put the apostles outside for a little while. And he said to them: “Men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what you intend to do regarding these men. For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody. A number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was slain, and all who obeyed him were scattered and came to nothing. After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the census, and drew away many people after him. He also perished, and all who obeyed him were dispersed. And now I say to you, keep away from these men and let them alone; for if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing; but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it—lest you even be found to fight against God.” (Acts 5:34-40) It is thus my contention that only that what is birthed, maintained and fulfilled in Christ will be sustainable.
  8. NATURE IS SEASONAL AND CYCLICAL
    There are 7 days in a week, on the 7th month Sukkot was held; on 7th year your debt was released, on the 7 x 7th year cycle it was Jubilee. The time (Kairos) is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the gospel! (Mark 1:15) καιρός kairós; gen. kairoú, masc. noun. Season, opportune time. It is not merely as a succession of minutes, which is chrónos (G5550), but a period of opportunity (though not a necessity).
    There is really no Eng. equivalent to the word kairós, the appropriate or opportune time, which when used in the pl. with chrónoi (times), is translated as “seasons,” times at which certain foreordained events take place. Ask the Lord for rain In the time of the latter rain (Zech 10:1) (Spring Rain) Hypocrites! You can discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how is it you do not discern this time? (Luk 12:56) And a wise man’s heart discerns both time and judgment, because for every matter there is a time and judgment. (Eccl 8:5-6)
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Christus die som-totaal

Voorrang van Christus

 “…Wysheid en kennis sal die stabiliteit van u tye wees.” – Jes 33:6

 In tye van wisselvallige onsekerheid het ons ware goddelike wysheid en kennis nodig om ons na stabiliteit te lei.

Ons sou dink dat daar ‘n samehangende konsensus oor die feite in die huidige inligting revolusie sou wees.  Maar met die toename van meer inligting, hou die gevaar van te veel menings en verkeerde inligting in.  Veral in die huidige pandemie is daar steeds geen samehangende voorkoming of konsekwente behandeling van die virus nie.  Niemand kan die ekonomiese toekoms ná sekerheid voorspel nie.  Die beste beramings is om huidige wêreldgebeurtenisse te vergelyk volgens die na-oorlogse uitbarstings en die gevolglike neigings ná die pandemie.

 Meer spesifiek moet ons as gelowiges vra: “Hoe het die Kerk gereageer op die 1ste en 2de Wêreldoorlog en die Groot siekte-pandemies?”

 Tydens hierdie groot donker gebeure het miljoene gesterf, goed en sleg, ryk en arm, jonk en oud.  Niemand is uitgesluit nie.  Niemand het verbygegaan deur goeie gedrag nie.  Verskriklike dinge het met goeie mense gebeur, en niks wat iemand kon doen nie, kon u teen katastrofe beskerm nie.

Wat is die uiteindelike anker van stabiliteit aan die kerk?

Die voortreflikheid van Jesus Christus, ons Here.

Hy is die beeld van die onsigbare God, die eersgeborene oor die hele skepping.  Want deur Hom is alle dinge geskep wat in die hemel is en wat op die aarde is, sigbaar en onsigbaar, hetsy trone of heerskappye of owerhede of magte.  Alle dinge is deur Hom en vir Hom geskep.  En Hy is voor alle dinge, en in Hom bestaan alle dinge.  En Hy is die hoof van die liggaam, die gemeente wat die begin is, die eersgeborene uit die dood, sodat Hy in alles die voortreflikheid kan hê.  Kol 1: 15-18 [1]

Paulus beantwoord drie vrae oor die persoon van Christus:

1. Wie is Jesus in verhouding tot God? – Jesus is die beeld van die onsigbare God (15a)

Jesus is die beeld van die onsigbare God. ”  Die Bybel sê vir ons dat God gees is, wat beteken dat hy onsigbaar is.  1 Timoteus 6:16 sê dat God “in ongenaakbare lig leef, wat niemand gesien of gesien het nie”.  (1 Timoteus 6:16).

2. Het u God al gesien?  Nee, jy het nie.  As u dit gedoen het, sou u nie hier wees nie!  Jy sou dood wees.  Maar Jesus is die beeld van die onsigbare God.  En toe Jesus kom, het die onsigbare God sigbaar geword.  Jesus is GOD !!

Alomteenwoordigheid: “Want waar twee of drie in My Naam vergader, daar is Ek in hulle midde.” (Matt. 18:20).

En ook ewig: “Ek is altyd by u tot aan die voleinding van die wêreld.”  (Matt. 28:20).

Almagtig: “Aan My is alle mag gegee in die hemel en op die aarde.”  (Matt. 28:18).

Alwetend: “Niemand weet wie die Seun is nie, behalwe die Vader en wie die Vader is, behalwe die Seun en elkeen aan wie die Seun hom wil bekend maak.”  (Luk 10:22).

3. Wie is Jesus in verhouding tot die skepping? – Jesus is die eersgeborene oor die hele skepping (15b-17);

Die eersgeborene is gebruik as titel vir die Messias wat oor God se koninkryk sou heers en beërwe.  “Ek sal hom as my eersgeborene aanstel, die verhewe van die konings van die aarde.”  En die uitdrukking “eersgeborene oor die skepping” beteken dus nie dat Christus die eerste geskape wese was nie.  Dit beteken eerder die voortreflikheid van Christus bo die hele skepping, dat hy die heerser en erfgenaam is oor die hele skepping.”  Openbaring 3:14 bring hierdie regte betekenis van die woord eersgeborene na vore wanneer dit Jesus “die heerser oor die skepping van God” noem.  As die eersgeborene oor die hele skepping is Jesus heerser en erfgenaam.  Wanneer eersgeborenes gevolg word deur ‘n meervoud soos in Col 1:18 of Rom 8:29, is die eersgeborene deel van die klas wat volg.  Wanneer dit gevolg word deur ‘n enkelvoud, beteken dit rang of meerderwaardigheid bo die klas.  Daar is ‘n ander woord wat Paulus vir “eers geskape” (protoktistos) sou kon gebruik, maar hy het nie daardie woord gebruik nie.  Hy het eerder ‘eersgeborene’ (prototokos) gebruik.]

Paulus vertel ons vier dinge wat waar is van Jesus as die eersgeborene oor die skepping:

1. Jesus het alle dinge geskep

2. Jesus erf alle dinge

3. Jesus het voor alle dinge bestaan

4. Jesus onderhou alle dinge.

 Jesus hou nie net gesag oor lewende skepping nie, maar ook oor die geestelike wêreld.  “Maar as ek duiwels uitdryf deur die Gees van God, het die koninkryk van God sekerlik oor julle gekom.”  (Mat 12:28)

Hy het ook sy dissipels die mag gegee om onreine geeste uit te dryf (Matt. 10: 1).  “Kyk, Ek het u die mag gegee om op slange en skerpioene te trap en om die vyand met al sy mag te oorwin, sonder om u skade aan te doen.”  (Lukas 10:19).  

Dit is ook duidelik dat die bose geeste ‘n komende oordeel oor Jesus vrees (Mark 5: 7).  Met sy kruisdood het Jesus egter die sleutels van die doderyk weggeneem.  Sleutels dui gesag aan.  Hy het die satan ontwapen en die regsbevoegdheid wat hy van die mens geneem het, teruggeneem as die perfekte man.  In Christus is die volle heerskappy en krag wat God van plan was dat die mens moes uitoefen, herstel. “Hy het elke mag en gesag ontwapen en in die openbaar vertoon deur hulle gevange te neem in die triomf van Christus.” (Col. 2:15). “Maar God sy dank!  Hy lei ons altyd in sy triomftog omdat ons een met Christus is.  Deur ons versprei Hy die kennis van Christus oral soos ‘n aangename geur. ”  (2 Cor. 2:14).

Wie is Jesus in verhouding tot die kerk? – Jesus is die hoof van die liggaam, die kerk (18)

Die kerk is die liggaam van Christus, en Jesus is die hoof van die liggaam. Dit beteken dat daar ‘n lewende verhouding tussen Christus en die kerk bestaan, net soos daar ‘n lewende verhouding is tussen die hoof van enige liggaam.

As liggaam van Christus is ons verenig met Christus wat ons hoof is:

   A. Hy is die begin van die kerk

      – Matteus 16: 16-18

In die eerste plek is Hy die begin (Arche – eerste saak) van die kerk. Die woord “kop” verwys na sowel bron as gesag. As die begin van die kerk is Jesus die stigter en heerser van die kerk.

Jesus het dit in die evangelie van Matteus aan Petrus bevestig. Ons lees in Matteus 16: Simon Petrus antwoord: “U is die Christus, die Seun van die lewende God.” Jesus antwoord: “Geseënd is jy, seun van Jona, want dit is nie deur ‘n mens aan u geopenbaar nie, maar deur my Vader in die hemel. En ek sê vir jou dat jy Petrus is, en op hierdie rots sal ek my kerk bou, en die poorte van die doderyk sal dit nie oorwin nie.” (Matt 16: 16-18).

Jesus het die kerk gestig op die vaste rots van Petrus se belydenis van Hom as die Christus, die Seun van die lewende God. As hoof van die liggaam is Jesus die begin van die kerk:

   B. Hy is die eersgeborene uit die dood

      – 1 Corinthians 15: 20-23

‘Hy is die begin en die eersgeborene uit die dode, sodat hy in alles die oppermag kan hê.’ Christus se opstanding is die basis van ons lewe en geloof. Daar is geen kerk of geloof sonder Christus se opstanding nie. Dit is die evangelie. Dit is die goeie nuus wat ons verkondig. Jesus leef!

Terug Na Huidige Werklikheid

Wat is die fisiese BEWYS van sy voorrang?

Of ons nou daarvan hou of nie, die samelewing is gestruktureer in stel hiërargieë van bevoegdheid.

Die rykste 10% van die bevolking besit minstens 90–95% van alle welvaart. Die rykste vyf-en-tagtig mense het soveel as die onderste drie-en-‘n-half-miljard. Die meeste wetenskaplike artikels word deur ‘n baie klein groep wetenskaplikes gepubliseer. ‘n Klein deel van musikante lewer byna al die opgeneemde kommersiële musiek. Net ‘n handjievol skrywers verkoop al die boeke. Net so het net vier klassieke komponiste (Bach, Beethoven, Mozart en Tsjaikofski) byna al die musiek geskryf wat moderne orkeste gespeel het. Hierdie beginsel staan soms bekend as die wet van Price, na Derek J. de Solla Price, die navorser wat die toepassing daarvan in 1963 in die wetenskap ontdek het. Dit kan gemodelleer word met behulp van ‘n ongeveer L-vormige grafiek, met die aantal mense op die vertikale as, en produktiwiteit of hulpbronne op die horisontale. Die basiese beginsel is baie vroeër ontdek. Vilfredo Pareto (1848–1923), ‘n Italiaanse polimaat, veral in die studie van inkomsteverdeling en in die analise van individue se keuses, het die toepaslikheid daarvan op welvaartverspreiding opgemerk.

Die Matthew-effek van opgehoopte voordeel, Matthew-beginsel, of kortweg Matthew-effek, word soms opgesom deur die spreekwoord “die rykes word ryker en die armes word armer”. Die begrip is van toepassing op roem of status, maar kan ook letterlik toegepas word tot kumulatiewe voordeel van ekonomiese kapitaal. [2]  Die Matthew-effek van opgehoopte voordeel, Matthew-beginsel, of kortweg Matthew-effek, word soms opgesom deur die spreekwoord “die rykes word ryker en die armes word armer”

“Want aan elkeen wat het, sal meer gegee word, en hy sal oorvloed hê; maar van hom wat nie het nie, sal selfs wat hy het, weggeneem word. ”- Matt 25: 29, RSV.

“Ek sê vir julle, aan elkeen wat het, sal meer gegee word; maar van hom wat nie het nie, sal selfs wat hy het, weggeneem word. ”- Lukas 19:26, NV.

Die konsep sluit twee van die drie sinoptiese weergawes van die gelykenis van die lamp onder ‘n skepel af (afwesig in die weergawe van Matteus):

“Want aan hom wat het, sal daar meer gegee word; en van hom wat nie het nie, sal selfs wat hy het, weggeneem word. ” – Markus 4:25, RSV.

“Pas dan op hoe jy hoor; want aan hom wat het, sal meer gegee word, en van hom wat nie het nie, sal weggeneem word wat hy dink dat hy het. ” – Lukas 8:18, RSV.

Die konsep word weer in Matteus aangebied, buiten ‘n gelykenis tydens Christus se uitleg aan sy dissipels van die doel van gelykenisse:

‘En Hy antwoord hulle:’ Aan julle is gegee om die geheime van die koninkryk van die hemele te ken, maar aan hulle is dit nie gegee nie. Want aan hom wat het, sal meer gegee word, en hy sal oorvloed hê; maar van hom wat nie het nie, sal selfs wat hy het, weggeneem word. ” – Matteus 13: 11–12, RSV. [3]

Hoe stel ons ons dan as kerk in die wete dat Christus deur die kerk hierdie ewige oorheersing het?

Jesus het uiteindelik terugwerkend na die top van die orde van die dinge gestyg. Jesus is grootgemaak as ‘n Jood van ‘n ambagsman uit ‘n klein, gestigmatiseerde boeredorp Nasaret, Judea, ‘n klein staat van ‘n Mediterreense wêreld wat ‘oorheers’ is deur ‘n heidense egosentriese totalitêre imperiale regime, en ‘n staatskultus van aanbidding wat op die keisers gerig is.

Hoe kan dit wees dat hierdie man in slegs drie jaar so ‘n stempel op die samelewing afgedruk het dat hy skaars driehonderd jaar later die hele Romeinse wêreld en daarna sou transformeer? 

Die heidense godsdienste het verdwyn, die kultus van die goddelike keiser is afgeskaf en Jesus – die veroordeelde misdadiger, die opruiende Jood – is verhef as die enigste “god” van die Ryk, die enigste man wat waardig is om te aanbid.  ‘n Paar honderd-jaar daarna het die kerk wat in sy naam gestig is, Europa oorheers, in die vakuum wat agtergelaat is deur die keiserlike ineenstorting aan die hand van die Germaanse stamme en sou die verloop van die Europese geskiedenis bepaal tot en met die Verligting van die 18de  eeu.

Dus, ja, hier is ‘n fundamentele paradoks: die man wat die heerskappy van een man bo ‘n ander veroordeel en die gelykheid van mense beklemtoon, het tot op hierdie dag die hele kulture en samelewings deegliker oorheers as enigiemand anders in die geskiedenis.

Wat is die rykdom wat ons moet besef?

Morele leierskap

“Maar Jesus het hulle na Homself geroep en gesê: ‘U weet dat die owerstes van die heidene oor hulle heers, en dat diegene wat groot is, gesag oor hulle het.  Tog sal dit nie onder julle wees nie;  maar elkeen wat onder u groot wil word, moet u dienaar wees.  En elkeen wat die eerste onder u wil wees, hy moet u slaaf wees – net soos die Seun van die mens nie gekom het om gedien te word nie, maar om te dien en om sy lewe ‘n losprys vir baie te gee.”  (Mat 20: 25-28)

Basies – Karakter wen!

’n Interessante tweespalt is dat, hoe hoër mense dikwels styg, hoe meer hulle bereik het, hoe hoër is die nederigheid.  Diegene wat die minste spog, en hoe veiliger hulle in hulleself is, hoe nederiger is hulle.  

“Ware verdienste, soos ‘n rivier, hoe dieper dit is, hoe minder geraas maak dit”.  (Edward Frederick Halifax).  

Ons het almal mense so raakgeloop en voel bewondering vir hulle.

Paulus het verstaan dat hy ware RYKDOM in die heerlikheid van Christus ontvang het, omdat hy alles het !! (Rom 9:23; 11:33; 2 Cor 8: 2; Eph 1: 7; 1:18; 3: 8; 3:16; Phil 4:19; Col 1:27; 2: 2; 1 Tim 6  : 17)

 Persoonlike verantwoordelikheid en integriteit

As iemand my volgelinge wil word, moet hulle hulleself verloën en daagliks hul kruis opneem en my volg.’  (Luk 9:23)

… Gaan deur die nou poort in.  Want wyd is die poort en breed is die weg wat lei tot vernietiging, en baie gaan daardeur.  Maar die poort is klein en die weg na die lewe beperk, en slegs enkele vind dit … ”(Matt 7: 13-14)

“… Weet jy nie dat al die hardlopers in ‘n wedloop hardloop nie, maar dat slegs een die prys ontvang?  Hardloop so om die prys te wen.  Almal wat aan die speletjies deelneem, oefen met streng dissipline.  Hulle doen dit vir ‘n verganklike kroon, maar ons doen dit vir ‘n onverganklike kroon.  Daarom hardloop ek nie doelloos nie;  Ek veg nie soos ek die lug slaan nie.  Nee, ek tugtig my liggaam en maak dit my slaaf, sodat ek, nadat ek aan ander gepreek het, nie gediskwalifiseer sal word nie…” (1 Cor 9: 24-27)

Niemand kan die prys vir jou betaal nie!  Ons word nie gered deurdat inligting toeskouers is nie.  Dit is ons persoonlike ervarings eerstehandse oortuiging van Christus wat ons waarheid, lewe en manier word !!  [5]

Individuele, pligsgetroue waardeoordeel

Verder het Jesus mense aangemoedig om hulself te bevry van die wurggreep van blinde getrouheid aan tradisionele stameenhede, soos die antieke familie, ten gunste van die morele agentskap van individue en hul korrelatiewe verantwoordelikhede.  “Want ek het gekom om ‘n man te skei tussen sy vader en die dogter teen haar moeder en die skoondogter teen haar skoonmoeder,” (Mat 10: 34-40)

“Ja, en waarom oordeel julle nie self wat reg is nie?  Luk 12:57

 Geen identiteitsgroep politiek en sosiale geregtigheid sonder persoonlike verantwoordelikheid nie.  U kan nie as ‘n groep beoordeel of bestempel word nie, ons word beoordeel volgens ons vrugte.

Ons moet afstand doen van persoonlike eiendomsregte

 Luk 14:33 NLV: “U kan dus nie my dissipel word sonder om alles wat u besit prys te gee nie.”’

En die vroegste Christelike gemeenskap het dit volgens die Nuwe Testament letterlik gedoen:

“Die gemeenskap van gelowiges was van harte en hart, en niemand het privaat eienaarskap van besittings geëis nie, maar alles wat hulle besit, is gemeen.  Die apostels het met groot krag getuig van die opstanding van die Here Jesus, en aan almal is daar groot guns verleen.  Daar was geen behoeftige onder hulle nie, want diegene wat eiendom of huise besit, sou dit verkoop, die opbrengs van die verkoop bring en dit aan die voete van die apostels plaas, en dit is aan elkeen uitgedeel volgens behoefte.”  (Handelinge 4: 32-35)

“En almal wat geglo het, was saam en het alles gemeen;  en hulle het hul besittings en goedere verkoop en dit aan almal uitgedeel volgens behoeftes.”  (Handelinge 2:44-45; RSV) “As jy die aarde besit en alles wat daarin is, waarom sou jy een gedeelte of stuk vashou?  soos armes, maar tog baie ryk maak;  soos niks, en tog alles besit.”  (2 Cor 6:10)

Deur die geskiedenis heen, toe die ware kerk vanweë hul geloof onteien, vervreem, vervolg en gemartel is, floreer hulle!  Die kerk word nie bedreig of verslaan nie – die hekke van die hel kan nie daarteen oorwin nie.  

Ons sien nou die afvallige kerk teenoor die ware kerk … die een het ‘n gees van skugterheid en vrees, die ander werk in die Gees deur krag, liefde en ‘n gesonde verstand !!  

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Preeminence of Christ 

“Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times”. Isa 33:6 

In times of volatile uncertainty, we need real divine wisdom and knowledge to guide us towards stability. 

We would think that in the current information revolution there would be coherent consensus on the facts. But with the increase of more information, comes the danger of too many opinions and misinformation. Particularly in the current pandemic, there still is no coherent prevention, or consistent treatment of the virus. No one can with certainty predict the post-Covid economic future. The best estimates are to compare current world-happenings according to post-war, and post-pandemic outbreaks and consequent trends.  

More specifically, we as believers must ask: “How did the Church respond to the 1st and 2nd World War, and the Great disease Pandemics?” 

During these great dark events, millions died, good and bad, rich and poor, young and old. No one got excluded. No one got passed by, by good behavior. Terrible things happened to good people, and nothing one could do, could protect you from catastrophe. 

What is the ultimate anchor of stability to the church?

The Preeminence of Jesus Christ our Lord 

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.” Col 1:15-18 [1]

Paul answers three questions about the person of Christ: 

Who is Jesus in relation to God – Jesus is the image of the invisible God (15a)?

“Jesus is the image of the invisible God.” (Colossians 1:15) The Bible tells us that God is spirit which means that he is invisible. 1 Timothy 6:16 says that God “lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see.” (1 Timothy 6:16) Have you ever seen God? No, you haven’t. If you did, you wouldn’t be here! You would be dead. But Jesus is the image of the invisible God. And when Jesus came, the invisible God became visible. Jesus is GOD!! 

Omnipresence: “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”” (Matt. 18:20).

Eternal: “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matt. 28:20).

Almighty: “All power in heaven and earth has been given to Me.” (Matt. 28:18).

Omniscient: “No one knows who the Son is but the Father, and who the Father is but the Son and everyone to whom the Son wants to make him known.” (Luke 10:22).

Who is Jesus in relation to creation? – Jesus is the firstborn over all creation (15b-17)

The firstborn was used as a title for the Messiah who would rule over and inherit God’s kingdom. “I will appoint him my firstborn, the most exalted of the kings of the earth.” (Psalm 89:27) And so the phrase the “firstborn over creation” does not mean that Christ was the first created being. Rather it means Christ’s superiority over all creation, that he is the ruler and heir over all creation. Revelation 3:14 brings out this proper sense of the word firstborn when it call Jesus “the ruler of God’s creation.” (Revelation 3:14) As the firstborn over all creation Jesus is both ruler and heir. When firstborn is followed by a plural as in Colossians 1:18 or Romans 8:29, the firstborn is part of the class that follows. When it is followed by a singular, it means rank or superiority over that class. There is a different word that Paul could have used for “first-created” (protoktistos), but he didn’t use that word. He used “firstborn” (prototokos) instead.] 

Paul tells us four things that are true of Jesus as the firstborn over creation: 1) Jesus created all things, 2) Jesus inherits all things, 3) Jesus existed before all things, 4) Jesus sustains all things. 

Jesus not only holds authority over living creation, but also the spiritual world. “But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.” (Matt. 12:28)

He also gave His disciples power to cast out unclean spirits (Matt. 10:1). “Behold, I have given you the power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and to overcome the enemy with all his might, without any harm to you.” (Luke 10:19). It is also clear that the evil spirits fear a coming judgment of Jesus (Mark 5: 7). However, with His crucifixion, Jesus took away the keys of the realm of the dead. Keys indicate authority. He disarmed satan, and took back the jurisdiction he had taken from man as the perfect man. In Christ, the full rule and power that God intended man to exercise has been restored. “He disarmed every power and authority and displayed them in public by taking them captive in the triumph of Christ.” (Col. 2:15). “But thanks be to God! He always leads us in His triumphal procession because we are one with Christ. Through us He spreads the knowledge of Christ everywhere like a pleasant fragrance.” (2 Cor. 2:14). 

Who is Jesus in relation to the church? – Jesus is the head of the body, the church (18) 

The church is the body of Christ, and Jesus is the head of the body. That means that there is a living relationship between Christ and the church even as there is a living relationship between the head of any body. As the body of Christ we are united with Christ who is our head. 

   A. He is the beginning of the church

      – Matthew 16:16-18

First of all, He is the beginning (Arche – first cause) of the church. The word “head” refers to both source and authority. As the beginning of the church Jesus is both the founder and ruler of the church.

Jesus affirmed this to Peter in the gospel of Matthew. We read in Matthew 16: Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.  And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” (Matthew 16:16-18) Jesus founded the church on the solid rock of Peter’s confession of Him as the Christ, the Son of the living God. As the head of the body, Jesus is the beginning of the church.

   B. He is the firstborn from among the dead

      – 1 Corinthians 15:20-23

“He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.” (Colossians 1:18) Christ’s resurrection is the basis of our life and faith. There is no church or faith without Christ’s resurrection. That is the gospel. That is the good news we proclaim. Jesus is alive! 

 

NOW BACK TO CURRENT REALITY

What is the physical PROOF of His preeminence? 

Whether we like it or not, society is structured in sets of hierarchies of competence. 

The wealthiest 10% of the population own at least 90–95% of all wealth.  The richest eighty-five people have as much as the bottom three and a half billion. The majority of scientific papers are published by a very small group of scientists. A tiny proportion of musicians produces almost all the recorded commercial music. Just a handful of authors sell all the books. Similarly, just four classical composers (Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky) wrote almost all the music played by modern orchestras. This principle is sometimes known as Price’s law, after Derek J. de Solla Price, the researcher who discovered its application in science in 1963. It can be modelled using an approximately L-shaped graph, with number of people on the vertical axis, and productivity or resources on the horizontal. The basic principle had been discovered much earlier. Vilfredo Pareto (1848–1923), an Italian polymath, particularly in the study of income distribution and in the analysis of individuals’ choices noticed its applicability to wealth distribution.

The Matthew-effect of accumulated advantage, Matthew principle, or Matthew effect for short, is sometimes summarized by the adage “the rich get richer and the poor get poorer”. The concept is applicable to matters of fame or status, but may also be applied literally to cumulative advantage of economic capital. [2]

The Matthew effect of accumulated advantage, Matthew principle, or Matthew effect for short, is sometimes summarized by the adage “the rich get richer and the poor get poorer”

“For to every one who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”— Matthew 25:29,RSV.

“I tell you, that to every one who has will more be given; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”— Luke 19:26,RSV.

The concept concludes two of the three synoptic versions of the parable of the lamp under a bushel (absent in the version of Matthew):

“For to him who has will more be given; and from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” — Mark 4:25,RSV.

“Take heed then how you hear; for to him who has will more be given, and from him who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away.” — Luke 8:18, RSV.

The concept is presented again in Matthew outside of a parable during Christ‘s explanation to his disciples of the purpose of parables:

“And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For to him who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” — Matthew 13:11–12,RSV.[3]

How then do we as the church position ourselves knowing that Christ, through the church has this eternal over-all pre-eminence?  

Jesus did, ultimately, rise to the top of the order of things retrospectively. Jesus was raised as a peasant artisan Jew from a small, stigmatized farming village Nazareth, Judea a small state of a Mediterranean world ‘dominated’ by a pagan ego-centrical totalitarian imperial regime, and a state cult of worship directed towards the Caesars.  

How can it be, that in only three years, this man left such a mark on society that scarcely three hundred years later, He had transformed the entire Roman world and beyond. The pagan religions vanished, the cult of the divine emperor was abolished and Jesus – the condemned criminal, the seditious Jew – was elevated as the sole “god” of the Empire, the only Man worthy of worship. A few hundred years after that, the church founded in His name came to dominate Europe, in the vacuum left behind by the imperial collapse at the hands of the Germanic tribes and would determine the course of European history right up till the Enlightenment of the 18th century. 

So, yes, there is a fundamental paradox here: the man who condemned the dominion of one man over another and stressed the equality of people, came to dominate entire cultures and societies more thoroughly than anyone else in history up until this day.[4]

What is the riches we need to realize? 

Moral Leadership 

“But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Mat. 20:25-28) 

Basically – Character Wins! 

An interesting dichotomy is that, often, the higher people rise, the more they have accomplished, the higher the humility index. Those who achieve the most brag the least, and the more secure they are in themselves, the more humble they are. “True merit, like a river, the deeper it is, the less noise it makes”. (Edward Frederick Halifax). We have all come across people like that and feel admiration for them. 

Paul understood that he has received true RICHES in the Glory of Christ, having all things!! 

(Rom 9:23; 11:33; 2 Cor 8:2; Eph 1:7; 1:18; 3:8; 3:16; Phil 4:19; Col 1:27; 2:2; 1 Tim 6:17)

Personal Responsibility and Integrity 

“If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23) 

“…Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it…” (Matthew 7:13-14)

“…Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way as to take the prize. Everyone who competes in the games trains with strict discipline. They do it for a crown that is perishable, but we do it for a crown that is imperishable. Therefore I do not run aimlessly; I do not fight like I am beating the air. No, I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified…” (1 Corinthians 9:24-27)

No one can pay the price for you! We are not saved by information being spectators. It is our personal experiential first-hand conviction of Christ that becomes our truth, life and way!!  [5]

Individual, Conscientious Value Judgement

Jesus, furthermore, encouraged people to emancipate themselves from the stranglehold of blind allegiance to traditional tribal units, such as the ancient family, in favour of the moral agency of individuals and their correlative responsibilities. “For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law..” (Mat 10:34-40) 

“Yes, and why, even of yourselves, do you not judge what is right?” (Luke 12:57 )

There is no identity group politics and social justice without personal responsibility. You cannot be judged or labelled as a group, we are judged by our fruit.   

Give Up Personal Rights of Ownership 

Luke 14:33 NLT: “So you cannot become my disciple without giving up everything you own.”

And the earliest Christian community, according to the New Testament, literally did do this:

“The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all. There was no needy person among them, for those who owned property or houses would sell them, bring the proceeds of the sale, and put them at the feet of the apostles, and they were distributed to each according to need.” (Acts 4: 32-35)

“And all who believed were together and had all things in common; and they sold their possessions and goods and distributed them to all, as any had need.” (Acts 2.44-45; RSV) 

“When you own the earth, and all that is in it, why would you hold onto one portion or piece? as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.” (2 Cor 6:10)

Throughout History when the true church has been dispossessed, alienated, persecuted, and martyred for their faith, they flourished! The Church is not threatened nor defeated – the gates of hell cannot prevail against it. We are now seeing the apostate church versus the true church… one has a spirit of timidity and fear, the other operates in the Spirit by power, love and a sound mind!! 


[1] http://www.rayfowler.org/sermons/colossians/the-supremacy-of-christ/

[2] Peterson, J., Ingendaay, M. and Müller, M., 2018. 12 rules for life. Penguin Books, pp.Pg 7-8.

[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_effect

[4] https://www.reddit.com/r/JordanPeterson/comments/8gz0vw/jesus_jordan_peterson_and_the_dominance_hierarchy/

[5] http://media-thechildrensmite.org/pdf_docs/watchman_nee/Christ_The_Sum_of_All_Spiritual_Things.pdf