Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
The Author of Life
by Erik Momsen
There are many things that hold the minds and hearts of men. It is easy to be held by physical appetites and desires. These are food, objects of beauty, sexuality and even creativity. These are not wrong in themselves but only partial and not to be raised to any real level of prominence in any human life. Yet they are bowed to daily by millions.
Traps for the mind also abound. Our attention can be focused on ideas that will hardly outlive us, let alone carry us into eternity. As long as the enemy can keep human minds busy with all kinds of theories and man made arguments, he is happy.
The natural mind of man is full of religion. We easily write all kinds of religious laws and practices that do very little to help us see the face of God. Most people have an inherent sense of right and wrong and we make this the focus of our effort instead of our friendship with God.
In the end there is a spiritual battle for the hearts of men. The evil one will do anything to keep our heart from finding their true home in God. Even when we have devoted out hearts to Jesus he will try to draw it away with diversions of many kinds.
While we do not focus intently on the face of God, all kinds of spirits confuse and interfere with our lives and souls leaving us in physical and spiritual danger.
WHERE'S THE MEANING?
In trying to understand or get to grips with an issue it is good to speak to an expert. Those who love golf pay top dollar to play a hole with the greats. I would love to spend an hour with some rock stars to understand their music. But who do we speak to to understand life? Monty Python tried their hand at this but ...
The New Testament calls Jesus the author of life. They recognize that He was the active agent in creation (John 1:3,4).
Hebrews 2:10 - "In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering."
Hebrews 12:2 - "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."
Peter's second recorded sermon takes place after a crippled man had been healed (Acts 3:1ff). Here Peter describes Jesus as the "author or life".
"What I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ ..., walk." Acts 3:6
- What he had was so superior to money.
- Peter had the confidence to give what he had, i.e. Jesus & healing.
Peter said to them (vs 12,16): "Men of Israel, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? ... 16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus' name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see."
- Peter teaches that the miraculous is not dependent on their power and godliness, but upon faith in the risen Christ. Faith in His willingness and ability to heal. They had seen Jesus do it. Did what He did while He was with them and now did it by themselves.
Acts 3:13,15 "The God of Abraham ... has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. ... You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this."
- Peter is outlining the specific sin of Jerusalem but also the sin of humanity in rejecting God from the time of Eden. The sin of Jerusalem was the sin of the world.
Acts 3:17-19 "Now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders. But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Christ would suffer. Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord."
- Repent - met-an-o-eh'-o = to think differently or afterwards, that is, reconsider (morally to feel compunction).
- Turn - ep-ee-stref'-o = to revert (literally, figuratively or morally): - come (go) again, convert, (re-) turn (about, again).
- Refreshing - an-aps'-ook-sis = a recovery of breath, that is, (figuratively) revival.
Warning (v23) - "Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from among his people."
Jesus the meaning, author and source of life is calling you to repent, turn, be refreshed and carry on with what He started. There is no greater meaning than being involved with the healing, (body, mind and soul) of humanity.
Jesus is the author, the source and the meaning of life. He is calling us to co-author the 'new creation' with Him.
Date Added: 2011-01-04
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