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The Ministry of Reconciliation

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The Ministry of Reconciliation
wroth very sore, O Lord, neither remember iniquity for ever: behold, see, we beseech
thee, we are all thy people.” (Isaiah 64:8-9) “Wherefore let them that suffer according
to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a
faithful Creator.” (I Peter 4:19)
When God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness,” he was not
speaking of Adam alone, but of the entire Adamic race. God’s creative work, begun in
Eden, has been proceeding without interruption. Thus far, God’s creative purpose has been
completed only in the case of “the perfect man”, the Lord Jesus Christ. He has become
the pattern and the model after who m all the redeemed shall be fashioned, “being the
brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person.” (Hebrews 1:3) “Till we all
come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect
man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:13) In
God’s creative process we are like the unplanted acorn which bears little resemblance to
the stately oak which it is destined to become.
As in Adam All Die, so in Christ shall All be made Alive
We should remember that God’s creative process to perfect the creature is as much a
work of God as was the conception of the creature. “But some man will say, How are the
dead raised up? and with what body do they come? Thou fool, that which thou sowest is
not quickened, except it die: And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that
shall be . . . But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own
body. . . The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they
also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear
the image of the heavenly.” (I Corinthians 15:35-38, & 47-49)
What a simple creative principle! If we have been born in the flesh, we shall just as
surely be reborn in the spirit, ultimately, “being the brightness of God’s glory and the
express image of his person.” (Hebrews 1:3) “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ
shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward
they that are Christ’s at his coming.”
(I Corinthians 15:22&23)
We Are Conceived by the Word of Truth
“Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of
firstfruits of his creatures.” (James 1:18) “And every creature which is in heaven, and
on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them,
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