As revealed by The Bible, our spirits are the creation of God the Father. The Bible describes our relationship with him in terms of a father-child relationship.
Love: The Bible tells us in John 3:16 that “God so loved the world…”. God loves that which he has created. God loves you!
Discipline: “For the Lord disciplines the one he loves and chastises every son he accepts.” Discipline refers to guidance and correction. We see this in worldly father-son relationships. Fathers who love their children train and correct them for their own good.
Commandments: As part of our training, we were given rules or guidelines for living a life according to God’s plan. It is interesting that the first of the ten commandments lay out the guidelines for our relationship with God, and the remainder are about our relationship with each other.
Obedience: As worldly fathers, we expect our children to obey our instruction. God expects the same of us. Psalm 119:2 reads “Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts.”
Rebellion: When we choose to ignore our fathers commands, we are found to be in rebellion. This is not only counter to our well being, but it is also disrespectful and damaging to our relationship with Him. In fact, the first sin committed by Adam had little to do with the fruit, and everything to do with rebellion against God. Romans 3:23 declares “all have sinned [rebelled] and fall short of the glory of God”.
Separation: As we see with our own children, those that refuse to abide by our rules, are invited before long to leave our house. It is this rebellion which is called sin in The Bible, that pushes us away from our Father-God. Those that do not reconcile to God will be cast away from God into what Jesus himself called “the outer darkness”.
Reconciliation: How do you reconcile with God when you aren’t able to approach Him? How do you remain reconciled with him when you keep violating his laws and commandments? God knows that it is beyond our ability to repair our relationship with Him. Nothing however is beyond His ability. God Himself made a way for our relationship with Him to be repaired and reconciled.
Continue reading as we lead you through the scriptures, and show the consequences of sin/ rebellion , and God’s provision to reconcile us to Him.
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