A crowning achievement of God was his display of power over death and sin, proven by the resurrection of Jesus, his Son.  By this, everything Jesus had said about the Kingdom of God and his offer (to us) of eternity with Him was again proven to be true.  Jesus is who he says he is, and God is who he says He is.

  1. God is perfect.  He is without sin.  He cannot tolerate sin – and sin cannot be with Him.
    1. This is why Jesus came – to pay the penalty for our sin, if we will repent and follow Him
  2. God calls us to “be perfect, as [our] heavenly father is perfect”
  3. “his work is perfect” – Deut 32:4

God’s creation of Adam and Eve, and all the living creatures on earth was perfect.   There was no sin or defect until mankind disobeyed God, at which time the whole earth (and man) was cursed by our own action and suffers with the penalty of sin, to this day.

While he was here on earth, Jesus healed many people of many things – physical deformities (eg. blindness), spiritual perversions (eg. demon possession),  and various illnesses.  He healed them and he knew they suffered these things because they “were oppressed by the devil” (Acts 10:38).  “And whatever their sickness or disease, or if they were demon possessed or epileptic or paralyzed – he healed them all.” (Matt 4:24)

Today, society refers to various conditions as “mental illness”.  We refer to other conditions as “genetic defects”.  Whatever we call them now, Jesus healed them then.  What he healed, were deviations from the perfection of his original creation.  There are some people who suffer from issues with gender identity.  Like any other defect, Jesus’ will is to heal and restore his perfect design.

In Romans 8:21, Paul explains that the entire universe, held under the curse, eagerly longs for the day when it will join with God’s children in glorious liberation from death and decay. Paul is speaking of the new heavens and new earth when “no longer will there be any curse” (Revelation 22:3). The curse of sin will be lifted, and all creation will be restored to the Eden-like reflection of God’s glory (Isaiah 65:17; 66:22; 2 Peter 3:13). “‘There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:4).

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We need to take great care to protect the integrity of the salvation message – the truth of the Gospel (good news) that God has conquered sin and death, and can deliver us from it.  As the world attempts to normalize various manifestations of sin in our world, they simultaneously deny the reality of God who can save them from their suffering now, and for eternity.  Calling a defect “normal” does not cure the patient – it delays or prevents them from reaching the one who can heal them.  And that is Satan’s plan.

We are all impacted by the curse of sin.  We all need Jesus, the only savior.  He has a wonderful eternity in mind for us, in his kingdom – if we will follow him – and that is God’s plan!

Knowing You

All I once held dear, built my life upon
All this world reveres, and wars to own
All I once thought gain I have counted loss
Spent and worthless now, compared to this

Knowing you, Jesus
Knowing you, there is no greater thing
You’re my all, you’re the best
You’re my joy, my righteousness
And I love you, Lord

Now my heart’s desire is to know you more
To be found in you and known as yours
To possess by faith what I could not earn
All-surpassing gift of righteousness

Oh, to know the power of your risen life
And to know You in Your sufferings
To become like you in your death, my Lord
So with you to live and never die

Graham Kendrick
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