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Topic: Police (10/12/06)
TITLE: Let's Get In The Car
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From eternity past, God has always had His instruments for overseeing and controlling the entire gamut of His creation. Let’s take a brief look at some of the ruling authorities that He has used to police it.
God does nothing by chance or without an ultimate purpose in view. Notwithstanding whatever caused His original creation to become “without form and void” (Gen.1:2; KJV), God spent the first five days of the re-creation, preparing the earth for man’s habitation and blessing. Among other things, He created the sun to rule the day and the moon to superintend the night (Gen.1:16). Then He made fish, fowl, and land animals, all for man’s benefit (Gen.1:21-25), and gave man, who was the crowning glory of His creation, authority over all of the animal and plant kingdoms (Gen.1:28).
Then came man’s “fall”into sin. Adam was then given headship over Eve, and God found it necessary to place cherubim in the garden of Eden as local patrolmen. Their purpose in serving God there was to keep Adam and Eve from eating from the tree of life, which would have resulted in their having to live eternally in that lost condition.
In spite of the now, centuries long, devastating results of Adam and Eve’s sin, God still has His policemen stationed throughout the earth. He uses them to ameliorate suffering, control the spread of sin, and direct the heavy traffic of lost sinners to Jesus Christ.
Some of society’s Divinely appointed officers are easily recognizable, such as our local police and sheriff departments, state legislators and governors, the Congress, FBI, military branches…all the way up to the White House (Rom.13:1)!
Some are less obviously - but just as surely - planned and ordained by God. Climate and weather conditions are often used by Him to interrupt and affect man’s plans to do either good or evil. Family and friends exert great influence on an individual’s attitudes and actions. Authority figures, such as teachers, pastors, and respected business professionals, as well as sports and entertainment “heroes”, have substantial impact on our thinking and attitudes.
There are also many spiritual police constantly on duty and capable of enforcing God’s will. Myriads of angels stand ready to serve Him in whatever mission He sends them on. Often their work is to help believers in some way, which should bring great comfort to us (Heb.1:14). The Holy Spirit brings great pressure to bear for accomplishing righteousness, when God’s Word is read or heard by someone (Jn.16:7-11; Heb.4:12). Unlike plants and animals, human beings were created with a conscience, which tends to restrain us from sinning, provided we have not allowed it to become dulled or even seared, by repeatedly ignoring its warnings.
Other “cops” employed by God include life’s unavoidable, negative circumstances, fear, disappointment, heartache, sorrow, grief, and physical, mental or emotional pain. This has not been an exhaustive list, because our infinitely wise, omniscient Lord has an unlimited variety of tools at His disposal, for limiting sin’s successfulness.
Before closing, there is one more, very important sentry of His that we should consider. And that is you, brother or sister in Christ! You and I! We are an integral part of Christ’s blood-bought, police force. Jesus declared that we are spiritual salt and light in this world (Mat.5:13-16). Salt is a preservative that is capable of arresting and confining corruption. Light dispels darkness, and allows people to clearly see where the road is that will lead them safely home.
The heavenly squad car is fueled up and ready to roll out on its patrol. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are already inside the vehicle, waiting for us to take our place in the front seat. Let’s get in the car!
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