Greetings once more friends around the world! It’s amazing how the month of January just whooshed by, and we are now in the month of February. Let’s touch on another topic of importance to our lives and that of our loved ones. Let’s talk creativity.
Every day we witness the mind of humans at work to bring about much of the creative environment in which we live today, without which life would be unbearable. At no time in man’s history have we seen man’s creativity in the innumerable products and services available to man. From cell phones to space exploration; from medicine to toys; from computers to transportation, and in every field of endeavor. Of course, we must not forget the most important of all creativity without which nothing would be possible, man’s creative relationship with the Creator and his fellow humans. As long as you are human, you can believe in your own creativity, why, because God made humans to take on His image and likeness, and God is Creator.
Creativity – Domain of the Human Species Made In God’s Image (Wiki Commons)
God is Creator. WHO He IS in His nature reveals HOW He creates. God is creative because He is Love. God is Love because He is Trinitarian. (1John 4:8) He cannot be a Tri-Personal Being and not be Love, for Love is inter-personal and relational. One of the purpose of Jesus’ coming was to reveal the true God and His Triune nature of Love. The Trinitarian Being of God has been described as the grammar of Christian faith. Grammar simply tells us we are speaking a language properly so the meaning of our communication is not misunderstood. Jesus revealed a God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It differentiates the Christian understanding of God from all other beliefs.
Jesus prayed for His disciples and future believers in this way, “As you, Father, are in Me, and I am in You, may they also be in us.” (John 17:21) Prior to this He assured them, “Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you… He, the Spirit of truth come, He will guide you into all the truth.” (John 16:7, 13, ESV) It is clear the Holy Spirit (Herald – my intimate reference of Him) will be with us forever, as Jesus states, “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper to be with you forever. (John 14:6) It is clear that when Jesus lived a perfect human life, died as human atonement for sins, and was resurrected and ascended to heaven, He took our humanity and glorified mankind by bringing mankind into the very Being of the Triune God. Because of what Jesus did by joining man to the Triune God in Himself, the Holy Spirit automatically became part of our humanity, hence, He remains with man forever – if and when we believe.
If Herald is with us forever, then He is the Love, the nature, and Being of God in man. As Paul told the Romans, “God’s Love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” (Rom.5:5b) Therefore, it is logical to conclude that all of God’s creative activity in man is proclaimed, sounded, and declared by Herald the Spirit. Jesus tells us of how he will work in man, “He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you.15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.” (John 16:13-15) In other words, the Tri-Personal God act as ONE.
Dove, Symbol of the Holy Spirit (Wiki Commons)
Too many times we try to explain God as a mathematical equation, like, how can something be one and three. We say it’s a puzzle, a riddle. We will not find God in a mathematical equation. The Trinity speaks of God’s nature – in other words, the act of one Person is always the act of three, and the act of three Persons is always the act of one. That makes them ONE, not three. It is this same incomprehensible and immeasurable Love which spills over and cause them to create man in His image and likeness. (Gen1:26-28) Who creates a species (man) and gives him the freedom to even defy Him? The answer is in His unknowable Love. He lives in a dimension He has not fully reveal to man. The Triune God is unified in substance and reality in their Love for one another.
When we frame the question about God in mathematical terms, we obscure the nature in Their Tri-Personal Love God is wanting to convey to man. Be that as it may, in mathematical terms, it conveys that God’s mystery transcends human understanding. Man will never contain God in his limited human mind – He is beyond us. “To whom will you compare Me? Or who is My equal?” (Isa.40:25-26; 55:8-9) If God were solitary like other gods, we can decipher his nature easily because that has been man’s own motivation since the fall of Adam. Man is solitary and self-centered. All His Triune work are acts of His unfathomable Love, and therefore “creative” and outgoing, not solitary and destructive.
This solitary human life, Christ has taken into Himself and made it Trinitarian by joining it to God’s Loving Triune Being. (John 17:20-21) This is WHERE the believer IS NOW! He lives in the circle of God’s Triune Love and creativity. It is from this Triune center, this Trinitarian base we have in Christ, that we are made to live the “creative life” in the power of the Spirit. This is the birth place of all creativity and the Loving “creative life.”
In my next installment, I will touch on the specific actions of Herald to see how this “creative life” is undergirded in man, and made reality in the life of a human believer.
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Until we meet again in my next post, may the blessing of the God who ceaselessly expresses Himself in His dependable Triune Love, be with you today and give you strength for authentic Triune Living as a Bula man-river.*
Kiang (Your Servant in Christ)
* The “Bula man-river” is the metaphor describing the union of man with the Love of the Triune God flowing in humans, making possible the “Triune Life” – the source of the miraculous life in man. To read the many facets of life of the Bula man-river, go to my website www.bulamanriver.com where you can order a copy of my Book. Remember, when you purchase my book all the proceeds go towards the Lords’ work of dispensing the Gospel. Thank you for your support.
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