July 24, 2016


maxresdefault“Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when He appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.”1 John 3:2 (ESV) Restoration, of mankind and a new creation beyond our finite imagination. All restored for the redeemed. Peter tells us in 2 Peter 3:13 (KJV) “We are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness” and love. Paul also says, “For now [in this time of imperfection] we see in a mirror dimly [a blurred reflection, a riddle, or a contradictory character.]

But then my friends, [when the time of perfection comes we will see reality] face to face. Now I know in part [just in fragments], but then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known [by God]. And now there remain: faith [abiding trust in God and His promises], hope [confident expectation of eternal salvation], love [unselfish love for others growing out of God’s love for me], these three [the choicest graces]; but the greatest of these is love.”1 Cor. 13:12-13 (AMP)

When God created this world and man in six days, “He saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good” and “morally excellent.” Thatimgres was Gods originally plan and that is what we will be restored back to. John tells us God himself “will wipe away every tear from our eyes,” and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away,” and it  “shall not rise up the second time.” Rev. 21:4 (ESV) Nahum 1:9 (KJV)

My friends it is now personal because. “God so love the world” that He wanted you and I personally to understand perfection in its unadulterated form and how it was from the beginning when “God smiled, And the light broke, And the darkness rolled up on one side, And the light stood shining on the other, And God said: That’s good!” (James Weldon Johnson, The Creation)

And that is what Calvary was All about Happiness, joy, and perfect love restored. Restoration of the new earth is soon to come, but the restoration of our hearts is taking place within us right now if we are allowing self to die daily through the power of God’s Spirit But it also must take place and be completed before we can enjoy the fruits of  “a new heaven and a new earth.”

And once again when you and I see the Son of man coming through those clouds with “thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten man-prayingthousand angles,” there will be no “blurred reflection” of what we think we will be in Character. For restoration will be complete and we will be exactly like the One we see in all of His glory. My friends the invitations has gone out. But are we standing still and recognizing the voice of God as he knocks at our heart.

“Such stillness will not be just a pause, in which a thousand thoughts and desires assault us, but a time of recollection, giving us an inward peace, allowing us to draw breath and rediscover the one thing necessary, which we have either forgotten. Or something we have never experienced, and that is being in the presence of a God who can restore us into His image. (Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger | Excerpts from The Spirit of the Liturgy p 209) My friends that is when it becomes a personal relationship with God and that is what we must seek daily until God Himself says “well done”

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