Thursday, May 26, 2011
What are some thoughts that come to mind when you hear the word Restoration? Maybe you think of fixing up a old abandoned house, even bringing back to life an old painting. Today I would like to talk about two of my favorite restorations. First the restoration of an old car while second talking about the restoration of Christ's Church on the earth.
I would like to start off by some simple things that are needed in a Full car Restoration; First you need to get down to the frame. You need to make sure that the frame is fixed to the specifications that the manufacture required at the time of making the car. The frame needs to be strong enough to withhold any wrecks that might occur during the life of the car on the road. The same Restoration needed to happen with Christ's Church here on the earth. When things are lost or weakened by time and eroding they need to be fixed to the specifications that Christ has asked. Just like the frame of the car the foundation of the Church must be the same as Christ has asked. He formed the Church. That is why we need to listen to his commandments.
The next major part in a car Restoration is making sure all the body is accounted for and ready for paint. Some things that can go wrong with car parts over time and bad weather are rust and decay. When the rust is spotted it needs to be removed and fixed so it is exactly how the car came originally. The best way of doing this is by buying and replacing the old worn out parts with new parts from the factory. This will ensure you to have the correct parts to make the car look exactly like it was new off the dealer's lot.
How this compares to Christ's Church on earth is simple. Over the years of bad weather and the dark ages a lot of simple truths were lost and forgotten about. The only way to bring back the lost or neglected truths is through a Prophet called of God. God is like the car dealer and the car parts are like the truths that needed to be restored. After all pieces of truth are back in place the Gospel really starts to look like the same gospel that was founded by Christ 2000 years ago. (Amos 3:7 "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the Prophets.")
After the are parts are assembled and the car is repainted show time follows. After a lot of work on a car show time is a very fun and rewarding part of the restoration. Its time to have the critics look over the car making sure that the car is exactly how is was years and years ago. This can be hard for the shops that may use lesser quality parts, this may be hard for body men that don't make the car look like new, but when the car is finished and 100% restored to its originally structure it is such a good feeling!!! The same occurs to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Once it was restored it was questioned by many and torn apart by all... and like that 100% restored car it stood and still stands to show the world that it is the truth, and it is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Just how it was 2,000 years ago.