William Andrew Dillard
THE EVENT THAT CHANGED THE UNIVERSE OF MANKIND
This is a story of extreme opposites: of love and hate; of joy and despicable shame; a consummation of the crowning act of victory in experience marked “finished” from the foundation of the world. It is a story of the ultimate encouragement and motivation of God’s people in every generation until the age is closed. It is a story that will be the song of the saints while eternal eons roll ever onward in the endless bliss it provides.
Here then is the story so powerfully condensed in the words of Hebrews 12:2, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
It is a story of love and hate. “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting live.” How deeply did and does God love the creative work of His own hands, especially the crowning act of it all, mankind. Yet He patiently endured such great contradiction of sinners against Himself. It is also a story of joy and despicable shame: “Who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the same.” What enormous joy is that of the post resurrected Jesus. While His crucifixion and resurrection was predetermined and foreordained, the experiential side of it all is the grandest story of the universe. Shame? Indeed much shame! How may one fairly estimate the shame of one sinless voluntarily taking upon Himself the sins of the world, and bearing the consequences of it? Though minor compared to this, how much shame was endured on the cross as a beaten body near death was lifted up as a scoffing point to the world? How much shame was endured as He was stripped of His clothing for rogue soldiers to gamble over, while He must die in sight of all in nakedness, bearing the full force of sin for others?
Yet, it is a story of encouragement and motivation for His people in every generation of the age. It is He who is both author and finisher of our faith. We are to look to Him in this crucial event, and we are to rejoice in His victory, lest we become weary and faint in our mind, which too many have done.
Here then is the story that will be the song of the saints in the never-ending, day of the final heaven age. It is recorded in Rev. 5:9, “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and has redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people , and nation.” Then again, Rev. 5:12-13, “. . . Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. . . “ AMEN! AND AMEN! WHAT A STORY!!
BY – William Andrew Dillard
GE AND COSMOS
It is the purpose of this article to enhance the knowledge of several folks with a distinction, and contrast of the words “Ge” and “cosmos.” First of all, the term “Ge” is not to be confused as the opposite of “Haw” as a directional command to a farm animal. Additionally, it is not to be confused with a slang expression of the South as in “Geeminee or geewhiz.” But more to the point, it is not to be confused with “Cosmos.” Of course, here the phonetics are quite different, but the idea still gets muddled. Speaking of muddled, some minds may be muddled already, but bear with me.
In the Bible, the word “world” is most often used as the translation of “cosmos.” This is proper, but herein is also the problem. Too many students tend to think of “world” as the planet on which we live. That is an incorrect understanding. The ancient Greek word “cosmos” references a working system designed to produce predictable results. Hence the universe of planetary bodies is referred to as a cosmos as it in a definite, predictable working pattern. The order of the world of men is a cosmos because it is framed on the predictable order of sin and death. A clock is a cosmos since it is working system designed to produce predictable results. Oh, yes, they call that stuff women use to make themselves pretty “cosmetics.” That, too, is from cosmos because it transforms a female from an ordinary human being to a predictable system designed to attract the opposite sex. (now, I am going to get it). Summation: “world” is from “Cosmos.” It designates a system. It is not a designation of the planet earth in the context of creation.
Of course, there is a term designating the planet. It is “Ge.” Furthermore, that root word in its expansion gives us such words as “geology, geography, geometry, geophysics, Georgia,” etc., all having to do with physiology of the planet.
Being discriminatory with words goes a long way toward eliminating confusion of ideas. It helps the speaker to think more precisely, and it helps the audience to infer more properly what exactly has been implied, connoted, or denoted. Most all of us would profit from a review of etymology ( a study of root words, prefixes and suffixes). It would most likely stoke our love for our mother tongue as well as open pleasurable avenues of ideas contained therein which may have never been entertained previously. Well, I had hoped this article would be somewhat of a cosmos, but it seems that all I can say is “Gee.”
There are many confused ideas about God. To many, God is nature, an idea, a good principle, even man himself. There is one true God. We declare Him much as did Paul (Acts 17:22,23).
GOD IS A PERSON (GENESIS 1:1)
“Know ye that the Lord he is God; it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves” (Psalm 100:3).
John 3:16 declares that God is a person. He is the supreme ruler of the universe and has life in Himself (John 5:26).
GOD IS OMNIPRESENT.
He is not IN everything but He IS everywhere. I Kings 8:27: “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee.” (See: Isaiah 66:1; Psalm 139:7-10.)
GOD IS OMNISCIENT. (SEE PSALM 139:11; JOB 34:21,22)
God’s omniscience enabled Him to see the end from the beginning of the world and plan for every event of time. “Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world” (Acts 15:18). God foreknew a man’s name and what he would do some 350 years before it came to pass (I Kings 13:1-3; II Kings 23:15,16).
GOD IS OMNIPOTENT (MATTHEW 19:25,26)
His power is seen in creation, “Let all the earth feat the Lord, let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spoke and it was done: he commanded and it stood fast” (Psalm 33:8,9).
His power was manifest in Sodom and Gomorrah. In the flood. In Egypt.
GOD IS FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING (PSALM 90:2; ISAIAH 40:28)
(Psalm 90:2; Isaiah 40:28).
GOD IS A TRIUNE BEING. (I JOHN 5:7; MATTHEW 28:19,20).
God is manifest in three ways:
Spirit (John 4:24).
Intelligence (Psalm 147:5).
Material (John 1:14,18; Colossians 2:9).
The THREE were manifest at the baptism of Jesus (Luke 3:22; I Timothy 3:16).
GOD AND OUR SALVATION.
God the Father willed our salvation in eternity.
In eternity He provided for our salvation (Revelations 13:8; Ephesians 1:4).
In time He sent His Son to be offered (John 1:14,29).
In time His Son gave His life a ransom for all (Timothy 1:5,6).
The Son purchased our redemption. In eternity he accepted the role of redeemer (Revelations 13:8; I Peter 1:18-20). In time He executed the foreordained role – gave Himself for a sacrifice (Isaiah 53:3-6). In time He shed His blood (I Peter 2:24).
The Holy Spirit begets our salvation through the new birth (John 3:3-7; Titus 3:5). In time He leads the lost to conviction and repentance (John 16:7-11).
God Himself is our mediator (I Timothy 2:5).