After walking around an insanely busy TIMES SQUARE in down town New York City, I saw the crowds differently than I would have 10 or 15 years ago. I used to look at crowds as people who were rebellious against God and needed saving ……so that God would love them. Now I see the crowds as ‘loved and accepted’ and that everything that needed to be done to make them right with God…..has been done. My eyes see through the lens of compassion instead of judgement. I see loved children who are blind and have a false understanding about who God is.
What is scary to me is that ‘the church’ needs to see people the same way, but it has to begin with understanding ‘why Jesus came’, and understanding how God sees us. Enjoy this short blog from Dr. Steve McVey and will really encourage your heart.
Did Jesus Come To Change God’s Mind About Us or Our Minds about God??
Since Adam sinned in The Garden, man has had a distorted understanding of who our Father is, thinking Him to be a harsh Judge instead of a loving Father. But sin didn’t change God. It changed man. Jesus came to set the record straight and help us get our minds right about the Father. He didn’t come to change what God the Father thinks about us, but came to change what we think about Him.
Hebrews 1:3 says, “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory. The word “radiance” is the Greek word apaugasma and literally means “out-raying” as in the way the rays of the sun shine out from its surface. The word “glory” is the Greek word doxa and means “opinion.” (For example, when we sing “The Doxology,” we are singing a word (Logos) about our opinion (doxa) of God.)
So the Bible tells us that Jesus is the out-raying of God’s opinion. Opinion about what or whom? About us and what He thinks of us! Jesus came to be the exact expression of the Father’s opinion of you. Everything we claim to know about God our Father needs to be Christological – centered in Christ Jesus and what He has revealed to us about the Father.
Don’t let anything other than Jesus Himself be your source for understanding who the Father is. “God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world” (Hebrews 1:1-2).
Jesus came to show us the Father and what He has shown us perfectly and clearly is that our Father is Love. That’s it. Nothing more. Nothing less. Every other doctrine or viewpoint we may develop must be grounded in that reality. Whether it’s His justice or His mercy, His wrath or His patience, His strong sovereignty or His still small voice . . . you name it. It all must be understood in the light of the fact that He is Love or we will inadvertently stray away from a biblical theology into the smog of a human wisdom polluted by religion.