Saturday, September 5, 2015

Jesus Turns our Hearts to God as Father

5Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 6And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse." (Malachi 4: 5-6)

God is not in the business of striking people with curses.

His heart is for us to prosper and be in health, even as our souls prosper (3 John 2)

In fact, this prophecy was fulfilled with the coming of John the Baptist:

"And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord." (John 1: 17)

What did John do? Prepare everyone for the Coming of Jesus, our Savior:

"The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

4Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:

5And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it." (Isaiah 40: 3-5)

Today, we have what John the Baptist announced, our Lord and Savior Jesus!

He has turned our hearts to God our Father, too:

"If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him." (John 14: 7)

and then

"Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake." (John 14: 11)

and now:

"For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father." (Romans 8: 15)

Jesus has made us all sons in Him before God our Father (John 20: 17), and therefore he has indeed turned the hearts of the sons to the fathers and vice versa. Moreover, God our Father did not strike the earth with curses, because His Son became cursed for us (Galatians 3: 13)

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