1. Revival – Living Again

(For the parent article, click on “The Nature of the Created Universe” to the right.)

The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. What does this phase from Psalm 19 mean?

  • Revive – from the Latin, meaning to live again.
  • Soul – the immaterial essence of an individual life.

“You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman.  (Genesis 3:4)  According to the principles of the scientific method, after centuries of careful testing, we can safely say this statement made by the serpent was false.  Even before the days of physical existence are up, life sometimes proves empty.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10, NIV)  Jesus’ words here draw a contrast between His purpose and that of the serpent.  Jesus asserts that He came to undo the death sentence pronounced on us due to sin.  But what does this have to do with the “law of the LORD”?

In Matthew 22, we find an interchange between Jesus and one of the Pharisees:  “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied:  “`Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: `Love your neighbor as yourself.’  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

There is a common perception that Christianity is comprised of a set of rules that have to be followed.  But, according to Jesus, the purpose and essence of the “law” is the restoration of relationships.  First, man’s broken relationship with God, and then, our relationships with each other.  These relationships are what we were made for.  In the beginning, it was God’s desire to have a relationship with man.  It’s why He made us.   Though we chose to listen to the deception of the serpent and question the motives of God, He has gone to unbelievable lengths to bring restoration.  It’s why Jesus came.

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