|Written by Vaughn Winslett|
|Tuesday, 18 May 2010 23:51|
I hope to make a long story short in order to make a point and pen a few words about what is on my mind.
On Saturday February 14, 2004 my wife and I drove to my hunting camp in order to retrieve a ladder stand I had left in a tree and a camper I had slept in. Upon seeing the stand high in the tree my wife cautioned me about the danger of removing the stand alone. As I went up the stand I prayed to the good Lord to watch over me as he always has. As the stand broke away from the tree I realized as I was falling that I should have listened to my wife. As I sat on the ground I thanked the good Lord that I only had a broken leg. I could still breath, was still alive and I knew that it could have been a lot worse. As I limped back up the mountain I thought about two texts that could be used, listening to my loving wife and that the Lord will not forsake us.
What is on my mind at this time though is the body of men. Our bodies are not meant to last forever. When God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, man became a living soul. He was perfect before God. The man was formed in his prime. He was not a child, he was not old, he was perfect. There has not been a wiser man than Adam, except Jesus, God Himself. Adam was perfect in the image of God, in the presence of God. Adam sinned and death passed upon all men. Man must now die. The body must return unto the earth from which God created him. We also see a spiritual death because God drove the man from His presence. Had man not fell from God's perfection, he could have eaten from the tree of life and lived forever. The Lord God said, behold the man is become as one of Us (Father, Son, Holy Ghost) to know good and evil. The wages of sin are death. Man could not live forever, since sin cannot exist with God, man was driven from His presence.
We can certainly see eternal salvation, redeeming grace and atonement here, which was already agreed upon by the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Romans 5:12 reveals that by one man, Adam, sin entered into the world. There was no sin until Adam fell. God did not make Adam sin anymore than he made me climb and fall from the tree. I was warned about the danger, yet I continued and fell. God did not make Adam to fall, nor did He make me fall from the tree, yet by His grace I was spared further pain, even death. How overwhelming is God's grace to His children from Adam to all who are His. We suffer from our actions in this world. We certainly suffer here for our actions. God in Christ spare us from everlasting hell as His love spares greater suffering here.
We are Adam multiplied. We sin, we are conceived in sin, we are born in sin. We live our lives as we sojourn through this world in sin. We are justly condemned to death yet by God's grace we received life.
We are Adam. Sickness, disease, sorrow and death came by sin. Our bodies do not last forever. We are born to die. We love life and do all we can to cling to it. We eat right, work, exercise, sleep, take medicines and vitamins to try to live longer, yet we all die. We cannot live forever due to sin. Our bodies break, they wear out and we die. Men are murdered and butchered by other men. However, God has promised that nether death nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Read the 8th chapter of Romans and read the complete list which the Spirit of God gave unto the Apostle Paul to pen. See who His children are and read of the body of man, which will be resurrected in the day of the last trump. Read 1st Corinthians chapter 15 of this body, which has borne the image of the earthly, the sin, the sickness, the disease. Read how it shall be raised in the image of the heavenly, raised in incurruption as our elder brother Jesus Christ, immortal to die no more. We are not eternal; we have a beginning. God created us. Only God is eternal and He has promised us everlasting life.
Sin came by one man Adam. We walk in it.
Grace came in Jesus Christ. May we walk in it.
We shall live to die no more. No more sin, no sickness, pain nor death. As Adam was created in His prime of perfection, God shall raise us up in His.
Let the saints of God rejoice and may our hope be in Christ.
Pray for each other and please pray for me,