Before we dive into the success of the cross, we must first understand and embrace the truth of our origin. One cannot appreciate being lost if they don’t understand where they came from to begin with. Redemption in its most basic application is to restore something or someone to its or their original value.
While it is true that we have fallen a long way from where our beginning was, the amazing truth is that God loves us so much that He went to the ultimate length of taking all of law of sin and death which has captured us, upon Himself in the body of His Son, and buried it in His death. His purpose: To restore us to His image and likeness, the blueprint of His original design and displayed in His Son, Jesus.
The central theme and revelation of the bible celebrated a relationship between God and man of the highest order, a union of absolute integrity, with no hint of distance, inferiority, guilt, condemnation or suspicion. The sacred moment, when for the first time in the history of the universe, the invisible Creator reflected his image and likeness in a fragile vessel of flesh became the reference of a presence and purpose in the earth that would dominate human history and destiny.” (Divine Embrace,) by Francois du Toit “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…(Jeremiah 1:5)
Romans 8:29 “He pre-designed and engineered us from the start to be jointly fashioned in the same mold and image of His Son according to the exact blueprint of his thought.. We see the original and intended pattern of our lives preserved in His Son He is the firstborn from the same womb that reveals our genesis. He confirms that we are the invention of God”
We all share the same source, or origin
Acts 17: 26-29 “And he has made from one, every nation of men to dwell on earth, and has determined their pre appointed times and boundaries of their habitation, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘for we are also His offspring.’
Ephesians 2:10 “We are engineered by his design; he molded and manufactured us in Christ. We are his workmanship, his poetry (the Greek word for workmanship is poeima, or poetry. We are fully (translates an idea that God has prepared a highway for us in our everyday life. One that is able to lead us out like kings, in the Oriental custom, where all the roads ahead would be leveled out and made easy to travel) fit to do good, equipped to give attractive evidence of his likeness in us in everything we do.”
Col 1:10 “Jesus mirrors our completeness and endorses (arche, meaning chief in rank) our true identity (exousia, translated as meaning authority. Two components are ek+eimi, originating out of ‘I AM’ “
Col 1:15 “ in him the image and likeness of God is made visible in human life in order that every one may recognize their true origin in him. He is the firstborn of every creature.”
We will never be able to walk in the competess of who we are now if we don't understand who we were designed to be from the beginning!
The revelation of the Gospel shows how God preserved and redeemed the blueprint of His design in Christ despite mankind’s fall into sin, through Adam’s eating of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Our association with Christ which began before the fall of the world, was redeemed.
Ephesians 1:4 “He associated us in Christ before the fall of the world! (usually translated as ‘foundation of the world. Kataballo, meaning to put in a lower place, instead of themelios, meaning foundation [see, 2:20] meaning foundation.) Jesus is God’s mind made up about us! He always knew in his love that he would present us again face-to-face (katenopion, suggests the closest possible proximity) before him in blameless innocence.”
Understanding and embracing our origins will only lead us to appreciate and value what God did for us through the redemptive life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We all have the chance, given by His love, to be the Prodigal Son, and return to our home and Father.
Before continuing Part Three: “The Success of the Cross,” read John 19, 20 and Ephesians 1,2.