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Becoming What We Already Are

By Larry R. Lasiter

© 2010

"Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book they were all written, the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them." Psalm 139:16

 This passage reminds me of Paulís letter to the Romans when He told them that He loved Jacob and hated Esau even before they were born, and before either of them had done anything right or wrong. Because He had already seen and written the days of both, He chose Jacob in order that His purpose would stand. God declares the end from the very beginning.

 God saw us before He formed us. He formed us according to what He saw. We are becoming what we already are. Jesus stepped out of eternity into time so that we could step out of time and into eternity. Ephesians 1 says that we were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world.

 The Church of God is the Bride of Christ and like the first woman who was chosen out of Adam, the Bride was chosen out of Christ and is being formed into the likeness of what God has already seen we are - we are becoming what we already are. Ephesians goes on to say that we are chosen to be holy and blameless before the Lord, and that we have a pre-determined destiny to become the children of God, -"having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will."

 Why are the first-fruits destined to be the children of God and the Bride of Christ? Because we are His choice. Why are we His choice? Because He declares the end from the beginning and has already seen and written our days and is pleased with what He sees.

 In the book of Esauís days God had seen that he would not value the birthright blessing and would sale it to his brother Jacob for a bowl of soup. If you only read the Old Testament story you might conclude that Jacob and his mother were dishonest and stole the firstbornís blessing. But Romans 9 tells us that God had already informed Rebekah of His choice saying, -"The older will serve the younger."

 Isaac, however, was determined to bestow the greater blessing upon Esau which would have been against the will of God. Rebekah was yielding to Godís will when she helped Jacob trick Isaac into blessing him, and in effect, was helping Jacob become what she knew he already was.

 The Bible says that it is not Godís will that any should perish, but that all would come to repentance and live. The Bible also says that hell was not created for man but for Satan and his demons. It is the faithful who are predestined to be saved and glorified in Christ and the disobedient who are predestined to perish in the Lake of Fire.

  Before the creation God had determined that the obedient would live and the rebellious would perish - each chooses his own destiny. The Bible says that God has set before each of us life and death and counsels us to choose life, so each person has the power to choose life.

 Cain was the first man to commit murder and is called "of the evil one." (1 Jo.3) While he was contemplating killing his brother, God appealed to him saying, -"Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door: and its desire is for you, but you must master it." (Gen.4) Cainís destiny would be determined by his choice. Sadly he chose evil and became what he already was in his heart. "As a man thinks in his heart, so he is." (Prov.23)

 

 

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