THE LAW OF CONTRASTS.
The law of contrasts is the first principle of Creation. In the beginning was God. For God to make something was to mean that something would exist other than God. Because God is complete in Himself, there were no gaps or spaces, no vacancies or blank spots just a fullness. Good thing the gospel promises that “of His fullness we have been given” and “you are complete in Him” if you have learned to accept the gift.
For God to make something else, He would have to make it outside of Himself and other than Himself. We don’t mean beyond Him or away from His control “for in Him we live and move and have our being“. When we say outside Himself, we mean of something other than what He is. He “who was and is and is to come” does not and cannot change. For God who is Eternal, immortal, invisible the only wise God” would have to make something that He was not, and this would require contrasts for the Elect to understand for comparative purposes. And if God made another something with His attributes, how would we be able to tell the difference.
For this reason for mankind whom He had placed His likeness on, being a similarity but in a temporary way (being a first contrast was for us to experience images of similarities with opposites. Like Heaven verses Earth, day and night, physical verses the Invisible. And like scripture says “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” These are just examples of contrasts starting with the visible in contrast with the Eternal, Immortal, Invisible, Almighty God.
“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” And He has made an allowance for contrasts for us to more clearly understand more about Him. Knowing the enticements this would face, for God had already predetermined the plan and His outcome in a controlled enviroment, taking into consideration all of the variables and possibilities. The outcome was insured and on the other side of human understanding we see His harvest’s and purposes are crystal clear.
Like a big chess tournament, God played out every scenario from all the various players throughout time, how they would play each other, knowing exactly what each one would do all the way up to the final two, the out come was all for-ordained. The placement of each contestant was predetermined. That is why we are called “the foreordained of God” and the Elect as those who were pre-selected.
Or as 1 Peter 2.9 put it “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness (of our age) into His marvelous light; (from another).
Here he uses the contrast of darkness verse His marvelous Light. And even those who had been truncated or held back from maturity by evil schemes of impostors and impersonators, they too have a place with God and eternal value with the Father. And “Let everyone who names the name of [a]Christ depart from iniquity.” So you know you have a responsibility.
And just as there were those in the time of Noah’s flood who had not acquired as evidenced by the few who were in the Ark, so too in the time Of Christ’s visit into Hades after His stent at the cross, He went into the under world as First Peter says “For this reason the gospel was preached also to those who are dead (and in holding) that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit”. So don’t discredit Gods grace and kindness by your religious predisposition of judgment, of who is deserving and who is not.
This is why during the six days of creating, after each day God concluded saying “it was good”. But at the end of the 6th day and with His final assessment He did not say “it is good”. Instead He said “it is good VERY good” as if if to double stamp it. His success and outcome was assured and creation will not Glorify another, What God desired in the beginning happens to a T.
And there are those who are judged severely and will get exactly what they deserve ( Romans 2.2-11). Likewise for our rewards in the faith, eternal things are a pretty good outcome considering what anyone would really deserve on their own merit, is eternal death. This is why “in is from faith to faith”. your physical contribution is nil. For Known to God from eternity are all His works.”
If you still think God has something to answer you as though He is small, Read the rebuke from God in Job 38
In the grand scheme of things, It was God who discussed this plan with those who were His, who likely had a say so and agreed on this. Yes for it is written that “the sons of God shouted for joy” with the first bright burst when it was said “Let there be light”. The offspring of God knew that their time for waking up had come for their full realization of who they are by way of contrasts, and in a sense they said “let the games begin”.
If you haven’t had that realization or revelation yet, don’t let that detour you. It may be one of the last ones you get as becoming a saint. For our waking up realizations and revelations (same things) are many, providing you stay awake and alert and “pressing in”.
To help you understand a little more of this “for-ordination” we draw upon the lesson of The Prodigal Son who left home, who also had a brother who stayed home to watch from his Fathers Estate.
First off the term prodigal is not a term you want to be described with.
If you remember the Prodigal son was the one who left his Father, the business, the family and the household primarily because he really did not understand what he had and he wanted to go out on his own. However, after taken on a job to obtain shelter, covering and sustenance, he found himself eating slop with the pigs. And after coming to himself, he recollected all that he had at home and scripture says ”But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
So he turned (that is what repent means, to turn and do an about face). And having done so, he saw his Father a long way off coming to him to receive him, as if to pick him up and help him back to his Fathers house. It is you that has to have this revelation applied to yourself, you can look at our Heavenly Father and see His likeness and learn to call it your own.
THE FATHERS IMAGE IN HIS CHILDREN
Every Father is most proud when they see their best parts in their children. And we say to you that it is with Him for the taking. Like we quote from Ephesians 1; having predestined us to adoption as His offspring by Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will” And “ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, for us to be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace by which He [a]made us accepted in the Beloved.
In truth both sons had the same opportunity to experience the contrast from what they had from the beginning. It was the prodigal who lived prodigiously, meaning recklessly and carelessly until he had his own epiphany (something the other son would never have). He had a revelation from Gods alternate reality that made him fully realize to be able to more fully appreciate what he had with his father from the beginning.
The son who stayed home didn’t learn a thing, but the one who did leave can now experience “life more abundantly” by viewing it with the contrast in mind. This is the lesson of the Prodigal son, his prodigious (meaning wasteful) living and his brother who only seemed to be more hardened and unappreciative of what he had in a form of self righteousness.
Now we can look at our sojourning here in creation with a different view and utilize our time here more effectively, not by prodigious (wasteful) living, but by understanding the contrast. It is to put off the things of this age, to confess away the old to profess to be true now, our new form of existence to be found back home, away from the temporary because “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit in-corruption, but the re-spirited mind of faith owns and accepts the things the Father has given them. These are the Elect.
So we learn to see ourselves with the Father in His Eternal age as decreed in Ephesians 1. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, He made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ, that in the ages to come (meaning from that day forward) He would show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us (who are) in Christ.”
Just in case you think you’ve been disqualified by something you offend God with, He has given you this return pass Free for the taking. This is the Gospel, a word that means; good news. It is a gift you cannot earn, nor can you buy it or sell it or see it with carnal eyes. “For eye has not seen nor ear heard the things that the Father has for those who love Him, but He has revealed them to us by His Spirit. Yes even the deep things of God”. Does this sound like He has withheld anything from us?
If you remember in the time of Christ, He found fault with the religious zealots of the day, but was content to be with those who did not fit in. Why? Because we each have to get there through our own variations of contrasts. And scriptures say that Christ came not for the righteous, but to seek and safe those who are lost (or stuck in the temporary). And “Has God not chosen the poor of this world as rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?
Also keep in mind that the Law was added to make sin exceedingly sinful (Romans 7.13). So hopefully you DON,T want to be counted with the prodigals grumpy brother, or worse with the religious zealots who were call “brood of vipers, sons of satan and white washed sculptures full of dead mans bones for whom the cells of Hell are reserved.
THE RELIGIOUS MIND STUCK IN THE OLD
It was The Christ who spoke of wine as a comparison of contrasts, as there are contrasts in the Testaments and Covenants, Old verses New. We see this with Fasting where Christ was asked “Why do we and the Pharisees fast [a]often, but Your disciples do not fast?” Showing us He started doing a new thing. We see this again with the parable of the sowing new clothing with old. “No one puts a piece of un-shrunk cloth on an old garment; for [a]the patch pulls away from the garment, and the tear is made worse.”
And again with wine. “Nor do they put new wine into old wine-skins, or else the wine-skins [a]break, the wine is spilled, and the wine skins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wine skins, and both are preserved.” showing us the contrasts of covenants.
Galatians lesson goes here
Each one of these were given to show the contrasts between the Old Testament Mosaic Law of “thou shalt NOT’s, verses the The New Will and Testament in force since the cross. and the attempted murder of an eternal being. And like all Will and Testaments associated with a death. Not like the old with Testament with the blood of bulls and goats. The new was established with an Eternal one whose blood dripping from the crown of thorns and out of His side and off of His fingers and toes, effectually providing a cleaning of sin to the earth below and all it’s inhabitants. The price now paid, the path now paved. So that “to as many as received Him, to them He gave power to become His children, even to those who simply believed in His name!”
In reality all one has to do, is to do what the prodigal son did. He turned and that is what repent means. And as a result you can continue researching The Will And Testament, given to you to realize who you are, different from who you were. Your change has come. This is the gospel.
And the most important first break for you to do is to separate from being religious by trying to appease an angry Lord, for that is what the old mandated with the “you shalt NOT’s” indicating that if you don’t, beware! That was the Old Covenant.
That because there was a death covenant in force, that the law was added to make sin exceedingly sinful, that they were all perpetual sinners confessing all the time and just could not get up. “Rise up and walk proud and erect because the high price was “paid in full”. The account that recons (reconciles) sin is closed, and blessed are the angels who see the Fathers face in these little ones who’ve learned to do this. We are in perpetual state of righteous by the same One who said “Let there be light”, and there was no contention or contenders. For this reason scripture Little children, let no one deceive you. Those who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. ” The religious mind cannot wrap itself around that scripture from 1 John 3.7
As always, THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AT HAND.