Restoring the Image (Part 23) – Interaction with Others: Restoration begins with Explanation
How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!” (Romans 10:14-15)
We previously discussed the role of the Holy Trinity in a man’s conversion. However, Scriptures are filled with admonitions for human involvement in liberation of a man’s soul. We are not only image-bearers but the message-bearers.
In God’s great kindness, He allows us to participate in building His Kingdom. I’ve given this a lot of thought. I’m sure God could choose a more efficient method to proclaim the gospel. He could rearrange the stars to spell “John 3:16” or have a big angel show up on your 16th birthday to give you the message. Instead, He allows mere men to work by His side and participate in the “Family Business.” He chooses us. What a tremendous privilege.
On the other hand, reproduction goes beyond privilege. The Father commands us to help fish become fishers of men, sheep become shepherds, and people become priests (Mt 4.19, 28.18-20, Ac 1.8). The reproductive nature of God is part of our original design. To be like God is to reproduce like God. This is not merely reproducing in the physical realm, but it must also be spiritual. The people of Noah’s day had reproduced physically, but had failed to reproduce spiritually and the wrath of God was poured out on all mankind (Gen 6.5-8).
So, we are both privileged and commanded to share the good news of Jesus Christ with others to reproduce ourselves. This has intrinsic value to our own spiritual growth. More importantly, we glorify God by imitating His reproductive nature (Jn 15.8).
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