The Promise for the Fallen.
To understand restoration we must recognize God's will for everyone in His family.
Genesis 2:7-9 "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. 8And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.. . .Vs.16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. . ..Vs.21And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 22And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. 23And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. 24Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. 25And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed."
What beautiful fellowship there must have been between God and those that He had created. but not for long.
Genesis 3:1"Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 6And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 7And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. 8And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. 9And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? 10And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. 11And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? 12And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. 13And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. 14And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 15And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel."
Here is the first promise of restoration between God and all mankind. That promise of restoration was fulfilled by Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:17-21 " For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) 18Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. 19For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. 20Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: 21That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord." 1 Cor. 15:22 "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." Everyone born into the family of God is born to serve Him out of love for what God did for them, no one is exempt from that responsibility. That is true from Adam and Eve to the last human to live on this earth.
That promise of restoration between God and all mankind has been given to all the followers to proclaim. Consider: 2 Cor. 5:14-21 "For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: 15And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. . .Vs.18And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God."
The purpose of restoration is to bring back to an original condition that which was corrupted or defiled.
Does that restoration prevent further defilement?
The Apostle John answers that question. 1 John 1:3-2:6 "That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. 5This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 2:1My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 3And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 6He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
That is doing what He would do if He were living in our place. Walking as He walked requires being where He would go, saying what He would say, being what He would be to those around us.
The Apostle Paul tell us how in Galatians 2:20 "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me."
Is there any that can honestly make that claim all the time?
Not even the Apostle Paul could do so. Consider: Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" Paul speaks of His grief and struggle in falling short of the holiness of God. Romans 7:14-25 "For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 16If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. 17Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 18For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. 19For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 20Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 21I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. 22For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin."
This is the spiritual battle every one in Christ has to deal with.
Those in Christ can and do fall into sin, but cannot continue in sin. This is true for every person in God's family. They are chosen vessels for service to Him, and our holy God cannot use a defiled vessel. Therefore ,God must deal with sin in His family, He does so first by grief, for when they sin they are quenching and grieving the Holy Spirit within them.
King David is a outstanding example: Having committed adultery with the wife of one of his faithful champions. To hide his sin he had him constantly assigned to the front line of battle and ordered his supporting troops to withdraw that he might be killed in battle. God counted this act as murder. God sent His prophet Nathan to King David to confront him, that the King might be restored.
Was King David restored? If so, how? Consider Psalm 51:1-19 "To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. 2Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 3For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. 4Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. 5Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. 6Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. 7Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. 9Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. 10Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 11Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. 12Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. 13Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. 14Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. 15O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. 16For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. 17The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. 18Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. 19Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar."
Notice the Key to Restoration Is Repentance.
Repentance has four keys of its own.
1. He agreed with God that he was a sinner; Vs.1-4
2: He sought the cleansing of God. Vs. 2, 7, 10
3. He hated sin. Vs. 8,17
4. He trusted God to restore him. Vs. 11-19
Was King David brought back to his original condition for service to his God? Consider the testimony of God's Word 1 Kings 15:3-5 "And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before him: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father. 4Nevertheless for David's sake did the Lord his God give him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him, and to establish Jerusalem: 5Because David did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord, and turned not aside from any thing that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite."
Notice God's evaluation of David's life was not based on his fall but on his walk. Did Jesus also teach the will of the Father to be total restoration of the fallen to the service of God?
Consider: Luke 15:11-32 "And he said, A certain man had two sons: 12And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. 13And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. 14And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. 15And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. 17And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, 19And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. 20And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. 21And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. 22But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: 23And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: 24For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
25Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. 26And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. 27And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. 28And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. 29And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: 30But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. 31And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. 32It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found."
Our gracious God gives every one in His family the privilege and obligation to bring the good tidings of the gospel of Christ to a dying world that some might be saved.
God also graciously gives the privilege and obligation to be an instrument He uses for the restoration of the fallen in His family. What a privilege this is, the joy it produces in the life of those that exercise it, is only exceeded in the life of the restored.
What does God do if someone in His family continues in sin, is that person a castaway? Consider: Hebrews 12:5-14 "And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 6For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 9Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 10For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. 11Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. 12Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; 13And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. 14Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:"
Notice: All those in the family of God are being chastened, none are walking as Christ walked, in all areas of their life. Everyone is sinning in some area of life, leaving none worthy of serving Him, as God cannot use an unholy vessel.
It is clear God does not cast away the investment He has in the life of those that are born into His family through the suffering and blood of His Son. Nor does He cast away His ordained will for there life of those in His family, that would be a victory for Satan. So God cleanses and sanctifies them through chastening defeating the work of Satan trying to destroy the vessels of the Lord.
God does not use perfect men but praise the Lord He perfects those that he uses. However that perfecting requires our cooperation, illustrated by the Apostle Paul.
Philip. 3:12-17 "Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and.reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus 15Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. 16Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing. 17Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample."
Paul's example is to be forgetting of sins in the past as they cannot be changed [see Rom.7 Pg 5-6] But to be pressing toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus today and tomorrow.
Do not let the past defeat the will and purpose of God for your life, for that is not the will nor the practice of God. Doing so, would necessitate the abdication of the character of God. needed of restoration. For restoration requires the unconditional love of God, the unconditional mercy of God, and the unconditional grace of God needed for His forgiveness and restoration.
As you have seen God reserves the chastening of those that are His for Himself, through the agency of the Holy Spirit and His Word. However what does the local church do, when one of His does not respond to His chastening and continues walking in sin. Such a church member brings question on all members in the church.
God's Word explains the action they are to take.
Consider: 1 Cor. 5:1-13 "It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife. 2And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. 3For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, 4In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. 6Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? 7Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: 8Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 9I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: 10Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. 11But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. 12For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? 13But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person."
Now what is the local church to do if that person now repents and turns from that sin, and now walks with the Lord? Paul answers this in his second letter to that church. 2 Cor. 2:6-11 "Sufficient to such a man is this punishment, which was inflicted of many. 7So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow. 8Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him. 9For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things. 10To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; 11Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices."
It is clear that the Apostle Paul is teaching the church that they should demonstrate the heart of God for the fallen and the restored. The fallen are to be lifted up Rom. 15:1-4 The restored should be accepted as though they had not sinned as he exhorted in 2 Cor 2:1-11 Just as Jesus taught Luke 15:11-32
Paul warns us to do this lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. One of the tools Satan uses to get one to sin is PRIDE. This is the sin of self-righteousness the sin of the Pharisees Luke 18:10-14. taught over and over in the Scriptures.
My friend I presume you have requested this pamphlet because you are feeling guilt, that is sometimes inflicted by misguided or prideful past, but never by God.
God uses the prompting of your conscience through the conviction of your condition before the eyes of your Holy God. That is the evidence of having god-consciousness, He has not abandoned you! You have not lost Him. So far you have only lost the awareness of His presence and fellowship because of your sin. Like the father of the periodical son He is looking and waiting for you to come to yourself and return to Him. Trusting Him to restore your relationship with Him.
Read and reread this pamphlet until it sinks in. His love for you has not diminished. His will for you as one of His own has not changed. There is more than hope, there is victory, and peace and the knowledge that your potential in Christ is just as great as it ever was.
Guilt causes one to withdraw, conviction brings one closer to the Lord and His Word. Guilt destroys, conviction restores and builds. It is through the convicting power of God's Word that you grow spiritually. Whatever your past performance was, it does not control your future. You do, by how you respond to it, and what you do in the present and the future.
Remember how the Apostle Paul dealt with his past.
"but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and. reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.15Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. 16Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing. 17Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample." Philip. 3:13-17
All you need to do is to turn to Him in prayer, remember He already knows it, what He is looking for is your agreement with Him; (Consider Psalm 51 as an example)
Then pray telling Him of your thankfulness for His faithfulness. Then turn to the study of the Word of God looking to see and understand Him that you might be like Him.
Consider: 2 Peter 1:3-4 "According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust" Consider: Romans 12:1-2 "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
This transformation to the image of Christ will be in direct proportion to your willingness to let God's Word be your authority for your faith and practice of life.
Consider: 2 Tim. 3:16-17 " All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."
Do these things and you will not fail, consider the promise to those that do. I pray it be as great a blessing to you as it is for me. If this has been a help to you, or I can be of more help to you please let me know.
May your decisions bring the promise Romans 8:28 "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
Your friend in Christ Warren T. Smith Y
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