Knowing God is not as complicated as religion has made it. Jesus made a statement that should put how to know God, at rest… he said, “if you’ve seen me, you’ve seen the Father”. We’ve made knowing God difficult but the truth is, if we want to know what God is like, we can just look at Jesus.
How does Jesus treat people? The woman caught in adultery had been thrown in front of Jesus, followed by the accusations and condemnation of the crowd. The Bible says that Jesus drew in the sand as if “he didn’t even hear them.” Jesus then turns to the crowd and displays such a degree of love and compassion for the woman that all of her accusers could no longer condemn her. He elevated the law to a heart level. He raised the law from obedience and performance to the level of love, grace and compassion. There is more responsibility under the covenant of grace than under the covenant of obedience.
Under the old covenant, you made a sacrifice for sin. Under grace, we’re expected to live in the power that doesn’t fall into sin in the first place. Jesus told the woman, “go and sin no more.”
The law expects sin but grace empowers and compels us unto perfection.
This is how God treats us. He ignores the accusations against us and sets us free from condemnation. Then empowers us to go and sin no more. There is no difference in what Jesus showed us and how God is treating you. God is not testing you to see if you can pass the experiment and then qualify for something. The original lie in the Garden of Eden was that God was holding something back from Adam and Eve. The Church still believes the lie. We’re trying to qualify for something God has already given us. Since we’re so “law minded” and “obedience minded”, we seek to prove ourselves by our performance so we can get what God is “trying to teach us.”
All things that pertain unto life and Godliness have already been given to you in Jesus Christ!
The disciples asked Jesus to show them the Father. He said, if you’ve seen me, you’ve seen the Father. Under the new covenant, Jesus is the complete representation of the Father. There is no angry side of God that Jesus isn’t displaying. Jesus is the full and complete image and representation of God and what he thinks about sin and life in general. There is not an aspect of God that Jesus didn’t display.
The New Covenant changed everything. Isaiah 54:9-10 (which is the direct result of what will happen after the cross, described in Isaiah 53) says:
Isa 54:9 “For this is like the days of Noah to Me, When I swore that the waters of Noah Would not flood the earth again; So I have sworn that I will not be angry with you Nor will I rebuke you.
Isa 54:10 “For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake, But My lovingkindness will not be removed from you, And My covenant of peace will not be shaken,” Says the LORD who has compassion on you.
Jesus is the qualification for these passages to be possible. The problem is we have such a mixed covenant teaching in our churches that we’re led to believe that the vengeful, wrathful, angry qualities of God are still potentials. We believe Jesus is loving but we think the Father is still angry…NOT TRUE! If you’ve seen Jesus, you’ve seen the father!
You can’t attribute anything to the Father that you don’t see in the life of Jesus. Did Jesus make people sick to teach them a lesson? NO. Did Jesus get angry with sin? NO. Did Jesus execute judgment on cities for their sin? NO.
What we did see Jesus do is take the judgment for all mankind. If someone rejects that, they will go before God in the Great White Throne Judgment at the end of the ages, but he is not sending judgment now, because Jesus took it all.
God is so madly in love with you that he has done everything to set you free and deliver you from the chains that bind. John 3:17 says that Jesus came to save us, not condemn us. Will you allow yourself to be saved and set free from the guilt and shame that condemnation brings? Romans 8 says that there is no condemnation for those who are in Jesus who walk after the spirit. Walking after the Spirit simply means choosing life and not death. Walking out of your limiting issues is simply to choose life. God is no longer angry, has given you his Spirit and has compelled us to move forward, free from sin so we can touch the world.
I say again, if you’ve seen how Jesus treats people and issues, you have seen exactly how the Father treats people, sin and issues.
Awaken unto righteousness and start living in God’s love and acceptance rather than trying to obey and qualify for righteousness yourself.
For more on this, see “Seeing the Father”…a 3 CD series by Clint