Friday, January 10, 2014

Jan | 10 | Genesis revisited


Genesis revisited

John 1:10-13
He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. NKJV

Who can be saved? The whole world. Who shall be saved? As many as received Him. Who will be saved? Those born by the will of God.

Now then, just to confound us, just to rightly wrong foot us and humble us, God the Holy Spirit, expressing Himself through John, moves the spotlight of personal responsibility to a fitting counter balance to yesterday’s Bible insight, which now illuminates for us, in apple gold brightness on a silver framed and shimmering backdrop, that magnificence which is the total sovereignty of God.

For sure then, being of the physical blood line of Abraham and Sarah is not enough to be allowed a home in the courts of the King of Kings and to be empowered with the rights and privileges of son-ship. Neither is being the child of Christian parents enough to be part of God’s great house. Indeed, no mingled bloods can impart the son-ship of heaven, not even the mixed blood of the rite of circumcision and the slit throat roasted remembrance of the Passover lamb, could make you a son of God and neither can water, sprinkled upon, or dunked underneath. No, The only way you can become a son God is by spiritual regeneration and this is a creative act of God alone. Regeneration is a spiritual resurrection, no, it is more than that, it is a spiritual impartation of the new heart and the new man which leads to a renewal of the mind and a sin overthrowing revolution of the old life.

Now then, the Scriptures clearly teach that humanity is dead in trespasses and sins. We are not as bad as we could be, for sure, and the depth of sinful expression in each of us varies according to the length that our person is allowed to express itself, and like I say, even in this, we differ one from another. Yet still, every part of our being is tainted by sin, touched with a malignant blackness, and that means even our will. How then can a such sin tainted people ever choose God without that Divine touch of regeneration? And again, once regenerated from on High how can there be a stopping or a reversal of this mighty and magnificent change? Of course there cannot be! He who begins a good work in us, never leaves off.

So, to the Calvinist and the Armenianist and even to the very hip, but lesser gloried Open Theist ,I say: “Behold human responsibility and God’s Sovereignty. This a mystery, never the less, we have a Gospel to declare. Now then, get over it and get on with it! For Praise His Holy name, it is God alone that makes bad men good, old men new and keeps them so forever.”

Listen:- Therefore, brethren, we are debtors — not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out," Abba, Father." The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs — heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. Romans 8:12-17 NKJV

Pray: -  Father help us to know how to conduct ourselves in your great house, the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth for great is the mystery of godliness. We declare today then our responsibility to agree with what You say, to repent and to believe, trust and obey, and in all the so doing we also three times declare, God is good, God is gracious, God is great. Amen and amen.

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