October 4 ‘16 “Seeing What Really Is!” Part 2 ~Paul Gray
The primary reason that many of us are unable to “See What Really Is,” is because we have believed lies about ourselves, God, and others. We have believed what our five senses appear to teach us is true and we have believed what human teachers (well-meaning but misguided) have taught us that “seems” to be right.
We have been taught…and believed…the worst lie of all history—the lie that Adam and Eve believed as a result of their disobeying God: The Lie of Separation.
The Lie of Separation and our ASSUMPTION THAT IT IS REAL, IS The Great Darkness!
The Lie of Separation says that because of our sin, God separated Himself from us, is angry with us, has to be appeased, can’t stand to be in our presence, and that we are eternally doomed to be punished in God’s uniquely designed torture chamber unless we gain and maintain God’s favor by something(s) we do. This whole concept is flawed, and is a lie.
God never separated Himself from Adam and Eve! He pursued them, came to them, loved them and protected them. He has never separated Himself from us! The only separation has been in our minds. It’s “subjectively” true to us because it feels true, but objectively, it’s not true at all.
The only place the Bible talks about this separation is Isaiah 59. The chapter starts out by saying that God is surely able to save us. Then it says that “your sins have separated you from your God.” It concludes with “God’s own arm has saved you and given you His righteousness!” Colossians 1:20-21 tells us that God already reconciled us all to Him (NOT v/v) and that was because we were “enemies in our minds.”
Believing this heinous lie of separation has put mankind in the Great Darkness where we have been unable to “See What Really Is.”
Fortunately, there’s Good News! Colossians 1:12-15 We give thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
God put us in the light! He delivered us from the power of darkness and put us in the kingdom of Jesus, where the truth… “What Really Is”…is that we are reconciled, redeemed and forgiven!
Objectively, we are totally right and one with God. That’s the basis for our true identity. It doesn’t always look like that in the seen world, but in the unseen world, the truth of all eternity exists. Everything changes for the better when we start to see and believe What Really Is!!!