I was considering the amazing God we serve. At a word, He created the universe! The very closest star to us, our sun is 93,0000,000 miles away. The next is 4.36 light years away. That equates to roughly 24 Quadrillion miles away (A quadrillion miles is 1000 trillion). The scope of billions of stars spread across thousands of galaxies is unfathomable!
Next, consider the beauty of the earth. A sunrise over a lovely ocean beach, the undersea beauty of a coral ridge filled with tropical sea life, the Rocky Mountain landscapes crested with fresh snow. waving wheat, sweltering deserts, and the vast wonder of the Grand and Waimea Canyons.
Finally, think of the precise symmetry of life and our personal bodies. All things working in rhythm and order as life moves by. From the nucleus of a cell, to the orbits of our solar system, the creation moves as one.
Considering these amazing expressions of God’s creation, the Creator, Himself, holds us out as His crowning creation. He created us in His image, so that we could be in fellowship with Him. That fellowship was broken by sin and its dividing power of separation. Then Jesus, came, taught, died, and rose so that we might be redeemed and returned to fellowship with our Lord.
This incredible reality is what makes 2 Corinthians 5:17 one of the most breathtaking verses in God’s Bible! “BEHOLD! if anyone is in Christ, they are a NEW creation, the old things have passed away, and ALL HAS BECOME NEW.” Imagine, a new creation by the ultimate sculptor. Also, Paul reminds us that He who began this work in us will carry it to completion until the day of Christ Jesus’ return! Philippians 1:5.
God will recreate us and refine and do the fine brush and tool work all the days of our lives, In the end, we will return to the Father as a masterpiece worthy of the finest galleries and destined for an eternal life with the Master Artist and Author!
God Bless You
11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. 12 We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart. 13 If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.