Greetings once more Friends! The Bible says plainly without reservation or hyperbole, “God is Love” (1John 4:8, 16) God has eternally existed in Love, for God is Love. The divine Love, whether read as a noun and verb, describes God’s name, and how, what, and why, His activity is all about. Since God has eternally existed without beginning or end, then Love has likewise always existed without beginning nor end, He (Love) has always existed when nothing else was.
The flip side of God’s nature is freedom – that is where human free-will originate. You cannot have Love without freedom, nor freedom without Love.
All the physical and material universe originate from God’s Love through His creative powers. So, Love has eternally existed for “God is Love.” On the other hand, rebellion from which evil, fear, and sin gives birth is the opposite of Love. Rebellion has a beginning, because it can never stem from God’s eternal Love. Anything that did not come from God is temporal in nature and cannot and will not be sustained for any length of time, whereas, God in His Love is timeless and eternal.
The Bible tells us that all evil started with the archangel Lucifer’s rebellion against God. (Isa.14:12-14) So, rebellion and sin had a beginning – a starting point. Therefore, it has only one outcome – it will end in complete oblivion and demise for the simple fact it stands opposed to God’s immutable, unchanging, and eternal Love. Only Love (God) exists for eternity. (1 John 4:8, 16)
So, this is when rebellion and sin originate – with Lucifer uttering his self-centered and outlandish decision, “For you said to yourself, ‘I will ascend to heaven and set my throne above God’s stars. I will preside on the mountain of the gods far away in the north. I will climb to the highest heavens and be like the Most High.’” (Isa.14:13-14). Lucifer wanted to be God himself by unseating the Creator through an angelic rebellion. He convinced one third of the angels to follow his revolt. (Rev.12:9, 3-4).
But they were cast out from heaven and bound to this earth as their prison. (Rev.12:9) God created Lucifer an archangel and called him the “shining morning star, bringer of light.” (Isa.14:12-14; also Ezek. 28:13-17). How the created ever entertained the thought of deposing the Creator, is beyond logic and comprehension. How can anyone displace, what for eternity, has been the essence of life which fills all that is both seen and unseen. Yet, it happened, we can only make an unqualified guess about Lucifer’s choice.
Perhaps, he allowed his brightness to get the better of him, which scripture alluded to – Ezek.28:14-17. A timely lesson for us and all creation for that matter. So, we see rebellion, revolt, and evil has a beginning, On the other hand, Love does not – Love has always existed as God has always been for eternity. Lucifer became the devil, meaning adversary, after his sin of revolt against God. (Isa.14:12-14)
From the above we see can surmise that spiritual gravity can be categorized into two spiritual forces which is at work in the affairs of humanity and all of creation. The two forces are the spirit energy of God’s Love from which all grace and good originate; and the evil energy of rebellion and sin, which opposes and contradicts God’s Love, from which all evil and wickedness arise. We have established God is eternal and fills all eternity with His divine Love.
So, anything that exists in contradiction to and in violation of His infallible Love has to have a beginning, and is temporal and fleeting by nature. Nothing will challenge the all-embracing God who fills all of space and time, and the entire creation in matters seen and unseen, with and in His Love.
These two forces are constantly and immutably spiritual, not physical. They are just as real as the unseen physical law of gravity. Although physical gravity is unseen, we believe it to be true because we can prove its reality, physically speaking. The two spiritual forces are real as physical gravitational force, however, the evidence and corroboration of its existence in reality does not work in exactly the same way as physical gravity.
These two spiritual gravitational forces (Love/sin, holy/evil, grace/fear, other-centered/self-centered) affect humans indirectly through the laws that govern its function. That’s to say, as true as the two spiritual gravitational forces are, it is vital to realize that its function in human life is determined through the choice people make as it concerns the laws which govern its function. In other words, God’s Love and its counterpart fear, are the gravitational forces in the spiritual environment (eternity).
Just as we compensate everything we do to counterweigh and neutralize the negative effect of the gravitational energy of our physical environment, like creating a chair to break our fall, so must we do likewise with the spiritual gravity that is regulated by human choice of the two opposing laws which govern spiritual gravity. Here’s the difference, we don’t learn to live within the two spiritual gravitational energies, as we do within our physical gravity, because the spiritual gravitational outcome and effect does not immediately penalize us as physical gravity does.
Hence, the Bible tells us this, “When evil people are not punished right away, (like physical gravity) it makes others want to do evil, too” (Eccl.8:11, italics mine). The spiritual gravity works in a roundabout manner, but is just as real as physical gravity.
What are the laws that govern the function of the two spiritual gravitational forces? The laws are, 1) the law of God’s Love; and 2) the law of rebellion, fear and sin generated by the devil, which oppose God’s divine Love . These two laws are real and affect and touch all human actions and relationships and the world around us. Anyone who breaks or keeps them will be either blessed or cursed depending upon their response to them. Through them, we live in freedom, or in we live bondage. By them we receive true life and grow and discover our true self and destiny, or we live in darkness with our false self that will end in torment and death. (Eph.4:22-24)
Paul clarified these two laws this way, “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death” (Rom.8:2, NASB). This passage identifies the two laws which govern the human spiritual gravity, under the terms, “The law of the Spirit of life.” The second is “the law of sin and death.”
What is “the law of Spirit and life?” It is the law of God’s divine Love. Paul explains for us the different shades or fruits of God’s Love in the Bible. The word ‘fruits’ simply means a person’s ‘actions.’ Paul gives us an inventory of the Love-fruits in his letter to the Corinthians. Here is a summary of God’s Love-fruits: *patience, *kindness, *contentedness, *the fruit of being modest and unboastful, *humility, *the fruit of honor, *the fruit of unselfishness, *the fruit of calmness and dignity, *the fruit of forgiveness and compassion, *the fruit of delighting in good and shunning evil, *the fruit of tolerance, *the fruit of responsibility, *the fruit of enduring hope, *the fruit of steadfast perseverance, *joy, *peace, *goodness, *faith, *gentleness, *self-control, *the fruit of zeal and spiritual fervor, *The fruit of gratitude and thankfulness, *the fruit of friendship, *the fruit of sharing and generosity, *the fruit of prayerfulness, *the fruit of hospitality, etc. (1 Cor.13; also Gal.5:22-23; Rom.12:9-21)
These Love-fruits reveal the holy Love-emotions of the Tri-Personal Being of God, and how the Father, Son, and Spirit have eternally existed in their relationship with each other from eternity. I encourage you to visit my post titled, “Our Human Response In The Triune Life – LOVE!” at: http://bulamanriver.net/9199.
Then Paul says clearly Gods’ Love is deposited in humans through the Holy Spirit, “God’s Love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us” (Rom.5:5). Paul explains we exist in Love through the fruits (acts) of Love we read in the Bible which expounds to us the various tones of expression of our Love for each other, just as God does in His Tri-Personal Being. (Read 1 Cor.13)
He explains what we are to do with His Love, “Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to Love one another. If you Love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law (spiritual gravity). For the commandments say, ‘You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not covet.’ These—and other such commandments—are summed up in this one commandment: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to others, so Love fulfills the requirements of God’s law” (Rom.13:8-10, NLB; Rom.7:12, italics mine).
So, “the law of the Spirit and life” basically means to “Love your neighbor as yourself.” To come to this blessed place, there’s a vital prerequisite, “The law of the Spirit and life” refers to the good news of the gospel and the new life of faith in Christ that we can live through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. (John 3:16; Rom.5:5) Humans cannot live this divine Love-inspired and Love-led life without Jesus who was and is responsible for the investiture of God’s Spirit (Love) in a person’s life. (John 16:7; Rom.5:5; Act.2:38) That’s to say the Holy Spirit can only be realized with the Messiah’s coming to first cleanse and reconcile humanity to God.
What is “the law of sin and death?” We turn to Paul’s writings again, “You also have died to the law (of sin and death) through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to Him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God. For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. But now we are released from the law (spiritual gravity of of sin and death), having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit (and life) and not in the old way of the written code.” (Rom.7:4-6, ESV; also Gal.2:20; italics mine).
Think of everything which opposes the fruits of God’s Love as listed above, and you will see and understand “the law of sin and death.” You can read the list of God’s Love-fruits and its opposing fear-fruits (sin) of the devil. Just as freedom is the flipside of Love, fear is the flipside of sin. Read the opposing fruits of Love and fear (sin), at: http://bulamanriver.net/9199. Scroll down the article to paragraph titled, ‘To Be or Not To Be.’
Humans are all gifted differently, so these fruits and characteristic of the Spirit does not mean He is legalistic and hard and fast. But though He is constant in His Love, He is very much dynamic and personalizing as He relates to each of us according to our gifting in Love. Our individual responsiveness and move to His Love will be what makes all the difference.
Through Christ’s mediation as humanity’s Savior and High Priest, we become the righteousness of God through the Spirit living within us who empowers us for a life of holy Love. (2 Cor.5:21) Anything that promotes a way of life against God’s Love is defined as the opposing gravitational energy of the “law of sin and death.”
So, we see the two opposing laws which govern human spiritual gravity explained from Scripture above. They are both real, tangible, and consequential, like physical gravity. The only difference between the physical and spiritual gravity is the cause and effect dynamic which plays out based upon the interplay of human choice. Whereas physical gravity is immediately punishing if we’re foolish to break it, spiritual gravity is affected in a roundabout manner through the human choice of the two terminal spiritual gravitational laws. As I said earlier, spiritual gravity will break a person as surely if we recklessly break physical gravity.
I hope that using the metaphor and analogy of physical gravity to explain the reality of God’s spiritual gravity of Love and life, we can understand His Love is true and real, just as surely as sin and death is opposed to the divine Love. Think of the force of gravity in our physical environment, as the counterpart to God’s Love as the gravitational energy in His spiritual environment (eternity).
In other words, what gravity is to our physical realm, Love is to our spiritual environment. When evildoers break the spiritual Love-gravity it hurts them, just as surely as breaking physical gravity hurts anyone who breaks it. We see this happening all over the world today before our very eyes. This spiritual gravity (Love) is real. It’s not a mere empty metaphor. Everything we do is connected and carries implied and conditional (good or evil) consequences based upon our interaction with the gravitational forces governing our lives .
All the suffering, pain, sorrows, man’s inhumanity to man, we witness in the world today is the result of man defying the spiritual gravity of God’s Love which we all inhabit. If you like, we’re all inhabitants of God’s country called Love, and governed by its laws. The Bible calls this divine sphere God’s Kingdom, of which we are all citizens since humanity was created in God’s image and made to be His offspring. (Phi.3:20; John 14:2; Gen.1:26-27)
Evil is confined to this earth and nowhere else in the universe because of man’s fall to evil at the hands of the devil. (Gen.3) The Bible show this earth will be consumed by fire and brimstone to destroy all semblance evil and usher in a new earth and heavens, where God dwells with His then immortal children upon earth. (2 Pet.3:10; Rev.21:1-5)
But more so for Love, because Love exists in all of space and time and the universe, and is the spiritual gravitational energy governing human relationships. Love is the Triune template of the Tri-Personal God in whom all of life derive and secure its existence into perpetuity
Here’s the difference, we don’t learn to live within Love’s spiritual gravity, as we do within our physical gravity, because the spiritual gravitational force (Love) does not immediately penalize us like physical gravity. The Bible tells us this, “Because the sentence against evil deeds is so long in coming, people in general think they can get by with murder” (Eccl.8:11, MSG) You see, all our acts are interrelated like God in His Triunity, is interconnected in ONE God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Jesus prayed to His and our Father about this unity, “I pray that they will all be one, just as You and I are one—as You are in Me, Father, and I am in You. And may they be in Us so that the world will believe You sent Me. I have given them the glory You gave Me, so they may be one as We are one. I am in them and You are in Me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that You sent Me and that You love them as much as You love Me” (John 17:21-23).
On the physical level, we learn very quickly that we need hand rails to prevent a fall by the force of our physical gravity, but fail to equate breaking Love’s spiritual gravity with the same presence of mind and inherent urgency. So, we’re frivolous when it comes to evil, let alone investigate its causal outcome. Thus, we suffer all its problematic consequences of living a vicious cycle in this meaningless life-bubble ignorant of God’s Love-gravity. (Eccl.1:2) Why, because man does not understand what Love truly is and its reality and effect upon us.
I sincerely hope you will see the light of God’s Love as in the day of Jesus when the people saw Him as the Light of God’s very essence of Love. (Matt.4:16) The only reality in life is God’s Triune Love, and everything else is fleeting. Evil, like a meaningless bubble, pops and disappears in God’s sphere of Love. His Love surrounds and caresses us, and all we have to do is embrace Him. (Psa.139)
Peter said this, “By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know Him (Jesus), the one who called us to Himself by means of His marvelous glory and excellence. And because of His glory and excellence, He has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share His divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.” (2 Peter 1:3–4).
Petition: Friends, as I have closed my post in the past, I customarily give our readers the opportunity to give their lives to our Maker. I thank you for investing your precious time with me in the sharing of the good news of Jesus who has enabled us to live the Triune Life* through the 3 Ascents. Jesus is alive today as our High Priest in heaven seated at His Father’s side, and ceaselessly mediating for us.
I hope that in your heart of heart you will receive Him as your personal Savior, receive God’s Spirit, and be part of living this glorious humanity made children of God forever. (1 Sam.16:7; Jer.17:10) You can privately and quietly pray the prayer below in your heart. I am asking you to pray this prayer as a human being Christ died for, regardless of your background. All are inducted into the one mankind Jesus saved, not into any religion, religious sect or denomination – but into the glorious humanity that Christ is preparing as the holy temple for God’s dwelling:
Prayer: “Almighty God, Father of all humanity, forgive me of all my sins for I receive Your Son, Jesus, as my personal Savior. In Your incalculable grace, thank you for recuing me and my loved ones, and all humanity, from the enemy’s fearful and destructive waters, and bringing us home into the life-giving waters of your Ocean of Love. Grant Your promised celestial life in Your Son through Your Holy Spirit, and open my eyes to the wondrous gifts you have conferred upon us all so we may serve one another in your Love. May Your Love guide and protect me and my Loved ones always, and bring us all into Your beloved and divine Kingdom. I praise and thank You, Amen.”
Welcome to the celestial life of Love in God’s holy, eternal Family. (1 Tim.6:19) Then keep in touch with God’s Word for you by reading and studying your Bible, and visiting this blog and website and look at various subjects that may be relevant for your situation – go to: http://bulamanriver.net. You can email me with your questions at – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blessing: Until we meet again in my next post, may the blessings of the God who ceaselessly expresses Himself in His dependable Triune Love, be with you and your loved ones always. May the Spirit enliven your spirit and make all things concerning you possible as you live the “Triune Life”*. In closing, pray for God’s intervention with regard to the pandemic that is sweeping this world. Finally, find strength in the Lord’s Joy.
Farewell for now!
Kiang, (Your Servant and Friend in Christ)
*Triune Life: “Triune Life” speaks of the process of theosis or deification of humanity. What is theosis or deification? “It refers to apotheosis, meaning “making divine.” Theosis or deification is a transformative process whose aim is likeness to or union with God (as taught by the Eastern Orthodox Church and Eastern Catholic Church).” (Wikipedia.org) The belief in the process of ‘deification’ is understood in accordance with Jesus’ teaching, when He said, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods” ’? If He called them ‘gods,’ to whom the Word of God came—and Scripture cannot be set aside (cannot be broken)” (John 10:34-35; Psa.82:6). (You can read about the Triune Life at: http://bulamanriver.net/9199, and other posts)
I have written about this subject of ‘deification’ in my blogs under the theme ‘substitution’ and ‘attribution’ (see, http://bulamanriver.net/564), where I showed how Jesus came as God incarnate (Immanuel) to assume our sinful humanity in order to save mankind from sin and death for the express purpose of human deification. (Matt.1:23; Rom.3:10-12, 18, 23; John 3:16; 1 Cor.15:50-55; Rom.8:29) Further, we read the following, “As a process of transformation, theosis is brought about by the effects of catharsis (purification of mind and body) and theoria (‘illumination’ with the ‘vision’ of God). According to Eastern Christian teaching, theosis is very much the purpose of human life. It is considered achievable only through a synergy (or cooperation) between human activity and God’s uncreated energies.” (Wikipedia.org)
So, the “Triune Life” reveals the intersection of human life and activity and the uncreated divine energy flowing from the Tri-Personal Being of God of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is a way of life which explains that process of theosis whereby humans are transformed in body, mind, and spirit by the Love of God. God’s uncreated energy is His Love. So, the foundational tenet of the “Triune Life” is based upon the Love of God, for “God is Love” (1 John 4:8, 16). Thereby, it can also be called aptly, the “Triune Love.”
I had coined the term “Triune Love” and “Triune Life,” to refer to a person who lives the three-dimensional life within the Tri-Personal Godhead of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Matt.28:19) This is opposed to the one-dimensional human way of life influenced by the devil. We see God’s Tri-Personal Love move in an inward, outward, and upward trajectory, in this process of theosis which I have called the ‘three ascents.’ The three ascents are three steps which dovetails into one another showing how all three Persons of the Godhead are in the relationship of Love with humanity – where God reveals the fullness of Himself to humanity, both individually and collectively. (2 Cor.13:14; 1 Pet.1:1-2) That’s to say, the act of one is the act of all three, and the act of three is the act of one, making them unified with in Love. (Mar.12:29; Deut.6:4)
Every aspect of human living follows this three-step format revealing the three-dimensional aspect of how the Tri-Personal Being of God in the Father, Son, and Spirit, directly and collectively involved in the life of human believers, individually and collectively to bring humanity to salvation. These three steps move in an ascending order, so I will call them ‘ascents.’ Each ‘ascent’ dovetails into the next and finally reveals the ‘manifestation’ of the topic, which we will call the fourth step, in this case, Love!
Hence, all my articles are framed within this three-step format, or ascents. The subject of the article dovetails into each ascent and spontaneously lead to the manifestation of the divine Love and reveals how humanity is enlightened by God, and cleansed in mind, body, and spirit. The ascents reveal three doors one must enter to attain the manifestation of God’s Love relationship with humanity. The ascents are not to be misconstrued as some ‘secret knowledge’ or mystical activity. Rather, each ascent represents the relationship of Love a human enjoys with the Triune God in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, throughout a person’s life.
In fact, the ascents are actually three Love relationships the believer encounters with the Tri-Personal God. This three-way relationship is what I have called by the term, “Triune Life” or “Triune Love.” These ascents represent the movement of God’s Love in an inward, outward, and upward, trajectory to bring God’s enlightenment in a person. The fourth step reveals how the article is made to manifest in the life of the person, both individually and then collectively in humanity.
Man’s union with the Triune God, or “Triune Living/Loving,” is made possible by Jesus, who Himself, is one in substance and reality with the Triune Godhead. (John 1:1-2) He took our humanity into the very Being of the Triune Godhead by cleansing it of all sin and rebellion. To live the “Triune Love (Life)” is the miraculous expression of the Spirit (Love) in humans. (Rom.5:5) The miraculous life is the promise of the New Covenant, “I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you shall keep My ordinances, and do them” (Ezek.36:27).
The Bible states, “He (God) does great things that we cannot understand and miracles that we cannot count” (Job 5:9; 37:5). If God acts in ways that cannot be fathomed and is beyond human comprehension, then the miraculous life where humans are privileged recipients, cannot be deciphered by the human mind to its grandest manifestation. But we understand its meaning through divine revelation in that God reveals Himself as Love, and His miraculous activities are enveloped in His Love. (Jer.29:11)
The three-dimensional Triune Life/Love is opposed to living the one-dimensional solitary life of the fallen humanity inherited from Satan through Adam’s rebellion. For additional information about the Triune Life: http://bulamanriver.net/?p=8036. Also at: http://bulamanriver.net/9092.
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