Tuesday, August 31, 2010

"The Line of Demarcation"

The dividing line between the Divine and the human is often violated in our generation by not only unbelievers, but by some who profess faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Both directly and tacitly, the pagan notion is promoted that began in Eden when Satan told Eve that partaking of the tree of knowledge of good and evil would result in deification: "Ye shall become as gods" (Genesis 3:5). We must keep a sharp eye and ear for such spiritual error, and when detected, we should not walk away from it. We should run.

God has drawn us into vital union with the Holy Spirit. "Because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying Abba Father" (Galatians 4:6). The bond is dynamic, heart-filling, powerfully enabling, and blessedly graced with the affection and devotion of God's love. Metaphorically, the Bible likens the union of "one flesh" human marriage with the "one spirit" union of our hearts with our Lord's heart (I Corinthians 6:17). However, just as united husbands and wives do not become each other, neither do we become Christ, nor does He become us. Any notion that crosses the line of demarcation between God and ourselves conflicts with this clear Biblical analogy, and with the truth of Scripture definitively stated in the writing of Isaiah: "Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and His redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside Me there is no God" (Isaiah 44:6).

Again, we must flee any notion to the contrary. Satan originated the delusion that created beings can somehow share the substance and glory of the Creator. "I will be like the Most High" (Isaiah 14:14). Nothing could be further from the truth, and our enemy is always the instigator of such deception. "Thou art God alone" declared the Psalmist to the "one God" revealed in Scripture as existing in three distinct, but perfectly united persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Psalm 86:10; I Timothy 2:5). Our Lord does not, will not, and cannot share this substantive essence of His being with anyone, including those birthed into living relationship with Him through the Lord Jesus. Christ is Christ, we are ourselves, and "the hope of glory, which is Christ in you" does not violate the eternal line of demarcation between the Divine and the human (Colossians 1:27).

"I am the LORD: that is My name: and My glory will I not give to another."
(Isaiah 42:8)

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