Monday, March 5, 2018

Who had the best relationship with Yahweh God in the Old Testament?  Was it Abraham or Moses?  It was neither one!  Yes, they both had a great relationship with Yahweh, but someone else had a better one.  Who?  Before Genesis 3 became past tense, Adam and Eve enjoyed a better relationship than either Abraham or Moses!  They walked and talked with Yahweh without sin!  Abraham?  Not even close.  Moses?  Probably behind Abraham a few meters!

Apparently, Yahweh appeared in finite form to this original pair, so they knew he was coming for His morning walk and attempted to hide from Him (Genesis 3:8).  Sin motivates folks to experience the failure of their attempted impossibility!  Can you visualize what sinlessness is like?  They possessed it until engaging in conversation with Satan’s parasite in Genesis 3:1-5.  Their perfection was shed during their dialogue with the serpent as they feasted upon his deception and developed a finite desire to be infinite (V. 5).  Adam surrendered leadership to develop follow ship and lost his fellowship with God.  Yet, prior to that Genesis 3 episode, they had the most outstanding relationship anyone could dream about prior to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus!

On the day of Pentecost, a question interrupted Peter’s inspired message (Acts 2:37).  The apostle answered but did not give an immediate invitation.  When he did, it was stated in one breath minus an invitation song, “Be saved from this perverse generation” (Acts 2:40 NKJV).  It was not repeated, yet about three thousand responded and desired baptism (V. 41).  Without a church building or an inside baptistry, it was accomplished in what was left of that day.  No one was questioned about his status, nor was any Pharisee admonished to renounce his religious party.  They were added to the saved by Yahweh Himself (Vs. 41, 47).  As the God of all creation added, several things happened.

  1. They had been immersed into Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection before the addition (Romans 6:1-6).
  2. They were immersed to put on Jesus (Galatians 3:26-27).
  3. They were made alive and forgiven (Colossians 3:13).
  4. Paul told the error ridden Corinthian church that they were the “body of Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:27).
  5. They were “raised up with Him through faith in the working of God” (Colossians 2:12).
  6. They were delivered “from the power of darkness” and translated “into the kingdom of His dear Son” (Colossians 2:13).
  7. In that kingdom they were redeemed “through his blood” and received “the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 2:14).
  8. They were members of “his body” which Jesus was “the head” (Ephesians 1:22-23).
  9. Yahweh dwelt in each one because each added person became His “temple” (1 Corinthians 3:16-17).
  10. Each added individual was “bought with a price” (1 Corinthians 6:20).
  11. Each added person was now “dead to sin” and no longer subject to its reward (Romans 6:2, 22-23; 8:1).
  12. Each was now a new creature or creation in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17).
  13. Each now enjoyed the “righteousness of God” because Jesus had taken all their sins upon himself (2 Corinthians 5:21)!

We too have a better relationship than that which was enjoyed by Adam and Eve, Abraham, Moses, and all others who lived prior to the Acts 2 Pentecost!

If you are among those who have been “added,” “Rejoice” and again I say, “Rejoice”! (Philippians 4:4).