Audio Sermon “God's Miniature”

Sep 18, 2016
“God's Miniature" No.7 by Rev. Toru Asai
John 8:44, Eph 2:1-10, Jer 17:1-2, etc.

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Eph 5:1-2)

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You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire (John 8:44).

Humans are divided into two families: one whose father is the Father in heaven, and another whose father is Satan, the ruler of this world. The members of each family live to carry out the desires of their own father. Jesus represents those who belong to the family of the Father in heaven, and his life one earth is the example of how we, who are in Christ, should live while we still remain on earth.

Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did (1 John 2:6).

However, we, too, once belonged to the family of Satan carrying out his desires.

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient (Eph 2:2).

Thus, God chose us so that we could live carrying out his will again as doers of his word.

For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (v. 10).

The "good works" that "God prepared in advance" were planned at the time of the laying of the foundations of this world, and are seen fully in the life of Christ, the pre-existent Word, through whom a new covenant was made.

This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time," declares the LORD. "I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people (Jer 31:33)."

The entrance of the word into our hearts is different from keeping the memory of the Bible verses in our brains, or having mental agreement on ideological concepts of the Bible. When the word enters into our hearts, and is written on them, it becomes the nature and personality of our beings. In fact, when Satan's word enters our hearts, it works in the same way. Jeremiah speaks of such a case:

Judah's sin is engraved with an iron tool, inscribed with a flint point, on the tablets of their hearts and on the horns of their altars. Even their children remember their altars and Asherah poles beside the spreading trees and on the high hills (17:1-2).

Idol worship is always associated by certain stories and beliefs, festivals, assemblies, feasts with special food, dancing and singing songs. When these things are accepted in the society, they are cherished, even considered sacred, and become an integral part of their lifestyle. Children learn to like them with their senses trained for that, and "remember" their altars (the same verb is used for making the Sabbath holy). Conversely, when the word of God is engraved on the tablets of our hearts, our senses of knowing God's will are trained and developed, and we can freely do the will of God as our own will.

But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves (lit, have their senses trained) to distinguish good from evil (Heb 5:14).

This became only possible under the "new covenant" through Christ, and the Holy Spirit is right here with us to help us.

But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you (John 14:26).

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