The Lord will restore

81421552Nahum 2:2: For the LORD will restore the splendor of Jacob like the splendor of Israel, even though devastators have devastated them and destroyed their vine branches.

Restoration is the forte of the Lord. Nothing is too far gone into rot that he cannot bring back into full flourishing. He is the one who promised the make the wilderness a place of luscious greenery and flowing water (Isaiah 35:6-7, 41:17-18, 43:19-20).

It was restoration power at work in the resurrection of Jesus. Jesus had earlier prayed before he faced the cross that God should restore the glory he had with him before time begun.

Job experienced restoration of wealth and health and his social standing (Job 42:10-17). Several people experienced restoration of health in the bible. An example is the Syrian General who, in spite of the various achievements in his job as a leader in the army, was leprous.

Once he met the prophet Elisha and was told what to do, dipping himself seven times in river Jordan, the bible says that his skin was restored to that of a baby (2Kings 5:1-19). In the times of scriptures, leprosy is one of the worst if not the worst disease. It leads to being ostracized from the community, you social life goes to zero. Jesus Christ healed lepers in his time, and that is like coming from the dead for the beneficiaries. It is restoration indeed.

God promises in the scriptures that the years that the locust and the cankerworm had eaten he will restore (Joel 2:25). There is nothing far too gone in rot that his hand cannot restore. He is the El-Shaddai the almighty God (Genesis 17:1).

What Sarah experienced, being able to bare Isaac was restoration. At 90 years of age, she became pregnant, against all odds, against all medical prognoses, and breast fed the boy Isaac too. Can you imagine a ninety-year-old woman breastfeeding? Is that not a laughable miracle (Genesis 21:1-7)? God is in the business of making the impossible possible.

The grace of Jesus makes restoration possible. The bible say that the law came through Moses (full of dos and don’ts) what God expects from Israel, but grace (what God expects from himself) came through Jesus (John 1:12-18), full of restoration possibilities.

Grace is what oils the relationship between man and God, making it work again after having been moribund for thousands of years since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden.

Grace has its accomplices which are love, truth and power.

Love

Love is a restoration factor in grace. It serves as the motivation of God for giving us the grace in the first instance through Jesus Christ. It is also the factor that gets added in the new creatures in Jesus Christ (2Corinthians 5:17) which serves as glue between us and God. We read that the love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

Love changes us from being indifferent towards God to pursuing ardently fellowship with him. And because perfect love casts out fear (1John 4:16-18), we are able to move in God’s direction without fear, unlike what happened in the relationship of God with Adam after the latter’s sin, where he hid away from God in fear (Genesis 3).

Truth

Grace as a means of restoration also have another outflow called truth.  Jesus Christ says that he is the Truth (John 14:6). He said no one has seen God at any time but the only begotten who is in the bosom of the father, he has declared him. What was lost in the Garden of Eden when Eve bought into the lies of the devil was the truth of God.

The truth communicated in the word that a minister preaches is a means for grace to be released, restoring the hearers to a stand of faith and continuous transformation into the image of God just as God made man originally. Truth restores us to purity and right understanding. Paul wrote the Ephesians Christians that they should not be foolish but they should understand what the will of God is (Ephesians 5:17). The more we embrace truth, the more we embrace God.

Power

Grace is also communicated through the display of power. This is unusually seen in the superhuman abilities that God releases through the Holy Spirit as encapsulated in the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit (1Corinthians 12:1-11). Power is demonstrated in casting out of demons, healing of the sick, performance of miracles, raising the dead.  All these are manifestation of the grace of God to humanity.

Summary

The outflow of God to us in love, truth and power causes a repair to happen in us. We experience repair in close proximity with God’s love, power and truth, which are all expressions of Christ. (As the Word, he is the truth and as the sacrificial lamb, he is the symbol of love to us, and as the first born from the dead [Colossians 1:18], he is the power of God [1Corinthians 1:24].)

We need a love, power and truth invasion, to re-orientate, re-tool and reform (respectively) us back to the way man was meant to be in all communion with and expression of God when we were made by God.

Paul says that God is able to make all grace abound towards us so that in all things and at all time, we may abound to every good work (2Corinthians 9:8). Grace is the precursor of everything we are suppose to become, the transformation we are supposed to experience under God. Paul said: by grace, I am what I am (1Corinthians 15:10).

He wrote to the Corinthian church, praying that the grace of Jesus be with them (2Corinthians 13:14); Peter wrote that the sign of maturity is to grow in grace. The bible says that it is good that the heart (the core of who you are) be established by grace, not with food which has not profited those who are occupied with it (Hebrews 13:9). To the level that you have grace pumped into you it is the level that you are changed into the image of Christ. One phrase that described the growing years of Jesus was that he was packed full of grace (Luke 2:40). And John wrote that of his (Christ) fullness, we have received grace for grace (John 1:16).

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