If you please God, it doesn’t matter whom you displease. And if you displease God it does not matter whom you please

“If you please God, it doesn’t matter whom you displease. And if you displease God it does not matter whom you please.” – Manfred Kohl.

Significant events in the history of the Christian faith and the growth of human understanding have often been occasioned by the asking of Questions?. The work of, such as , inter alia, Martin Luther, Galileo, and William Wilberforce being good instances of same.

The Question that needs to be asked , in the light of the above challenging reflection is “How are we to readily and reliably know how or when we have occasioned God’s s displeasure?”

In old Testament times the Israelites had the remarkable and vivid interventions of the Prophets. Coaching, warning and even foretelling God’s people the consequences of their waywardness. The suggested thinking of Christians’s today, to quote Manfred Kohl as saying “– since Jesus Christ came we do not need the prophets any more. We have Scripture”. We undoubtedly and wholeheartedly welcome the promised and necessary advent of Jesus Christ, more than two thousand years ago. Sceptics, and I am not one of them, do however (understandably?) See that since the coming of our Lord, an almost number less abundance of pretending “prophets” have come to clutter, complicate, and overly elaborate on the “Truth” of the gospel. Those of a secular mind ably and readily use such opinions and interpretations as a means of ignoring or disregarding the essential stated Truth and spiritual meaning of our  Lord’s teaching. The potential for the growth of the Gospel and prayerfully sought, corresponding support for Christianity becomes sadly endangered. He is nevertheless God Incarnate. Paul indicates that “we know in part and prophesy in part” one Cor 13 v 9.

I have, in wrestling with this question of Prophecy,, likened the role of the Prophets of the Old Testament to the modern-day equivalent of those developing a sports team (rugby, football et cetera). I speak of the  Coaches! They avidly prepare the team for their encounters. During such engagement, team participants are carefully monitored. Whistles are blown, cards are issued (red, yellow et cetera) giving indication of “displeasure “with corresponding penalty and even exclusion from further participation.

In our often-complex life, in the world of today’s “game like” experience  has the Christian Church not good cause to re-examine as to how it may serve as a better Coach and the provision of credibly informed whistle blowers? Such rejuvenation and reorganisation of its Christ driven Force would do much to galvanise and instigate potential support for the much-needed Salvation of humankind?

Practically speaking I have yet, coincidentally to hear of any cogent or convincing Providentially sourced answer regarding, as to, what occasioned the current Covid 19 pandemic? Or sometime back the 9/11 disaster.? The prophets of old were able to enlighten and explain and even warn of the disasters of their time? Regrettably in the long-term, waywardness of the Israelites persisted. They were however made abundantly conscious of the power and concern of God’s purpose.

The Church therefore needs to seriously re-embolden its important Christ driven function in that regard.

Such an injunction will surely Please God!

 

. AJA .22-3-2021

On Seeing God

Genesis 32 verse 30

It is often said, casually that “no one has ever seen God”. Genesis Chapter 32 verse 30 contradicts that statement. Jacob, (Israel) clearly bears testimony to that “I have seen God face to face”. Putting aside, for the moment issues pertaining to the inerrancy of Scripture, this account is an example of the many faceted wonders of how the language of Bible speaks in puzzling and often fascinating ways. It has remarkable capacity to engage and inspire, in the power of the Holy Spirit, so as to enlighten us on “the way”.

 

Wonder, if you will at the thought of “wrestling with God”. In my early years one endured many sport driven wrestling bouts. Wonderful experience.  It’s tough, energetic and demanding.  You certainly undertake more than merely seeing your opponent. Often there is blood, sweat, pain and all!

Jacob’s grappling encounter had obvious and serious lasting effects upon him both physically and spiritually. Such was God’s Grace in the making of Jacob. Pray that we also by that same means can be made, or even changed “naturally to what he wants us to be”. Godless, weak or sinful? That is the material that forms the basis of God driven metamorphosis. He changes us. So be it.

AJA16-1-18

On Death

In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?

John 14 v2 (NIV)

The fear, quandary and surmise that this subject attracts is profound and extensive. “Life after death”?

Years have been spent reviewing explanations and philosophies. Each has resulted in providing as many answers as there are questions?

By way of Providence, not circumstance, I believe that my present conscious experience of life will continue to be realised after death in and through the Godly gift and promises of Jesus Christ. I live in the sure hope that there be a “father’s house” in which I may experience abundant life with the redeemed. I thus do not contemplate any other prospect. I thank God for my coming to this realisation and pray that, by His Grace, I may not jeopardise the eventual attainment of this glorious promised end. May it be that for as long as I can live and serve his will I will seek to witness and assist others to find the same answer to what happens “After Death”.

AJA 14-1-2018