Our world is full of distractions that take our eyes and consequently, our thoughts away from the true essence of Life. Even our so called Christian doctrine, sound as it may be, precludes us from seeing Jesus. Strange, don’t you think!
Being given “eyes to see” is a gift of such magnitude, it defies language to describe it. I want to share something here that is so precious to me, not because I’m great in that sense of how we think certain people are great, but because I have been given “eyes that see”.
I was born again or re-created 46 years ago today. Forty six years of living in the Kingdom of God has reduced me to a place where I can see things I didn’t see before.
Instead of some long preamble, I’m just jumping into it. Here goes!
Looking at the creation of the world as a baptism, I see God’s ultimate plan in His creation before the entrance of Sin. God created man in His own image, after His likeness, and blessed him with a responsibility of dominion with authority equal to the commission. After all things were created, God created and placed man as His equal to rule and reign without any prior experience. Man had oneness with God needing nothing else, but lacked experience in the life with which he was endowed. This was in a sense, a baptism of the Holy Spirit.
After the act of disobedience, God asked man, “Where are you?” A profound and well-placed question. He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so, I hid.”
God’s reply, “Who told you were naked?”
This story, while all too familiar in my opinion, demonstrates the preciousness of man’s oneness with God, only to be severed by one simple act. This one simple moment in time would resound throughout all of the future as the interference of another mind when no knowledge was needed. Man was to be sustained by God, and God alone. That was violated! But man was responsible for his actions. Through him the rebellion began and through Him the re-creation would come.
God actually regretted creating man, because he was inclined to think and do evil constantly. The decision to destroy man was a painful one.
The Bible makes clear documentation of various baptisms throughout history, beginning with the Great Flood approximately 1,700 years after the creation account. The biblical record of the global deluge during Noah’s lifetime documents total destruction, except for the eight people in the ark built by Noah and his sons. – 1 Peter 3:21
During the exodus of the Israelites out of Egypt approximately 1450 BC there was a baptism as Moses leads the infant nation through the Red Sea on dry ground. The drama here in this horrific scene does serves as a distraction from what it really was as described in the New Testament, a baptism. – 1 Corinthians 10:4
Joshua, the successor to Moses, baptized the nation as they crossed the parted waters of the Jordan River. – Joshua 3, 4
John the Baptist was commissioned to prepare the way for the coming One, baptizing for the remission of sins. – Mark 1:4; Acts 19
John said there is One who is coming after me who will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. – Luke 3:16
This brings us to a place that is not understood (like we ever did), or recognized by our present culture. It is a place Jesus promised in John 14:2. A place difficult to describe, because it’s a place humanity never knew; Adam included. It can hardly be described as a place restored, because that would simply take us back to the beginning. But we are not back to the beginning, but at the present. The new creation, in which Jesus was the first to enter by His resurrection, is a place where man has never been. In that case it would have been called the restored creation.
It is, indeed, Psalms 82 regained in the sense that God’s experience with man has been restored. We are, after all, His Inheritance. It is Christ in us, the Hope of Glory manifested in those baptized in the Holy Spirit. In Christ, man is the manifestation of God’s ultimate intention. We are gods through the ascended Christ!
In Christ, we have entered His Rest. The Father has given us the Kingdom. It is the Kingdom conferred to us by Christ, and by Christ alone. – Luke 12:32; Luke 22:29
The baptism of the Holy Spirit is the ascended Christ in us. We are finally God’s will. God is satisfied with the sacrifice of His Son. –Isaiah 53:10-11
We have crossed over from those who were made, to the begotten. The struggle to be a Christian is over!