One of life’s most daring challenges today is insight and revelation knowledge. We cannot afford to live in a superficial, tossed-about one dimensional life. Our existence on earth is so rich in beauty, rich in experiences, trials and potential, but also full of misery, destruction and disease. Where is God in all this?
When life overwhelms me and I think of all the woe of the world, my thoughts echo Romans 8 and it lifts me out every time. It is the power of the rhetorical questions that encourages and energizes.
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? (Romans 8:31-34)
These words settle any fearful soul. In these words, I find the response to anything that that comes against me and my God-given peace. God is on my side. The inexhaustible source of miraculous financial provision, super natural peace, unexplainable joy and incessant energizing hope is available to me through Jesus and the cross to be my life source forever. In further verses the full-blown consequences of attack on every front to cause my downfall are described and submitted to the love of God that triumphs over all.
Read with me so that we can memorize and fully know the prevailing power of love.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? (Romans 8:34)
It is followed by the shout of triumph.
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)
In these words, our life is submitted to the love of Jesus. It is a life of victorious overcoming. It is a life of excellence; life in another dimension. It is living under Holy Spirit control in the invisible Kingdom of God on earth.
A big part of our life on earth is determined by the political system under which we live. A born-again child of God lives in the invisible Kingdom of God that Jesus established on earth. He explains it to Pilate:
Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.” (John 18:36)
We know from Romans 8 that nothing can separate us from the love of God, including principalities and powers. It is a formidable thought and a powerful lifestyle to live under another authority while experiencing a worldly government as real. The politics of heaven (the unseen realm) is our source of peace and joy that determines our lifestyle.
Let us rejoice in the words of Hebrews 12. It is a picture of the Kingdom in which we live.
But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel. (Hebrews 12:22-24)
As in Revelation the reference to the heavenly Jerusalem is the church of Jesus on earth. It is the wonder of the events on the day of Pentecost when the church was born. It is not denominations; it is not organized religion. It is the festive gathering of the firstborn whose names are in the Book of Life. The heavenly church is in the unseen realm, that is heaven, where God is. It is not far away. It is close by.
In this magnificence Jesus is the Mediator and God the Judge. It cannot get any better. The government functions in perfect grace and love. Politics is conducted through miracles.
The politics of heaven is discussed in the next verse.
See that you do not refuse Him who speaks.For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven. (Hebrews 12:25)
“See”, the first word of this verse means much more than “look”. It implies the reader to sit up and give attention. It means: listen up, this is important for you to know. What should we give attention to? The voice of God is loud and clear to those who incline their ears.
Remember the Latin: semper loquit. It means: He speaks always.
Therefore My people shall know My name;
Therefore they shall know in that day
That I am He who speaks:
‘Behold, it is I.’ ” (Isaiah 52:6)
CS Lewis says: Pain is God’s megaphone. It is truly a tragedy when pain and life’s trials destroy our inner man to crumble into bitterness and anger. It is a Kingdom principle in our invisible realm to be restored in the beauty of holiness and live in the victory of the healing touch of Jesus. The beauty of holiness is the miraculous process of healing that brings our lives into the full potential of God’s plan. It is life in the mystery.
And He said, “To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God… (Luke 8:10)
It is an important lesson to give attention to God’s voice in all circumstances. This is how Moses conducted his listening process.
Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.” (Exodus 3:3)
This should be our attitude in affliction. To turn aside means to take the time, give attention and focus our thoughts towards the heavenlies so that the Holy Spirit in us can communicate with our mind, will and emotion.
This is our politics. We live the mystery.
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”
And they shall rebuild the old ruins,
They shall raise up the former desolations,
And they shall repair the ruined cities,
The desolations of many generations. (Isaiah 61:1-4)
Here is the full quote from CS Lewis:
God whispers to us in our pleasures,
speaks to us in our conscience,
but shouts in our pains:
it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.