The Bible,        A Unification Perspective

  

Growth and Godís Direct Dominion 

  After Jesus was presented at the Temple for  circumcision, and upon his return to Nazareth it says in,,  
 
   
Luke 2:40 And the child continued to grow
and become strong, increasing in wisdom;
and the Grace of God was upon Him.

  Also at the age of twelve after his discussions with the Elders in the Temple it states in,

  Luke 2:52 And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature,  and in favor with God and men.

  From the time of his birth, until the baptism of John, there are few details about the first 30 years of Jesus life. Except that at the end of those 30 years God would declare, 

 
"This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

  From this we can see that Jesus also had to pass through a growth period.
    
  The Old Testament also refers to his growing period.

  Isaiah 7:14 "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel. He will eat curds and honey at the time He knows enough to refuse evil and choose good. For before the boy will know enough to refuse evil and choose good, the land whose two kings you dread will be forsaken."

 

    
  

  
  The period of growth where man is still immature in heart and not yet living in oneness with God is a period we call the Indirect Dominion of God. Itís period where God seeks to influence the growth and direction of  man indirectly, or through his word. It is also the  period of manís portion of responsibility, where he must respond to Godís word in faith.

  Had there been no Fall of Man in the beginning, the Indirect Dominion would have only been a temporary stage in manís growth towards God. It was Godís intent that adult  life, married life, our life as parents and grandparents would have been lived in a state of oneness with God, or a state that we call Godís Direct Dominion, and in such a state of divine and perfect love, no fall would then be possible. If Adam & Eve had achieved such a standard in the beginning then God's ideal of creation would have been secured for all time.  Adam & Eve would then directly raise and guide their succeeding generations in God's Direct Dominion. 

  Living in Heaven is simply to be living in Godís Direct Dominion of Love, where the Heart of  God and the Heart of Man is one and inseparable.    Thatís why Jesus advised us not to go looking here  and there for Godís Kingdom, as if it were some outward place or location, he said,, 

      
"The Kingdom of God is within you."

            

 

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