Posted and E-mailed on Dec. 16, 2006
The EASIEST way to find and make NEW FRIENDS is to get to know the friends and relatives of people you love and trust. In most cases, the people you love and trust are going to have other friends similar to you and we all seem to like people similar to ourselves. Christ taught us that lesson when he picked his apostles. The FATHER let Christ know that John The Baptist was a man HE trusts. So Christ’s first two disciples were disciples of John The Baptist (Andrew and his brother Peter). I WON’T review how Christ picked the rest of his team now. I did that in a newsletter on January 3rd in 2006. You can read that post by using the following link:
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So I’m going to follow Christ’s example and meet OUR FATHER through one of HIS children. Since I DON’T know Moses, Elijah, Muhammad, Abraham, Noah, Mary, Joseph, Paul, any of the apostles, … as well as I know Christ, I’m going to concentrate on meeting the FATHER through Christ. In time, I’m sure I’ll get closer to the rest of GOD’S CHILDREN and when I do, I plan on using them to get to know the FATHER even better.
Since Christ and OUR FATHER AREN’T physically here to talk to, I have to use the NEXT BEST THING that being studying Christ‘s conversations with GOD. The BEST example of that kind of communication can be found in John 17:20-26. When GOD’S CHILD (Christ) communicates with GOD in prayer, they communicate on a different level than you and I communicate with GOD. If we study the people GOD loved the most and become MORE like them, maybe someday we’ll get to their level with GOD. Then you’ll be able to communicate with GOD the way GOD'S CHILDREN communicate with HIM.
When Christ communicated with his apostles and followers he had to keep it simple for us (KISUS/Kiss Us). But when he communicated with GOD, he got to take his communications to another level. They talked about things that would confuse the average follower. So by studying those conversations, we can learn MORE about the FATHER and get closer to GOD. Who knows maybe in time, we’ll be able to talk to the FATHER at that level too.
In John 14:10-11 Christ says, “Do you NOT BELIEVE, Philip, that I am in the FATHER and the FATHER is in me? The words that I have spoken to you DO NOT come from me. The FATHER, who remains in me does HIS own work (gift of the HOLY SPIRIT). BELIEVE me when I say that I am in the FATHER and the FATHER is in me.
In John 17:21-23 Christ states, “I pray that they (his apostles and people who believe his messages) may all be ONE. FATHER! May they be in US, just as YOU are in me and I am in YOU. May they be ONE, so that the world will believe that YOU sent me. I gave them the SAME glory YOU gave me, so that they may be ONE, just as YOU and I are ONE. I in them and YOU in me, so that they may be completely ONE, in order that the world may know that YOU sent me and that YOU love them as YOU love me.”
In John 14:20 Christ says, “When the day comes, you will know that I am in my FATHER and that you are in me, just as I am in you.”
In John 14:23 Christ says, “Whoever loves me will obey my teaching. My FATHER will love him and my FATHER and I will come to him and live with him.
In John 13:20 Christ says, “I am telling you the truth: whoever receives anyone I send receives me also; and whoever receives me receives HIM (the FATHER) who sent me.”
In John 3:34 Christ says, “The one whom GOD has sent speaks GOD’S words, because GOD gives him fullness of HIS SPIRIT.”
In Matthew 10:20 Christ says, “For the words you will speak will NOT be yours; they will come from the SPIRIT of your FATHER speaking through you.”
In Acts 1:4-5 Christ says, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift I told you about, the gift my FATHER promised. John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the HOLY SPIRIT.”
To UNDERSTAND those readings, you’ve got to realize Christ ISN’T GOD but GOD is in him. It was GOD working in Christ that gave him the knowledge and power everyone saw and heard. In other words, Christ had the gift of the HOLY SPIRIT in him. The HOLY SPIRIT is NOT a different being. There is ONLY ONE GOD. HE is EVERYWHERE and HE can be in you and me just as HE was/is in Christ.
In Christ’s prayer, he asked the FATHER to let him be in the apostles just as the FATHER was in him. Since the FATHER is in Christ, if the FATHER lets Christ be in the apostles, then they too would have the FATHER in them also. Remember, the FATHER is ALREADY in Christ. So if the FATHER let Christ be in the apostles, then FATHER will be there too. Thus they will ALL be ONE WITH GOD.
Christians believe Christ is GOD but that ISN’T quite true. GOD is in Christ but Christ IS NOT GOD. If you believe Christ is GOD, then when the FATHER granted Christ’s prayer the apostles would also be GOD because they would be ONE with GOD too. For the record, I believe GOD honored Christ’s prayer and that’s the reason the apostles were able to work the miracles they worked.
Romans 8:1-17 discusses GOD’S SPIRIT in you. I WON’T quote that whole passage but verses 14 through 17 are very interesting.
St. Paul writes, “Those who are led by GOD’S SPIRIT are GOD’S sons (and daughters). For the SPIRIT that GOD has given you DOES NOT make you slaves and cause you to be afraid; instead, the SPIRIT makes you GOD’S children and by the SPIRIT’S power we cry out to GOD, “FATHER! My FATHER!” GOD’S SPIRIT joins HIMSELF to our spirits to declare that we are GOD’S children. Since we are HIS children, we will posses the blessings HE keeps for HIS people and we will also posses with Christ what GOD has kept for him; for if we share Christ’s sufferings, we will also share his glory.”
I really DON’T know St. Paul very well but those verses again talk about GOD’S SPIRIT (GOD’S SPIRIT joins HIMSELF to our spirits) being in you or being ONE with you.
The following verses contain statements by Christ and St Paul that document the fact that Christ’s power comes from GOD OUR FATHER. Christ is acknowledging that fact that he is NOT GOD but GOD gives him the authority and power.
In Matthew 11:27 and Luke 10:22 Christ says, “My FATHER has given me ALL things.”
In John 13:3 it states Jesus knew that the FATHER had given him complete power.
In John 14:28 Christ says, “If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the FATHER; for HE is greater than I.”
In John 14:31 Christ says, “… I love the FATHER; that is why I do everything as HE commands me.”
In Matthew 28:18 Jesus says, “… I have been given ALL authority in heaven and on earth.”
In Hebrews 7:25 St Paul writes, “… come to GOD through him (Christ), because he (Christ) lives for ever to plead with GOD for them.”
In John 12:50 Christ says, “What I say, then, is what the FATHER has told me to say.”
Luke 4:18 quotes Isaiah “The SPIRIT of the LORD is upon me (or in Christ) because he has chosen me to bring GOOD NEWS to the poor.”
In Mark 10:40 Christ say, “But I DO NOT have the right to choose who will sit at my right and on my left. It is GOD who gives these places to those for whom HE has prepared them.”
In Matthew 20:23 Christ say, “… but I DO NOT have the right to choose who will sit at my right and my left. These places belong to those for whom my FATHER has prepared them.”
Now I ask you, would you want GOD’S power and authority? If so, what would you do with the power if GOD gave it to you? Remember, MUCH IS EXPECTED OF THOSE WHO HAVE PLENTY. GOD is harder on those HE blesses most. When you see how much trouble the Israelite Kings got into because they were blessed by GOD you really got to think twice about asking for more than you can handle.
Personally, I find myself forgetting to give the FATHER glory (credit) for all the knowledge and abilities HE’S given me. HE does so much for me that I should be spending ALL my time thanking HIM but from time to time I find myself taken credit for the work HE’S done within me. It is for that reason, if for none other, that I hesitate to ask for more gifts but I would GLADLY accept anything HE knows I need to complete HIS work or anything HE knows I can handle. I know HE knows what will work; what I want and need; and what will open doors for the devil to tempt me. So I let HIM make the choices for me because HE’S the BEST ONE to decide what is BEST for me. Just as I know these words are HIS and NOT mine. HE is just so much smarter and powerful than us. HE amazes me but HE SHOULDN'T. After all HE is GOD and with GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE. But as a human, my mind CAN NOT UNDESTAND what ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE MEANS. When I see or hear something NEW I know that is possible but NOT until then. HE knows it before is it possible.