Changed by beholding

This we know about the God of Israel: he longs to see all nations come back to the relationship we had with him before the fall. And He knows that unless He initiates action, it won’t happen naturally. He has to draw us to Himself. The nature of this relationship has to have at least the same grounds as the one we had in Eden.

But God was aiming beyond that: He will live out before our eyes the love relationship that exists within the Godhead, and provide redemption for all humanity by His death and resurrection. Then He will indwell us with His Spirit so that nothing would ever separate us again, calling us sons and daughters.

The Incarnation isn’t simply a theological concept to believe in, but a reality to be fully assumed, both on God’s part and ours. In Deuteronomy 6:4-6, Moses tells Israel: “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.”

God makes a covenant with Israel, and vicariously with all humanity. And the terms of this covenant are mutual. Without adding to the Scriptures, allow me to suggest the following declaration echoing from God: “Hear, O Israel: I, the LORD Your God, I am One. I love you with all My heart and with all My soul and with all My strength. These commandments that I give you today are upon My heart as well.”

[Andre Lefebvre]