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God’s Grace: Sanctifying Grace, part 3
Everyone in heaven thinks, loves, and chooses just like Jesus. They are like Jesus intellectually, emotionally, and volitionally. However, right now they’re waiting for the day of His return, when they’ll receive a resurrection body and they will be like Jesus physically. Jesus was the first to receive a glorified, resurrection body. That’s why, in Verse 29, Paul says Jesus is “the firstborn among many brothers.” When Jesus returns, and eternity is ushered in, every believer will be like Him in their spirit, soul, and body. Oh what a day that will be!
And that right there that is why I get so excited every time I read or hear 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 (NLT): “But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed.”
I love the way one person explained the change described there in 1 Corinthians 15. He wrote:
Better days are coming, Child of God. Let this thought encourage you in your long journey home.
God has determined to make you like Jesus. Because you are His child, you will one day be like His Son. That family resemblance which is today so faint as to sometimes be almost invisible, will, in that happy day, be so clear that no one in the universe could miss it.
Think of it! All the sin and evil and inner turmoil; all the memories that keep us chained to the past, in one shining moment, the burden is lifted, the chains are broken and we are set free. Lust gone forever. Anger and bitterness finally banished. Pride removed. Greed replaced by love. Sorrow gives way to joy. Addictions gone, their place taken by a fervent love for God. Hurtful memories healed. The fires of worldly ambition replaced with holy zeal for righteousness. Foul speech gives way to praise. Evil habits extinguished. Violent temper replaced with a gentle spirit. Lying lips now speak the truth.
All that we wanted all that we dreamed but could never attain the people we knew we could be and should be in one shining moment, when we see Jesus, it all comes true for us.
Friends, by God’s Grace, He has predetermined that I will one day be like Jesus and be made into His image in every way. This is the basis of our confidence that once God has saved me, I am saved eternally.
It amazes me that even with this knowledge fully disclosed in the Bible that some still choose to walk away from God. I’m not sure I will ever understand that. But I have seen it happen, more times than care to believe.
Paul tells us in verse 30, that our glorification is as good as done, for God has decreed it. God will never give up on or abandon His children. We even have this promise confirming it in Philippians 1:6, reading from the Easy to Read Version, “I am sure that the good work God began in you will continue until He completes it on the day when Jesus Christ comes again.” And yet, even with this promise – we see people choosing to walk away from what God is doing in their lives. I can fully assure you: that is not God’s heart, or plan, or desire. His desire and plan is our eternal salvation.
Medication: A Merry Heart
TOP TEN LEAST POPULAR CHURCH-SPONSORED FIREWORKS DISPLAYS
10. Disciple sparklers
9. Janitor Bob’s burning of pile of flammable, secular cleaning supplies
8. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in that old sparking electric furnace, stored in church garage
7. Youth group shoots bottle rockets at floundering Noah’s Ark
6. David slays Goliath by telling him to light fuse and not get away
5. Book of Romans Candles
4. Exploding M-80 causes donkey to bolt during triumphal entrance into Jerusalem
3. Moses loses a finger lighting Spinning Burning Bush
2. Finale has Lazarus shooting out of tomb on an exploding shell
1. Joseph and the Amazingly Flammable Dreamcoat
St Mark’s Community Church, Janesville
Verse of the Week: Daniel 12:3
Today’s readings: 2 Kings 9– 11