Wednesday, April 22, 2009

ARE WE ACTUALLY GODS?

ARE WE ACTUALLY GODS?

The words of the bible say so!

“I said, “You are gods, And all of you are children of the Most High.” – Psalm 82:6 NKJV

Even Jesus confirms these words.

“Jesus answered them, `Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, “You are gods”’?’” – John 10:34 NKJV

Take a moment to reflect on what this means to you to know this. WOW! What a revelation! Imagine the possibilities never realized before. The implications upon us are boundless!

If you watch Christian TV – TBN, Daystar, INSP, etc. – most of the telepreachers – Hinn, Dollar, Copeland – preach this quite often. And it is called things like Word of Faith and Prosperity/Wealth and is connected with that faith healer movement travelling around the nation you hear about where there are large tents and people come from miles around to get healed.

What does it really mean to be a god according to God’s own words? Are we now endowed with supernatural existence? Omnipotence? Omniscience? Do we have the capacity to act as a deity? Are you really considering these possibilities? If you are Tom Cruise, and you have paid your $386,000.72 and been on the good ship Lollipop, it would be easy to stand up on a couch and cast lightening bolts at talk show hosts…

Now that I have your attention, let’s “keep it real.”

When God pronounced people “gods” in Psalm 82:6, He was not referring to being His equal. He was declaring that there were kings, rulers and other leaders that He brought to power by His holy authority. And when those who were given authority by Him became unjust in their leadership, they undermined His morally divine order. Yes, God is all-knowing and knew these leaders would be this way. Yet, just like a parent who knows exactly their child’s behavior but will give just enough room for the child to learn, God advised those He gave power to, giving them the choice to serve Him or serve themselves.

My point is that God will bestow upon each one of us a level of authority, whether it is in our family, at work, in school, as mentors, as elders, or even in our own private lives. How we choose to use that authority is one of His many precious gifts. We can either live our lives and use the authority over ourselves and others for our own selfish ambition or to glorify God. The beauty of it is that God actually give us a free choice in the matter. And He knows what we will do. Therefore, when we exercise authority over ourselves or others, that is power, a “god” power if you will, and that can only come directly from the Most High.

This is how serious this is. The choices we make in our lives, even the ones we make solely for ourselves, affect every aspect of our lives, and they are of God. I am not saying we are justified to God in the choices we make. NOT AT ALL! We are only justified through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. However, one way God’s love is given to us is through this power and authority and we are accountable to Him when we use, abuse or misuse it.

So, the next time you have to take the lead in something, remember that the authority you have, no matter how you got it, was ultimately given to you by God. He knows what decisions you will make and what actions you will take already. Bearing that in mind, do you want your authority to be one where God would look upon you with a smile and say, “Well done, my child.”?

What about what Jesus said in John 10:34 you ask? Well, Jesus was doing one of the things he did best: calling the Hebrew leaders of His day on their obsession with judging others. They judged Him guilty of blasphemy because He claimed to be God’s Son. He held them to their professed adherence to scriptures. He told them if God pronounced that man could be gods, then why couldn’t he be the Son of God? All they could do was try to throw more stones and capture Him without success.

Now, what does that have to do with the price of tea in China? Again God’s authority is the point here. Jesus being God had THE VERY authority of the Most High. Yet, Jesus was amazingly humble with the power and authority He had. If anyone could’ve changed the world with the snap of His fingers, Jesus could. But He understood fully the “hows” and “whys” of His authority. Jesus knew with absolute certainty what was needed from Him while He was here on earth.

What does this mean for you and me? “For everything comes from him; everything exists by his power and is intended for his glory. To him be glory evermore. Amen.” - Romans 11:36 NLT. To God be the glory! To GOD be the glory! In all things we do, God should be the focus. In every decision we make, every action we take, we should never forsake the gift of choice from the authority of our loving Most High Father. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!

For more discernment, watch the following by Justin Peters.









Learn more at www.justinpeters.org.

1 comment:

restoring the gospel said...

Psa 82 is descriptive of judges in the OT, not prescriptive of all Christians ever. The judges were called "gods" because they were functioning like God only in the sense of being judges of Israel over civil and moral matters.

In John 10, Jesus is using this OT illustration to point out how He is the Son of God because He is functioning how the Father does, hence His miracles.

Word of Faither's always want to make much of men instead of much of Christ. Sad.