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Friday, October 31, 2008

Friday Freelance: GOD IN 4-D

In Michigan, few people define direction north-south-east-west. Everything is right-left. 2-dimensional.

Growing up in Denver, life was 3-D. West-east-sideways. Toward the mountains, away from the mountains, or along the mountains.

To go into the mountains is to feel one has entered a new sphere of the universe. Direction is no longer just length-width-height, but now also depth. The earth somehow transcends the ordinary and becomes 4-D.

I recently read a novel which begins with the words, "Real life does not look like a television screen, or the pictures printed on baseball cards." The baseball star a woman has seen from afar steps into her life and she gets to know him. He becomes 3-D. And then she sees him from the inside. She discovers him in 4-D. She falls in love. And life becomes exquisitely painful.

Many people see God in one dimension. God is not a person who speaks to man, but a force which permeates the universe. A power with which man must contend. Maybe even a higher being. They say "He does not see nor understand" mankind (Psalm 94:7). He is the Hebrew El, a name applied to any god, even false gods of demonic powers.

Countless others acknowledge God as a real Person, the Supreme Creator who loves and blesses people, of whom "even the demons believe, and tremble" (James 2:19). For them He is 2-D. Elohim.

There are those of us privileged to know God, in 3-D. We understand God became flesh in the person of Jesus. Divinity again enters humanity when we invite His Holy Spirit to dwell within us. We are transformed into a "new creation" (2 Corinthians 5:17). And then we are invited to enter His tabernacle. Some go only as far as the outer court; some enter the Holy place; and some pursue God all the way into the Holy of Holies, where His presence dwells. Here He is YHWH—I AM.

For some, 3-D is not enough. They linger in the Holy of Holies, unwilling to depart. They are those who may receive a glimpse into the ark itself. God presses down against them, and they are enveloped in Him. They know God in 4-D, from the inside. They see what He sees, feel what He feels. He is known as Yah.

The joy is indescribable. The agony unbearable. The experience absolutely addicting.

Or so I've heard.

For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ ... that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:14,17-19 NKJV)

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1 comment:

  1. How you have blessed me, Anne, by contemplating His Word and explaining your thoughts, breathed by the Spirit, with such vivid images and clear language. I've never seen the majesty of those mountains you write of, but I feel them in your words.

    A pressing. Yes indeed. So I've heard too...though I feel the hints of it. I'm glad I know God in 3D; I'm glad He is all the names you know for Him, and many more besides which will probably be revealed to us in glory.

    God bless you today and thank you for being part of my morning devotions every day.


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