Monday, February 27, 2017

The Third Trumpet

An amazing and incredible thing has happened.  It happened on earth, was documented in heaven, and made valid for each one of us who chooses to have faith in Christ.  Sound the trumpet!  It is a Word worthy of heralding.  It is a part of that gospel which the Apostle Paul has declared to be "the power of God..." (Romans 1:16)   Even though we have looked in the mirror for a life time and called ourselves sinners, God has changed all that through the sacrifice of His Son on the cross.  As sure as Abram received the new name, Abraham, and as sure as Saul of Tarsus became Paul the Apostle, we are known no longer in the heavenly places as sinner, but child of God. 

Who among us counts ourselves worthy of such a new name?  Not one.  No, not a single one.  But, we have been given a new name through the grace of God.  No longer are we those separated from God because of our sin, but because of the cross and our faith in the One who died there, we are now seen by our Father God as one of His children.  But, Romans 8 does not simply stop at that point.  It goes on to declare that this new reality is declared from within our hearts by the all powerful, death overcoming, equipping, and enabling Holy Spirit.  "When we cry, 'Abba! Father!' it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God."  (Romans 8:15-16)

Children of God is who we are.  This is how God now sees us.  We have been adopted into His family and as one of His we are given all the spiritual blessings that He can possibly pour out upon those who belong to Him.  If we are able to give good gifts to our children and we are but mortal parents, imagine, if possible, the exceedingly good gifts God gives to us because we belong to Him.  Surely one of the blessing is the inner assurance that we belong to God and are known by Him as one who belongs to Him.  What a Word!  Each one of us is a child belonging to God.  Sound the trumpet!  There is good news to proclaim!

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