There’s a reason for your existence and mine, and it matters for eternity.
While some claim that we’ve simply evolved out of nothingness, that doesn’t even begin to make sense. It’s absurd to believe that anything can come from nothing, since nothing can produce . . . absolutely nothing. There had to always be something for anything to “be” at all, and our experience in this world shouts this reality.
Both logic and science require an eternal, self-existent, and all-powerful cause for the universe. And that cause must be more than an impersonal force to explain the unique personality found in human beings. In other words, there must be a rational, moral, and expressive “Being” from which we derive our being and the very specific order we observe around us. We bear the image of that Being, since we can also reason, choose, and express ourselves.
Along with these qualities, we possess an inescapable realization of right and wrong and a sense of justice that transcends us. Our conscience won’t easily let us ignore the fact that our heart inevitably yields selfish thoughts, choices, and actions. Likewise, the constant presence of suffering and death testifies that the problem within us adversely affects everything about us.
This is why everyone capable of rational thought understands that there’s a perfect Creator to whom we’re ultimately accountable. It’s why all people in every generation have been unquestionably religious in one way or another. We’re always hoping to alleviate our guilt for violating the moral standard we know and hoping the suffering, death, and subsequent fear can somehow be reversed. This is the truth we all understand, but how do we respond to it?
While we know there’s a Creator by what’s created, we aren’t truly inclined to seek help from the same. Our preference is to believe there’s a remedy that excuses our guilt, softens the unfavorable consequences, and accommodates our desire for rebellion. That’s what mere religion pursues in its various forms, and it inevitably relies on self-effort. But while it willfully and cunningly ignores the Creator’s standard, it doesn’t prevent anyone from being justly condemned by that standard. It only leaves us deceived and without any excuse.
Who is this Creator? Why is there a creation with rebellious creatures? Why are rebellion and its devastating consequences allowed? Is there any hope that things can be made right? Can we ever perfectly bear the Creator’s image? It’s logical to conclude that the personal Being who made us is both able and willing to communicate the answers to these legitimate questions.
There is hope. The Creator more fully reveals Himself as the one true and living God existing in three Persons — the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. This revelation is found in God’s recorded word, the Bible. The Bible’s central theme is the Father’s eternal purpose and plan to allow for evil while mercifully, graciously, patiently, lovingly, and faithfully working to redeem fallen human beings for His glory. This is accomplished through the life of the Son as the Spirit supplies and applies that life to whom it is given. The result is that those marred by sin will be made to bear God’s image in the fullness of eternal life. But there’s far more about this redemption for us to consider.
The Bible also reveals that the Son entered human history as the man, Jesus of Nazareth, who is called the Christ (i.e. “the chosen one”). He is declared to be both truly God and truly man, coming into the world as one unique Person with this one unique mission. According to God’s promise, we’re told that Christ lived a perfect human life where the rest of us have failed. We’re told that He gave His life as a sacrifice for sinners by being crucified in order to satisfy God’s just anger toward sin. We’re told that, although Christ suffered death completely, God accepted the sacrifice and raised His perfect Son from the dead (Jn. 20; Rom. 6:9-10). We’re also told that Christ ascended to heaven to reign over all things, and He will return to resurrect and judge all people and restore the creation in the fullness of time (Acts 10:34-43).
God promises that, in the life, death, and resurrection of Christ, the perfection we lack is thoroughly provided, sin is thoroughly punished, and eternal life is guaranteed (Gen. 3:15; 2 Cor. 5:21). Without compromising justice, God can fully justify us and grant us eternal life by crediting our sin to Christ and His righteousness to us (Rom. 3:26; Jn. 3:36; 4:14; 5:24; 6:47; 17:3). Although we are helpless to save ourselves, being united to Christ ensures that we partake of His eternal life (Rom. 6:1-14; Heb. 7:25-26).
With this promise, the Father calls you to turn from your rebellion and trust in Christ alone or else face His judgment and an eternal death (Acts 17:22-31; Rom. 1:16-17; Dan. 12:2; Rev. 20:11-15). This repentance and faith isn’t a one-time act but the beginning of a daily attitude of heart that recognizes an ongoing struggle with your imperfection and your ongoing need for Christ (Rom. 7:1-25). It’s a miraculous work of God’s Spirit, who has imparted Christ’s life to your previously dead heart. The proof of this life is found in an unfading desire to now follow the Son in the true religion of sincerely desiring to do the Father’s will (Mk. 3:35; Jn. 3:1-21; Jas. 1:22-27).
The Bible is clear that salvation is in no way dependent on your will or efforts. Rather, it’s entirely of God’s grace as His Spirit begins to conform you to Christ’s image through His word all the way to the glory of heaven (Jn. 1:1-18; Rom. 1:18-3:26; 8:1-39; 12:2; Eph. 2:8-10; Phil 2:12-13). Only the Creator can cause the light of Christ to shine in your darkened heart and make you a new creation (2 Cor. 4:6; 5:17).
That’s good news for everyone who hears it. We who are hopeless really do have hope!
The purpose of Cup & Sparrow is to point you to Christ. He’s the reason for your existence and your hope for eternity. It’s my sincere prayer that you trust and follow Him for God’s glory.