How Does God Carry Out His Economy?
Suppose you have a large container of juice. In order for people to drink and enjoy the juice, you must first find a way to dispense the juice from the container to them. The best way is to pour the juice into clean cups and then distribute it among the people who are present. It is then possible for the juice that is in the container to be received by people so that it enters into them to be enjoyed by them.
This is a picture of how God carries out His economy.
God was unapproachable (1 Timothy 6:16), however, His desire was to have someone to match Him and express Him. He did not want to be alone (Genesis 2:18). Therefore, God made a plan to dispense Himself into man (John 10:9) so that He could fill man and be one with man. The Bible calls this plan the economy of God (Ephesians 3:9).
The first step of God’s plan was to become a man by the name of Jesus (John 1:1, 14). Jesus Christ was fully God and fully man and He lived a genuine human life. He became approachable, but at that time He still could not enter into those around Him (John 14:17-18). For this reason, He died on the cross to terminate all the problems between God and man and to release His divine life (John 19:34). Then in resurrection He became the Spirit who gives life (1 Corinthians 15:45b). As the life-giving Spirit, Christ breathed Himself into man (John 20:22).
Formerly God could not be received by man, but through His death and resurrection Christ not only solved our problem of sin, which came in through Adam’s fall, but also opened the way for us to enter into God and for God to enter into us (John 14:20). Today, everything that the Triune God is and has done is included in the Spirit for man to receive and enjoy (John 7:39). Through His dispensing, God actually enters into man.
The way to receive the dispensing of God is to believe into Him and to receive Him (John 1:12). Simply open your heart to the Lord and pray,
“Lord Jesus, thank You for dying for my sins
and resurrecting to give me Your life.
I believe into You and receive You as my Lord.
I open now to receive Your dispensing.”
God is not for us to study or understand in a mere theological way. Rather, the entire Bible reveals that God is triune in order to dispense Himself into us and to be enjoyed by us (Genesis 1:26; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Revelation 22:1-2). As we open to Him moment by moment and day by day, He fills our vessel and becomes one with us so that we match Him and express Him. In this way, both God is satisfied and we are satisfied.
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