Insight To His Sight: Recognizing God’s Purpose For You
Chapter: The Beginning and the End (Pages 157-160)
When I think about the words of Christ and what He so clearly outlined in the gospels, I continue to find closure to every question that I have ever had in the past. I find that the truth of the spirit reveals all, and that everything that Christ suffered, he suffered in order that he could understand man. He was tested and persevered through the faith that He had in the Father. Christ was the son of man who was able to find truth and understanding through his experiences while on earth. Everything that he experienced was for a reason. The time of testing was essential to His understanding.
The heart of man and the sin that exists in the world. The testing of Jesus while in the wilderness was essential to Him having full comprehension of God’s reason for sending Him as a sacrifice for our sin. He suffered and persevered in order to save those that had and have never come to know the Lord. By knowing that He was at all times suffering for our sin, He was able to endure, even unto death. He knew that man would hate everything that He stood for and that Satan would deceive many. In the deception, He would be hung on a cross and then in the end, God would demonstrate His everlasting power through the resurrection of His only begotten son. This is where we see that no matter how much deception goes on, God will always prevail in our time of need. He is the alpha and the omega (the beginning and the end).
“Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the benefit of circumcision? Great in every respect. First of all, that they were entrusted with the oracles of God. What then? If some did not believe, their unbelief will not nullify the faithfulness of God, will it? May it never be! Rather, let God be found true, though every man be found a liar, as it is written, “That Thou Mightiest Be Justified in Thy Words, And Mightiest Prevail When Thou Art Judged… And why not say (as we are slanderously reported and as some affirm that we say), “Let us do evil that good may come”? Their condemnation is just. What then? Are we better than they? Not at all; for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin, as it written, “There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; All have turned aside together they have become useless; There is none who does good, there is not even one. Their throat is an open grave, with their tongues they keep deceiving, the poison of asps is under their lips; Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness; their feet are swift to shed blood, destruction and misery are in their paths, and the path of peace have they not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, that every mouth nay be closed, and all the world may become accountable to God; because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.”
Romans 3:1–4, 8–20
“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread. But He answered and said, “It is written, Man shall not live on bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”
“This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends, if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you my friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask of the Father in My name, He may give to you. This I command you, that you love one another.”
“These things I have spoken to you, that you may be kept from stumbling. They will make you outcasts from the synagogue, but an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God. And these things they will do, because they have not known the Father, or Me. But these things I have spoken to you, that when their hour comes, that you may remember that I told you of them. And these things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you.”
“And on the basis of faith in His name, it is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man whom you see and know; and the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health in the presence of you all. And now, brethren, I know that you acted in ignorance, just as your rulers did also. But the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all his prophets, that His Christ should suffer, He has thus fulfilled. Repent therefore and return, that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you, who heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.”
Insight To His Sight: Recognizing God’s Purpose For You
Chapter: The Breath of Life: An Explanation (Pages 161-165)
Throughout my life I have tried to understand why there are so many different reasons and ways for looking at the Bible and religion. People bring up so many different scenarios that have or may occur in life that can pose for serious problems in our relationship with God.
There are always the “what if” statements that attempt to twist and turn the truth that the Bible accounts for. I believe that seeking to understand the human mind can be both positive and negative. To be able to communicate with everyone, we must see the world from all angles, but also understand that for thousands of years, man has simply fallen into our own ways of understanding and rationalization.
For the things that we could not comprehend, we have conjugated theories from our own ideas. We did not want to read the word of God in order that we might gain a complete understanding of the world. God addresses every subject that we question if we only give him a minute of our time. Faith is a choice. Faith is where we get closure to all things that happen in life.
We can overcome all doubt and confusion through the word. This addresses all scenarios including the loss of loved ones through circumstances beyond our comprehension. We are not intended to understand all of the events that take place around us in our human mind. To know that we can only begin to get an idea of how big God is by seeking wisdom through His word is where we gain the understanding.
I stand firm in the fact that everything we see while in our human form is not all that there is to life. I do not have a place in my mind for the idea that we just live and die, and that is it. Life has and will continue to throw challenges my way that I will only be able to get through with one possession—my faith. I would miss out on so much and never get through the rough times without it. Life is full of choices, and all choices have consequences, both good and bad. That is a fact that I know through my own choices.
The one reality that I find the hardest to bear is that children have to suffer without having ever done anything to deserve it. This just reinforces that we are born into sin. To see children born who have not had a choice and are born with diseases is a harsh reality. This is one of the hardest realities that I face personally. Why do children have to suffer? Why is their so much poverty in the world? Why is there so much loss? Why do people commit such horrific acts of violence and murder? Why is justice not given to those to whom it is owed?
I believe that this all falls back on faith and our choices.
We must constantly be aware that there is a solution to every problem that we face no matter how severe it may be. What we see around us here on earth is not simply all that there is. It is not the end. One of my personal struggles is seeing innocent children who have been victims of injustice such as war. Children who have been burned, mutilated, and abused to the most extreme extent. This goes to show how much evil is in the world and that a large majority of these tragedies occur as the result of sin and Satan.
What I do know, is that by studying the Bible and listening to God, we are able to find closure and know that God always prevails in the end. He will judge those people who have chosen to commit evil acts to the fullest extent, and they will face the great day of judgment.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.
“Then He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they come to life.” So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they came to life, and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.”
“Take my instruction, and not silver, and knowledge rather than choicest gold. For wisdom is better than jewels; And all desirable things can not compare with her. I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion. The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance the evil way, and the perverted mouth, I hate. Counsel is mine and sound wisdom; I am understanding, power is mine.”
“And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” And He answered and said to them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. For whoever has, to him shall more be given, and he shall have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him. Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. And in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says, “You will keep on hearing, but will not understand; And you will keep on seeing, but will not perceive; For the heart of this people has become dull, and with their ears they will scarcely hear, and they have closed their eyes lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart and return, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. For truly I say to you, that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it; and to hear what you hear, and do not hear it.”
“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field.”
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea, and gathering fish of every kind; and when it was filled, they drew it up on the beach; and they sat down, and gathered the good fish into containers, but the bad they threw away. So it will be at the end of the age; the angels shall come forth, and take out the wicked from among the righteous, and will cast them into the furnace of fire; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Have you understood all these things? They said to Him, ‘Yes.” And He said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a head of household, who brings forth out of his treasure things new and old.”