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By: Curtis Schofield, Spiritual Insight

The first contact with man was when God made Adam from the dust and breathed into him life and he became a living soul.

The second contact was when Adam and Eve were placed in a garden created for them. The scripture records that in the cool of the day God would come and walk and talk with them in the garden.

The third contact came much later, after the Adam and Eve’s descendants populated the earth. God selected and called from the people certain prophets to speak on God’s behalf to the people. The prophets communicated God’s messages through teaching, preaching, leadership positions, confrontation, acts of compassion and through the written word.

The fourth contact came when God once again came and walked among his people and talked with them through the incarnation of himself in the person of his Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus shared God’s love and care for his people through many acts of kindness and by teaching them how to live in a love relationship with each other.

The fifth contact came when after Jesus’ death, God, the Father, raised him from the dead. For a brief time Jesus walked among his disciples again, preparing them to be God’s servants in the world, with the presence of God being manifested through them as the Church, to invite all humanity to join them as disciples, making the “Body of Christ” in the world.

The sixth contact came on the day of Pentecost, after Jesus had ascended into heaven. On that day the risen Christ made his followers truly the Body of Christ in the world by filling them with the Holy Spirit, the very presence of God in and through them. With the Holy Spirit came the fruits of the Spirit (see Gal. 5:22). Also with the Spirit came special gifts (see I Corinthians 12:7-11, and Romans 12:4-8), enabling his people to take leadership roles in providing the same loving acts of service that Jesus had given to all people when he walked among them as the incarnation of God.

The seventh contact is yet to come. The apostle John describes it for us. “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth...I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:1-4).

Curtis Schofield is a retired minister residing on Sand Mountain. Contact him at (423) 413-5653.

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