By: Curtis Schofield, Spiritual Insight
contact with man was when God made Adam from the dust and breathed into him
life and he became a living soul.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.