Monday, June 12, 2023

A Morning Bible Study - You Were Born to Be a Ruler!

Leonard V Johnson     About

Do you know why you were born!? Do you know the purpose of human life!?

Do you seriously believe that life came about only because “a star destroys itself thousands of light-years away and produces cosmic rays that spiral through the Milky Way Galaxy for millions of years until, QUITE BY ACCIDENT, some of them strike the Earth, and our hereditary material? Perhaps some key steps in the development of the genetic code”!? 1

Do you know why the universe was created!? And, do you know just where you stand in the universe!?

The LORD God’s living word – the Holy Bible – reveals to us that we were born for a monumental and most important purpose! Yet, sadly, so few of our peoples worldwide know or can truly grasp the magnitude of this glorious TRUTH OF GOD and the wonderful offer to all mankind.

Friends, you were born to be a ruler!

Just as sure as Prince Charles III, the Prince of Wales, was destined to be King of the United Kingdom and 14 other Commonwealth realms, you are destined, when “born again” into the universe-ruling family of God, to rule!

As presumptuous or blasphemous as this may sound, your Bible reveals to us that we were born to ultimately help rule the LORD God’s vast known universe.

To help us understand this most incredible TRUTH for all mankind, let us begin in the Book of Genesis.
1) What do the very first words of the Bible tell us about God?
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” – Genesis 1:1.

God – and the word here for “God” is Elohim, the family of God which consists at this present time of God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ – is SUPREME RULER of the universe, HEAD of the GOVERNMENT OF GOD and over the supposed infinite universe.

Our “LORD God” – YHWH Elohim is a compound term that is composed of two nouns. As in English, Hebrew nouns are divided into two categories: common nouns and proper nouns. Common nouns refer to a general group or class, but proper nouns refer to a particular person, place, or thing. According to Hebrew rules of grammar, YHWH – as a proper noun – can only be followed by a noun or a noun phrase that either qualifies YHWH or is in apposition to YHWH (i.e., a noun or a noun phrase that refers exclusively to YHWH). Therefore, when the proper noun YHWH is used with Elohim, as in LORD God, both nouns must be interpreted as referring to the Godhead. 2
2) What Scripture shows us that there are two in the Godhead at this present time?
“In the beginning was the Word [the Logos], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2) He was in the beginning with God” – John 1:1-2.

This revelation from Jesus Christ may seem redundant to some, yet this is knowledge that so few in this world truly grasp. The Word was a personal being, and He was called “the Word.” Originally written in the Greek language, the word was Logos – which translates to Spokesman, or the One who speaks. So, this Word was with God.

God is another being. So now we have two beings. Because then Apostle John says, “and the Word was God.”

One of the greatest of mysteries of which Almighty God speaks of is the TRUTH that the God family is in the process of expanding the God family and “plant[ing] the heavens” – Isaiah 45:18; 51:16. And you can become a member of that eternal, spirit-composed family!

So, John 1:1 and Genesis 1:1 both speak of the very same time in prehistory – to the beginning of the known universe. Both verses reveal to us that the two supreme beings composing the family of God CREATED ALL THINGS! And now, some 2,026 years ago this same divine being was begotten in the virgin Mary’s womb by God. Yet, in John 1:1, the Word was not yet the Son of God. He was “made” God’s Son later, through being begotten by God and being born of Mary as a human being.
3) Is the God family eternal!?
I’d like you to turn with me to Psalm 90 – as we look at these different characteristics of God the Father and Jesus Christ –

“Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever You had formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.” – Psalm 90:2.

Indeed, our meaty minds cannot register ‘everlasting to everlasting.’ Now, oftentimes in science fiction movies and television shows, you hear the phrase, “the other side of the galaxy.” Or, “the other side of the universe.” Now, man has guesstimated that the observable universe is about 28.5 gigaparsecs (which is 93 billion light-years) across, placing the very edge of the observable universe at 46.5 billion light-years away – a light-year being 5,878,625,373,186.6 miles!!

Under our puny reasoning, many say that the universe is finite (certainly the observable universe is finite). Will the LORD God expand the universe beyond its presumed boundary!? We certainly do not know! – cf. Isa. 55:8. Many astrophysicists claim that the universe is infinite. Such as Tamara Davis of the University of Queensland states, “So, I would say that stating the Universe is definitely infinite may be slightly overstating our claim since we don't really know that it is infinite beyond our observable universe, but we have no strong reason to believe it is not infinite.” 3 Scientists look deeper and deeper into the observable universe and find that the universe is actually expanding. 4

God’s living word tells us that God the Father and Jesus Christ are eternal. God has no beginning and has no end.

In Psalm, chapter 102.

Verse 12 – “But You, O LORD, shall endure forever, And the remembrance of Your name to all generations.”

Truly, through every generation of mankind – God Almighty and Jesus Christ were there! They witnessed it!

Verse 24 - “ … ‘Your years are throughout all generations.’”

To the people from Adam to the Middle Ages, to 1885, and on down to today.

“’ Of old You laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands. 26) They will perish, but You will endure; Yes, they will all grow old like a garment; Like a cloak You will change them, And they will be changed. 27) But You are the same, And Your years will have no end.’” – Psalm 102:25-27.

This earth, the galaxies, the stars, the moon, the sun – are eventually going to ‘wax old’ and ‘perish.’ But Almighty God and Jesus Christ will remain the same!

Now, what does all that have to do with your being born to rule!? Well, EVERYTHING! As many astrophysicists claim, and God’s living word actually says, the LORD God is expanding the universe! In fact, the expansion of the universe is mentioned in God’s living word, not once but many times – cf. Isa. 42:5; 44:24; 45:12; Jer. 10:12; 51:15. And, the LORD God is expanding the universe, to be “plant[ed]” and “inhabited.” And you can become a member of this glorious and eternal, spirit-composed family of God!
4) Whose image and likeness was man [the word being “`ādām,” meaning humankind] created!?
“Then God [Elohim; the family of God] said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; …” – Genesis 1:26.

According to the pattern and design of God, like produces like.

“DESIGN – throughout the whole of the universe, there’s design. From a snowflake to different mineral deposits. You look – the scientists tell you – at an atom, that you have a little nucleus, and flying around it like little satellites are electrons. But it’s the same thing you see when you look at the Earth! You see the Earth (the nucleus) and flying around it is a satellite. Well, you look at the entire solar system. You see the Sun (the nucleus) and surrounding it are these little satellites. The design is consistent throughout nature. It’s consistent because it had ONE DESIGNER! The Almighty God!” 5

I was watching last night a science program on television called “The Jupiter Enigma” in which scientists had programmed into a super-computer the early formation of the Milky Way Galaxy. And this super-computer eventually had the spiral formation of the planets under complete chaos! Yet, we know from God’s living word that “God is not the author of confusion” or disorder, or chaos – and never has been! – 1 Corinthians 14:33.

The God family created mankind like Themselves – ‘according to Our image and according to Our likeness.’ Same form and shape. Truly, God’s revealed TRUTH shows us that God’s purpose was to create mankind after the God kind!

The family of God is reproducing Themselves! All human beings from Adam – past, present, and future – have the AWESOME potential to become God’s literal-born children!

The very attributes of mankind and our character make us the LORD God’s unique creation. For the LORD God has shared some of Their own qualities with mankind and They expect us to develop the “image” of Their very mind and holy and righteous character.
5) Does the LORD God plainly show us that Their Master Plan is to increase the God family, bringing many children into it?
“For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren” – Romans 8:29.

“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. 10) For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, in bringing many sons [children] to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings” – Hebrews 2:9-10.

“’ He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son’” – Revelation 21:7.

For He is “the firstborn among many brethren.” For He is already born of GOD by a resurrection from the dead – Romans 1:4. Indeed! As we shall be!

He is our Captain who has gone on ahead, preparing the way for us! – Hebrews 2:10.

God’s living word distinctly says, “And He is the head of the body, the Church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, …” – Colossians 1:18. See also Ephesians 4:15; 5:23.
6) What must happen to flesh and blood human beings BEFORE they can inherit the kingdom of God?
True faithful Christians will be raised to eternal life, resurrected to immortality at the SEVENTH TRUMP! –

“And as we have borne the image of the man of dust [the word ”‘Ādām,” meaning a name], we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man [the Second Adam, Christ Jesus]. 50) Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood CANNOT inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. 51) Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep [die], but we shall all be changed – 52) in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye [within a split second], AT THE LAST TRUMPET. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead [the dead in Christ] will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53) For this corruptible MUST put on incorruption, and this mortal MUST put on immortality.” – 1 Corinthians 15:49-53; see also 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17.

Notice our Lord Jesus Christ’s clear answer to Nicodemus –

“Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.’ 4) Nicodemus said to Him, ‘How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?’

5) Jesus answered, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6) That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7) Do not marvel that I said to you, You must be born again.’ 8) The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit’ – John 3:3-8.

This friends is the plain teaching of the LORD our God! So, this new birth is not defined as just an emotional experience as so many are erroneously assuming. It is a literal BIRTH!

When you are “born again” – meaning, born of the Holy Spirit of God, you will be “like Him [Jesus Christ], for we shall see Him as He is.” You will not be seen by mortal eyes (unless you choose to manifest yourself), and you will be able to move like the wind.

Truly, our Lord Jesus says we must be “born again” – changed into wholly spiritual beings – born of the Spirit of God as divine children in the God family!
7) What about true Christians!? Are we being fashioned and molded by God for a specific purpose!?
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” – Ephesians 2:10.

God provides all true Christians with the WILLPOWER, the FAITH OF CHRIST, and MOTIVATION to do His good pleasure. God the Father and Jesus Christ have gone to great lengths to provide the grace – the unmerited favor of Their divine mercy – to help Their begotten children to succeed in their calling. But They expect results!

Friends – how crystal clear God’s living word becomes when we let His word interpret itself! It is terribly sad that most professing Christians simply stop at this point and miss the very crux of the Apostle Paul’s statement.

“for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure” – Philippians 2:13.

“’ Everyone who is called by My name, Whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him.’” – Isaiah 43:7.

We – true Christians – are God’s workmanship. We – today – are being created “unto good works.” □

1) Sagan, C., Cosmos. Random House, New York, © 1980, pp. 235.
2) Coulter R. F., The Holy Bible In Its Original Order A New English Translation, Jehovah Elohim in Genesis 3:22, York Publishing Co., © 2009, pg. 1360.
3) Holladay, April “Where does the universe end?” The Globe And Mail, 14 Dec. 2009. Retrieved 12 June 2023.
4) Keck, W.M. Observatory “A crisis in cosmology: New data suggests the universe expanding more rapidly than believed” Phys Org, 23 Oct. 2019. Retrieved 12 June 2023.
5 Garret, M.C., The Confusion About Death! 2019, pgs. 13-14.

Scriptural Index:

Old Testament - Genesis 1:1, 26; Psalm 90:2;102:12, 24, 25-27; Isaiah 42:5, 18; 43:7; 44:24; 45:12; 51:16; 55:8; Jeremiah 51:15.
New Testament - John 1:1-2; 3:3-8; Romans 8:29; 1 Corinthians 14:33; 15:49-53; Ephesians 2:10; 4:15; 5:23; Philippians 2:13; Colossians 1:18; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17; Hebrews 2:9-10; 1 John 3:2-3; Revelation 21:7.

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