Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Truly God Devotional

Who did Jesus say that He was? What sets Him apart from all the false-gods that have been running amuck in the world since time began? Who better to tell us than God Himself? So, for the next however-long, we will take a short-to-long journey through God's own description of Himself. In other words, there's no telling how long it will take, but we'll get there and we'll get there together. Keep in mind that cookie bakers are not necessarily Bible scholars, but we do love the Lord and want to continue to get to know Him better. So, let's walk this road together and begin in John 3. {pb} John 3:10-13 {pb} "You are Israel's teacher," said Jesus,"and do you not understand these things? I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven-the son of man." {pb} Jesus is teaching us here about how He changes hearts and how even a scholar such as Nicodemus struggled with understanding who God is and how He thinks. This should actually make us all feel better about our own studies. It should be humbling in light of a learned man such as Nicodemus not getting the basic concept of a "new birth" or a "new heart." So much was in the Old Testament for Nicodemus to refer to and piece together. A case in point is the dry bones of Ezekial 37 being put back together and made healthy and new. Death to life. Old to new. Reformed and made better. Jesus was continually offering this renewing of the spirit because He was God and He could follow through on this promise. Nicodemus must have forgotten in Deuteronomy 30:6 where God said that He would give them a new heart or in Jeremiah 31:33 where God says that He will write the law on their hearts. How about the gift of a new heart and a new spirit mentioned in Ezekiel 36:26? And then Jesus hits Nicodemus with the best part of this passage...."NO ONE has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven-the son of man." Wow! Jesus is claiming His deity and setting Himself above false gods who claim to have ascended to heaven, but have not. Christ is the only God who descended to man, continually ascended through communion with the Father, and then ultimately ascended after the crucifixion. No other God has done this! Immanuel did!!

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