THE BEGINNING AND THE ENDING
BY: KENNETH GREATOREX
“Then the dust will RETURN to the earth as it was, and the spirit will RETURN to God who gave it.” Ecclesiastes 12:7
These simple words sum up the circle of life. Physically we are formed from the “dust” of our parents. At the end of our life cycle our bodies return to the dust. At some point, probably conception, our spirit from God is imparted. At the end, the spirit of man returns to God who gave it. This may be described as the “law of circularity.”
“The sun also rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it arose. The wind goes toward the south, and turns around to the north; the wind whirls about continually, and comes again on its circuit. All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; to the place which the rivers come, there they return again.” “For He draws up drops of water, which distill as rain from the mist, which the clouds drop down and pour abundantly on man.” [Ecclesiastes 1:5-7 and Job 36:27-28] Before modern science these laws of circularity in nature were known.
Romans 11:36 is a verse of Scripture that clearly illustrates this principle. “FOR OF HIM AND THROUGH HIM AND TO HIM ARE ALL THINGS, to whom be glory forever and ever.” The New English Bible puts it succinctly, “SOURCE, GUIDE and GOAL.” The word “OF” comes from the Greek “ek” and means “OUT OF, or proceeding from the source.” The point here is, ALL things have come from God, and ultimately will return to God.
When we see God as our “beginning” and our “ending,” as well as our “in-between,” it enables us to center, not on self, but on Him. When we read the parable of the “prodigal son,” which do we think of? Is it the loss and ruin that the son entered into, or the father’s loss that we see? Read Luke 15:22, “for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.” It was the father’s loss, and the father’s gain. He waited expectantly knowing that his son would return. How much more our Heavenly Father!
From the time of Adam and Eve onward, mankind has been DEAD in trespasses and sins. We are DEAD in our SPIRITUAL relationship to our Heavenly Father. We have done our own thing and like the prodigal son, gained its rewards. Man has suffered, but it has been our Father’s loss. However, He is a God of redemption, restoration and reconciliation. Therefore, we have hope.
The great news for ALL is, “God was in Christ RECONCILING the world BACK TO HIMSELF.” [2 Corinthians 5:19] When the prefix “RE” begins a word, we can usually see it as a word of hope. “RE” means – back, again, anew, again and again. Think of: redeem, restore, reconcile, reformation, refresh, regeneration, repay, renew.
The all-important word REPENTANCE, is also a good example as it means “a change in direction.” Place a “RE” before the following words and see the “again-ness” of them: vive, construct, install, habilitate, design or furbish. We then have words that mean to mean to bring back to the original or a better condition. Our Father’s purpose is to bring mankind back to Himself. His is the Way, His is the Plan, and to Him is all the glory. We can’t explain the how of God’s ways, but we can rest in Him.
Within the past week [February 1999] we have been keenly aware of the briefness of the cycle of life due to the death of our grandson at six months gestation. However, it gave comfort to his mother, when she could see him as a “worshiping spirit” that had returned home to God to continue worshiping in the heavenly realm. Wee John David was one who entered into praising and worship within his mother’s womb when his parents, either, at home or a church service, were worshiping our Lord.
It is important that we understand that within each of us is a desire to worship. So often it is misplaced on objects of affect other than our Lord for whom we were created. We need to return home (restoration) to our Father via His Son Jesus Christ.
It was many years ago that a young woman named “Nan” used to sing a piece of great blessing called, “My Home is God.” While we live in this world, and do His will here, in the spirit our home is in the heavenlies, as Ephesians 2:6 declares, “and has raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”
We conclude with these words that someone once wrote, “As it was in the beginning, so shall it be in the ending, for God did move on the face of the deep, out of darkness came forth light, out of chaos, His own image, as it was in the beginning, so shall it be in the ending.”
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