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Topic: Rejection (11/15/04)
TITLE: REJECTION--ONLY GOD....
By Roberta Kittrell
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Next is the multitude who acknowledge Jesus: Baby Jesus; Rabbi of Miracles and Signs; Crucified Jesus (musically coated); Risen (?) Jesus; Provider of Our Wants and Warm Fuzzies Jesus; and God is Love Jesus Who Couldn't possibly Allow so many Horrible Things.
Finally, there's the minority who know Him--not about Him. They try to fervently read His Word, study it intensely, pray in the Spirit while trying to meditate upon it, and daily empty themselves of self and lie thirstily on God's Altar for infilling, empowering, and being used by Him. These have heart-mind knowledge of the Triune Godhead: Father, Son (Lord and Savior Jesus Christ), and Holy Spirit.
The enemy infiltrates major portions of Christians so that many know only a watered-down version God. They are familiar with many biblical happenings, can quote some Scripture, and get high repeating short choruses many of which look good on the surface, but are a few degrees shy of being scriptural.
Becoming inflated somewhat like one is by the cheerleaders while watching a favorite football team, they are further entertained in many ways which conclude with a message by a pastor to whom "God has given a word to share with them" taken totally out of biblical context. Throughout is an air of "at homeness;" just like the world in which one lives daily. (Praise God, the leadership of the body of believers to which I belong is constantly on the alert against this happening. We have contemporary as well as traditional worship services, and many of the mature saints attend the former. The leadership looks to Holy Spirit within their membership for wise counsel, encouragement, and mentoring.)
Sadly, this majority of Christians today leave the services as removed or further removed from the biblical God as when they entered. Knowing in Eternity Past that all of this was going to take place, only God would endure the rejection He has since before the beginning of time.
In Eternity Past, there was creation. Some might view it as pre-Creation creation. (No, I am not getting into a debate of how old this world is, which came first-the chicken or the egg, or whether the six days of Creation were six 24-hour days or the thousand-year days to which Scripture also refers. First of all, that is of far lesser importance than the why of Creation of the heavens and the earth: sea life; plant life; animal life; and the Triune Godhead's ultimate creation-mankind-in their Image; the fall of mankind from Perfect Fellowship with the Trinity; and the initiation of the ultimate gift of God's Grace Begotten Love. This was all planned, and the Lamb was slain before the foundations of the world.)
Thorough in-depth Bible study will support Eternity Past. The Geneses cover the beginnings of the heavens and the earth and all that would inhabit them. (Have you ever noticed that it does not read, "In the beginning, God created the world…?")
God's first rejection known to us came during Eternity Past with another fall which transpired before the creation of mankind: the fall of the archangel Lucifer and his followers who constituted one-third of God's created beings referred to as angels.
Next, in His magnanimity, God did not make mankind into preprogrammed robots. He gave mankind one of His highest attributes and capabilities: Freedom of Choice. Lucifer a.k.a. Satan or the devil had been booted into the world before the Creation in Geneses. There he has kept on waging his battle to usurp the Triune Godhead. The fall of mankind-what a victory! Another rejection of God!
Throughout the Bible are two sets of threads: the black one of sin and the red of blood-bought redemption which began in Genesis 3 and continues throughout the Bible through Revelation as well that of acceptance and rejection of God.
Satan viewed the Crucifixion as his greatest victory. Not so! But this made him only more determined to throw all he could at "believers"-perfecting his counterfeiting abilities so that those not well-grounded in the Word would be constantly diverted to following his brightly colored, seemingly exciting, direction. Yes, God suffering further rejection-often by those of us whom He purchased at such a Great Price.
### -- Roberta J. Kittrell - 11/21/2004 - copyright 2004 -- humbly submitted