Sunday, 23 December 2012 00:00

Let Your Healing Flow: The Nurturing Nature of God and His Purpose

II Thessalonians 3:6, 13 (NASB)

Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the tradition which you received from us. But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good.

Our five-week series has focues in on Knowing God as Scripture reveals Him to be. We have seen that God is spirit and is not gendered, and that God possesses both masculine and feminine attributes. We have seen how God became human (the Christmas story) and all the fullness of Deity lives in the body of Jesus. There is within Jesus the harmonious blending of the masculine and feminine attributes of God. We looked at how Scripture portrays God as Father and Mother of His people (Isaiah 66:13, 49:15). We ask: Why does the inspired and infallible Word of God reveal both God's masculine and feminine attributes?

  1. God's attributes of strength are always wrapped in love.
    The masculine attributes of God (strength, power, protection, etc.) are balanced by His feminine attributes (nurturing, training, love, etc.). God never moves in power but that He is moving in love. When an emphasis is on the masculine to the exclusion of the feminine, God's image is shattered. This is true in child discipline, church government; and Christian living. God is love in all His actions.
    1. The world uses imperial forms of authority to govern.
      Webster's says authority is "the power to influence thought, opinion, or behavior by convincing force or control." Governments have authority. Kings have authority. Presidents have authority. Leadersship in this world comes from people in higher positions of authority, controlling others.
    2. Christians are to be known for our love and service.
      "Rulers among the Gentiles lord it over others... but it is not to be so among you" (Mark 10:42-43). The masculine attributes of God (power and strength) can never be separated from His feminine attributes (love and compassion). As Christians we live our lives the way we believe God Himself is.
  2. Where there is the true knowledge of the biblical God, there is always a place of healing.
    Christians reflect in the way they live how they truly feel about God. "The people who know God will be strong and take action" (Daniel 11:32b). What kind of action? It depends upon your view of God.
    1. Many Christians view God only as a King who demands submission...
      And they treat people the same way they view God treating them. How we treat other people parallels how we view God. What is missing in many evangelical churches is an understanding of the healing nature of God.
    2. Those who know God as Scripture reveals Him always bring healig to others.
      "I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth" (Revelation 3:15-16). Laodicea was a city situated at the crossroads of the aqueduct system of Rome. Aqueducts were open, above ground troughs that carried the water throughout Asia Minor. Fifteen miles north of Laodicea was the Roman city of Hierapolis where people from all over came for the healing found in the hot water springs of that city. Ten miles east of Laodicea was the Roman city of Colossae where the incredibly cold springs brought refreshment to weary travelers on their way to other regions of the world. Both Hierapolis and Colossae sent their water to Laodicea via aqueduct, but the cold water of Colossae and the hot water of Hierapolis became lukewarm water at Laodicea. God desires us to be either refreshment (cold water) for the weary, or bring healing (hot water) for the wounded. We should be either hot or cold, never lukewarm!
  3. Those who know the God of Scripture celebrate the gifts and anointing of both men and women.
    Next week we will look at some specific resolutions on how we are to live in light of knowing God. The point that must be seared into our minds is that male-only leadership truncates spiritual healing.

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