From Death to Life
19 It was God [personally present] in Christ, reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself, not counting up and holding against [men] their trespasses [but cancelling them], and committing to us the message of reconciliation (of the restoration to favor).20 So we are Christ’s ambassadors, God making His appeal as it were through us. We [as Christ’s personal representatives] beg you for His sake to lay hold of the divine favor [now offered you] and be reconciled to God.21 For our sake He made Christ [virtually] to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in and through Him we might become [endued with, viewed as being in, and examples of] the righteousness of God [what we ought to be, approved and acceptable and in right relationship with Him, by His goodness]. (2Cor 5:19-21 Amp)
Galatians 4:4-7 Amplified Bible
4 But when the proper time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born subject to [the regulations of] the Law,5 To purchase the freedom of (to ransom, to redeem, to atone for) those who were subject to the Law, that we might be adopted and have sonship conferred upon us [and be recognized as God’s sons].6 And because you [really] are [His] sons, God has sent the [Holy] Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, Abba (Father)! Father!7 Therefore, you are no longer a slave (bond servant) but a son; and if a son, then [it follows that you are] an heir by the aid of God, through Christ. (Gal 4:4-7 Amp) (http://biblegateway.com)
Have we Forgotten?
During this present, church, information age; it seems as if mankind has forgotten the reason why we’re alive. Our greatest focus, is based upon ourselves. How to be successful people. Whether sports, business, merchants, science, technology, computers, IT specialists, whatever. We want to be the best in whatever field, study, business, leaders we can be. Pride or predigous? The best political, or church leaders, we choose whom we shall follow, heed or listen to. we want to be our own heroes. We literally choose our heroes, no matter the price paid.
We fight, argue, strive, to be the best. We each follow our own rules, regulations, or Philosophy. Anything, as long as we do not have to acknowledge we are sinners. “I am the last perfect man;” our present day’s, daily mantra. “Ev’rything goes; seems to be today’s standard. We live loose, moral lives. We do just as we wish. “I am a good man;” is our cry. Sometimes we think, “I am my own god.”
The I in pride is also the I in sin. Pride comes before a fall. We are clearly reminded of pride’s dangerous fallacies. Pride makes us think we are infallible. It causes much hurt, injuries, deception. We end up, having our own ego trip. At times we may become, quite narcissistic, as ev’rything is about: Me, myself and I. These thoughts may lead to our downfall. Pride had caused the downfall of man great personalities.
There is nothing wrong with our thinking. We need to have a good, personal image. I am sure many people who thought this way, have no doubt; been successful. We need to have a healthy self image. As a man thinks in his heart so is he in this world. The Scripture, clearly speaks of these things.
Remember your Creator
Often, we need to humble ourselves at the foot of the cross. So we should remember our creator in the days of our youth (see Eccl. 12:1-7). The very breath we breathe, springs from, our Creator. “Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath or spirit of life, and man became a living being.” (Gen 2:7 Amp). We are of much value before God and man.
The psalmist writes: – ” When I view and consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained and established.What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of [earthborn] that You care for him? Yet You have made him but a little, lower than God [or heavenly beings]; and You have crowned him with glory and honour. You made him to have dominion over works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet; All sheep and oxen, yes, and the beasts of the field. The birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatever passes along the paths of the seas. O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth!” (Ps 8:3-9 Amp).
This is the reason for Calvary. Christ Jesus, Emmanuel, God in human form, became our sacrifice for our sin. As humans, born in sin; we are unable to save ourselves. We through various means, try to console ourselves. Deliver ourselves from destruction through our own means. Yet we are not able to save ourselves, through our own works. Salvation is of God. Our Creator, so loved, that He paid the price, through His Blood, shed on Calvary.
Through one man’s disobedience; sin and destruction entered into the world; therefore through one Man’s obedience; all mankind, would be able to have right standing with God. We would have the opportunity of Salvation, Life, through Christ’s shed Blood. For without Christ’s dying on the cross, we would have no salvation. Yet the cross could not hold Him. Death lost its power (see 1Cor 15:53-58), when Christ died and rose again.
It is written: – “The first man Adam became a living being (an individual personality; the Last Adam (Christ Jesus) became a life-giving Spirit [restoring the dead to life]. But it is not the spiritual life which came first. but the physical and then the spiritual. The first man [was] from out of earth’ made of dust (earthly- minded); the second Man (the Last Adam) [is] the Lord from out of heaven. Now those who are made of the dust are are like him who was first made of the dust (earthly-minded); and as is the [the Man] from heaven, so also [are those] who are of heaven (heavenly minded). And just as we have borne the image [of the man] of dust, so shall we and so let us also hear the image [of the Man] of heaven. But I tell you this, brethren, flesh and blood cannot [become partakers of eternal Salvation and] inherit or share in the Kingdom of God; nor does the perishable (that which is decaying) inherit or share in the imperishable (the immortal).” (See 1Cor15:45-50 Amp).