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Topic: Good and Bad (05/07/09)
TITLE: Free Will's Cost
By Allison Egley
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"'Let there be light.'" And it was good."
Yes, the world was once good. The world was created in God's perfect image, in His perfect timing, in His perfect plan.
The sun, moon, and stars, the water and land, the birds, fish, and creatures of the earth, all were created to be perfect. All created to bring God honor and glory.
Man was created in God's image and likeness, woman created to be a helpmate.
Yes, the world was good. Perfect, even. Man had complete fellowship with God
Then, due to one decision, everything changed.
<b><i>The world is fallen.</b></i>
Disobedience. Lying. Murder. Deceit.
No longer perfect. God gave man free will. We were not to be His clones. Created in His image, yes. But never clones. The gift of free will came with a high price. It interrupted perfect and complete fellowship with God.
God, however, had a plan all along. We were never lost in His eyes. He would send His perfect Son, in His perfect timing, part of His perfect plan.
It must have seemed like the greatest tragedy when the Son of God was put to death for something He didn't do. But the greatest tragedy in the world turned to the greatest victory.
Jesus is alive! Death has been conquered, and the grave has no power over me.
Yes, there is still sin. Sin was not abolished from the earth; just defeated.
The world is still fallen. The world is still corrupt, ruled by man, and not by the King of all Kings.
The story, however, does not end here. The cross was simply a turning point; not the end.
Jesus promised He would return just as he left. We do not know when, and we do not know the details. Sure, there is speculation, but "...Who has known the mind of the Lord?"
We cannot understand the way of the Lord, because we are fallen beings who still live in a fallen world, pardoned by mercy, saved by grace.
Our future lies in His hands, and who better then the Lord to trust our future to?
One thing the Lord has revealed:
"He who testifies to these things says, 'Yes, I am coming quickly.' Amen. Come, Lord Jesus." The Lord will return to establish His perfect reign. The world... all of it; will acknowledge His dominion, and the world will once again be perfect.
He will come in His perfect timing, as part of His perfect plan.
<b><i>The world will be redeemed!</i> Hosanna!</b>
Gen. 1:3 (NASB)
Rom. 11:14 (NASB)
Rev. 20:22 (NASB)
Inspiration taken from "All Things New" by Andrew Peterson
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