God of order

Many people in this world have questions about life, about the reasons of it and about God. We will never be able anyway to explain everything or to find the exact answers we are looking for, but I believe we will find enough. Enough for us to make a decision, to take a stand. Before finding some answers we mustn’t rush with that. To take a decision, especially the wrong one. We find as well that certain things are unexplainable. And we will find answers only when we stand in front of Him who holds all the secrets since the foundation of everything. I believe as well that He wants us to know enough so that we can be able to take a stand and He knows how much is that.

     Many people have questions about God, why is He doing things in a certain way. Some of them create their own image about Him and believe they know most of Him already. No one actually knows so much about Him. Some people know just enough, but there is always more to discover. Thinking that we know or we are having a thought of who God is, without having Him really in our life, can lead us to dangerous prejudices.

     What we are going to see now is just a small part of the great and inscrutable knowledge of God. Let’s see a verse in the first letter to the Corinthians 14:33

“For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the Saints.”

      And 1 Corinthians 14:40 says “Let all things be done decently and in order.” Apparently in this verse and in the context speaks about having an order in the churches about the prophesying and speaking in tongues. And so it is. But the verse itself reveals the character of God and His nature. And in other verses we see the word “order” mentioned again. (And there are other verses in the Bible mentioning the word “order”.) So here we can see how He is.                                

If we look at the creation, at the nature until the smallest to the greatest detail we will notice that nothing is there by chance, or just placed chaotically there. The nature (the one undefiled and untouched by man) is having a certain order.

Obviously this nature bears consequences of sin, but we can still see that things work in a specific way there. Looking at the universe as well we see that stars, planets, a solar system is placed perfectly in a specific way.

It has nothing to do with an explosion or just throwing all the things there in a chaos. Somebody with a mind having a design stands behind it. Even if you go to the smallest details microscopically speaking, we will see that molecules, and all other small particles are placed in order (that is also very similar to how a solar system works-it explains that the same mind stands behind it.) Chemically speaking is the same. if I’m not mistaken most of the chemical reactions, poisons and corrosive materials that damage everything are there because a man put his hand there and placed them out of their natural place and order. But all of this and other wrong things are caused by another greater disorder called sin. Looking at all of the creation, those who are really gone in disorder is us. The human kind. And obviously this sin, this disorder brings consequences to everything else.

“For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope, because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.“ Romans 8:20,21

God in His nature is the one who wants to fix this. He wants to fix everything. We can’t imagine sometimes what is He able to bear until He accomplishes that. Many times we can’t realize it and we see it just from our perspective, not being grateful enough. And I don’t know if we will ever be in this life. I mean to be ever grateful enough, or be able to know, to understand all the reasons for being grateful. Thanks to God for the reasons that He already made us to know. There is so much to be grateful for. I’m saying this because God in order to fix what is wrong can just take it away from the picture and rebuild another one. But Instead He did it in our favour.

“I will strike them with pestilence and disinherit them, and I will make of you a nation greater and mightier than they.” Numbers 14:12

He said this to Moses, but after his pleading for mercy, He left them and gave them another opportunity.

Look, there is a balance in the nature, in the universe and in the whole creation. The balance there just confirms about the character of their Creator. If I paint a picture and I use a certain method, or colour it will reveal my personality. It is because I like it, or I have that personality. Same is with God. The difference is that He is not a man like us. He doesn’t change His opinion. He is not influenced by anything. He doesn’t have a “bad day” as we do.

He doesn’t wake up and decides something, and the next day wakes up again and changes opinion . He is immutable, He doesn’t change. As the Bible says in James 1:17

“Every good gift is from above, and comes down from the father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”

So His opinion toward sin is always the same. That’s why here we see that He didn’t change from the old to the new testament as someone might state. As Jesus said: “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfil.” Matthew 5:17 What did change then?

He is for balance, for order. And if something goes out of that balance He wants to fix it. This is in His heart. As when someone brakes something he must pay for it. In this case we broke. Not just something, but many things. In order to bring a balance He had to let us pay. He is the judge of the entire universe as Job 22:12,13 and 25:4,5 say:

“Is not God in the height of heaven? And see the stars how lofty they are? And you say, ‘What does God know? Can He judge through the deep darkness?” Job 22:12,13

“How then can man be righteous before God? Or how can he be pure who is born of a woman? If even the moon does not shine, and the stars are not pure in His sight,” Job 25:4,5

We need to look at something here. He does all of this not just because He decided. He doesn’t decide this. It is hard to imagine, but it is so. He is the greatest being, He doesn’t have a measure, nor age. He takes everything, He is infinite.

“For in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘ For we are also His offspring.‘ “ Acts 17:28

And yet He is not as we imagine many times. When somebody just decides something, this many times is based on His likes and preference. When I for example decide not to eat something, most of the times it is because I don’t like it. Yes in another case if I am starving I can make a compromise and have it ( eat it ).

But it is not like this, when is about someone’s nature or being. When something is so awful to us, not because we just decided so, but naturally, by instinct we can’t handle it. Then there is no question, we can’t stand it. It is a reaction that takes a place. In the same way justice is part of God’s nature. If we go through a place with a rotten smell, we will automatically turn our head away, we will try to avoid it or remove it. We can stand it for a while, but we will eventually remove it. This is how God looks at sin. He is so just, so righteous in His nature that He has to fix it. Takes the time that will take, He will fix it. The reason why He doesn’t bring this perfect justice now on the earth it is because He decided to accomplish it through His Son. That’s why He is having patience with us and every body. Because He wants people to repent.

If He would have brought a perfect justice now, no one would escape, but because He is patient, He gives us opportunity. That’s why the Bible tells us not to judge, not to revenge, to turn the other cheek. Because according to His standards we are not better, every one deserves judgement. And we can not say that God is righteous and just because of a mere choice He made. He is not a man like us. That why it is not because of a decision that He took. It is in His nature. He is like that. He is justice. No one can stand Him or discuss with Him about that. We can rather say that to show mercy, to send His Son for us, so that we can have this opportunity was a choice He made. Without taking His righteousness away, because at the end justice was served on the cross. His Son took the punishment. And if we believe we enter into this promise.

All of this should take away the thought in us that God sometimes is cruel and prevent us from thinking or imagine Him as a mere man that takes decisions based on what He likes or not. He is like a being , He is everything we see, we feel, we move in and no one can escape Him. He might be far from us in terms of His holiness, but in the same time He is closer than what we can imagine, because He is everything. And He can not stand at all of this, He wants and must fix this sin. In a way He doesn’t have anyone to answer to, to submit to, but He submits to Himself, to His laws! He is conditioned by that, because He can not deny Himself. ( 2 Timothy 2:13 )

Thinking about this it comes to my mind about the laws that certain ancient kings were having. They were irrevocable. Meaning that once that the law was given, it couldn’t be just changed. Even the kings were submitted to the laws themselves had established. They had to follow them. Same as God. His laws, established by Himself are irrevocable. They are eternal. Jesus said that heavens and earth will pass away, but His words will remain for eternity. And these laws are established by God, because of His nature, because of what He is.

So going back to the conversation, someone had to pay, to fill this empty space or cross in our case. All this to bring back the balance. That’s why the Son of God came.

To die for us, for those who believe, so that we mustn’t pay. God had a mercy. Someone still had to pay, to die, because this is what needed to happen to fulfil this. He couldn’t just forget about the sin we committed, even if He wanted to. Anyway He tried to do something about it. The best He could. And He compromised Himself. And decided to suffer that punishment. It is amazing love!

Because He also could’ve just let us pay and everything was going to be fine with Him. He didn’t have anyone to answer to. And this was going to be still right. What He did was still righteous, but with the only difference that He paid. Sometimes we just don’t realize the grace we have, the opportunity and it will be difficult to realize all of it in this life. Even if we are safe and reborn. Then we will just have a small part of the whole picture. That is obviously good enough and can make us grateful. Sometimes we even dare to rebel or murmur in our hearts. That God may forgive us and reveal us more of His grace, of what He has done for us. And I’m saying this to the believers as well.

We need to know that what He did was purely for love, because even if He wiped us away was still going to be right, it was going to be something just. But He didn’t. It is here where His compassion came, wanting to give us still opportunity. He could’ve wiped everything, but instead He sent His son. He took the punishment that was needed to be given.

His justice and punishment in this case can be defined as a reaction, almost a natural reaction, because this is obviously in His nature. Everything works in this way. The only thing is that because of His SON, God doesn’t react with us according to what we deserve. Because He reacted in that way towards the Son on the cross.

For some of us because we have already accepted and believe in His son, and to others, because He has given them a time to repent. And all of this because of His Son. Do you remember the parable of the barren fig tree? (Luke 13:6-9)

Well, this parable is for us… We’ve been given an opportunity, a time to accept Him. That’s why the Son is so important, that’s why the believers are called Christians and the Bible is so focused on Him. Because if we are even alive today is because of Him. And we can see the reason for the Trinity here which gives an importance and exalts all three of them. The Father, the Son and the Holly Spirit, because they are one. And we see the “natural” reaction of God toward everything. Remember that He is not only extremely great (even giving Him this attribute, it would be little), but He is everything. There is not even a small place for discussion regarding His authority.

Acts 17:24-28 “God, who made the world and everything in it, since He Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshipped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us, for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ “

Many evolutionists through time have attributed “reaction” or development of things due to evolution. And yes somethings really react in certain conditions. (With this I am not supporting the theory of evolution), but this to me only proves that God is there. That there is a greater mind behind all these variations, reactions or the way things work in the nature. God is working in this way. As different elements and things in the nature react in a certain way, so in the same way God reacts in a certain way with the sin. And we can’t oppose ourselves to Him or the way He wants things. We are nothing out of Him, we can’t make it. It is like a fish opposing itself to water, or bird to air, in the same way we are created for Him.

We can only survive now and we still carry on because we are covered by this cupola of time of grace, but this time is running out. And we need to answer to what we are called for, to what we are created for – to worship Him, receiving Him first in our hearts. There is a lot to be thankful for (speaking mainly for this reason and topic). We hope and pray that God can show us and make us to understand in a more clear way all of this. About His sacrifice.

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