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Dare to be Transformed

By Benjamin H. Liles

          I'm back to listening to and/or watching American Gospel: Christ Alone yet again with my wife, Tanya. One of those things I'd rather dare to be is to be transformed by God's Word, the Bible, through His Son, Jesus the Messiah. Paul commends us, "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God" (Romans 12:2, New King James). The thing about the gospel message isn't that it's about daring to be a Matthew, a Daniel, an Isaiah, or even a Jeremiah. Each of those books I just mentioned speak on an aspect of the person-hood of Jesus the Messiah.

          Paul also penned the words, "Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen" (Galatians 1:4, bold for emphasis). While it is true that David, before he was king slew the giant Goliath, you might as well say that it's a type of the Messiah who would defeat sin and death. There are some who enjoy saying, "Dare to be a David and slay that giant of [debt, whatever]."

          I know I spend a great amount of time explaining the gospel message, and numerous of you who read this blog/website might be saying, "Okay, we get the gospel truth, talk about something more or rather something else." Here's the thing, though. What is more important, however, is pointing to the Bible and showing How the Messiah Jesus fulfills God's word. He fulfills almost every single word out of Isaiah 53, specifically.

          It bears saying this again, I'm in the process -- at the moment -- of reading Sara Barratt's book Love Riot. Within one of the first few pages she offers this cry, "Teenagers aren't really given the equipment needed to follow after Jesus; no challenge is offered." I do have somewhat an answer, and part of it is stock: "Get into the Bible and read it." I know it's hard to do so when you have no one to mentor you, let alone explain scripture. Christ said it best, though, "Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill" (Matthew 5:17, New American Standard).

          This means that everything written within the pages of the Old Testament, all of it was to be fulfilled in the person of Christ Jesus. Where Hosea is told by God, "In that day I will make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field...Then I will say to those who were not My people,
‘You are My people!’ And they shall say, ‘You are my God!’" (Hosea 2:18-23). Jesus accomplished part of this during His earthly ministry by bringing healing and restoration to those who didn't rightfully deserve it. It was why and what made the Pharisees angry with Jesus. 

          For the Pharisee, their thought was, "Well I ought to be restored and made right with God because I have done" [list of items here]. Yet, Christ withstood those proud folk, the Pharisees and went instead to the tax collectors, the harlots, the idolaters and the blind and lame. He Himself said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners"( Mark 2:17, Berean Study). 

          It is in the light of this context why God chose to send His Son, Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah. It was to reconcile and restore the brokenhearted, to offer them a relationship to the Father. The only way that could happen was to go to the cross. It was where God could rightfully pour out the judgment and condemnation on the One who was born of a virgin. He wasn't born to enter into His kingdom as a Champion. It was to enter the kingdom of Heaven so that those who needed a Savior could do so. 

          And I do know I talk about the gospel message a great deal. I do so in order that not only some might be saved, but that in doing so others may learn this same gospel message and teach it right so others can know and hear and respond to a merciful and gracious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who provides an escape from God's wrath and judgment. It is so we can have a relationship, His righteousness through Jesus the Messiah, so that we can live eternally with Him. I pray this helps and illuminates the word of God for you, the reader. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

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