First Baptist Church
Friday, April 18, 2014
Mount Vernon, Indiana
It is a part of our stock cultural imagery that each of us has an angel standing on one of our shoulders and a devil on the other. And both the angel and the devil are versions of us, persuading us to good or evil in any given situation. But is this imagery reflective of a real truth? Are we made up of two natures? The apostle Paul describes only one nature for those not found in Christ: the flesh. And one nature for those in Christ: the Spirit.
"They look just like you." I often hear this comment in regards to my children. This makes sense, since they are my children and they do look like me. Sometimes that resemblance goes beyond physical features, to speech and mannerisms. It only makes sense. It should also make sense with our relationship to God through Christ. Through faith in the Son of God, we have the privilege of being 'sons of God.' And necessarily, we should 'look' like our Father, by the power of the Spirit.
One billion dollars. That was the prize money for having a perfect NCAA basketball bracket if you entered it on yahoo.com. What would you do if you won that kind of money? And would it be a blessing or a curse? Probably a curse! But what if there is One who has inherited the whole world, and has chosen to share it with others? There is! His name is Jesus Christ. And through faith in His blood, we can be co-heirs with Christ into His great blessings.
Mercy-killing. Particularly in an agricultural society, most are familiar with this concept, and perhaps have participated in one. When an animal is beyond saving, even if still alive, often its owner will participate in a mercy-killing. Is that what God will do with His sick and broken Creation? Or will God bring renewal to His Creation, instead of death? As we examine the Scriptures, we find that part of the great glory that is to be revealed is a New Creation for the New Humanity.