By Alex Colon, Pastor
February 14, 2014
The starting point of all restoration processes is the understanding of salvation.
Restoration begins with knowing what salvation is and what it does for us. Many people have a narrow view of salvation. They see it as a way to escape from the deadly consequences of sin, — which is true — and they view repentance as a striving toward moral purity.
Therefore, they believe that if we ask Jesus to save us and, in turn, live good, clean lives, then we have a ticket to heaven. This view not only leads to a distorted and somewhat legalistic relationship with God and each other, but it also negates the overall joy and the real true benefits of salvation.
Salvation comes from the Greek word “soterion,” which means to rescue, deliver, bring to safety, liberate, release or cause preservation. The word is linked to the concepts and realities of forgiveness, healing, prosperity and restoration. All of these benefits are implied within the word that gives Christians their greatest hope and joy.
The truth is, without salvation, there is no restoration. By the same token, restoration is not done the moment we become “born from above.” The first step to entering into our destiny in God is via salvation through Jesus Christ — not just saying the Sinner’s Prayer and letting it go at that, but allowing the forgiveness, healing, prosperity and restoration to penetrate every part of our lives.
The second aspect of restoration is the understanding of and coming into wholeness. Salvation permeates our entire being — body, soul and spirit — with the ability to change every fiber of our makeup. As we yield to the ongoing, life-changing power of salvation, we can begin to understand wholeness. When we came to the Lord, no matter what age we were, each of us was fragmented with pieces of our lives scattered here and there.
Why? Because scattering is a curse that we come under as a result of sin. When we sin, pieces of the person God intends for us to be are left behind. We trade purity, blessing, health, and/or a part of God’s perfect plan for a sin we have committed. Therefore, parts of the whole person God intends for us to be lie scattered along the paths of our lives at each point where we have chosen sin.
Although we, in the Western world, tend to compartmentalize our lives into physical, mental and spiritual dimensions (or body, soul and spirit), the fact is that a proper biblical worldview is one of a unified, whole person in whom these parts are not separate entities, but are interconnected. First Thessalonians 5:23 says, “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus.” Here we see that God’s interest in sanctifying is not limited to the spiritual being of a person, but the whole person. The concept of dealing with a person holistically did not originate in the Far East or in New Age thinking; it originated with God.
In fact, Jesus’ message was one of wholeness — that is what the message of the Kingdom is all about. This is why at Lighthouse AG, we do not preach the message of the gospel of salvation; we preach the gospel of the kingdom — the message that brings restoration to our all – body, soul and spirit.
I pray that you will find yourself at the point of real restoration.