Everyone has a worldview. Worldview is our individual, personal idea of life and the world we live in. It is defined by five parts being the origin of all things, who our personal identity is, the value of what we are or the “meaning of life”. A clear definition of what is right and wrong, a set of rules we live by or a moral compass. And finally our potential finality, destiny. What will come of us?
The Author and Pioneer of life, all known and unknown is defined clearly multiple times in the Bible. First being, “In the beginning God…” (Genesis 1:1, the Holy Bible) God spoke the world into existence, creation ex nihilo “creation out of nothing.” (Finding Your Worldview: Thinking Christianly about the World, ch 5, pg 84) General Revelation by David in Psalm 19:1, 3 depicts the realization of God in all things. “God can be known in a general way by humans…” (Finding Your Worldview: Thinking Christianly about the World, ch 5, pg 80) In a national conference in 2010, Albert Mohler was asked by his peers to give a message. The message was, “Why Does the Universe Look So Old?” And here, Mohler expresses the Hebrew literary genre of Genesis as being that a sort of amanuensis. There was no hint of poetry. The words were deliberate and methodical. God inherently dictated the words of His creation to Moses. And those words were Christ’s as John describes in John chapter 1. God created all things with a Word.
“Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (The Holy Bible, Mark 12:17) The image on the coin was Caesars. The image upon us is God’s. In Genesis 1:26, God being the Father, Son and Holy Spirit states, “Let us make man in our image…” This is not only a clear indication of basic appearance but also intent of character. That character being, “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance”. (The Holy Bible, Galatians 5:22, 23) Keep in mind this was prior to the fall and after regeneration. The words of our Lord in Mark also make clear indication of ownership. Being bounty of redemption we are owned by the blood of Christ. (Paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 6:20) When your direction of a fallen creature, without Christ is utter doom; the wages of sin are death, then you welcome the relinquishment of independence willfully, giving our person to Jesus Christ. “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (The Holy Bible, John 3:30)
Being made in the physical likeness and the spiritual likeness through sanctification puts us above the beasts of land, air and sea. “…and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon this earth.” (The Holy Bible, Genesis 1:26) They are made first for His good pleasure and secondly to serve human kind. For the greater of which is the well orchestrated system by our great Pioneer. Of which serves us by sustaining life down to the buzzing bee.
We owe our every breath to God Almighty. “It is a part of God’s nature to be creative. He is the divine Creator. It was His will to create.” (Finding Your Worldview: Thinking Christianly about the World, ch 5, pg 87) “By the decree of God, for the manifestation of His glory…to praise of His glorious grace…” (The Baptist Confession of Faith, ch 3, pg 9) We live by His grace and we live for His glory.
My purpose in all this is to be a steward of the Gospel, the highest honor and the most perilous appointment. I heard Pastor J. John, with his creative expression of what we do. He said, “I work for a global enterprise, we have got outlets in nearly every country in the world. We’ve got hospitals and hospices and homeless shelters. We do marriage work, we have got orphanages, and we’ve got feeding programs, educational programs. We do all sorts of justice and reconciliation. Basically we look after people from birth to death and we deal in the area of behavioral alteration.” The lady of whom he was speaking to at Heathrow airport said, “WOW!!” “It was so loud her wow, loads of people turned around and looked at us.” She said, “What’s it called?” “I said it’s called the church” (J. John, Trinity Broadcast Network, You Tube) I personally have worked in most of the areas that J. John so colorfully and humorously voiced. It is with tremendous joy in service. The Greek word would be agalliao, which means exceedingly glad, jumping for joy which can only be attributed to the Holy Spirit. We could know no gladness like this outside of God.
Moral Compass was the subject of a sermon of mine. To those who are saved, we recognize it as something written upon our hearts. The Jews often refer to the “Law” as a labor of love. We find ourselves desiring to please God. “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (The Holy Bible, John 14:15) “…I will put my laws into their hearts…” (The Holy Bible, Hebrews 10:16) The knowledge of right and wrong had been branded upon us from the author of morality. You feel the simplest gratitude being right and the worst morose being wrong. In that message, the compass always ports due north to God, look up.
Apocalypses is the Greek word for uncovering the veil. The veil at the temple was rent by the work at the cross. Christ being our great mediator, we can now, as reborn, regenerate souls, approach the throne as joint heirs with our petition to the most high God. The uncovering of what Christ had planned for us is culminated in one book that is the only book that offers blessing to the one who reads and keeps it. Keeping it is of a high accord. In Hebrew the word would be Shamar. In this Revelation we see heaven. Heaven is the long awaited re-uniting of creature and Creator. The prayer so fervently expressed by Christ in Gethsemane, John 17. “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” (The Holy Bible, John 3:15) Believing is the ultimate form of faith. We believe that Christ’s work upon the cross was sufficient for the atonement of our sins. This justification pardons us from eternal death which we unequivocally deserve. This grace is our free gift that only by the fruits of the Holy Spirit with in us, which is also a free gift; we can be free of the bounds of eternal death. In Romans 6:14, 23 it states sin shall have no dominion, therefore neither do wages.
Many view heaven as a destination. I believe much more. I believe it is the Holy Matrimony of Christ and the bride; an eternal union of all things righteous. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering , gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (The Holy Bible, Galatians 5:22, 23) Christ is the fruits and we will be joined in the first of these first and foremost which is love. A place within Him where their can be no sorrow. The scripture does depict a place of grandeur by John while on Patmos, but I feel, this is of no relevance to the glory and majesty of the Holy Union. The walls with precious stone sand streets of gold are nothing in light of our King.
As a creature, born in the image of our God we have rights over the earth and all things there of. As His creature we have thoughts and feelings that draw us to Him. We are made with the desire to please Him. The only way we can make our God happy is by faith and obedience. He has gone above the mere actions of a flawed creature and given us these things through grace. He wrote His name, His love and His law upon our hearts for all eternity. That eternity will be spent in unity upon the day of our glorification, upon the day of our Lord.
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