Redemption did not just stop at confessing that Jesus died on the cross for you and you’ve received Him into your life then go ahead seeking comfort, material things and creating your world, that’s not what true Christianity is.
You being in sync and alignment with the script God has mapped for your life wouldn’t need you to create another life or manipulate things via prayer and exercising faith outside of God’s word and His will for your life, you’ll just follow Jesus.
They tell the seers,
“Stop seeing visions!”
They tell the prophets,
“Don’t tell us what is right.
Tell us nice things.
Tell us lies.
Forget all this gloom.
Get off your narrow path.
Stop telling us about your
‘Holy One of Israel.’”
We didn’t fall from need and wants, we fell out of glory and intimacy with our father.
The main purpose of redemption is restoring man to Christ.
Redemption is only the first step in restoring man’s former state of fellowship with the Lord. The Lord’s plan of redemption is much more than just restoring us to the former state before the fall.
As we are born-again we become part of the new creation which greatly transcends the original creation, now we do not just have fellowship with God but we are being made into His dwelling place.
To be birthed by your earthly parents is the first step to life, to be born again is just the first step to spiritual life, it is the beginning not the end.
Being born again-the spiritual life, is Jesus to come live in us and return back to fellowship with the father. This is much higher than what Adam, Moses or even the disciples experienced before the Holy Spirit was given. This is why the Lord said to His disciples that it is better for them that He go away so that the Holy Spirit would come.
This is not to belittle redemption which is essential before we can even return to fellowship with God, much less become His dwelling place. Even so, we must recognize that redemption is not the ultimate goal but rather the initial step. Redemption gets us back to ground zero, the place from which man fell. We are called to go on from there to much greater heights.
True Christianity requires being born again by God’s spirit. This rebirth initiates the restoration of our union with Him, but it is the beginning. This is a journey to intimate fellowship with our Father through Jesus Christ. It was our fellowship with the Lord that was our most tragic loss of the fall.
The only way we can measure true spiritual maturity and determine the degree, through which true redemption has worked in our lives, it will be by how close we have become to Him.
As we draw close to Him, becoming His disciples, we begin to behold His glory, which changes us. Again, let us consider what is said in 2 Corinthians
2 Corinthians 3:18
So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.
Here we see that it is not just seeing the glory that we need, but seeing His glory “with unveiled face”. The veil is the flesh. When we are born-again, we begin to see the kingdom of God because we are spiritually circumcised.
The flesh must be cut away so we can see Him. Even so, we do not change so we can fellowship with Him, but we are changed by our fellowship with Him.
Don’t forget we were reconciled through the cross and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.
You are unstoppable!