Four – Understanding Our Purpose, p. 126

creation of man

May 7

Jesus came to be what the original Adam was supposed to be: the very “image” of God. This is the message He constantly modeled for His disciples.

The disciples got the message… eventually.

John was inspired to speak of Jesus and of how Jesus revealed the One True God. “No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, {or the only begotten [Son]} who is at the Father’s side, has made Him known.” (John 1:18) Before Jesus came, much of what was known about God was based upon limited information and conjecture. Humanity had a muddled notion of God, tainted by centuries of misunderstanding, misrepresentation, and moral failure.

who is God

But when Jesus appeared on the scene, He brought us into direct encounter with God – as He really is. Jesus demonstrated the living God in all His goodness and glory. He brought us all face to Face with God’s impassioned commitment to His crowning achievement of creation (human beings!).

John, the apostle, again makes this plain to us: “We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding (literally: a new way of thinking), so that we may know Him who is true…” (1 John 5:20) Jesus gave us understanding by revealing God through the way He lived His life, and by opening our eyes to see God clearly. Understanding came because God was right there “with us” and we could touch Him, hold Him, hear Him, and see Him right in front of our eyes. This is precisely what John was so excited to report:

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This concept brings a whole new outlook to living the Christian life. Seeing God, as He really is, directly connects us to God’s original plan for humanity. One of our most important purposes is to be a living representation of The One True God – just as our Master demonstrated for us.

As Jesus was, so we are to be.

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