Material of Bible School "The anointing of abundance and excess ", Kyiv
Сourse: "The Glory"
Part 3. Glory
Lesson 19. Glory - Calling – Destiny
The basic verse of this message: "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14).
Repetition of the main points of the 18th lesson
1. The Truth
3. God certain conformity in the spirit of man by the Holy Spirit
Repetition of the main points of the 18th lesson
Initially, the definition of the word "glory" in Hebrew already speaks about its essence and reveals its meaning, and it sounds like kabod (kavod), which comes from a single root word with the meaning "heavy" or "weighty".
Also, the word "kabod" carries the meaning of "completeness" or "full measure", "completeness" of something. Completeness is very important aspect of the glory of God, which speak of the immutability and permanence of God.
So, the word kabod, used in the phrase "the glory of God", in most cases means "the visible manifestation of God in something".
In the New Testament in regard to "glory" the Greek word "doxa" is widely used, and it means the properties or the true nature of a thing. It describes "the nature and actions of God in the process of His appearance; that He Himself represents and expresses Himself, especially through the person of Jesus Christ. "
One of the main missions of the Son of God Jesus was to bring people back to God's glory for each of them, so that everyone would follow the path of glory prepared for him by God even before the creation of the world. As it is written: “Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go” (Isaiah 48:17).
In this lesson, we will touch the heart of the glory that God has prepared for each of His creations, and we will see the connection of glory with the calling of man, of which we will speak in the future. Let's start with the words spoken by the Spirit of God's wisdom to the participants of the covenant with God. Read on: “The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way…” (Proverbs 8:22), or in the beginning of plans for the earth and man, and further wisdom says when exactly: “…before his works of old…” (Proverbs 8:22). The wisdom of God specifically notes that:
Now we read again: “The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: when he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: when he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth: then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him” (Proverbs 8:22-30).
So, the wisdom of God tells the covenant members that God, before creating anything visible and invisible, first planned and fully prepared in His wisdom. The key in this verse is the word "before", it forms the correct idea of when the thing that has a direct relation to glory was formed, and with what word glory has a direct connection.
1. The Truth
The knowledge that we now note in our study is basic and fundamental in the formation of all God's plans for the natural physical world. In the basis of the study of this knowledge, let us put the following verse: “But the LORD is the true …” (Jeremiah 10:10). And now, it is important to note immediately from this verse in Scripture, speaking thus of God: “…But the LORD is the true…” (Jeremiah 10:10), God says so not only about Himself, but about everything that was, is and comes from God. Hence, before God created anything, the period of time before the creation of the world is a period when everything and everywhere was God, then everything and everywhere was truth.
Attention! This tells us that God, beginning to plan or do something during this period, started this with truth and in truth, because everything around Him was God, everything around was truth: “…But the LORD is the true…” (Jeremiah 10:10).
Hence, meeting the word "truth" in Scripture, we should remember with what period of time it is connected. The next thing that is important for us to note from the period of time before the creation of the world - is in the qualities of truth.
And now let us note some qualities of multi-faceted truth. We read about some qualities of truth: “I know that, whatsoever God doeth…” (Ecclesiastes 3:14), and, considering that everything that God did and does is truth, then, consequently, the qualities of truth are revealed. Read again: “I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him” (Ecclesiastes 3:14). From the written words of God's wisdom, we see three qualities of truth:
- truth is eternal;
- there is nothing to add to the truth;
- there is nothing to subtract from the truth.
And what this verse says is in tune with what the word "truth" (aleutheia) in the Greek of the New Testament means: something solid, fixed.
So, on the basis of Scripture, we can say:
Attention! Therefore, everything that will be planned or formed by God in the period of time “before the creation of the world” will be true, and this means that it will be eternal, there will be nothing to add and nothing will be diminished, or we can say so:
The Wisdom of God says: “Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things. For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them. They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge” (Proverbs 8:6-9).
Consequently, the period of time “before the creation of the world” can be considered the time of planning and God's affirmation of what and how should be in the natural physical world:
- true knowledge about everything in the natural physical world;
- true values for all visible creations in the natural physical world;
- true behavior for all living things in a natural physical world;
- the true rules, methods and laws for those who live in a natural physical world;
- the true content of everything in the natural physical world and those who live in it;
- true goals for all and every visible creation in the natural physical world;
- truths for every sphere of life: spiritual, physical and social.
This means that whenever someone wants to live in the truth, he will have to turn to the wisdom of God, and it will communicate what God has prepared and planned in it before the creation of the world - the truth. The wisdom of God will not communicate what does not exist in it, or formulate one's instruction, based on the events taking place in this world. The wisdom of God uncompromisingly offers itself: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him” (James 1:5). “Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice? She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths. She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors. Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man. O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart. Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things. For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.” (Proverbs 8:1-8).
Everything that God planned and prepared in His wisdom, and how He planned and prepared it in the time interval before the creation of the world, is the truth, such as it was, is and always will be in Him: “he works of his hands are verity…” (Psalms 111:7), “Known unto God are all his works” (Acts of the Apostles 15:18).
One of the Psalms of David says: “Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!” (Psalms 31:19).
Attention! It tells people: no matter what happens, after God said: “…Let there be light…” (Genesis 1:3) and created the already planned natural physical world, the truth such as it was prepared by God even before the creation of the world, was, is and will remain unchanged. Truth can not change, because it was before all visible and invisible creations.
Everyone who turns to the wisdom of God will receive not an option, what and how should be, but a truth to which there is nothing to add and from which there is nothing to subtract: “…God, that cannot lie…” (Titus 1:2), “Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked?” (Ecclesiastes 7:13).
The believer, reading the New Testament in the light of earthly wisdom, thinks that God is the only one who is engaged in reacting to various earthly events arranged by Satan, but this seems so in the light of earthly wisdom. In his epistles the Apostle Paul speaks of “the mystery of God”, what was planned by God in this period: “the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations …” (Colossians 1:26), secret, hidden in His wisdom, as we read: “Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: but we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” (1 Corinthians 2:6-8).
Attention! “The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools” (Proverbs 3:35).
“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee” (Proverbs 4:7-9).
So, all that God planned for all His creatures, He first prepared it in the realm of the spirit - in the Spirit of God's wisdom, as it is written: “Known unto God are all his works” (Acts of the Apostles 15:18). This brings us to the very important wisdom of God, to that word we can call everything already planned by God in His wisdom in relation to everything that must manifest in the natural physical world.
God the Creator of everything in His wisdom has planned and prepared a match or a pattern for everything visible and invisible, we call this the “God's plan.” God before creating anything, had planned and approved:
- what laws should operate, and in what environment;
- the environment of life for all that is visible and invisible;
- what or who should be in earth;
- what or who should appear on the earth;
- in what environment should it live and how to multiply;
- at what time period it is necessary for it to appear;
- what exactly should it do;
- time schedules for all events.
In general, He planned all that is necessary, both for the visible and the unseen for eternity. And at first nothing that could be planned by God could be seen or touched, but it was already in His Spirit, in His wisdom, and it was exactly the same for everything that God did when He did.
God's correspondence is already available for everything in the air, for everything on earth and in water, there is God's correspondence for everything visible and invisible.
What God planned to be a tree, grass, shrubbery, flowers is already there.
There is already something God planned to be a bird, an insect, a fish, and they, as well as their conformity to what God planned them to be, are true. And also, man is what God planned to be to him, and if he corresponds to what God planned him to be, he is true.
Attention! We see that it is God's plan in His wisdom before the creation of the world that must be a match for people to determine what is true for them and what is not. I.e:
If it does not correspond, it is not true, therefore, it is not in God's plan. What God planned in His wisdom even before the creation of the world will not change and never be abolished. No matter what happens, after God has already planned and approved this, no one can stop, cancel or supplement his intentions, as God said: “…My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure” (Isaiah 46:10).
Its contents are not something unknown or nonexistent at all, yes, it is still spiritual, but already approved by God for man, as it is written: “Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: but we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory (1 Corinthians 2:6-7).
God has everything visible and invisible already having an image or pattern designed by Him, which becomes a correspondence. For example: “…as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount” (Hebrews 8:5), or make the tabernacle and all that is in it (Numbers 8: 4) according to the tabernacle that I showed you on the mountain. And what did God show through Moses’ tabernacle? We read from the same message: “For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself…” (Hebrews 9:24), that is, the same, only according to what’s earthly.
Now let's read a vivid example of the correspondence in Genesis.
Question: “What was around before God said the word?” “…darkness was upon the face of the deep…” (Genesis 1:2). There was nothing obvious. This is what is important to note in God's method of creation: in creating God was not guided by darkness, He filled it with the words of His mouth, extracting words from His Spirit of wisdom in accordance with what was already planned in Him. That is, God did not speak in accordance with what He saw around Himself, but in accordance with what was in Him.
The will of God is for every man to live according to the plan He has planned in His wisdom, and God desires to lead in prayer with His wisdom: “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye” (Psalms 32:8). And, do you think He will lead a person according to what he has already prepared in His wisdom, or not? Of course, in accordance with the glory that He has prepared!
As God said to Jeremiah: “…Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee…” (Jeremiah 1:5), that is, he separated him to be a prophet. Thus, he explained that his abilities and potential in God's calling were invested in his spirit before he left his mother's womb. That is, literally God said: “You do not need to try to be a prophet, you are already a prophet!”
3. God certain conformity in the spirit of man by the Holy Spirit
David under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit writes: “…in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them” (Psalms 139:16). Already appointed all the days. The word “appointed” also means: separated, fixed, allotted. When? When none of them, from these days (designated, assigned, allocated), was not yet, or in other words: when they had not yet begun to be implemented!
Again: “…in thy book all my members were written …” (Psalms 139:16), or a path for me in God's way in glory. The Lord Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount said: “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself…” (Matthew 6:34). As we see, the days for each person on earth have already been written taking into account everything that is necessary for him to fulfill his vocation.
“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:9-12).
The Holy Spirit in the spirit of man is ready to reveal to man’s spirit all that is already in him from God: what is the mission of this spirit on earth, what to do today, what to pray about, etc. Jesus, knowing what it is to be human and what will become available after shedding His Blood, said: “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come” (John 16:13).
That is, God Himself planned to lead a spiritual creation and provide it to everyone in accordance with the plan for it. The Holy Spirit in and on the spiritual creation, the man - is God's provision of man with everything necessary in his calling. This tells us that:
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