Home > Uncategorized > Stand-in-the-Gappers, or Reconcilers? 5-28-14

Ezekiel  22:30 states, “I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one.”  (NASB)  Some of us have processed our earliest identity as being part of “a praying people” by embracing this Scripture.  We have determined that we are, primarily, stand-in-the-gappers.

But the truth is…our identity as pray-ers encompasses much, much more.

Jesus responded to His disciples in Matthew 6:9, “Pray, then, in this way:  ‘Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name.  Your kingdom come.  Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…” (Matt. 6:9-10, NASB)

When we think of ourselves as “stand-in-the-gappers,” it seems to me we are out of sync with what He has revealed about us and our role in this world.  He is no longer “searching” for those who will commune with Him on behalf of others…through His Spirit, He is moving upon those who are already found, that they would bring His will and influence to bear in every situation around them.

2 Corinthians 5:17 starts out, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.  Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” (2 Cor. 5:17-20, NASB)  The Message writes the same Scriptures this way:  “All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him…God put the world square with Himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins.”   An quick-look definition of “sins” might be….those vile, alienated and despairing acts that flowed from our loss of seeing Who He is….how much He loves us….and who He made us to be.

When we pray, then, we are not simply stand-in-the-gappers…We are reconcilers, reaching out to others. There is no longer a gap to stand in.  We should no longer have the mental image of anyone standing on one side of a gulf and God on the other,  His arms outstretched, trying desperately to have their hands touch His fingers so He can pull them over to “the other side.”My previous thinking had been that Jesus had bridged the gap, closed it up….zipped it shut.  But the impact of the sin that entered the world, overwhelming and distorting the divinely-created “us,” perverting our ability to even recognize or hear the Love and heartbeat of God, created a huge chasm….not just a gap.  And Jesus boldly jumped in to that chasm, took on what remained of the divinely-created “us,” and consummated the re-connection between “us” and Him in His finished work on the cross and through His Resurrection.  Jesus was able to never lose sight of the Father’s Love, His Face, always able to keep clarity of His own identity as Chosen, Holy and Beloved so that He could say, “I only do what I see the Father doing,” even while wearing our adamic flesh as His garment.  When the villagers asked, “Is this not Joseph’s son?” (Luke 4:22) their five senses were perceiving only adamic flesh, not Immanuel, God with us.  They wore the veil of the stand-in-the-gapper.

When we take off our stand-in-the-gapper robe, we are able to take off our stand-in-the-gapper veil, as well.  The Father, Son, and Spirit all desire to embrace us with the intimacy they share with one another.  They desire for us to see Them, as they see us, and to embrace the identity we now carry, that of ambassadors of Christ, as Christ was an Ambassador for the Father.  Paul explains this when he writes, “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.  He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”  (2 Cor. 5:20-21, NASB)   The Message states these Scriptures this way: “God has given us the task of telling everyone what He is doing.  We’re Christ’s representatives.  God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them.  We’re speaking for Christ Himself now:  Become friends with God; He’s already a friend with you.” (The Message, 2 Cor. 5:16-20)

I think the simplicity of that statement is powerful.

As reconcilers, we are able to walk in Jesus’ statement to His disciples, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of Heaven…” and, thus, truly enforce the prayer “Your kingdom come, Your will be done”…