Back To The Manufacturer
Becoming a Christian is like going back to the manufacturer and living the Christian life is like going back to the manufacturer repeatedly.
2 Corinthians 5:20b: . . . we pray you in Christ*s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
Who knows better what we are created for than our Creator? When we are not fulfilling the purpose for which He created us He knows best how to correct the problem. When we create something, it doesn*t work and we can*t make it work, we throw it on the junkpile. We don*t create things to displease us. So what is God*s purpose for creating us? For Himself and for His pleasure.
Colossians 1:16: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Revelation 4:11: Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
When we buy a new automobile and have problems with it there is a school of thought that says we are better off taking it back to the dealer for repairs. That is certainly a good idea as long as there is a warranty on the vehicle. It may also be a good idea even after the warranty has expired. The dealer*s mechanics are often more helpful because they have been trained by the manufacturer of the car. There is also a school of thought that after the warranty expires, quality work can be done more cheaply by repair shops other than a dealer. That can also be a good idea if you choose the right repair shop.
Through the sin of Adam and Eve we (God*s creations) have been damaged. We add to the damage. Because God created us He owns us. I have never owned a car that decided that it did not belong to me. But men have decided that they own themselves and ought to please themselves rather than God.
We prefer that God compromise with us and let us be what we want to be. In a sense, we want to decide how He will recreate us. The problem is that our blue print does not call for adequate change. It merely sugar coats the flawed beings that we already are. Repentance toward God is a compromise on our part, not His. Faith in God is a compromise on our part, not His. We need to be made into new and different creatures. He does not.
There is no one else that can make us into new creatures (regenerate us) as God can. There is no one else that can fine-tune us like God can. There is no one else that can patiently correct our faults over and over as He does. There ought to be no doubt that He created us OR that He wants to recreate us. There is no doubt that we need to be recreated.
Galatians 6:15: For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
Titus 3:5: Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
Romans 3:10-11: As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
If you drive an automobile without oil in the engine it will be destroyed. In a sense, sin has destroyed the engines within us. If we continue to live in sin without God-regenerated engines supplied with the eternal lubrication of His imputed righteousness we will eventually destroy ourselves.
Romans 6:23a: For the wages of sin is death;
There are many passages in the Bible that state plainly that God created us and owns us.
Psalms 100:3: Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Isaiah 44:21: Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; for thou art my servant: I have formed thee; thou art my servant: O Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of me.
There are also many passages that speak about our need for Him to recreate us.
2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
2 Corinthians 4:16: For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
Ephesians 4:24: And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
1 Corinthians 3:9: For we are labourers together with God: ye are God*s husbandry, ye are God*s building.
Psalms 55:19: God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah. Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God.
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