- Religion and Philosophy
The Great Architect
The Damaged House
There is a Damaged House that has been in shambles in many years. The roof has caved in and the water leaks when raining, the doors have fallen off their hinges, the windows were broken, and the exterior has been vandalized. Before, this house is a wonderful house that is in good condition. It is a perfect house, a very comfortable one to live in. But now, it is in this state, worn out, old, and broken. Considering the extent of the damage that has occurred, it will be difficult to restore it. But it is not impossible and it is not too late for the Great Architect have a Plan. It will only take time.
How the House was Damaged
It all started when Adam and Eve disobeyed God. They were tricked by Satan and they sinned. Now a perfect house filled with happiness, life and health and where there is no death and suffering was damaged. Now the house was damaged, there were death and suffering.
This is the damaging effect of sin.
Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned— Romans 5:12 NIV
Besides death and suffering, sin has impaired our relationship with our creator and has affected us physically, mentally, and emotionally. As a result, our condition is similar to that of a run-down house.
What Happened After the House is Damaged?
God did not abandon us. In fact, from the moment sin entered the world until now, our heavenly father has been working. He is working for the restoration of the house. And we are near its completion.
How do the Great Architect Restore the Damaged House?
1. After Inspecting the Damaged House, The Owner Will Decide Whether to Restore it or to Demolish it.
Will God restore mankind or will he demolish it? It has been already decided immediately after the events at Eden. God announced his purpose to restore mankind. He said to the unseen spirit who was behind all this:
I shall put enmity between you and the woman and between your seed and her seed. He will bruise you in the head and you will bruise him in the heel.— Genesis 3:15 NIV
God foretold that a future "seed" would redeem mankind from sin.
... The reason Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work. No one who is born of God will continue to sin because God's seed remains in him; He cannot go on sinning because he has been born of God.— 1 John 3:8-9 NIV
God also promised to destroy the one who caused this damage.
The God of Peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.— Romans 16:20 NIV
God was going to repair not to demolish his own creation. He will restore the house to its former perfect condition without death and suffering.
2. The Architect Prepares the Blueprints That Clearly Set Forth What the Restoration Work Will Accomplish.
The code of laws that God gave to Israelites and the designed temple at which they worship him. The Bible says:
These are a shadow of the things that were to come; The reality, however, Is found in Christ.— Colossians 2:17 NIV
They are like blueprints that represent something greater. For example, the Israelites offered animal sacrifices to obtain forgiveness of sins, but that practice foreshadowed a greater sacrifice that would be offered centuries later. The true sacrifice that would provide us with true redemption.
The tabernacle and temple at which the Israelites worshipped was a layout. It prefigured the steps that the future Messiah would take, from his sacrificial death to his ascension to heaven. And the Messiah is the fulfillment of the blueprint. He will build and restore the damaged house and make it new.
3. A Builder is Chosen Which will Follow the Blueprints and Perform the Restoration.
Lord Jesus was the promised Messiah, the fulfillment of the great plan of God. He will be the builder and will restore the damaged house according to the blueprint of the Great Architect, God. He is called " The Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world." (John 1:29) And the Lord willingly accepted this task.
I have come down from heaven to do not my will, but the will of HIm that sent me— John 6:38 NIV
What is God's will for Lord Jesus?
Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.— Matthew 20:28 NIV
And because of this, the Lord dies for us, to cleanse us from our sins. through his blood, we are restored.
And the Restoration Work Continues
Before the Lord's ascension to heaven, Jesus commanded his followers:
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.— Matthew 28:19-20 NIV
The restoration of mankind does not end with the Lord's death. Lord Jesus's Disciples will continue his work of restoration until his second coming, the judgment day. The time is near.
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