“…heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ;”
Romans 8:17 (KJV)
After Adam and Eve sinned, death and decay (corruption, vanity, entropy) entered the creation as God had anticipated. By the time we get to Genesis 5:3, Adam begat a son-Seth, in his own image, rather than in the image of God in which Adam and Eve were originally created. Mankind has been deteriorating ever since Satan seduced the first man and woman.
Embedded in the Bible is a recurrent theme of redemption and restoration (e.g. Psalm 23:3). Consider the last part of Psalm 69:4 where we read: “…then I restored that which I took not away.” This seems to be a prophetic pointer to Christ’s future supreme sacrifice as the ultimate Passover Lamb who takes away the sin of the world and thus restores mankind’s relationship with God.
Prior to willingly being taken prisoner and subsequently subjected to an illegal kangaroo court, scourging and crucifixion—the biggest injustice ever, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, prayed fervently that God the Father would restore the glory He had prior to the foundation of the world. He-Jesus-voluntarily relinquished this glory, laying aside His divine privileges as the Logos/Word of God in order to be conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of His blessed mother, Mary. Subsequently he dwelt among us as God in the Flesh and ultimately in us through the Holy Spirit. (John 1:1-14; 14:16-18; 17:1-5, and Philippians 2:5-11). God the Father has answered Jesus’ prayer for restoration. Revelation 1 describes our resurrected, glorified Jesus. Amazingly, it is to Christ’s pattern that God wants to conform us! (Romans 8:29 & Psalm 17:15).
By God’s grace we are sons, children, of God by adoption (Romans 8:8-17), and in 1 John 3:1-2 we read, “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”
Astounding! Yes, God encourages us to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, but to cap it all, God has promised to perfect the good work He has started in us (Philippians 1:6). That’s restoration! Thanks be to God. Hallelujah!
Great and awesome God, Abba, thank you for Your marvellous redemptive restorative plan of salvation embodied in Your Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Please help us to fully cooperate and surrender to You. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in Jesus name.
Study by John Armstrong
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