GOD IS FUNCTIONAL
“And God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:10 (NIV).
The Hebrew word for “good” – tov – is best translated as “functional” and “evil” – ra – as “dysfunctional”. God saw His creation as functional, like a well-oiled machine; everything worked together in unity to reflect His nature as “one”.
Firstly, when you replace the word “good” with “functional” in relation to God, the result is startling. God is functional? What does that mean? He is doing what He is supposed to do! What, we might ask, is God supposed to do? There is only one answer – He is supposed to put His glory on display.
Secondly, what is “dysfunctional”? From God’s perspective it must be everything that does not reflect His glory. Why did He make man? “…Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” Isaiah 43:7(NIV). God made the universe and He made man to put His glory on display.
Thirdly, if God is “stuck” on Himself, is He “stuck up”? No, He cannot be stuck up. If He were not concerned for His own glory, there would be someone greater than Himself. Since He is God and there is no-one greater than He, He must be about putting His glory on display.
Fourthly, what is God’s glory? He defines it for us in His revelation of His glory to Moses. Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” (Ex 33:18) and God responded, “I will cause my goodness (functionality) to pass before you, and I will proclaim my name (nature), the LORD, in your presence.” (Ex 33:19).
“Then the LORD came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed His name…The LORD, the LORD, the gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.” (Ex 34:5-7) (NIV).
Now what does this have to do with “spiritual warfare”? Just this! God created man to be functional – to reflect Him in our character. Satan lured the first pair into becoming dysfunctional – experiencing it by succumbing to his lies. They reflected the devil instead of God and plunged the whole universe into being dysfunctional.
Through Jesus we have been reconciled to God and are once again able to function as we should by putting God’s glory on display. Every time we think and act like Jesus, we move closer to becoming whole people, putting the glory of God on display to the world.
One person at a time, Satan loses his grip on people as they see Jesus in us and come into the kingdom of God and under His rule to become fully functional again.
Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
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