From Corruption to Perfection

Have you ever really thought through the incredible change in a redeemed human being? God intervenes in a human being’s life. The person receives the gift of eternal life by trusting Jesus as Savior and Lord. What a transformation ensues! One moment, he or she is spiritually dead, selfish, sinful, headed for a Christless eternity; the next moment, Spiritual life (the life of God) is restored to the repenting sinner, that sinner becomes a child of God and is declared “perfect!” After being credited with “perfection” (Christ’s), God starts a lifelong process of perfecting him or her. They are turned around from where they were headed, placed on the road to Heaven. They become children of God, They have brand new interests, motivation, lifestyle, attitudes, values, worldview, desires, purpose, a guarantee of Heaven, guidance, provision, peace, joy, love, etc. And, they have the Presence of God in their lives! This miracle of transformation is something only God could provide and produce. Being redeemed takes a willful sinner, who comes to Christ, and not only transforms him or her into a saint but ultimately into the very image of His Son! Amazing grace indeed! This new life is the Holy Spirit indwelling all who are Spiritually reborn. Being present in our inner being, He brings the Word of God to bear in our lives. This Word is the instrument of God’s sanctifying work in our lives. If a carpenter is making something of wood and the wood yields to the carpenter’s tool, he can make something wonderful and useful. It’s the same way with us. As we yield to God’s tool, the Scriptures, He makes of us something wonderful and useful. This is called “surrender” and is what Paul called for in Romans 12:1-2: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies aliving sacrifice, holy acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service and be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” C. Bishop’s hymn: “Such Love,” gives expression to the changing power of grace: “That God should love a sinner such as I, should yearn to change my sorrow into bliss, nor rest till He had planned to bring me nigh, how wonderful is love like this. That Christ should join so freely in the scheme, although it meant His death on Calvary — did ever human tongue find nobler theme than love divine that ransomed me? That for a willful outcast such as I the Father planned, the Savior bled and died, redemption for a worthless slave to buy, who long had law and grace defied.” Selah! A good carpenter can do wonders with his tools; God’s tool changes His children from corruption to perfection. Are you yielded?  Ron

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