A SHORT REVIEW OF REDEMPTION by Carolyn Schmekel
“In the beginning…” God created people. He created them with a body, with a soul and with His Spirit He gave them the “ruah” (the breath of God). God, being Spirit, made mankind able to relate to and understand things using the spirit that was operating in man. He created people to be in fellowship with Him and with one another, by the Spirit.
Man chose another path. He/She wanted to be the center, and not Creator. The temptation was to acquire the same knowledge as God (the tree of good and evil). The separation from God came because the Spirit- to-spirit communication was broken by giving in to temptation. Things were turned “upside down”. Instead of “Spirit, soul and body” (spirit controlling/guiding the emotional and the physical) we (humankind) became controlled by our physical needs first, and our emotional needs and thirst for knowledge. Our spirit became dormant or “dead”.
God understood that He had to speak to humanity in another way, so He used miracles to show who He was and gave laws to show people how to live. Ultimately, He did what had to be done in order to give people a path back to full fellowship with Him. Jesus came to earth to show us how to fulfill the destiny Creator had in mind for us from the beginning. Our destiny was/is to love God and enjoy Him forever! This cannot be done until the “ruah” is returned to us. This enables us to understand God’s ways and the power to overcome those things that keep us separate from God.
When Jesus died he broke the power of man-centered thinking that trapped us into living “by the flesh” (mind, body, emotion) and provided restoration of the spiritual connection to God.
By entering into that connection to Creator by way of accepting Jesus and his path back to God we again are restored to life in the Spirit. We can “feel” the connection; we can sense a fresh awareness that we never had before. Before this acceptance happens, we are controlled by physical needs, our thoughts and emotions. We use our good minds to learn and respond to other people by our emotions. We do things to keep our bodies alive. None of this changes after Jesus comes into our lives. It simply gets turned back to the proper order. Spirit control first; as in…” speak to me Lord, what would you have me do or understand?” (Jesus only did what the Father instructed him to do).
A pathway to hearing God has been re-opened. However, that pathway can lie dormant if the habits of our lifetime (putting mental first, or physical first, or emotions first) are not changed. We restore the pathway to God by changing the order of how things are done. This requires a mind-set to work with God in partnership to build the pathway. It is God’s will for us, but He doesn’t interfere with our will. When we are yielded to changing the path we take, we don’t always realize that it may require us to let go of a lot of our old ways of thinking and doing. Everyone is different. No two people have the same way of approaching this new walk. Some take days to discover new truths, some take years. God isn’t a God of time. He dwells in eternity and sees our lives as a whole. He isn’t impatient with us if we take a while to understand Him and His ways. He just wants us to be willing and to trust that He is God and He is passionate about His creation. “Thy will be done on earth as is it in heaven” is Jesus’ prayer when he saw the need for the power of God to invade earthly space, so the world will once again become aligned with God’s created purpose…that mankind will use the amazing resources God put into his hands to bless rather than curse.