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Topic: Repeat (01/24/13)
TITLE: The God of Repeat
By Emilou Ilagan
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We have a relational Triune God- Father, Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. His character and attributes are love, grace, and righteousness manifested and demonstrated at the sacrificial death of His one and only Son on the Cross to save the world from sin, sickness, death, and hell.
In the Genesis account, the first couple Adam and Eve were tempted by the enemy and fell into sin. Since then, man was separated from God needing a way, bridge or better yet a Savior . In the Old Testament times, God chosen Abraham to become the father of many nations and his grandson Jacob (meaning cheater) later on became Israel (prince of God), the nation God chosen out of all the nations on earth where his redemptive original plan will take in full effect.
The Israelites and the majority of the Bible characters repeatedly committed idolatry with the heathen gods, disobeyed the laws and commandments of God, and turned their hearts away from God. However, God repetitively forgave, cleansed and covered their sins, loved, and accepted them out of His lovingkindness and compassion.
God's love is unending, limitless, infinite with no boundaries transcending time, space, and matter. He is perfect, flawless, omni-scient, omni-potent, and omni-present.
The foreshadowing and the prophecies in the Old Testament happened in the New Testament when Jesus Christ was born to live to teach the world about God's kingdom, winning souls for God, healing sicknesses, casting demons, changing hearts, transforming lives and revealing God for who He really is. Jesus is the exact enfleshment and representation of God Himself.
In our current day and age, God never changed a bit. He repeats what He has done since Day 1 up to the present. His unconditional love remains for He is Love Himself. We also kept repeating the same mistakes of our ancestors thousands of generations ago but God's love, power, blood, name, and mercy are enough to cover and cleanse us permanently from all our since once and for all.
Come to think of it, whatever happened before continues to happen now. Everything merely repeats itself. God initiates love and we reject Him. He chases after us again and we think of Him a bit and return halfheartedly until something will just happen in a wink of an eye just when we least expect it.
After God's continuous prodding, tugging, and calling us back to His heart, finally we reached a point that we hear Him clearly and accept His offered love and join our spirits and hearts and entire beings to Him.
But, take heart. Our pains, disobedience, and struggles will end and in Revelation, the last book of the Bible, everything is ending gloriously to those who responded lovingly, wisely, and faithfully to God's repeated, unconditional love in the history of the world and mankind. But to those who keeps repeating their sins and rejecting God, the ending is not good.
Are you now ready to accept God's love for you? He is just there, waiting for you, believing in you that one day you will say YES to Him.
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