The parallels between Genesis 1 and John 1 are obvious. Genesis 1 reads:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)
John 1 reads:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. (John 1:1-3)
These parallels convey the idea that God is “verbal” by His very nature, and He communicated the universe into existence. Indeed, the creation story as it unfolds in Genesis bears this out:
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (gen. 1:3)
And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” (Gen. 1:6)
And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” (Gen. 1:9)
Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation…. (Gen 1:11)
And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night….” (Gen. 1:14-15)
And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” (Gen. 1:20)
And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds…” (Gen. 1:24)
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness….” (Gen. 1:26)
It’s interesting, isn’t it, that a plural pronoun is used for God in Genesis 1:26. To be verbal by nature, communicative by His very essence, God must have relationship within Himself. In John 1, we read that “the Word was with God, and the Word was God”, and then John goes further to say this:
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. (John 1:14)
Of course, he is talking about Jesus – God who became like us, the creatures He created in His own image. Of God and Jesus, John said,
“He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God….” (John 1:11-12)
Ravi Zacharias says that “the desire of God is to prepare the wine skins for the pouring of the new wine”. He says this in a two-part interview in which he focuses on the question “Has Christianity Failed You?”
We are the wine skins God desires to prepare. When we are born again, we are born of the Spirit. Paul says we become new creations: “the old has passed away; behold the new has come”.
Jesus says we need new wine skins to contain the new wine (of the Spirit).
We often have a very anthropomorphic view of God. Many of us come to God through our own desires, wants and needs. That isn’t wrong. Jesus invites us to come. He invites us to seek, to knock and to ask. He tells us that a good father will not give his child a stone when his child asks for a fish. God expects us to come to him for our needs and even our desires.
We can’t remain in that posture (of seeking our wants and needs from God), however, and grow into the kingdom God desires for us. We can’t remain in the position of asking God only for our own wants and needs and grow in newness of life. We need to transition and mature into the new wine skin God desires us to be.
“Our Father who is in heaven[i]….” is what Jesus taught us to pray. We might be tempted to picture God in the clouds, but the popular idea of God in the clouds is not at all accurate. God the Father is outside of time and space. Time, space and the Universe in which we live are contained and sustained by God. They emanated from God; they do not contain God. Continue reading “Our Father Who Is in Heaven”→
“Our Father…” (Matt. 6:9) begins the only prayer that Jesus taught. God the Father, the maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen, the God who exists before and beyond time and space Continue reading “Our Father”→