– by Prof Gerrie Bester

Do you find it strange that we are so quick to accept and acknowledge the label or identity that the world wants to bind us to? Bondage, hurt, or lies that we so often see as our portion? Yet we find it so hard to understand the divine process of how you and I were fearfully and wonderfully knitted together in our mothers’ wombs, to the image of the only living God. Vessels, created for His glory, living the Godly purpose that we were created for. Maybe we can study one of the many, amazing teachings from the Word of Abba Father that will leave you breathless as we see a truth from the heart of the Father?

Delving into Scripture
Over the next couple of articles, we will be exploring the mind-blowing revelation that we find in Jeremiah 1:5, which reads: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”

God’s plan for our lives
The first thing that left me awestruck when I read this passage for the first time was the fact that even before we were formed in the womb, before our physical forming, certain things had already happened in the spirit and in Abba Father’s dream over us. The Word of God teaches us about 4 things that happen to us before our very first cry as a newborn baby is uttered in the delivery room of the hospital.  

Relationship starts prior to birth
Abba Father starts by saying that “before I formed thee in the belly, I knew thee…” Pause for a moment and think about this! Before we were even formed, He knew us? How is this possible? This is the exact same picture as described in Psalm 139:14-15. We have to realise that our life and relationship with Abba Father does not start the day of our physical birth, but prior to that. This is what the Word of God teaches us.

Intimacy is crucial
“I knew you” – The first thing that the word of God teaches us is that Abba Father says before He formed us, He knew us. What does this mean? Studying this in Hebrew, Abba Father’s language of detail, we see that the word translated as the English word “Knew” or “Know” is the Hebrew word “Yada.” This same Hebrew word, yada, is used to describe intimacy with Abba Father, the one crucial element for entering the Kingdom of God. This is why the Word of God says in Matthew 7:23 that in rejecting the workers of iniquity, the Lord says “…depart from Me, I never knew you…” In other words, the Word of Abba Father teaches us that before we were formed (not born but formed) we were in a place of intimacy with Him.

Intimacy starts with Him
Abba Father is spirit (John 4:24) so we see the picture of a place of intimacy, a place of oneness with Him, in spirit before the flesh of my body was formed. Yada in Hebrew means “to become aware of”. This means that before our physical bodies were formed, He was aware of us, and we of Him. Yada also means “to come in agreement with His truth in spirit”. 

We will all live for eternity
We have to remember that we are created to the image of God (Genesis 1:26) and He is Spirit. The spirit part of our being (which consists of spirit, soul, and body), is created before any other part was formed and is created for eternity. It is fact that all of us will live forever. The destination however, will differ. We will either spend eternity with Him when we are in covenant with Him, or we will spend eternity separated from Him in hell. The fact is we are created to live forever (our spirit). This is why the opposite of “To Know” (Yada) is not “Not to know”, but rebellion. Looking at the first part of this text we see that Abba Father made a personal commitment to you and me – made us one with Him before we were formed or born. With this picture in mind we read the following in a totally different light: “For He chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love…” – Ephesians 1:4. Before anything else, Christ Himself, who is love, (1 John 4:8) joined us to Him. Isn’t it absolutely amazing to know this?

This article is the first article teaching in this series. Click here to read the second article.

Prof Gerrie bester PhD CA(SA) leads Roaring Truth Ministries. Email info@roaringtruth.co.za. He is also the Dean of Emet Academy of Learning. Visit Emetgroup.co.za

Feature Image: Painting by Ilse Kleyn, visit artofkleyn.co.za
Article source: JOY! Magazine

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