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God has hidden the path of life in creation. This has been true from the beginning of time. It is still true in the lives of all people. Although the path is hidden in creation, the key to living a life that creates a path of life for others is to live in an intimate relationship with God as the Creator of all things. When we have an intimate relationship with God as our Father, the One who creates all things, we become creative sons and daughters of God in all things. As leaders we must be creative in all that is given to us for the sake of those we lead. We cannot just find the path of life; we must create a path in our world that empowers others to find and be a path of life in the world given to them for the sake of others. In a covenant of information, the path of life is merely a shadow of an intimate relationship with God that creates a path of life for others. In a covenant of intimacy and transformation, the path of life is being the substance of life in every situation of our lives.
Today I feel impressed to post portions of a blog that I presented several years ago. I believe that the issue of government in the earth is a matter of knowledge (information) or a knowing (intimacy). There is a place for both, but only one leads to life. An administration of a knowledge of good and evil only serves to direct us to the administration of knowing, an administration of God’s grace that transforms our lives. The administration of information serves as a teacher to direct everyone to the administration of life. God doesn’t want anyone to live their lives with an administration of information. He wants everyone to be governed by His grace, His manifest presence working in our lives by the grace of His Spirit in and with us in all things. The world of information alone is only a tutor meant to communicate to us our need for an administration of grace made possible by the judgment of God’s love that comes as mercy to justify us to live by grace.
The kingdom of God is not like the kingdoms of the world. The justice system of the kingdom of God can transform the kingdoms of the world, but until the kingdoms of the world choose to embrace the kingdom of God they are still stuck in the administration of the kingdoms of the world. The administration of the kingdoms of the world is one of a knowledge of good and a knowledge of evil. It is an Old Covenant administration, and its base of justice is established upon what is right and what is wrong. That administration most commonly becomes expressed as what one thinks is right and what one thinks is wrong. It is a system that constantly battles to define what is good and what is evil. It is self-preserving in its character and therefore the definitions of good and evil within its sphere of influence often becomes defined by its own self-preserving mentality. This is the way of the world. It is the way of the kingdoms of the world. It is the way of the kingdoms of self. Every war is fought over a knowledge of good and a knowledge of evil. Every relationship is disintegrated over a knowledge of good and a knowledge of evil. The only eternal judgment that can release someone bound to a worldly kingdom is one of triumphant mercy. A judgment of mercy will not prevent evil from happening again, it only clears the way for grace to transform the heart and mind of the one who receives mercy. This is the power of grace. Mercy justifies us to live, while grace empowers us to live. Jesus made a judgment of mercy for all of mankind by being a man of love and not a man of law. His exit strategy for the kingdoms of the world is a death of the administration of the kingdoms of the world and a new birth with a new administration of the kingdom of God. Only in Christ can we find the true substance of life. Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Secularism, Atheism, Sikhism, Judaism, Shamanism, Satanism, Paganism, Spiritism, Mysticism, Agnosticism, or any other religion of the world is not a way to life. Not even Christianity as merely a religion. No religion is a way to God; only truth within the human heart can lead to true life. Only Christ inside the heart of humanity is the way of life. The kingdom of God can only be discovered within the human heart and the testimony of life is only discovered through Christ in each of us. This is not the same as mere Christianity. It is Christ in the heart of humanity. Religion alone still leaves mankind bound to the system of the knowledge of good and evil, it does not transition them into the administration of true life. Only an administration of love can transition us from the kingdoms of the world to the kingdom of life in Christ.
Colossians 1:13-14 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (NAS)
John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
Ephesians 1:7-10 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth…
True creativity is revealed in the ability to make things come alive for the sake of life for others in our world. As leaders we must find the grace of God to be creative in every situation of our lives to bring life at all times to our world. Our role as leaders is to lead others into this truth where each one has an intimate relationship with God, the Creator of life in all things.
Food For Thought,
Ted J. Hanson
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