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God’s Story Threads: Beginnings within Beginnings [Part 3]

 

Continuing the story dig. After reading Parts 1 and 2 of this “beginning within a beginning” blog series, jump into this Part 3—walking the bridge from Genesis 1:1 to its messianic connection.

 

This series is related to a spiritual call (started in the early 90s) for me to walk a bridge—from the Judaic camp reaching out to the Messianic/Christian camp and then vice versa—crisscrossing it, realizing and later sharing who and what the real bridge is. Walk with me to discover God’s revelations and passionate plan for our souls.

 

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SUGGEST READING THIS FIRST: Beginnings within Beginnings [Part 1] and Beginnings within Beginnings [Part 2]

 

READING TIME: 4 MINUTES

 

From page one of the Bible, God is on the move. His love revealed. He speaks forth creation for the sake of His redemption story . . . for a humanity who has yet to be created.

 

A humanity who will rebel against His ways, refuse to surrender to Him, and recant their promises to Him.

 

And yet, His mercies endure forever. His love, the motivating factor in all that He does.

 

With a WORD, God created His story, this dimension, space, order, time, this beginning within a beginning. This beginning that is unfolding, contracting, stretching out and beginning again. Our sovereign God who loves to create . . . who desires to continually bring forth new things in line with His purpose and holy desire.

 

Rabbinic teaching says that the WORD God spoke did the actual creation. That same Jewish sentiment echoes throughout the pages of the New Testament—with the rest of the story revealed.

 

Because this WORD came forth from WITHIN God, embodying and performing both the creative process and the world’s REDEMPTIVE process.

 
 

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,

and by the breath of his mouth all their host.

He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap;

he puts the deeps in storehouses.

Let all the earth fear the Lord;

let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!

For he spoke, and it came to be;

he commanded, and it stood firm.

Psalm 33:6-9

 
 

By faith we understand that the universe was created

by the word of God,

so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.

—Hebrews 11:3

 
 

But who or what is this WORD that “came from the Father”? And since creation is part and parcel of God’s redemption story, what part does this WORD play?

 

Let’s continue strolling both sides of the bridge to discover God’s mystery and riches in the WORD, in the one whom all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden.

 
 

 
 

WALK WITH ME: AND HE SPOKE

 

Just so we’re clear. We’re not talking about some mere vocabulary word used in the creation process—or even some everyday Joe who was a decent guy who God used down here to do the redemption part of the work.

 

Uh-uh. We’re talking about God Himself bringing forth from within Himself—the essence of Himself manifested in the WORD.

 

Therefore, the WORD is and was and always will be one with the Father.

 

So much so, that when the WORD would later come forth from the Father and manifest down here in the flesh for the sake of humanity’s redemption, he’d be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9).

 

BACK IN THE LATE 90s/EARLY 2000s . . . I was still struggling at times to better understand the Father and Messiah (Jesus) relationship. Uniquely One, but yet . . .

 

So one day, I’d asked my friend’s Greek husband to give me the 4-1-1 on John 8:42—translating the scripture from the Greek since the original language of the New Testament was written in Koine Greek.

 

He said it read that Jesus “came up out of the Father” . . . and that it was similarly written in John 16.

 

Ah! The fog was clearing for me. That image changed so much for me. It took time, but it began to unravel some of the mystery hidden within the WORD, the Messiah—one that actually mirrored rabbinic thinking about the WORD doing the creation.

 

It also furthered the understanding of God creating the world for the sake of redemption.

 

The Hebrew in Psalm 2 and in numerous Judaic messianic-related passages underscored the New Testament’s factual accounts of the WORD that dwelt among us.

 

The Messiah was with and in God eternally—had come up out of Him—was one with the Father yet distinct in person, and was brought forth by the Father from within God Himself for the sake of the world, for the sake of God’s redemption story.

 

Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father,

you would love me,

for I came out from God and I am here.

I came not of my own accord, but he [God] sent me.”

—John 8:42

 

[Jesus said]: “For the Father Himself loves you,

because you have loved me

and have believed that I came out from God

and have come into the world,

and now I am leaving the world and going to the Father.”

—John 16:27

 

Not only is Jesus the WORD that came out of the Father and was with Him in creation . . . but God’s glory was fully on the Messiah—before, then, and now.

 
 

 
 

IMPACT: HIS COMING FORTH

 

The dots are connecting. What was written came forth, evidenced in the Messiah, the one who is also called . . .

 

a great light—no end to his kingdom (Isaiah 9)

 

the son given—the Son of God (Isaiah 9, Psalm 2)

 

having righteousness as the belt of his waist—and faithfulness the belt of his loins (Isaiah 11)

 

the healer of the blind, the mute, the lame—and the one cleansing lepers, raising the dead, and preaching the good news of heaven (Isaiah 35, Isaiah 61:1-2, Matthew 11, Luke 4:16-19, Luke 7:20-23)

 

the promised King, Messiah—bringing salvation, righteousness, humbly riding on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9)

 

the reflection of the Father—the exact imprint of His nature (Hebrews 1:1-3, John 14:9)

 

the Word that became flesh—and dwelt among us (John 1)

 

Faithful and True, The Word of God, and be clothed in a robe dipped in blood symbolic of the redemption completed (Revelation 19:11b, 13)
 

I will tell of the decree:

The Lord said to me, “You are my Son;

today I have begotten you [brought forth, per Hebrew]*

Psalm 2:7

*Brown, Driver, Briggs Hebrew-English Lexicon’s meaning for “begotten”
 

Long ago, at many times and in many ways,

God spoke to our fathers by the prophets,

but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son,

whom he appointed the heir of all things,

through whom also he created the world.

He is the radiance of the glory of God

and the exact imprint of his nature,

and he upholds the universe

by the WORD of his power.

Hebrews 1:1-3

 
 

We’ll explore this more and other God-nuggets throughout this unfolding bridge series and witness how the narrative, promises, and fulfillment of both the Judaic and Messianic/Christian sides are mirrored. A wondrous plan of God.

 

READ THIS NEXT: God’s Story Lens: Trees, Serpent, Lies.

 
 

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ABC Roadmap to Heaven: The ABCs of Salvation

 

It’s true. There is a way—ONLY ONE WAY—for our fractured, earth-driven souls to spend eternity with God in His holy place. Here are three A-B-C steps to follow with a link to recommendations for biblical teaching and growing in the Lord.

 

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Suggest reading this first: ABC ROADMAP TO HEAVEN: THE BROKEN BRIDGE

 

READING TIME: 5 MINUTES.

 

The bottom line? Your sin debt (and everyone else’s) has to be paid. Because God is not only MERCY but also JUSTICE—and as a RIGHTEOUS JUDGE he can’t let sin (our crimes against His Law and ways) go unpunished. He can’t go against His own character.

 

Yet God’s love is relentless. Even while humanity was neglecting Him, doing their thing, rebelling and widening that relationship gap with Him, God’s love stepped in.

 

He maintained His righteousness and justice yet made a way—the ONLY WAY—to pay for our sin.

 

That’s what the three A-B-C steps for salvation are about. Accepting His plan—His substitutionary gift, His son Jesus, the Messiah, to pay for our sin—a perfect, holy atonement that wipes our slates clean and restores our relationship with our Creator, the lover of our soul.

 

But the decision to believe, accept, and walk in that LOVE GIFT is up to you.

 

Enter the ABC steps of salvation—admit, believe, confess—once you know who the REAL Jesus is.

 
 

 
 

The facts . . . your eternal life hinges on getting this part right. The truth of who Jesus is—and who He’s not.

 

The world tries to stamp it out, put His truth, His name, under their feet. Worldview attempts to eclipse His glory. Maligning, diluting, convoluting, and conjuring up an amalgamation of cultural, philosophical, and religious babble—as if that could possibly stand up against His truth, His glory, His holy sacrifice.
 

We’re talking about the REAL Jesus—the promised Jewish Messiah
who came from the Father, is one with the Father,
who is the Great I Am,
who fulfilled over 200 messianic prophecies,
is the visible image of the invisible God,
and is the Word of God manifested in the flesh.
He dwelt among us—yet was glorified in the Father’s presence
before the world existed.
The Savior of the world who took on the sin of the world
as the holy, perfect Lamb sacrifice of God,
the only sacrifice required for eternal life.

 

JESUS IS NOT what or who the cults or WOKE culture or New Age or one-world religion mentality says He is.

 

JESUS ISN’T the “first of creation.”

Actually, Colossians 1:15 says Jesus “is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation—firstborn in the original Greek in that text means he held preeminence over all creation.

 

JESUS IS NOT . . .

a “false dream” (sorry, L. Ron Hubbard)

Michael the Archangel (and Jesus didn’t merely “resurrect invisibly as a spirit”)

the spirit brother of satan

one of many gods who were once humans and evolved to gods—nope, you’re not getting your own planet to be a god over . . . God says He alone is LORD

evolved spiritually via good works to become god

a product of spiritual incest or physical incest/sexual relations between a father god and Mary

insufficient and his blood sacrifice/crucifixion isn’t foolishness, unable to atone for sins

“just a man” or a “divine idea”

“just a prophet”

“just a rabbi”

“just a moral teacher”

some iChing element

an astro projection or a magician

an “advanced medium” in the 6th sphere/astrological projection

some guru

a man who “failed” his mission

one of nine world manifestations

reflective of some cosmic consciousness

 

JESUS IS WHO THE BIBLE AND GOD HAS SHOWN HIM TO BE SINCE GENESIS 1:1. THE WORD THAT CAME UP FROM THE FATHER, IS ONE WITH THE FATHER, HIS SON, OUR MESSIAH.

 

John 1:1-4, 14 reveals it clearly,
mirroring that Genesis passage
to show that Jesus is the Word of God
manifested in the flesh:
 
“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him nothing was made.
In him was life, and the light of men . . .
the Word became flesh and dwelt among us
and we have seen his glory,
glory as of the only Son from the Father,
full of grace and truth
.”
 

And with that, here are the ABC steps to spending eternity with God.

 
 
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GOD’S ABCs of SALVATION: THE JESUS ROAD

 

A.

 

Admit to the Lord that you’re a sinner, falling short of His glory. Honest sorrow leads to true repentance and humility before our righteous God. And that sparks a change within your soul—a new way of thinking, God’s way, not the world’s. A soul restoration is underway.

 

For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of the Lord, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.—Romans 3:23-24
 

The wages of sin are death, but eternal life is the free gift from God in union with the Messiah, Jesus our Lord.—Romans 6:23

 

It’s the kindness of God that leads you to repentance.—Romans 2:4

 

B.

 

Believe that God sent His son, Jesus (Yeshua, His Hebrew name), to pay the price for your sin on the cross and raised Him from the dead to conquer the sting of eternal death.

 
 

Jesus said, “I AM the Truth, the Life, the Way, no man comes to the Father except through me.”—John 14:6

 

For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.—1 Timothy 2:5-6

 

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners,
Christ died for us.—Romans 5:8

 

And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved
through the life of his Son.—Romans 5:9-10

 

C.

 

Call upon the name of Jesus our Messiah to the glory of God, our Father, trusting God’s miraculous love plan: His son Jesus sent as Savior, your holy access to spending eternity in heaven.

 

Believe in the name above all names—Jesus—then tell others and walk in it.

 

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart, one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved . . . all who call upon the name of the Lord
shall be saved.—Romans 10:9-10,13

 

And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven [Jesus] that has been given among mankind by which
we must be saved.—Acts 4:10a, 11, 12

 

For this reason also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.—Philippians 2:9-11

 

But as many as received Him [Jesus], to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of a man, but of God.—John 1:12-13

 

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?John 11:25-26

 

Once you receive God’s perfect gift, share the Good News with others and get ready to start your walk with the Lord. Check out the recommendations in part 3 to help support your biblical learning.

 

NEXT READ ABC ROADMAP TO HEAVEN: GROW IN THE LORD.

 
 

THANKS: To Pastor JD Farag for the concept of ABC Steps to Salvation—Admit, Believe, Confess—that he shares after every Prophecy Update teaching.

 

THANKS: To Christian Ministries International for Ron & Jason Carlson’s summary on The “Jesus” of the Cults.
 

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