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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Song Series: Beautiful One

Beautiful One
Read: 1 Corinthians 2

No one's ever seen or heard anything like this,
Never so much as imagined anything quite like it—
What God has arranged for those who love him.
But you've seen and heard it because God by his Spirit has brought it all out into the open before you.   
– 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 (The Message)

“Now I get it!” We’ve all made this statement at some time or other. Perhaps the first time we learned to complete a complex math problem, or after reading the Cliff Notes for a long forgotten classic book. May-be we’ve said it after leaving the show where a witty comedian cracked a joked that just didn’t make sense to us at the time. The point is, we know how it feels to be clueless one moment then drawn into the light of understanding the next. It is exhilarating!

In 1 Corinthians, Paul is speaking to a group of people who felt like they were pretty wise by earthly standards. He set their thinking straight though, by reminding them that they didn’t come to Christ because of human wisdom. They would’ve never thought of such a thing as sin being completely wiped out and eternal life given through God’s Son, Jesus Christ. Salvation by grace through faith didn’t; no, it couldn’t figure into a works oriented society. The Corinthians came to Christ because God’s Holy Spirit drew them to Jesus and caused their blinded eyes to see. One may say, “They never really knew God until He made Himself known to them.”

Today we live in a world that thinks itself pretty smart. We’ve developed our own origins through the pseudo-science of evolution. We’ve chipped away the foundation of law and order through secular humanism, and now we’ve turned our attention to the disintegration of the family structure through moral relativism. But, Jesus is still on the throne. Jesus is still seeking those whose hearts are completely His. Jesus is still shining His light in the hearts of men who come to Him (2 Corinthians 4:6).

I believe there is coming a day; very soon, when Christians everywhere will stand up and roar together with the waves of humanity who suddenly see the beauty of God’s full and free salvation saying, “NOW I GET IT!” and we really will.

Beautiful One by Tim Hughes
Wonderful so wonderful is Your unfailing love
Your cross has spoken mercy over me
No eye has seen no ear has heard no heart could fully know
How glorious how beautiful You are
Beautiful Oone I love
Beautful One I adore
Beautiful One my soul must sing

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