When certain people accosted Jesus for healing the sick on the Sabbath day, he answered and said that he was only copying his father (John 5:16-17), saying that since his father is working, he has to do likewise. Because as his father is doing the work in him, and through him, the people can’t stop seeing miracles even on the Sabbath day.
After the acts of creation, God rested on the seventh day (Genesis 1), but that “divine holiday” was cut short when everything became empty and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep, again (though now primarily in a spiritual sense, where before it was in a physical sense), consequent upon the sin of Adam and Eve (Genesis 3).
I want to show you that the work of God which started with Christ Jesus’ advent is parallel to what we had in Genesis chapter one.
First, God said let there be light.
When John started his account of the life of Jesus, he (John) introduces him as the light (John 1:9).
In Christ, God was saying,“let there be light,” after many centuries of darkness in the world and sin infestation. And Jesus often refers to himself as the light of the world (John 8:12, 9:5, John 12:46), and he is the beginning of God’s creation, which means when God wants to create, he (Jesus) has to be involved first, to initiate things, and establish their order (Revelation 3:14, Colossians 1:15-18).
While Jesus was on earth he proclaimed that the kingdom of God is at hand (Matthew 4:17), the new kingdom is the creation of God without rebellion or sin, with the perfection that fully represent God, with no trace of Satan and it works, and the only thing seen is the work of God. That was what the earth was full of, prior to the introduction of the principle of sin.
So the coming of Jesus as the light set in motion the process of re-engineering the new order, set a new principle in motion.
From the creation account in Genesis 1, we also see that the light was separated from darkness.
And the coming of Jesus led to the realisation of the separation of God from Judaism, the religion that was associated with him, so that his people would correctly perceive him only through his Son, Jesus (Mark 9:1-10).
The Pharisees who stands for the Judaist basis of relating with God, are constantly being painted in black by Jesus, and the order they represented was roundly condemned by Him.
The light of relationship with God that Jesus was introducing was very different from the darkness that the Pharisees represent. Actually in one of the run-ins he (Jesus) had with them when they criticised Jesus for opening the eyes of the one who was blind from birth (John 9:1-41), He condemned the Pharisee for being in spiritual darkness, and that they would remain blind if they did not realise their need of him.
He concludes about them in another place that they were blind guides(they stood for darkness and God set out to separate his people from them) (Matthew 15:14, 23:24).
To be blind is to be in darkness.
God called the light day and the darkness night, making a distinction.
And that was partly what Jesus came to do- to make a distinction. When God send Christ to the world, you either are for him or you are against him, and being against him means you love darkness and you are darkness (John 3:14-21).
The next creation act was also an act of separation, between the water above and the water below. Actually the first sets of divine activity is about making distinction,between light and dark, between the waters above and the waters below and between the earth and the waters.
That is why the first call for Christians is for us to be separated to him, with the scriptures asking,“what fellowship does light have with darkness (2Corinthians 6:14)?;” because if we cannot understand the purpose of our distinction, our destiny would get messed up. We are lights (John 12:36, Matthew 5:14) because of our association with Jesus, the Light.
When that was not possible,he advised that the Moabite women lead the children of Israel to commit fornication, to offer sacrifice to idols, mixing them up with the people of the godless nation, both spiritually and physically (Numbers 25:1-9, 31:15-16).
With that,Israel experienced the judgement of God,through their own indiscretion, a lack of appreciation of their own distinction.
The first order of the act of God is to make a distinction between His people and others. Paul said, you know we are of God and the whole world lies under the power of the wicked one (1John 5:19). From among the whole world which lies under the power of Satan, God is setting apart those who are his, impacting them with his grace and enabling them with his power.
After separation, then we have production- trees.
God expects us to produce fruit, there is the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:16-26), and there is the fruit of productive work in the kingdom, in an impactful living (John 15:1-8). There is a problem when you as a tree are not bringing forth the necessary fruit; you are not expressing the work of God in you (Philippians 2:13).
The book of Hebrews (6:7-8) has an analogy about the danger of not bringing froth the appropriate fruit in its season. It said that the field, which constantly receives rain from heaven but does not produced the required fruit and brings forth briers and thorns is in danger of being cursed.
There is little point having Christ when we don’t express him.
That is the work God is doing in our days. He causes a distinction between his children and the children of the devil, and causing us to produce fruits that accompany salvation (Hebrews 6:9).
Another work God is doing is the establishment of divine rule in full measure.
From Genesis 1, we see that there will be two rules: the rule by night of the moon and by day for the sun.
The sun and the moon are symbolic of the husband and wife (Genesis 37:9-10), Jesus Christ is the Sun (source of light) of righteousness (Malachi 4:2) while the church is the moon reflecting the Sun’s light. The church reflects Jesus’ light in a darkened world, establishing the true of light, while we wait for what is severally called the “Day” of the Lord (2Peter 1:19, Acts 2:20), in the bible, the manifestation of the Morningstar (Revelation 22:16).
At night the sun is not fully seen, so also now Jesus is not fully seen except in a measure as he is expressed through the church which is his bride.
The work God is doing in our days is to prepare the bride (church) for the full manifestation of the groom (Christ) (Ephesians 5:23-32). The work God is doing is to prepare the church the bride by washing her with the water by the word so that there will be no spot or wrinkle on her.
Apart from the productivity of the tree, there is the productivity of the waters, in which we have the fishes and other sea creatures.
From the words of Jesus we see that people coming into the kingdom are referred to“fishes.”
When Jesus was calling the Peter and co, he promised to make them fishers of men (Matthew 4:19, Luke 5:10), meaning the men that would come into the kingdom through them are the fishes being caught from the waters of the world into the kingdom of God, they are spiritual catch. That is what God is doing the earth now, drawing people into the kingdom like never before.
There are also the birds flying across the expanse of the sky, being creatures/acts of God as recorded in the book of Genesis chapter one.
For what God is doing in our days, this stands for the increased activity of the angelic host in the midst of the increased spiritual activity of the harvest of souls. Angels are sometimes described as winged beings in the bible (1Kings 6:24, Isaiah 6:2, Ezekiel 10:8).
One of the symbolic expression of the Holy Spirit is as a dove (Matthew 3:16), which has wings. Another common similarity in description of the Holy Spirit and angels is as wind (John 3:5-8, Hebrews 1:7 [spirit in greek (pneuma) = wind, breeze]).
So in a way the increasing activity of the Holy Spirit will mean increasing activity of the angels.
One work of the God in the last days is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (Joel 2:28-29). And while in expression on Pentecost day, he (Holy Spirit) came both as wind and fire (Acts 2:1-4).
Inside that wind we have the movement of birds.
A description of “birds of the air” in the bible is in the parable Jesus gave (Matthew 13:3-4, 18-19), of the sower. There he mentioned that the one who receives the word by the way side would have the birds of the air, which stands for the devil to come to pick up that word. The devil was formerly an angel, which means that in a general sense, the birds of the air represent angelic host, when it comes to the work of God.
Then we have the creation of the beasts of the ground, being another work of God at creation that is being replicated in a spiritual form as the act of God at this time. In a revelation to Ezekiel (1:3-10) saw some heavenly beings (which somehow tallies with the heavenly beings described in the book of revelation [Revelation 4:7]). From there we see four forms of animated beings: the lion, the eagle, the ox and the man.
It could mean the five-fold ministry with the last two: pastors and teachers taken as one; apostles (Lion), prophets (eagle), evangelists (ox), pastor-teacher (man). These represents what God is doing on the earth today, and all are derived from Christ, the ministers being “merely” representatives of Him (Ephesians 4:10-11).
The animals reveal the characteristics of the new kingdom that God is setting up, as that kingdom will only express Christ.
The lion stands for fearlessness and territorial dominance, the eagle, spiritual height and precision, the ox faithfulness and energy, the man understanding and glory. Those are the work God is doing on the earth today, working those qualities into the church, the people being prepared for the new kingdom, in the new earth and the new heaven (Revelation 21:1).
The last of the creation of God is man and that translates into the intention of God to have one new man, Jews and gentiles (Ephesians 2:15), the intention of God is for the church to exhibit full maturation and confidence of manliness (Ephesians 4:10-25, 1Samuel 4:9, 1Corinthians 16:13).
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