Pearl drop 06-14
YOU are valuable because you belong to God, you are his sons, you are made in His image and likeness, you are a ‘Chip off the old Rock!’ You came out of the same mould as Jesus Christ in His humanity.
At creation all the plants, animals and vegetation were created out of the substance that they now live in….Gen.1:11 Let the earth bring forth. Gen.1:20 Let the sea bring forth…
But when He made man he spoke to Himself…..v26…Let US make man….man came out of the Trinity. Yes, there is a created part of you and earthly part, but the real you came out of the Trinity itself.
You sit here today because you began your earthly existence out of the result of the romance of your parents. Although for some this word romance may not be entirely appropriate. Nevertheless there was a union. But the real you came out of the heavenly romance that is going on in the Trinity.
I just want to say this about the Trinity. God is love…..Love cannot exist in isolation…..Love is a dynamic force it must always be giving and sharing….that is why there is a Trinity, without a Trinity there can be no love. Any god who claims to be a god of love who also claims to be alone, cannot love.
That is why you are so priceless, so valuable, your value is beyond measure…
The Psalmist says.
Ps. 8: 4,5 ‘What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest (pay close attention to) him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels (God), and hast crowned him with glory and honour.’
Mankind is God’s glory in the earth….God has never changed His mind about you. But mankind has changed his mind about who God is and how he sees himself.
Paul highlighted the main problem with mankind when he said in Eph.4: 17-18.’This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility/vanity of their mind,having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart;’
Vanity of their minds…..vanity means: devoid of truth, an absence of truth, destitute, entirely without truth. In other words man has believed a lie about himself and about God. This in fact is the essence of unbelief, the result of changing the truth about God into a lie. Rom.1:25
The truth about the cross is this, that Jesus took responsibility for the sin in all mankind and at the cross dealt with this foreign influence of ‘sin and death’ in our members.
1Cor:5:14. For the love of Christ constrains us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then we all died…v15…He died for all…..
1Cor.5:19 that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not counting their sins against them…..
However our western mindset dos’nt understand the full impact of this statement…..
Christ died for you……has an element of distance and delay in it. The truth is you were in Christ when he died! you co-died with Christ!
If I go to the doctors for an sickness and he diagnoses a problem but then prescribes a tablet, it means he can deal with that problem from a distance.
But if I am diagnosed with a foreign body in me that has to be removed, then I have to be there on the operating table when the doctor operates. Mankind, you and me, were alienated and hostile in our minds doing the evil deeds sponsored by the the law of ‘sin and death’ that lodged in our bodies hosting a foreign influence, foreign to our design.
But you were embraced into Christ at His death so you died to this foreign influence, sin was not cut out of you, this is where that analogy breaks down, you went one step further and DIED to sin & death and it overwhelming influence in your life.
‘What are we saying then in water baptism, if we are not declaring that we understand our union with Christ in His death? Baptism pictures how we were co-buried together with Christ in His death; then it powerfully illustrates how in God’s mind we were co-raised with Christ into a new lifestyle. We were like seeds planted together in the same soil, to be co-quickened to life. Since we were included in His death we are equally included in His resurrection. We perceive that our old lifestyle was co-crucified together with Him; this concludes that the vehicle that accommodated sin in us, was scrapped and rendered entirely useless. Our slavery to sin has come to an end.’ (Romans 6:2-6.Mirror Word Bible)