Proximity of God’s council created by Jesus.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”
For by him all thing were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities.
The bible reveals the truth of a spiritual realm, unseen as well as a temporal that is seen.
It also talks of that realm being at hand yet we have developed a concept of it being far away and high above us, distant.
The truth is more of a heavenly realm superimposed upon an earthly realm and very much part of what goes on.
Biblically we are told to fix our eyes on what is unseen because it is eternal whereas the seen is transient and temporary.
It is in the unseen realm that Jesus is, close at hand.
It is here He has His governance.
A government as real as one on earth.
There are thrones, dominions, rulers and authorities surrounding Him and us.
Where He reigns, Jesus’ realm is all around us.
It is a busy, structured, familiar realm of councillors.
“God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment:”
Biblically God is also called Elohim and ‘The Elohim ‘, plural referred to the divine godly body of angels, His rulers within His council.
Biblically such divine beings we read are seen in the realm by prophets such as Daniel and Ezekiel and others in the OT, by Mary, Paul and others in the NT.
They are encountered for a specific reason for a specific purpose of God.
God has multiple armies of angels allocated to different purposes.
These encounters and encounters with Jesus make us aware that we are never actually alone.
The invisible realm, whether we are aware of it or not, is present and at work.
Becoming more aware of this spiritual realm in Jesus reign and authority enables us to partner.
We are not on earth just to survive and exist we are here with a purpose to partner with Jesus in His kingdom.
In so doing we expose His kingdom, Heaven on earth.
We can only commence this journey with faith.
“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists.”
For some, rightly avoiding the occult which is not God’s kingdom, has robbed us of seeking the invisible, the spiritual which is documented throughout the bible.
We can only partner with what we have confidence in, acknowledge and understand.
The illustration shows how an encounter with Jesus and the spiritual realm breaks through the barrier that Imprisonsus in the temporal as being the only reality. The awareness brings victory and light into the world.
Five Scriptures that come to mind:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.”John 1:1-3 ESV
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all thing were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”
Colossians 1:15-17 ESV
“as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”2 Corinthians 4:18 ESV
“God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment:”Psalm 82:1 ESV
“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”Hebrews 11:6 ESV
The song is Above All. Martin W Smith