The purpose of this article is to make you think about possibilities. You must not take everything I say within literally; just think about it.
God in heaven set into motion a plan to bring forth children for himself; children as much like him as your son or daughter is like you. Imagine that. This is almost unimaginable, but nonetheless true. There is a fundamental difficulty in doing this that has to do with God’s very own nature. The aspect of God’s nature that I am talking about is that the Lord God is a being of Faith. Humans too were created with this foundation of Faith in the core of their being, but man has violated this faith nature countless times. The Lord God cannot violate his nature.
1 Corinthians 13:13
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (NIV)
These three qualities are spiritual in nature. Anger, fear, romantic love, happiness and such are emotions of the mind, but faith, hope, and love are not of the mind at all, but rather are much deeper in our natures than that. They reside, or spring forth, from the inner heart of man, that is, from the spirit, or the soul if you like. The animal mind cannot love as [1 Corinthians 13] describes love, but the spirit can, and God can and does. And neither do any animals know faith or hope. These three remain, it says above, and that means that they exist beyond the natural mind; they are of the heart.
Man is a being of two natures. He is a spirit being like God and the angels, and he is an animal, born of the dust of the earth. Before the fall of man his spirit nature was dominate, but after, his animal nature worked strongly against him. The spirit nature was created to be like God and designed to harmonize with the Spirit of the Lord. The animal nature is selfish and is concerned with its own safety, health, and propagation, among other things.
Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; 7 the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. (NIV)
What the Bible here is calling the “sinful nature” is what I have called the animal nature, and can also accurately be called human nature, or our natural human instincts. Paul, here in Romans, is saying that if your mind is set on what your body wants then you will die, but if, on the other hand, you set your mind on what the Spirit of God says to our spiritual nature then you will grow up into godliness. My point here is that we have two natures that are at odds with one another and the voice of the natural man, for most people, is louder than that of the inner spiritual man, but we must nonetheless listen to that whisper-soft voice of the spirit.
Imagine, if you will, that you are at a loud rock concert and people are jumping up and down screaming out in various states of intoxication, and you are there with God speaking to your inner person in his ever soft voice, now what do you think the chances are that you are going to hear what the Spirit is saying to you? Slim, I would imagine. My point here is that the voices of the world are pretty loud and the voice of God is pretty soft.
1 Kings 19:11-13
The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (NIV)
So, we find that running around in cold/hot, hungry, happy/sad and sex-starved bodies it is hard to hear the voice of God, so God helped us out. He has sent to us many prophets to tell us the way of God and confirmed their words with signs, miracles, and wonders. He has caused these words to be recorded in a very special book, the Bible. And if that wasn’t enough he came himself to tell us directly what is what.
Now, here is the part that I don’t want you to take my words too literally. Imagine if you will that God is in heaven at the end of the plan and he sent himself back into time to various key places and times to set things into motion; like a time traveler from the future.
Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. (NIV)
Then the Lord said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. 22 When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.” (NIV)
The Lord appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. (NIV)
And the most interesting visitation of God to the earth was through the One he called his Son but was, in fact, himself in the flesh, that is, Jesus Christ the Lord Almighty.
He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by him [Jesus] all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him [Jesus] and for him [Jesus]. 17 He[Jesus] is before all things, and in him [Jesus] all things hold together. (NIV)
And look at this passage…
As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” (NIV)
Both the Father and the Son in the same place at the same time. Wow!
Now, when I suggest that God is a time traveler it is with a little tongue in cheek. God is not an ordinary man that we have seen in the movies that travel back in time. I don’t even know if time has any real hold on God. What I mean is that I don’t know if God has already seen the end of the universe, or if he just knows what will happen to an exact degree. It seems to me that the beginning and the end of the Plan of God is really the same thing to God. I think that he is at the beginning right now, and he is at the end right now, and I really don’t know how that can be, but it seems to be true nonetheless.
After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. 3 Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.
4 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”
5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” (NIV)
Both this passage and the one from [Matthew 3:16-17] suggest to my mind that God the Father is in heaven talking to an incarnation of himself. It is very much like Jesus is God the Father who came from heaven like a time traveler from the future, to set into motion events and bring to completion other events, that would transform humanity, and fulfill God’s plan for mankind.
Imagine my friend if you yourself went back into time, to a time that you previously existed, and so there would be two of you. So, if God, who always existed, went back into time, then there would be two of him too. Just an interesting thought. Don’t make too much of it.