Sunday, December 25, 2016

Immanence, Transcendence and Omnicompetence

UV 2155/10000 Immanence, Transcendence and Omnicompetence of The Manger Leader

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Isaiah 7 v 14

God is with us through the presence of Jesus in four dimensions- Mighty God who renders justice to all- the righteous and the unrighteous, the weak and the strong, the poor and the rich, the meek and the powerful. Wonderful Counsellor- who gives amazing directions, counsel and guides us in wisdom in our everyday situations and predicaments. Everlasting Father in His loving embrace, acceptance, protection, provision and promotion of us. Prince of Peace who preserves us from the curses of disobedience and rebellion against the perfect order of God and the wiles of the enemy to steal our peace, rob our joy, kill our hope. When we are grafted onto the good root of Jesus by our faith and commitment of our hearts and lives, we will experience each of these dimensions in our everyday lives, culminating in our salvation. He does not hesitate to give us signs of His presence, His power, His attributes, His sovereignty. He lives in us and with us. We are His living tabernacle. He does not live in man-made tabernacle. We are the housing of the Spirit of God as He chose to live in our God-made and ordained bodies.

Since “ God is with us” in the four dimensions described in Isaiah 9 v 6, the manger leader or manager always has access to unlimited love, power, wisdom and peace. Though he appears externally to be weak, poor, unimpressive, ineffective, in reality he is able to do all things through Christ who strengthens him. This is the secret of omni-competence of the manger leader or manager.

God not only framed our bodies. He breathed His spirit into us and thereby created us in His spiritual image, the image of Christ, the anointed One, the chosen of God. The high calling of the manger leader or manager requires that he is invested with the spirit of Jesus in four dimensions: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge, the spirit of the fear of the Lord. These are not four different spirits but four attitudes that the man of God cultivates with the help of the spiritual Teacher, the Holy Spirit. In practical terms, these attitudes translate into a lifestyle of five D’s : devotion, dedication, determination, discipline and diligence. These five attitudes and attributes will enable us to fulfil the Creator’s purpose for each of us. A one hundred per cent devotion of all that we are and all that we have to the perfect God who is all mighty or all powerful, just and merciful, who is a wonderful counsellor , eternal Father and the One who rules us with love, peace and grace. A dedication of all parts of our being and all that we think, say and do to increasing the perception and knowledge of the greatness of God. The perfect paradigm is executed by the following three practical components of our mindset: A determination to set goals and achieve these with systematic planning and efforts. Discipline to cut out the frills, to sacrifice pleasures and comforts, to avoid the bad choices, to stay the course. Finally, diligence in seeking and doing God’s will by studying His word and His model of perfection- Jesus.

Prateep V Philip

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