Volume 4 No 4

 Why Face to Face? That was a question recently asked of me. Just why do we call our magazine Face to Face?

There are a number of reasons, just as there are a number ways in which the phrase face to face can be applied. When we are in someone’s presence – in direct contact with them – we talk about being face to face with them. A relationship is implied. Face to Face magazine endeavours to bring a positive and practical Christian perspective on everyday issues facing you and me. Its content is mainly relational.

But there is more. In John 1:1,2 we read about God’s existence before creation; “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” The word with means a close, face to face encounter or intimate contact with someone else. So a more accurate rendering of John 1:1 could be “In the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word (Jesus) was face to face with God.” With clearly reveals the intimacy and close relationship that exists between the members of the Godhead. I have even read that the word presents us with a picture of the Father and Jesus in a relationship “so close and intimate that the Father can almost feel the Son’s breath on his face”!

But there is still more. Because of his unconditional love for us and his determination to give us salvation and life with him, God himself stepped out of eternity and into time and came to us in the simplest and most easily comprehensible way – as one of us, in person, face to face. Then when Jesus ascended back to his Father he connected and united himself with us (John 12:32; 14:20) so he could establish a personal relationship with us and include us in the same perfect face to face relationship that he has with his Father and the Holy Spirit. Do you see what this means? We now partake of the divine life and are at this very moment face to face with God!

This good news should make us want to leap for joy! And this (and more) is the wonderful message we want to share with you through life-changing and challenging articles. Enjoy - and be transformed!


The Shadow of a Doubt

Sunday mornings. I awake early, long before the family stirs, the sunrise flickers, or the paper plops on the driveway.

AMAZING GRACE

Introduction: This article comprises a portion of an interview between J Michael Feazell, the now retired Vice President of Grace Communion International, and Alan Torrance, Professor of Systematic Th...

Is time running out on your salvation or do you have nothing to fear?

God is so high you can’t get over Him; So wide you can’t get around Him; So low you can’t get under Him.

God Wants All to Be Saved

Paul sent Timothy to Ephesus to correct a few doctrinal problems in the church. He also sent Timothy a letter outlining his mission—a letter that was designed to be read...

Go to the ant

A few years ago I shared some insights with some young children about those industrious little creatures - ants.

My child

You may not know me, but I know everything about you. Psalm 139:1

Why were you born?

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day have come and gone.

Super size me

McDonalds is one of the biggest fast food companies in the world. With 31 000 restaurants serving around 58 million people every day in 119 countries, no wonder they are...

SEARCHING FOR GOD

It’s seldom that the regular news broadcasts on SABC television come up with something exciting, but they certainly did on 23rd May this year.

Staying Committed

“He said to another man, ‘Follow me.’ But the man replied, ‘Lord, first let me go and bury my father.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Let the dead bury their own...

Getting to know the Word

I can clearly remember a time when I read through the scriptures of the Bible, with the primary purpose of trying to find out what I needed to do in...

The Cutting Edge of Judging Others

Is it just me, or do you also tend to judge a book by its cover?

Why is my language not clear to you?

Recently I worked for a family of Chinese/Taiwanese origin.