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Why God has to be a jealous God

God is a jealous God. It is part of His nature. What does that mean?

When God was going to describe Himself, on one occasion He called Himself, “Jealous.”  This denotes something of God’s nature. “For you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.”  Exodus 34:14.
[Editor’s note: In other translations the word ‘zealous’ is used – these words have the same root, and show God’s character in vigilantly guarding that which is His.]

God breathed the breath of life into the first man. Genesis 2:7, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” He breathed this life into every person. God jealously yearns for – desires – this spirit in us. “Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, ‘The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously’?” James 4:5.

Battle for our spirits

God does not want our spirits to be consumed by this world or by the god of this world, who is the devil; God wants a relationship with our human spirit, so that He can instill His good will within us. If this good relationship is established, He will guide us to a good and peaceful life.

However, the god of this world, the devil, is active as well. He also wants to get a hold of our human spirit, to influence us to do his will.  He has come to destroy us, and he speaks to our “fleshThe “flesh” is all of the sinful desires/temptations/lusts, etc. that dwell in human nature. It is the source of temptation, and nothing good dwells there. (Galatians 5:19-21; Romans 7:18; Galatians 5:24; Romans 8:5) Other phrases meaning the same as the flesh include: the body of sin, sinful human nature, fallen human nature, sinful nature, fallen nature The term “flesh” can... More.” “The flesh” refers to mankind’s indwelling sin and earthlyRefers to everything of this earth, as opposed to heavenly things. Example: Earthly treasures/heavenly treasures. The earthly things pass away (are temporal), but the heavenly things are eternal. (Matthew 6:19-21; Colossians 3:2; 1 John 2:17)... More lustsThe desires that we experience that go against God’s will. In other words, a desire for anything sinful. See James 1:14. Also called “sin in the flesh.” Although the expression “youthful lusts” is  often thought of in connection with sinful sexual desires, lusts include anything that go against what is good and right in God’s eyes. (2 Timothy 2:22.; Galatians... More, which we have inherited from our forefathers, [see 1 Peter 1:18] and which originate from the fall. Here there is a battleAlmost all talk of battles and wars when concerning a Christian life refers to the inner battle that arises when a sinful thought tempts you. God’s Spirit and the flesh are at odds. When you have decided to only do God’s will and are being led by the Spirit, a conflict between the flesh and the Spirit arises: there is... More between two forces, and in this battle God is zealous (jealous) for our spirits. He wants us to be zealous, with “God’s zeal” in this battle.

Opposing forces

The Bible speaks about these opposing spiritual forces: “the Holy Spirit” vs. “the spirit of the antichrist.”  Within the Holy Spirit is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Romans 12:2), while in the spirit of antichrist is the influence of the devil to exalt oneself and exclude God and His will. In this battle, God is zealous for us, and provides us with this  zeal as a driving force, an enthusiasm – to attain God’s goal for us – that we overcome the spirit of antichrist. This means that our human spirit is turned away from being directed toward the earth. In other words, instead of only being occupied with your own interests and needs and the things of this earth, we become turned toward heaven and become united with God’s will, which is good, perfect, and eternal.

In this work with us, God is zealous, and He instills this zeal in us who believe in Him. God uses all the means at His disposal for this to succeed, in the ups and downs of life. On our life’s way, He sends us circumstances that will show us the sin dwelling within us, and He gives us power and zeal to overcome the sin that wants to destroy our joy and peace in God.

God’s zeal – human zeal

There is a difference between God’s zeal and human zeal. God’s zeal has a future and a hope, but the driving force of human zeal is only about one’s own life, interests, and earthly advantages. God’s zeal drives us into a new life where we are willing to give our self-life to find the life which is in Christ Jesus, eternal life.

This zeal drives us into the death of ChristThis most often refers not to the physical death Christ died on the cross of Calvary, but to the death of the lust to sin in His human nature, which task He fulfilled while He lived on earth as a human being. (2 Timothy 2:11; 2 Corinthians 4:10; Philippians 3:10; Romans 8:3)... More, where we can put to deathIs to overcome the temptations to sin that arise when our lusts and desires draw us to react in ways we know to be evil (i.e. pride, hatred, evil-speaking, envy etc.) It is the act of denying those thoughts and refusing to agree with them. The lust to sin is not only suppressed, but it actually dies. (Romans 8:13; Colossians... More the sin which dwells in our flesh – and thus be made alive in our human spirit for this eternal life. (2 Corinthians 4:6-18) The portion of our human spirit which is made alive becomes our light and our radiance eternally.

God’s desire is for all people to be enter into this cleansing and development, by being delivered from the clutches of the fall of sin and partaking in a victorious life, as Paul describes in Romans 6:22, “But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.”

God is zealous for this work. He is jealous for our spirit – and He gives the necessary grace so that it will succeed.

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