Relationships/ Home Groups
Here is how the Lord intended us to be with Him and each other; “Gen 2:25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not embarrassed or ashamed in each other’s presence.” God exists as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, therefore God exists in community. Adam and Eve were a couple, with God they too were a community.
When they both ate of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good & evil, they realized that they were naked because they no longer had their covering. The Lord gave to mammals fur as their covering, to the birds he gave feathers, and the fish he gave scales but to man he provided no covering because His Glory was to be his covering, “Psa 8:5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned (`atar – to surround) him with glory(kabowd –
1) glory, honour, glorious, abundance
a) abundance, riches
b) honour, splendour, glory
c) honour, dignity
d) honour, reputation
e) honour, reverence, glory
and honour. (hadar –
1) ornament, splendour, honour
b) splendour, majesty
c) honour, glory
After their covering was no more each saw their own nakedness as well as each other’s nakedness. And they hid from God’s presence and each other. Much the same as we do today.
Luk 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost. All that was lost in the garden was recovered by Jesus. 1 Corinthians 15:26 The last enemy to be subdued and abolished is death.
It is worthy of note that Jesus died on a cross and not by some other means. The vertical beam restored our fellowship with God and the horizontal beam restored our fellowship with each other.
Furthermore, because of our sin, Jesus was naked on the cross, however, he was covered in His own blood.His blood is what the Father sees when looking at us and it is what we must see when we look at each other. Remember, in Genesis 2:25 it says that the man and his wife were both naked and not ashamed.
The knowledge of good and evil was placed back in the hands of its rightful owner, the Lord. It was never intended for us to bear such a heavy burden of having to distinguish good from evil.
In John 5:22 Jesus says the following about Judging,” Even the Father judges no one, for He has given all judgment (the last judgment and the whole business of judging) entirely into the hands of the Son.”
We must rely on the Holy Spirit to convict and convince of sin, we were told to be witnesses, not each others judges.
Joh 16:8 And when He comes, He will convict and convince the world and bring demonstration to it about sin and about righteousness (uprightness of heart and right standing with God) and about judgment:
This has to be the basis of the Church and the care groups. We don’t have people flocking to care groups because they don’t want their nakedness, fear of being found out, exposed. We live in fear of covenant relationships because of past betrayals where our nakedness was exposed. However, it is in these groups where new covenants will be formed because God is doing a new thing and it is in these groups where the gifts of the Holy Spirit will be released and people raised up in ministries and it is in these home groups that we will take Tucson, Arizona, and beyond.