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How God Functions in Man-Contain and Express

There are a lot of stories in the news today about abuse: spousal abuse, child abuse, drug abuse, just to name a few. All of the above are a sad commentary on the ways of fallen humanity. It seems today that humans have lost their way.

Thus, I want to start a simple blog on How God Functions in Man to quell some of the confusion concerning our relationship and responsibility before the Lord. The first thing I want to say is humans were created to “bring glory to the Lord.” What I mean by this is, humans were created to “contain” and “express” God’s presence in the world. 

Don’t miss the importance of “contain” and “express” God’s presence in the world. We were not created to be something in and of ourselves. Jesus said in John 15:5, “without Me you can do nothing.” We were created to “express Someone-the Lord Jesus Christ.” This idea is clearly seen in Scripture as “Christ in us, the hope of glory.” (Col. 1:27)

This idea concerning  “contain” and “express” has huge implications. For one, it takes the responsibility from us of always trying to “get better” and “self-improve” and causes us to relax and look for what the Lord is doing. Both “getting better and self-improvement are an impossibility and a sin. If humans could get better and improve self, Christ came and died for nothing (Gal. 2:21). For example, we tend to think, “I need to be more loving.” Well, did you know that God takes care of the loving more part in Christ Jesus? 1 John 4:8,16 says, “God is love.” These verses do not say, “God has love, but God is love. Grubb says, "If someone has a thing, it isn’t he himself." (N.P. Grubb, The Key to Everything) It is just something attached to him, like a coat or money in his pocket. The person just has it and can share some of what he has. However, Scripture doesn’t say that God has love, but God is love. 

Therefore, love must not be a thing I can have. Love must be a Person. God is love.  Love is an exclusive characteristic or attribute of God, and we humans will never have love apart from having God. Scripture goes further and declares that every believer has had the “love of God…poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, who was given to us.” (Rom. 5:5) Do you see how God attaches love to the Person of the Holy Spirit? Love is not an item that is imparted into us apart from God so that you and I can, in ourselves, “be more loving.” Love is the Person of God living in the believer and manifesting and demonstrating his grace and kindness toward another person. We simply contain and express the Person of Love-God. As Col 3:14, we are to “put on love”. By faith, we choose to allow the Lord to lead us and express Himself in and through us. We are vessels who contain and express the very character, nature and attributes of God to the each other and the world. 

Prayer: Lord, as the Father loved in and through You, please love in and through me. By your grace, I choose to be a vessel today to manifest your love.

 

 

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Currently serving as the Senior Pastor and Developer of New Beginnings Fellowship in Lawrenceville, GA.
Pastor Screen has served as a member of the South Atlantic District Executive Committee (DEXCOM) which oversees 100 Churches in GA., S.C., and N.C. for nine years.  He also served on the South Atlantic District Multiplication Team for 12 years which is responsible for Church Planting in GA., S.C., and N.C.

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