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Connecting the Natural with the Supernatural
In the story of creation in Genesis 1 and 2, God created our natural world that is contacted through the five senses (seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and touching). The word “supernatural” means that which is “above, beyond, and far higher and greater than the natural.” God is supernatural. The Bible says of him:
“To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever” (1 Timothy 1:17).
“From everlasting to everlasting, you are God,” (Psalm 46:1).
“He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion.” (1 Timothy 6:16)
The person whom we know as Jesus of Nazareth was “with God and was God” (John 1:1-3). The Apostle Paul wrote of Jesus:
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:15-17)
Through the body of Mary he became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14). He perfectly reveals God because he came from the supernatural world and entered into our natural world. The Bible says, “No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known” (John 1:18). Because Jesus is as much God as the Father and as much man as we are, he perfectly connects the supernatural and the natural worlds. He is the God-Man, one person in two natures:
For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. (Colossians 1:18-20)
In him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily. (2:9)
Jesus was resurrected in a glorified body that had both natural and supernatural qualities.
Naturally, (1) his body was gone from the tomb, (2) he had flesh and bones, (3) he ate and drank, (4) he conversed with his disciples, and (5) he was seen and handled by them (Mark 16:6; Luke 24:36-43; I John 1:1-3).
Supernaturally, (1) he appeared and disappeared, (2) he could change his appearance, (3) on occasion, he seemingly passed through locked doors, (4) he no longer had the beaten, whipped and weak appearance of a man who had been crucified, (5) he ascended into the clouds (Luke 24:16, 36, John 20:19, 26; Acts 1:9), (6) God placed all things under him and gave him total dominion, power and authority (1 Corinthians 15:21-27), (7) he was standing by the right hand of God when he appeared to Stephen (Acts 7:55-56), (8) he spoke to Saul of Tarsus, who is later called Paul, from the heavenly world (Acts 9:3-6; 18:9-10), and (9) the supernatural, glorified Jesus appeared to the Apostle John (Revelation 1:13-16).
The resurrection and ascension of Jesus in a glorified body means that he is “our man in heaven” who mediates and intercedes for us. He understands what we are going through on this earth (I Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 4:14-16). He hears and answers our prayers (1 John 3:21-22; 5:14-15). He guards and guides his church so that “the gates of Hades will not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:19). He is fully aware of our works and the spiritual health or sickness of his church (Revelation 2-3). He will “be with us always” (Matthew 28:20) and will “never leave us or forsake us” (Hebrews 13:5). He will come again bodily and resurrect us with a body like his and we will be together with him forever (1 Corinthians 15:20-49; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18).
Our only hope is in God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Fellowship with God totally satisfies now and forever. This perfect fellowship with God is the source of all heavenly joy.