Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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The emails on "evilution" reminded me of something I heard on a CD the other day. You were explaining to us how that God, before we were born, while we were in the womb, was designing our fingers and our toes, our arms and legs, the color of our eyes, that God chose how we would be. And you read a Scripture from Psalms. I started looking up the word "womb" in the concordance, trying to find that Scripture, and I found this wonderful verse from Isaiah 44:24 instead:
"Thus saith the Lord, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the Lord that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself: That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish."
Wow, that sure was good to read... Who is the Lord? and Who can stand in his holy Place!? 8-) Nobody can stand in His place, and He doesn't need any help... He is the only one, and men are left out. It doesn't matter what men say or do, they can never change who God is. 8-) And that is wonderful!!!!
Yes, it is wonderful that we cannot re-create God, though God knows how hard men have tried to do that, and are still trying. It is a very great relief just to surrender to the God that really is.
The section from Psalms that you were looking for is this (139:13-16): "Thou hast possessed my reins; thou hast covered me [with skin] in my mother's womb. I will praise thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are thy works, and that my soul knoweth quite well. My substance was not hid from thee when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect, and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them."
Yes! Thanks! That is the one I was looking for. One other thing you said on that CD, you compared how God formed us in the womb, and how wonderful that was, to how everyone in the body of Christ is formed for his or her purpose as well. When you take the two and put them together, you see God doesn't make any mistakes and He knows exactly what He is doing when he baptizes someone into the body and brings us together as one. We all have a purpose. 8-)
That is right, Amy. Jesus has made no mistakes with anyone He has baptized with the Spirit into his body. He has prepared each one, as well as each one's place, as it pleased the Father – and just as carefully as he formed each part of us physically in our mother's womb.
We can only find our place in the body by walking in the Spirit. Outside of that, we can be hired by Christian organizations, given exalted titles and heavy responsibilities, trained and disciplined by men in their religious doctrines and rites, but we will never please God and never edify the people of God. Outside of the Spirit, nothing pleases God and nothing honors Him. That is the very reason He will destroy this heaven and earth and begin again with "new heavens and a new earth" populated with the people who walked in the Spirit while they lived here on this earth.