Living Purposefully: Christ In You Is The Hope Of God’s Glory!

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God never intended His creation to suffer the effects of sin, sickness or death. God created man in His own image, breathed life into him, and man became a living soul. One man’s disobedience (sin) marred God’s original purpose for creation. It was never supposed to be this way. 

Sin is seldom mentioned in many church services today for fear of offending people. Yet, the effects of sin can be seen worldwide. The Apostle Paul reveals the impact one man’s sin had on humanity causing death to come to all people because all sinned (Rom. 5:12).

The prophets of old were unafraid to pinpoint sin as the oldest and deepest human problem. These prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Amos, and many others) kept dreaming of a time when God would make things right again. They dreamed of an age to come when crooked things would made straight (Isa. 42:16). A time when all humanity would be knit together in community; and all nature and all humans would delight in God and give praise to Him (Ps. 1:1-6; 37:11, 14; 43:3-5).

Author Cornelius Plantinga gives us some insight into God’s original design, “The webbing together of God, humans, and all creation in justice, fulfillment, and delight is what the Hebrew prophets call shalom.” [1]

We call it peace, but it means far more than just having peace of mind. Plantinga states “In the Bible shalom means universal flourishing, wholeness, and delight—a rich state of affairs in which natural needs are satisfied and natural gifts fruitfully employed, a state of affairs that inspires joyful wonder as the creator and savior opens doors and speaks welcome to the creatures in whom he delights. Shalom, in other words, is the way things are supposed to be.”[2]

God desires for His creation to flourish in life. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (Jn. 14:27).

The good news is that just as sin entered the world through one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! (Jn. 5:17).

We now have access to God’s free gift of grace and salvation which allows mankind to flourish in life. 

Although we await a future time, a new heaven and a new earth as seen by John in Revelation we have opportunity to flourish in the here and now. 

John describes a new day, a time when “the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.” All tears will be wiped away from our eyes, there will be no sorrow, crying, or pain because the former things have passed away and the new has come, the Lord has made a way through grace to live on the earth in its present state (Rev. 21:1-4).

The thief comes to steal and kill and destroy. Jesus came so that we may have life, and have it to the full in abundance (Jn. 10:10).  

The Holy Spirit lives in “the Lord’s people” and empowers believers to live purposefully as “oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor (Isa. 61:3).

Christ in us is the hope of glory!

Blessings, 

Dr. Francine 

Notes: 

1. Cornelius Plantinga, Sin: Not The Way It’s Supposed To Be

2. Ibid

Living Purposefully: The Way It Out To Be

Let’s examine a little closer Cornelius Plantinga’s writing.

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