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Jesus Christ is Perfect Theology, with Ryan Kibbe

What do we mean when we say, Jesus Christ is Perfect Theology?

Jesus Christ as Perfect Theology means that we can’t come to know what God is truly like without Jesus. That God can only be known, and the whole of Scripture can only be interpreted, through Jesus alone. Jesus becomes the lens through which we view ALL of Scripture. (Download this at: www.sozotalkradio.com)

Whereas Job and ALL the Old covenant prophets are posing the question:

“God, who are You?”

Jesus is the answer:

I AM what God is like.”

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God is Like Jesus

The book of Hebrews begins with this:

“The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God.” Hebrews 1

Jesus said:

“If you’ve seen me you’ve seen the Father.” (John 14 NLT)

Jesus never said anything that the Father wasn’t giving him to say. Everything Jesus was given to say was carefully chosen by the Father to lead people into eternal life which Jesus defines for us as restored relationship! Also, Jesus never did anything on his own. He always partnered with what the Father was already doing. The Father was expressing “Himself” perfectly through Jesus Christ leading his lost children back home.

First of all, both Ryan and I begin in this talk by relating our understanding of God growing up in the church. He believed God would only love him if he remained faithful. Ryan talks about how so many of us partner with a cycle of shame and a performance mentality that we allow to define our relationship with God. We make it about us and not about the marvelous beauty and wonder of who God is and enjoying fellowship with Mr. Joy Himself.

Jesus Christ is Perfect Theology in You

A couple of Scriptures that Ryan Kibbe shared in this interview were:

“…as He is, so also are we in this world.” – 1 John 4:17

And:

“Christ in you the hope of glory” – Colossians 1:27 NASB

Ryan emphasized how Christ didn’t die for a doctrinal statement but to live in you and me to re-present the Father to an orphan minded world of what the Father is truly like.

I love that! When Ryan said that we re-present the Father to an orphan minded world I couldn’t help but think of the interview I just did with Mel Wild! We talked in that episode about how the Father’s embrace is healing the orphan minded in both the church and the world. As one poet once said, “Jesus wants to save Christians too.”

Listen to what John writes in the beginning of his Gospel:

“No one has ever yet seen God. The only begotten God, the One being in the bosom of the Father, He has made Him known.” John 1:18 Berean Literal Bible

It seems that all the other prophets prior to Jesus have only have ever caught the faintest whispers of what God was truly like until Jesus revealed him. If we want to know what God is like, we look to Jesus.

All true prophets since Christ’s coming have Christ living in them. They can truly know the Good Shepherd and “see God” which is something Jesus said would be true for the pure in heart (or fully surrendered).

We, as Christ followers, are now displaying what God is like. Jesus in us is still putting God on display to the world saying through us, “this is what God is like.”

The apostle Paul writes in one of his letters to the Corinthians about beholding the glory of God and reflecting him to this orphan hearted world like Ryan mentions in this talk.

“So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.” 2 Corinthians 3:18

(This is where our band name Reflect Worship comes from! Check out our music here: www.reflectworship.com)

And again:

For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6

What About all our Carefully Crafted Doctrinal Statements of Theology?

While it may seem like a cop-out to simply say, “Jesus Christ is Perfect Theology”, I actually see this perspective as the most brilliant way to live in unity and harmony with other believers. Personally, I  refuse to even play the game of defining theology as hammering out a doctrinal statement anymore.

Theology is a Person.

If we are in relationship with Truth Himself (Yeshua, aka Jesus) then we know that all errors in our understanding of this Perfect Theology will be straightened out in time as we grow in relationship.

Relationship has always been the point!

As I mentioned before, Jesus defines Eternal Life as Relationship! If you don’t have relationship by actually coming to Jesus then you do not have eternal life.

It isn’t our perfect understanding of Theology that saves any of us, but Perfect Theology Himself who saves us. After all, Jesus own name spells out “I AM Salvation”.

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Enjoying Friendship with God

“For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. 11 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.” Romans 5:10-11 NLT

At a recent ministry concert I had not gotten enough sleep and my voice didn’t have much range. I had also forgotten to eat or bring anything to eat and was feeling very weak. In spite of all this, and my headache, it was one of the best concerts ever!

I felt the gentle power of God’s Holy Spirit through it all. This reminds me of what the Lord Jesus said to Paul:

“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now (Paul says) I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT

I shared with the group how much Jesus loved them and talked about the implications of the Gospel and ended by saying, “You know, the bible tells us that all of heaven rejoices when one sinner repents. Let’s see if we can bring some joy in heaven today by coming to Jesus or returning to Jesus. Won’t you pray with me?”

After the prayer I nearly burst into tears in front of them all when I heard Jesus whisper to my heart, “I’m so proud of you.”

So, what about you?

Are you prepared to bring heaven some joy today? Come to him!

Jesus said, “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” Revelation 3:20

Jesus happens to be addressing Christians here. This is why I say it is wonderfully appropriate at the outset of every new day to open the door of our hearts and invite Jesus in to fellowship – to “share a meal together as friends” as he puts it. Enjoy your friendship with God today!

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Here is a video of a song that fits this blogs idea perfectly.

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You Have God’s Permission to Brag!

I have been working out lately. By lately I mean the last few years. I have recently stepped it up a notch and wanted to share my milestones with the world so I got MapMyRun app for my new smartphone and logged a few 5K’s for all my “friends” on facebook to see and think I’m awesome! (Tip: By the way it’s more impressive to say “I just ran a 5K!” rather than “I ran just over 3 miles”). I also recently shared a status from my progress on hundredpushups.com program (that I happen to be currently failing at) with the caveat, “not meaning to brag or anything but check out how many push-ups I can do! Aren’t I awesome?” (I didn’t really say it like that).

Is anyone else as revolted by my behavior as I am? (To which I imagine hearing a chorus of people saying, “yes!”)

I am sorry. There is probably a perfectly healthy way to share your healthy lifestyle with others. I’m just not so sure I was doing that. Yes I will still post my runs on facebook (sounds disgusting doesn’t it?) but only to encourage you to get out there and exercise. You believe me right? =)

WE WERE CREATED TO BRAG!

We are all made to worship. Boasting is a form of worship, so boasting is part of the human DNA. We must give praise to something. But boasting about our accomplishments, our stuff, or our smarts is the DNA of the world.  The follower of Jesus makes their boast in God.

John writes:

“Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.” 1 John 2:15-16 NLT

Yes, it is a sin to brag or to take pride in most everything except this one thing:

God, and more specifically your relationship with God.

Check this out:

“This is what the LORD says: “Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches. But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the LORD who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth, and that I delight in these things. I, the LORD, have spoken!” (Jeremiah 9:23-24 NLT)

I was thinking about how foolish it is for someone to boast in their intelligence for instance (or to put others down for lack of it). Do they fool themselves into thinking that they are the source and giver of their own intelligence? Last I checked, God was the source of all wisdom and dispenses it as he pleases. So we all have a measure of smarts that came from him. And then we have the gall to boast of it? Or compare ourselves to others?

Aren’t our accomplishments also God given? After all, He gives us the ability to achieve. But why are we achieving anything anyway? Are we simply achieving for ourselves? For others? Or is it to inflate our sense of self-worth?

Anything you can think of is all gift from the giver, so how can we boast in a gift?

One last thing. With the above Scripture in mind I had posted this a little while ago on my facebook:

I realized I haven’t posted anything ‘God related’ in a while. I just want you to know that I am enjoying life and my relationship with God a great deal more than I ever have and am probably less religious than I ever have been as well. I know God. He is a constant source of comfort and delight to me. He blesses me as much as I am willing to receive. He continues to forgive all my sins and showers me with affection and love just as I do my own daughter.

I want the same for you. I want you to experience life with God as well. If you haven’t yet begun a relationship with God through Jesus, make it happen. I am not going to give you some religious formula, because there is none. It is a relationship and will require investment and commitment on your part as any relationship does. God is already 100% committed to you. He is all in. If you want to know God like I do (or better than I do) then I recommend talking with him about it and asking for that relationship. Read the Gospel of John, and if you really want all that God has for you, then prayerfully read the whole Bible and always keep reading. God has shared his thoughts, his heart and soul with you in his book. I’d love to be a friend to you and help you along the journey.

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