THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
The bank teller was used to giving out clean looking bills.
But the Christmas rush had made things so hectic at the bank, she apologized to her customer for cashing her check with "dirty bills."
The customer said, "That's all right, not even germs could live on my salary!"
1 Cor 15:45-49
45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
The first soul, Adam, was made "from the dust of the ground." (verses 46-47)
But the "firstborn of every creature" (Col. 1:15), Jesus, is "the Lord from heaven" Himself!
Every soul naturally born is "of the earth, earthy:" and exhibits the sin nature (verse 48).
But every soul that is born AGAIN, through surrender to Christ, exhibits "the heavenly" nature.
He is saved by grace through faith, washed in the blood of Christ, and sealed in the Holy Spirit;
And he begins to exhibit "Christlikeness."
In THIS day, we are natural born sinners.
And, at times, we must all admit, we exhibit the sin nature.
But if we have surrendered to Christ as our Lord, then we are OF "the heavenly."
And we should also exhibit HIS nature!
Not that we will be sinless, but we certainly should sin LESS.
Come my fellow Christian, born by the "Breath of God."
Come let us exhibit HIS nature, and care for other sinners.
Come let us tell the wondrous story of redemption through Christ alone.