The Lord of Heaven and Earth

The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. (Acts 17:24-25)

Those are words Paul said to the men in Athens. Our God doesn’t live in temples made by man. Neither Churches, Cathedrals, monasteries nor convents are His dwelling place. He lives in temples made of flesh, that is, the pinnacle of His creation – men. Only God can make man. That is His sole privilege. It is pure vanity to imagine that man can create a house from brick and wood that contains the Creator of the Universe. He has found a dwelling place in what only He can create.

In the same manner it is pure vanity to imagine that we can serve God. He is the one who has made Himself servant to all mankind and gives us everything. I assume when Paul uses the word “everything” he means what he says – everything, that is, nothing exempted. “God only requires Himself”, Jessie Penn Lewis once wrote. The gifts of the Spirit, the fruit of the Spirit, our worship, our self-for-others-love are all Him manifesting Himself in our form.

In the new dispensation as new creations in Christ He has made us participants in His life. We live His quality of life, we breathe and exhale His life and we are made everything in Him. To live by laws and ordinances are an artificial kind of life. The cry that we must serve God is void and without substance. He, the sustainer of life, doesn’t need anything. Penn Lewis further wrote: “What God wants out of us He will first put in.” What He puts in naturally flows out again – rivers of living waters. This is the higher law of love which comes to expression without boundaries as we cease from our own works and realize that without Christ we can do nothing.

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7 Responses to The Lord of Heaven and Earth

  1. cindi estep says:

    Loving Him with His own Love…..and One another…..truly In Him We Live and Move and Have our Being…..His Being through us, as us♥

  2. Cheryl Lowry says:

    Awesome Ole Henrik!

    Thank You Ole Henrik your article confirmed what was in my spirit when I awoke this morning….It’s Not about Us and our accomplishments it’s all about Him …When we come to that place where it’s Him (all of who we are) Life becomes this wonderful flow of goodness for He is Life and He is that Goodness. Love You brother with all the Love of Christ!

  3. Another great article, Ole Henrik. After becoming more familiar with the life of grace, I began to get disturbed about the word “service,” but I came to see that it’s really not a bad word. It’s simply the expression of the life of Christ in and through me, rather than my own attempts to serve God and others. Indeed, God doesn’t need, want, require or ask for “my” service. Just His life manifesting itself in my form.

  4. PAM TORRES says:

    AMEN BROTHER OLE! I AM SO GLAD TO SEE YOU ARE QUOTING ONE OF MY FAVORITE WRITERS. SHE WAS AN ASTONISHING BRIGHT LIGHT IN HER TIME. HER LIGHT STILL SHINES BRIGHTLY IN THIS OLD WORLD OF OURS. MY PRAYER IS THAT BOOKS RICH WITH GOD’S LIGHT ARE NEVER REPLACED BY E-BOOKS. THE POOR MAY NOT BE ABLE TO AFFORD COMPUTERS AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES. BOOKS CAN BE SHARED AND GIVEN AWAY.

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