Chapter 1 – The Lost Command
for life, love and glory. God created the Heavens and the Earth.
He createdall the creatures on the Earth and in the seas, living things both large and small. When God sent forth His Spirit, they were created.
He created man, male andfemale, to fill the Earth and subdue it.
They are His sons and daughters who were made in Their Image and Likeness, whom God created for His glory, butare the same ones who have rejected His Name and scorned His word.God lost the perfection He had intended for His Image and Likeness when the first male, Adam, disobeyed His word, causing Him to cast Adamand Eve and their descendants out of the garden from His presence. But HisSon, full of love for the Father, came charging from Heaven mighty to save what was lost to His Father’s kingdom. He was the Lamb that was slain fromthe creation of the world.
The Son of God was sinless because He is thefullness of grace and truth, but He became sin to be God’s sin offering for the world. And it was as the Son of Man that He came to seek what was lost, notas the Son of God. In the NIV, Jesus only acknowledged Himself as the Sonof God four separate times in the four gospels and once in Revelation.
Compare it to the numerous times He called Himself the Son of Man in thesame four gospels. Have you asked the Holy Spirit why that is? Did you pay attention to Jesus’ words in this regard? What was so significant about thetruth in John 5.25 that the Father specifically referred to Jesus as the Son of God? Have you learnt to recognise the voice of the Truth speaking thelanguage of Truth? Do you believe Jesus when He said that He is theResurrection and the Life?
God in the flesh was a form that was recognisable by the Jews as Jesus made His dwelling with them to draw all men back to Himself, so thatHe may raise them up on the last day in the fullness of eternal life. And eternallife begins now on Earth, as you come to know the only true God and JesusChrist whom He sent.
Have you ever imagined the pleasure of falling in love with God the Father through His Son Jesus,
and maintaining that love forHim as you remain faithful, even to the point of death, to overcome the battlesof this age in resurrection triumph? When we were lost to God, we lost ouroneness with Him and we became lifeless to Him. He is the God of the living;a living God as all are alive by Him. But Adam chose death when He
John 5.25; 10.36; 11.4; Luke 22.70 / Matthew 26.64; Revelation 2.18
John 14.21, 23-24