Monday, October 11, 2010

Family Lineage

Family Lineage

Saturday, October 09, 2010

On a recent flight to Rapid City, South Dakota; I sat across from a gentleman, John (not his real name), traveling with his six year old daughter and four year old son. For the sake of this article, we’ll call his children Amy and Joe. Amy and Joe behaved exceptionally well and humorously during the flight, their inquisitiveness was refreshing and a reminder for our own perpetual sense of wonder.

Our conversation revealed John was a high school classmate and friend of one of my fraternity brothers, a 1986 graduate of Rapid City Stevens High School and on their state championship basketball team. These details assured we spoke of the same Todd.

While awaiting at baggage claim, John inquired of my name, upon my reply he asked Joe and Amy what they thought of my last name. They each smiled, they too were Meyer’s. Our luggage arrived quickly; they exited to their ride waiting along the curb near the terminal.We lacked an opportunity to discuss whether and how we were related.

Have you had those discussions with people you meet with common family names? We begin searching for common ancestry. I once visited with someone whose distant grandfather shared the same name as one of my distant grandfathers. However, deeper discovery revealed their siblings, wives’ or children’s names were different, perhaps the number of children each had differed as well.

Perhaps one had two siblings and the other none.These differences quickly reveal our distant grandfathers, sharing the same name, are different people. Would you agree this deductive reasoning is common sense? Have you heard some non-Christian religions claim to worship the same God as Christians; the “God of Abraham?”

Yet, our God exists in Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Their god is singular, lacking Trinity. Genesis 1:26 amplifies this plurality, “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness…’”The God of creation, the God of Abraham, is the God of Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Jesus is revealed throughout the Old Testament. Jesus, in human form, came from the lineage of Abraham.

Jesus, states numerous times that he and the Father are one; and the only way to the Father, the God of Abraham, is through Christ. He boldly declares knowing Jesus and knowing the Father are the same. Jesus sends the comforter, the Holy Spirit.If people of the same names are the same person, ALL about them must match: siblings, sons, daughters, and spouse. Common sense expounds differences in these reveals different people.

The God of Abraham is the God of Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit; the God who died for your sins and the sins of all past, present, and future. One must simply believe and confess in their heart for this forgiveness.Differing lineage, differing activities, reveal different gods. Do you know Christ, Your Savior? His existence, presence, in Your life is revealed in the details.

See Christ, Believe Christ, Achieve with Christ!

Rick E. Meyer

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