Wednesday, October 5, 2016


The following three books are recommended:

Pure Grace:  The Life Changing Power of Uncontaminated Grace.  Clark Whitten

We have been freed from sin, and we cannot be transformed by trying to manage sin by human effort.
 The Rest of the Gospel:  When the Partial Gospel Has Worn You Out.  Dan Stone and David Gregory

We are called to be saints, not sinners, as we live "above the line" in the unseen realm, where we have been declared perfect, rather than "below the line" in the seen realm, where we are in the natural.
Transformation:  The Heart of Paul's Gospel.  David A. DeSilva and Michael F. Bird 

Paul's gospel is one of transformation and not one of justification - then looking for something to do.
These books explain spiritual concepts much more clearly and use a less confrontational approach. 

Some blogs are also recommended:
(Same author)

Monday, August 15, 2016


A friend died on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, ending a seven month bout with cancer.  He was only 68 years old.  One of his daughters wrote a tribute to him on Facebook, published on Sunday, August 14th.  It began, "We laid my Dad to rest yesterday."  The tribute continued with special memories of her dad and the loving things he did for the family.  The tribute ended with ...
Dad was a great man of faith. He was ready to go home and be with Jesus. I, however, was not ready for him to go. Mom and my brother and sisters were not ready. The grandkids were not ready. We all love him and miss him so very, very much. I'm not really sure where to go from here, but I know that Dad would want us to keep walking forward and do something good with our lives. My personal goal is to try and become the person that my Dad already thought I was.
RIP Daddy. See you on the other side.
The last sentence, "...become the person that my Dad already thought I was," is profound, because that is a description of God the Father for us.  

First, it is obvious that all fathers would want to be like this - a model of God the Father for our wife and children.  That is what the family from out of a God-ordained marriage covenant is all about (Eph. 5:22-32). 

But, more, it describes one relationship of one human father that is everything to one family, representing a tiny glimpse of an entire universe of fulfillment of the foreordained plan of God, made before time began and going forward into eternity.

When we choose God's plan and remain faithful, we glorify God, we are transformed into His true righteousness and holiness (Rom. 12:1-2; 2 Cor. 3:18; Eph. 4:24; Col. 3:10), and we bear witness to the world of the manifold wisdom of God (Eph. 3:10).

God blotted out our sins (Col. 2:3-13-15) so we could be unencumbered to keep eyes on Jesus and run the race before us (Heb. 12:1-2).  Our sins from the shortcomings of the human nature, trying in the flesh to be like God, have been removed so that we can grow by the control of the spiritual nature into the fullness of Jesus Christ (Eph. 4:12-16).

Like the daughter's tribute to her Dad, by the grace of God, we yield to the power of transformation so that we can become the person that God has already predestined us to be in Christ. 

Originally posted on August 14, 2016 ; revision posted on August 24, 2016

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. (John 14:27)

If there would be a geographical area on earth where the highest density of human conflict, violence, and bloodshed has occurred - in ancient history, in more modern history, and continuing today -- what might that area be? This is the same general area where the above words were spoken. What happened?

The region of the Golan Heights has been, is now, and likely always will be the epitome of conflict between people and nations over political control, rights, and ownership. Nations have attempted to work out treaties, agreements, promises, whatever seemingly with one hand holding a pen and the other a hidden knife. Why does conflict and chaos seem so entrenched in this region? Perhaps it is because it was prophesied to happen (Gen. 16:11-12) and because the answer, that had been provided to change the outcome, Jesus, was rejected and asked to leave - go away - get outta town - leave us alone - we don't want you around here; you mess everything up.

Mark 5:1-20 relates an event in Jesus' ministry of the healing of a man possessed by a legion of demons. The demons had made the man powerful and fearsome, and he was uncontrollable. Jesus cast the demons out of the man and allowed them to enter a herd of pigs. The possessed pigs ran down the hill, over the cliff, and into the sea where they perished. The people who lived in the area came out to investigate, and, upon seeing the healed man, who had been possessed, and the deviled ham in the water, they were afraid.

"Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region." (vs. 17).

And He did. He got back into the boat and left. (vs. 18)

This region to the east side of the Sea of Galilee is the Golan Heights. About 2000 years ago, the people of that region wanted the Prince of Peace to go away and leave them alone. "We don't want your kind around here." Jesus did leave, physically and symbolically, and it doesn't seem like He has ever been invited to return. The words of Jesus give peace, but in the world there will be trouble (John 16:33).

So, what about the region called the Golan Heights? What rules - the peace of Christ or the trouble of the world? What filled the vacuum created when Jesus was asked to get out? Could those spirits of 2000 years ago still inhabit the area? By what power could the influence of demonic elements be driven out?

So, what other regions or territories could the Golan Heights symbolically represent? How about where we live?

How many families have virtually nothing but a consistent generational conflict produced by the consequences of self-perpetuating bad decisions? Alcohol, drugs, crime, prison, abuse - just one stupid thing after another. Jesus is not the Prince of Peace in their lives. And, if asked, it's certainly never their fault - they're the victims. On the other hand, many families have had generations of blessings after a key family patriarch allowed Jesus to enter their life, thereby introducing peace and changing the future course for those who would follow.

What about a society that can determine its future destiny by present choices? What about a society that decides for itself whether Jesus is invited to stay or told to leave? What about a society that increasingly tells Jesus to "make like a tree and get outta here?"

The President of the United States said "American is no longer a Christian nation," and some people got upset. Why? It's not true because he said it; he said it because it's true.

It's promoted like an agenda. Let's get Jesus out of the schools; let's get Jesus out of the books; let's get it forbidden to pray publicly in Jesus' name; let's get rid of prayer altogether (unless it's addressed to some other deity, or non-deity). Let's get Jesus out of our vocabulary, unless it's used as profanity in the media. Let's get nativity scenes off any public property - certainly governmental, but also schools, libraries, and firehouses. Let's get Jesus out of Christmas and have a "Holiday Season." Now, the "reason for the season" is consumer debt. Let's get Jesus out of any consideration of people for public office - elected or appointed. Let's make it offensive to someone to have to hear the name of Jesus uttered in their presence, unless it's embedded in a curse word. Let's complain about Jesus represented in name, in appearance in paintings, pictures, or statues; let's complain about God being on our coins and in our pledge. Let's wonder why our government is so functionless and why greed and pride and self-idolatry prevail. Let's promote anything anti-religious in the media and put an evil slant even on good things that might be related to Christianity.

Let's wonder why there are school shootings and political calls to confiscate guns and beheadings that are called "workplace violence." Let's make peace by not offending anybody no matter what they might say or do - as long as it doesn't promote anything like that Jesus person. Let's wonder why the destruction of the home continues - until it begins to become the "norm."

Let's allow and even promote Satan worship because we don't want to appear like fundamentalists or bigots. Let's live in fear because someone might call us that name or another one.

So, as a society, let's just purge ourselves of this Jesus person. We're afraid of Him (capitals are mine); He interferes with our lifestyle, economics, and choices; we are smarter than that. So, we don't plead with Him to get outta here; we tell Him. Oh, yeah, and we're sweeping out our church buildings, too.

What fills the vacuum that is created when Jesus is told to leave? What happens when Jesus is not recognized as the Prince of Peace ... but maybe more like Beelzebub? (Mark 3:20-30). Uh, oh, better read verse 29.

Well, one could say, "The world is doing it to itself. At least the church isn't saying 'Jesus be gone.'"

And just what makes that statement correct? Who has been called to be the presence of Jesus on earth? Who is supposed to make up the body of Christ?  Is the body of Christ shaped like a million parcels of real estate?

The church doesn't create the vacuum, like saying, "Let there be vacuum." The church allows the vacuum to happen because the church does not fulfill its mission to be the presence of Jesus - the body of Christ - the temple for the Spirit of God - the kingdom of God on earth.  Vacuum exists when the influence of the Spirit of God in the church is not present.

Pigs, arise?

This could be a horror movie. Instead of "Lord of the Flies" it could be "Spirits of the Pigs" or "When Pigs Fly." See the moonlit shapes of the ugly demonic critters as they claw their way back over the cliff and slither around looking for someone to possess who has removed Jesus from their life. The demons of the region had ruled until Jesus arrived and exercised His authority over them. What did the demons do when the people in the city asked Jesus to leave? The demons asked Jesus to not send them out of the region, so did the demons return after they finished the bacon?  Speculation - has peace ever come to that region or not?  Maybe the demons stayed in the region.  Maybe they came back.  Maybe the influence is still there.

What do we want for ourselves and for our children and their children? Order, peace, justice, righteousness, and true freedom, or chaos, conflict, discrimination, and bondage? What is on the increase; what is trending up? Is it peace or conflict?

On Friday, September 26, 2014, the Wall Street Journal published an article "Mass Shootings On the Rise," describing casualties in active-shooter incidents increasing 1-2 orders of magnitude since 2000. "The FBI said more gunmen have tried to kill large numbers of people in recent years, with shooters seeking 'an act of catastrophic violence.'" And those data didn't count violence using knives or bombs.

We still have choices, but it is the beneficial and positive outcomes of our choices that are becoming less probable. A choice to continue good will have a high probably of producing a good outcome. However, a choice requiring a turnaround and recovery from a history of bad choices expends a lot of energy trying to correct things, and the remaining benefit quality is reduced.

"Keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." (Eph. 4:3). Any unity in the Golan Heights? Any bond of peace? Any unity in the church? First Church of the Golan Heights? Has the church headed toward unity or toward creating more division over that last 100 years? 200 years? 2000 years?

"If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear." Mark 4:23

Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

(Rom. 1:7; 1 Cor. 1:3; 2 Cor. 1:2; Gal. 1:3; Eph. 1:2; Phil. 1:2; Col. 1:2; 1 Thess. 1:1; 2 Thess. 1:2; 1 Tim. 1:2; 2 Tim. 1:2; Tit. 1:4; Philemon 1:3; 2 John 1:3; Rev. 1:4-5)

Wednesday, May 29, 2013


My better posts are when I copy material from somebody else.    What a smart move by me to copy from Billy Graham!

Billy Graham's Devotion: Keep Moving Forward (Acts 17:28) -May 29

By Billy Graham - Billy Graham Evangelistic Association On May 29, 2013

For in him we live and move and are!   -Acts 17:28 (TLB)

 When I was seven years old, my father bought me my first bicycle. I had never ridden one. Patiently, my family and friends tried to teach me the art of cycling. I soon found out there was one thing I must do if I was to stay on the bicycle-keep moving forward. If I ceased to go forward, I would fall and hurt myself. So it is in the Christian life. We can never live this life on the highest plane unless we are continually growing and moving forward. You should be closer to God today in heart, soul, and body, than at any other time so far in your life.

Lord, I have progressed far too slowly in my pilgrim walk with You. Might I be drawn closer to the light of Your love and grace.

© 2013 Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
We were created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness, and there is nothing more important than our becoming like God at the fastest rate that we can by submitting to the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit.  Jesus died that we could be free from entanglements that hold us back so that by the grace of God we can move forward into Him (Heb.12:1-2).  Why do we analyze the past instead of becoming the future?

If Billy had looked backward while riding his bike and analyzed why he had hit a rough spot in the road, he would have run into something, lost control, and fallen off his bike.  (Probably the same result if he had a smartphone and was texting while riding).  Billyhad to look forward to the destination and keep going.  Billy didn't pull 50 pounds of chains dragging along behind him.  Billy didn't look at someone else riding their bicycle and slow down to yell at them because their bicycle was of a different shape or color.  If there were multiple bicycles in a group, perhaps the riders would take turns being the lead and blocking the headwinds so they could all go faster and get less tired.  

We get a message that we have been forgiven of sin and that we need to go to church and be nice and try hard to be like Jesus.  And also protect our denominational turf and our doctrinal views and our interpretations of the first 3 chapters of Genesis.  But we need to grow up out of immaturity of thinking (Heb. 6:1-2)  If we understood the true Unified Law of Everything -- that nothing can be allowed to hinder us from growing into the character of the Lord Jesus Christ -- the church would be in unity in mind and purpose, and the world would understand the love of the Father because of seeing the love of believers for another (John 17).

Let's not become preoccupied with going back and analyzing why something happened or who is to blame for it.  Let's stop fighting with one another about young earth or old earth, theistic evolution or atheistic evolution or anatheistic evolution.  Let's not argue about salvation or hell, pre- and post-, millennial or microlennial..  We don't have time for this.  Christians today must not abuse the freedom provided by the grace of God to be prideful, selfish, and competitive toward one another.  (And, also, it's not "all that other group's fault." Matt. 7:5)

Let us not get off the track toward God.  Keep moving forward.  We are becoming the future.

Saturday, November 17, 2012


What do the following topics have in common?

Unity in the body of Christ; water baptism; baptism within the Holy Spirit (aka baptism of the Holy Spirit, baptism in the Holy Spirit); filled with the Spirit, speaking in tongues; instrumental worship; singing; doctrine of silence; unity of the Spirit; bond of peace; genes of God; children of God.

drtheophilus has embarked on an admittedly aggressive discourse on the state of unity in the body of Christ.  Either we get aggressive in discussion, or else God may soon get aggressive in discipline for His church. 

The world and the media don't differentiate between the various institutional Christian groups as Christians do.  Why do Christian groups have to emphasize their differences between on another more than the world does?  Why do institutionalized Christian groups spend their time and energy emphasizing what separates them from other groups than on unifying the body of Christ? 

The case for unity is presented in the companion web site:  The 31 posts (chapters?) added thus far to this site are indexed under three major categories with three approaches to why Christians must be in unity in the body of Christ:

[1]  Christians are started in Christ as New Creations, being of the same family of the same Father God.  Discussed under this category are the pouring out of the Holy Spirit, the Promise of the Father, the gift of the Holy Spirit, the baptism within the Holy Spirit, the new birth from out of above, baptized into one body within one Spirit, anointed with the Spirit, filled with the Spirit, come upon by the Holy Spirit, the indwelling Spirit, receiving the spiritual genes of God, Acts 2:38, and water baptism.

[2]  Unity in the body of Christ is the message to us from the book of Acts.  Luke records the preparation for unity by Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  Acts records how the Holy Spirit confirmed the message of oneness in the body of Christ in the beginning of the church.  Discussed under this category are the interpretation of Acts, Greek words in Acts, conversion accounts in Acts, and global conclusions.

[3]  Jesus prayed for unity of all believers, and Christians benignly and inattentively ignore the global meaning that prayer and redefine its application and deny the consequences of the resulting division.   This category is being developed periodically with new postings.  

Christians with their institutionally approved traditional self-defining doctrines have placed themselves in the driver's seat for the carriage called "unity."  Each group sets their personal parameters and qualifications over why they are more qualified to hold the reins than anyone else.  A phrase may even float through the air, "Who is worthy to hold the reins of the definition of the conditions for unity?"  What arrogance and pride!  Who is worthy?  Worthy is the Lamb.  Unity has been defined in John 17.  It's not a question of, "Who holds the reins;" the question is "Who holds the reign?"  It is the Lord Jesus, not the church or subgroups within who define themselves into positions of superiority.

The Holy Spirit holds the reins; the parts of the body of Christ are the horses that pull the carriage of unity.  Unity is not "what;" unity is "who."  It's defined in John 17 when Jesus prayed for unity.  When Christians provide the "rules" for unity based on themselves, and blindly deny they are doing that, Christians have usurped the authority of God.  

Continued on "Division by Doctrine:  When Human Opinion is More Important than Jesus."

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Friday, August 10, 2012


A discussion about clay pots is sandwiched between the passages about being transformed into the Lord’s likeness with ever-increasing glory, with a power that comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit (2 Cor. 3:18) and while outwardly what is seen and temporary is wasting away while inwardly what is unseen and eternal is being renewed day by day (2 Cor. 4:16).  The Christian has the energy of the Spirit for overcoming entropy, to be inwardly transformed into the glory of the Lord; but Paul makes it clear that this power does not come from a human source.  The inner power is reflected in the gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ, and this power radiates out of the Christian so that all can see the source – all but those who are spiritual blind and in denial that the light exists.  The god of this age is themselves, and they blind themselves by their own choices.  They cannot see past the temporary – past what can be physically seen and documented to human satisfaction – past those components of the natural realm that are under the law of entropy.  They are under subjection to entropy, so everyone else must be, too. 

2 Cor. 4:1 Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2 Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

In the story of Gideon’s defeat of the Midianites (Judges 7), 300 men circled the Midianite camp at night and broke jars containing burning torches inside and blew trumpets.  The Lord incited the Midianites with chaos and fear and they fought against and slew one another.  The light was not seen as long as the jar was intact.  This was part of God’s plan, and the victory was clearly His.

7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you. 13 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.”  With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence. 15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

We are as clay jars, formed by the master potter.  But, because of the weakness of the human nature, over time and use, we get cracks.  (Then, we aren’t all that we’re cracked up to be.)   A cracked pot may be worth less at a market than a perfect pot, but the cracks let the light that is inside shine out.  The pot, itself, blocks the light, but the light shines through the cracks and imperfections.  People see the light; they recognize the source of the energy of the light is from within the pot and not the pot, itself; the power on the inside will raise us like it did Jesus and present us all in His presence; and the result is thanksgiving that overflows the capacity of the pot to the glory of God. 

The value of cracked pots can be illustrated in a lighthearted way by having a jar of clay appraised at a well known event shown on public television called “Antique Roadshow.”  However, to avoid any copyright infringements, we will call our show, “Antique Roadkill” and will use the cartoon characters of “the 2-dimensionals.”    

Several years ago, I saw an Internet ad for the sale of a “large antique clay jar from the Turkish countryside,” which had been price discounted from $3238 to $2331 – a whopping 28%, including free shipping  -- just for you!  These beautiful vessels once may have held grains, olives, or other things and may have been buried in the ground.  Or, maybe not.  But, whichever, you could “get one today” – while supplies last!  

Let’s say that someone found one of these clay jars in an old barn, and this discovery was brought into the Antique Roadkill show to have its value ascertained from an expert in the field.  Let’s say that the appraisal goes as usual – “You see here a bump, which is characteristic of the type of pottery wheels of those artists living on the Turkish countryside used to manufacture jars back in those days.  This one has a stain on the inside where an olive once sat, which means this jar was used for mundane purposes, and this reduces its value by 28%, but if you sold it by advertising on the Internet, you could ask $2331.00, if you offered free shipping.”   (Followed by an appropriate response from the owner of the clay jar from the Turkish countryside.) 

In the next scenario, let’s say that the clay jar has a chip along the rim.  Collectors don’t like chips; they want perfection, called “choice.”  One chip in a piece of pottery or cut glass can reduce the value drastically.  The verbal exchange between the expert on clay jars and the owner is quite different this time.  

In the next scenario, the owner presents a clay jar that has major cracks through it.  If a chip is bad, think what cracks would do to the value of a clay oil jar from the Turkish countryside.  

What -- Me Cracked?

Sometimes we will rather put a mask over our cracks than let the light shine through them – like we think we are supposed to be perfect so we’d better act like we are – especially in the church building on Sunday mornings.  It is as though we think that the perfection comes from our own effort, and it becomes a matter of pride to avoid showing any weakness.  It’s like we feel more of a need to maintain appearance on the outside than to let the light shine through from the inside.  The problem is that it just doesn't work.  People recognize Band-Aids when they see them.      

The light may be inside a clay jar, even one from the Turkish countryside, but no one will see it through a pot that does not have cracks through its surface.  But through the cracks the light will shine….for the glory of God.

This is what Paul is talking about.  Our energy comes from the inside; our renewal comes from the inside; we are transformed from the inside outward.  That is what Rom. 12:2 says – Do not let your behavior be molded and shaped into a form that is compatible with the pressure of the world, but be changed in your behavior so that your outside appearance is consistent with the energy and spiritual programming that is inside of you.  The Greek word for transformation – this inside to outward change of form – is the word transliterated as “metamorphosis” in English.  The change of a larva into a butterfly is done according to the programming recorded within the insect’s DNA.  

The light that shines through the cracks in our human nature is the power by which our spirits overcome entropy, the power that transforms us into the likeness of Christ, and the power that renews our minds into the image of the Creator.

This little Christian light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine ……

Hide it under a Band-Aid, No!  I’m gonna let it shine…..

Finally, do not look at someone else’s Band-Aids and compare them to your own.  

What?  Me Band-Aids? 

Sunday, July 29, 2012


The Christian’s view of thermodynamics

The four laws of thermodynamics, covered briefly in the previous post, describe the energy within the universe and how this energy is changed between its different forms.   Working together, these laws control the universe. 

The above paragraph is how the universe might be described in an introductory textbook about thermodynamics.  The laws of thermodynamics rule the universe.  That statement is made from a human perspective.  People have looked at a universe that existed before they did; they have studied and characterized this universe and its components in detail; they have made precise measurements of natural phenomena of many types and under many conditions; and they have derived mathematical formulas that accurately describe these observations.  The universe is so predictable that these mathematical formulas can be used to calculate what will occur in the future – for calendars, weather predictions, planetary movements, the temperature and pressure at which water will boil, etc.  Looking from a human perspective, these formulas describe mathematically the forces that control the universe in an orderly and precise manner – therefore they are “laws.” 

That’s fine.  But from a perspective of making correlations between the natural laws of the universe and the principles in the scripture for application in the spiritual realm, the human view is inadequate.  What came first, the universe or the laws?  Did the laws form the universe or do the laws describe the “programming” of the universe from the beginning.  Did predictability and order for the universe come from the laws of thermodynamics, or was there another source of origin that was common to both?

There are some terms used today that conger up conflicted definitions in different people’s mind – creation (create, created), evolution (evolve, evolved), natural (physical), and spiritual (supernatural).  These words are, like thermodynamics, our human terms to describe and try to understand observations we have made during our experience in the world.  But when the universe began around 13.6 billion years ago, none of this had happened, natural time of our future universe was at zero, and all of future creation, evolution, the natural, and the supernatural were packed into one finitely small bunch of energy of such incredible density and temperature and pressure that an explosion occurred that began a chain of events that were already preprogrammed into it.  In a sense, the DNA of the universe had been placed by God into that ball of energy and the “big bang” distributed the elements of the DNA of God everywhere.  Where then are the “laws of thermodynamics” in this?  What about quantum mechanics?  What are the stars and the rules of celestial mechanics and the Higgs Boson and dark matter and particle physics?  What about the human brain—planned or random?  What about the formation of the universe, including at least one planet that can sustain life?  What about the physical evolution of life and of the highest form of God’s creation, a human being?  It is all an expression of the DNA (the divine nature) of God.  It has been the design, the plan, of God from the beginning of material existence.

God is therefore the single source for all things natural or spiritual.  It only makes sense that laws within the physical realm will correlate with those in the spiritual realm.  They have the same source.  It is like the laws of thermodynamics and the laws in the spiritual realm are “cousins.”  They operate under similar design.

So, from the Christian perspective, the laws of thermodynamics do not control the universe.  God through Christ controls the universe, and the laws of thermodynamics characterize the way it is done.  God has ordained that in this world our natural selves will be subject to the laws of thermodynamics.  We don’t have much choice in the natural, but, in the spiritual realm, we have been given significant choice.

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made…” Rom. 1:20

We can look at the physical universe and see the divine nature of God, because the natural realm reveals His nature and testifies to it.  But Romans 1:20 does not say that the physical creation reveals all of God.  It is a part of the plan of God.  The revelation of God the Father was completed by Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ demonstrated His authority over all things, including the creation.

Therefore, the words “creation,” “evolution,” and “design” are all peas from the same pod.  We as Christians should show how to use the brains God gave us and lead the way in searching for God and stop arguing over the meaning of words that humans have created for themselves.  Let people who don’t understand the nature and dimensionless character of God fight about these words.  Don’t we, who claim that we know God, have better and more urgent things to do?

In addition, other words, such as natural, supernatural, miracle, etc., may have a more overlapping meaning than as commonly used in our vocabulary.  If God controls the natural, then what is “super” natural?  Usually we use “supernatural” to describe something that we don’t understand yet.  That’s another “human perspective” definition.  Not good.

Continuing the examples of entropy from the previous post

We discussed in the previous post how a battery running a fan motor could not sufficiently recharge itself and would eventually run down without an outside energy source to compensate for loss of energy to entropy. 

Example 3:  How about a self-regenerating person?

What would be “the fountain of youth?”  An artesian well flowing forth with omega fatty acids, Co-enzyme Q, and Vitamin D, all in one big anti-oxidant free-radical scavenging, high fructose free, cholesterol free, good-for-what-ails-you energy drink and Geritol tonic?  Uh, oh!  Here comes the FTC for false advertising.  Here comes the FDA to put it on prescription or the DEA to put it on Schedule 5 and make you sign for it.  Here comes the SEC to make a stock exchange out of it.  Here comes a group to build a shrine over it.  Not gonna happen.

Many Americans lead fairly unhealthy fast-food, low exercise, high stress lifestyles, but also take supplements as if that would make up for their non-optimal habits.  Some years ago, a lady of this description came up to the pharmacy holding a product off the shelf named “Exercise in a Bottle.”  She asked my opinion.  I told her it was an ingenious name for marketing, but a fraudulent product inside.  Of course, it was also expensive.  I told her a few more things I thought about the product as she looked at it in amazement as if to say, “Could it be that bad?”  Obviously, she had only asked me assuming that I could confirm the decision she had already made, because when I turned around to go back to the pharmacy, she slipped the bottle into her basket and quickly headed for the checkout counter.

 As indicated in the drawing, we generally want to do what we can to prolong a quality life and delay the effects of the inevitable aging process.  Our bodies are composed of millions of tiny chemical reactions using energy to produce materials we need for life.  But we are not 100% efficient in doing this.  Entropy is produced.  We can exercise and eat right, but the aging process goes on, with a slightly adjustable rate depending on environment and our genetics.  There is no way yet discovered to reverse the aging process.  This is the natural course of events.  This is a life cycle composed of smaller cycles of energy input and work output with the process inefficiency being entropy.  Entropy accumulates.  It is our physical destiny. 

Like the bacterial colony, we are using up resources and growing and doing great up to a point.  Then we level off a bit.  There the 25 year old mark, when one becomes a quarter of a century.  Then there’s 30, a time that once was considered as “middle-aged.”  Then comes the 40’s, as in “life begins at.”  It’s also when one realizes they have about as long to live as they have already lived and one wonders if the second half will pass as quickly as the first half did.  Then there’s the 50’s, when one realizes time passes even faster and they become more interested in trying to hang onto what they’ve got or used to be able to do.  Then there the 60’s, when one realizes they’re not going to be able to do that.  Then there’s the 70’s, and one just “takes it one day at a time.”  Every year that passes one feels like they’ve aged 5 years; then 10 years.  Seems like everything either stops working or it hurts or both.  “Life starts off pretty bad; then things get better; then they get bad again.”

Does the chart of physical human aging resemble that of the bacterial culture in a closed system?  But is this all there is for the Christian?   Even the bacterial culture had hope if a superior entity interceded with an external source of energy added to the culture dish system and with a washout and removal of toxic waste products.   And, with a translocation of cells to a new plate, the culture could just keep growing, because the system was open, and not isolated, thermodynamically.  How could this model from a bacterial culture apply to us?

Matt. 6:26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

Here is the answer.

 God has provided His energy in the form of the Holy Spirit to empower us to grow more and more upward into Him; and God has provided through Christ an atonement for our sins, so that this toxic waste can be washed away and we can be free to put on the Lord Jesus Christ.  It is only through the power of God that entropy is overcome.  The energy of this world will pass away.  The only energy that does not obey the laws of nature is the energy from God.  The energy of God created this universe.  This energy is not subject to anything within the physical universe or to the natural laws controlling the universe, including entropy.

This energy was embodied in Jesus Christ, who is over all things, through whom all things were made, and by whom all things hold together.  Jesus Christ became subject to entropy in the flesh, so that entropy could be overcome by the power of the Holy Spirit.  The final hurdle of entropy was death, overcome by the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Entropy is overcome in this life by the rebirth of the New Creation and the process of sanctification by the Holy Spirit.

The law of sin and death and the law of the Spirit

In Romans, Paul relates the natural man of Adam with sin and death.   The Old Law defined sin by giving specific actions that were acceptable to God and those that were not.  The Old Law had physical ordinances and actions that were representations of the real spiritual entities in heaven.  The Old Law was righteous, but it made it impossible for humans to be righteous, because they could not keep the law perfectly.  Under the Law, therefore, we stand condemned because of our sin.  

But the coming of Jesus Christ changed all that.  Jesus removed the guilt of our sins, nailing them to the cross, and washed away toxic waste from the mortality of our earthly human nature, so we could be free, unencumbered, to live according to the control of the Spirit, receiving the transforming power of the Spirit.

Rom. 8:1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, 4 in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.

Heb 10:11 When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation. 12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption. 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death so that we may serve the living God!

Therefore, our mortal bodies are subject to the law of entropy the same as the rest of the physical realm, with eventual death and decay – and back to the dust of the earth.  But inwardly, we are being transformed into the likeness of the Lord Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit – an energy source outside the physical system of this world and not subject to the laws of this universe, including entropy.

This is the message given in two passages in 2 Corinthians. Taken together, these passages say that our bodies are subject to entropy but our spirits are being renewed continuously by the power of the Spirit of God, as we are transformed by an energy source outside of our physically closed system – an eternal power not subject to natural law or measure.

2 Cor. 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

2 Cor, 3:16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness
with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

So, there is a regenerated person, but it is not from self, it is from the Spirit.

Correlation between the physical laws of thermodynamics and the spiritual realm

The correlation is that the power from the spiritual realm is not subject to the laws of the natural universe, but this power resides in our physical bodies.  

But, didn’t we already know that?  Why is this news?  All this thermo-dyno-stuff for something that is already obvious?  

To whom is it obvious?  If it’s obvious to Christians, they haven’t made it obvious to the world.  If Christians know about this, why are there so few who live it?  There is a separation in the church between head knowledge about the power of God and how Christians exercise this power in their lives.  We were created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness (Eph 4:24), and this is the power for us to get there.  Certainly this power will be exerted in the resurrection, but, even more, this is the power of regeneration and renewal for transforming our lives here and now.  Does the church believe this?  There are more and more organizations who call themselves Christian who demote the divinity of Christ to a good person and disclaim His bodily resurrection.   Their gospel is diluted with humanism and postmodernism and worldly values.  Their “seeker friendly” values will become “sinker friendly,” because these groups are placing themselves under the law of entropy.  That is the consequence of the works of the flesh.  It is the force that propels a downward natural cycle because the outside energy of God is not in it.

There needs to be a change.