Monday, November 16, 2015

God of the Fresh Start

Our starting graphic is one of several that I found on the site mentioned at the bottom of the graphic, thanks to another from there being shared to my social media stream.  Much of it seems like humanism.  At the same time, there are things some of these slogans say that has pure Biblical foundation.  Like today's illustration.

1 John 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 

Any born again Christian is likely to know that verse by heart.  And we can sometimes become familiar with truths like that.  This may be a shorter than usual post, but I want to home in on a specific body of truth and some thoughts that graphic generated for me.  I think you'll be as blessed as I am by what God showed me.

Think about what the graphic says.  "Sometimes, all you need is a fresh start."  The truth is that we all need a fresh start and more often than just sometimes.  Thanks to Original Sin, our spiritual genetics predispose us toward sin instead of toward God.  It's a good thing for us that God is a God of love.

Romans 5:8  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Think about those two verses.
  1. We know that God has and is the ultimate form of love.
  2. That love allows Him to forgive us our straying away from Him, in all the ways we manage to find to do that.  Indeed, He makes us holy, again.
  3. We also know that God prepared a solution for our problem before we created the problem.
  4. We understand that God's ability to plan ahead like that is because He's omniscient.
Those four points are powerful.  God is all knowing and all loving.  That allows Him to not only forgive our errant ways, but to create a means for Him to be able to forgive us.  Plus the fact that the solution was created before the problem or the troublemakers ever existed.

There's nothing in those verses that limits how often that can happen.  Which makes God the God of the second chance.  And the third.  And the fourth.  And the fifth.  As many chances as we need to end up in a state of righteousness.  That got me thinking about another verse.

Revelation 22:17  And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

That verse sounds all inclusive to me.  How about you?  We often talk about Satan not getting the benefit of that solution because he sinned while in a perfect environment.  But God created the earth, which means, like everything else, it wasn't created imperfect.  Indeed, we say that Adam's sin corrupted all of earthly existence.  So, like Satan, he too started with a perfect environment. So, why weren't Satan and the fallen angels given the same or similar way out of their predicament as we got?

I came to an interesting conclusion.  I don't recall seeing any Biblical evidence of this, so you can decide it's merely speculation.  But I think it fits what the Bible says about God.  I picture God being as hurt by the fallen angels' sin as ours.  That fits His nature as being a loving God.  But His omniscience knew that the demons would never accept the appropriate solution.  So, God never created a solution for them because He knew they would never take advantage of it.  Or, perhaps, there was a solution created that, because their pride refused to take it, will become the final evidence against them at the Judgement Seat.

But, in any case, we see a loving God who loves His enemy (us) enough to give is an option to become something other than His enemy.  Which makes Him the God of the fresh start.  That's pretty special.  All we have to do is choose Him instead of everything that isn't Him.  Our behavior and attitudes will change accordingly.

So, how are you handling your gift of a do over?  Are you taking that fresh start?

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