The God Beyond Time Who Presently Makes All Things New by Adelita Garza

CBE Conference LA 2015
Plenary 4, Pastor Adelita Garza, “The God Beyond Time Who Presently Makes All Things New”

GarzaPastor Garza delivered a profoundly relevant message: We come across struggles of pain and frustration, but we serve a God that presently makes all things new.

As a woman, who is single, Latina, and a senior pastor, she continually faces opposition. But she is bolstered by 1 Cor. 1:27, “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise” (but they are not foolish to him). God will use you, because in this world it is foolish to use you. God will use you to confound the world, because ultimately he will receive all the glory.

2 Cor. 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” In v. 18, we are told that all of this “new” is from God. All the new realities is from God. We are reconciled to God through Christ, and this reconciliation is not just so that we can be in a relationship with God but so that we can be a *minister* of reconciliation.

Pastor Garza’s three main points were:

1. It is from Jesus that these new relationships between men and women are revealed.

We will always be challenged by those who want to control and dominate. We cannot control the spirit in the other person, but we can control the spirit in us. Remember that the other is not really your enemy but it’s the spirit in him who is your enemy. Your role is to live out this new reality, to embrace, honor and respect. God calls us to live in our new reality so that others can live in that space as well.

2. The dynamics of honor in the trinity illustrate new Kingdom relationships.

To honor is to show high respect and esteem. We see the Father honor the son when he says, “This is my son in whom I am well pleased.” Jesus honors the Holy Spirit when he says, “I must leave so the Holy Spirit can come.” The Holy Spirit honors Jesus by taking what is Jesus and shares it with us. Within this dynamic of the trinity, we know we can have these new realities.

We honor one another based on gender, ethnicity, etc. As we begin to honor one another, we become more “one”. And we begin choose to say YES! to the call and gifts that he’s given us!

3. The co-regency of the trinity illustrates the Kingdom.

There is no battle of hierarchy in the trinity. They rule together. We too must learn to honor each other and rule together. There is a huge difference when we can rule together and honor each other as well.

He has committed us to the ministry of reconciliation. How is your commitment to this ministry of reconciliation?

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