For most of my Christian life, I missed out on the best part of the Bible.
I don’t mean the best story or the best character. I mean, somewhere along the way, I left out the fourth and final plot move of the Bible.
I knew the entire story of the Bible, but I lived like my story stopped at the third plot move – redemption (which is no less awesome, by the way).
But simply covering sin isn’t enough. We need more than just forgiveness. That’s because sin isn’t just the bad things we do; it’s in our nature. Our sinful natures make it impossible to love and trust and “obey right away, all the way, and with a happy heart” even after we’ve been redeemed.
In the fourth plot move of the Bible – restoration – the King keeps his promise to fully save us from our sin. One day, the King will return and his entire kingdom – and all his subjects – will be restored.
Here’s why neglecting the fourth plot move of the Bible is a problem: I need more than a pardon for sin, I need an entirely new life. I need a new heart that actually loves. I need a new mind that thinks pure thoughts. I need a new mouth….well, for obvious reasons. And I need a new world that doesn’t suffer or sin along with me.
We need a new everything! And replacing a few parts will only get us so far. The whole world is in need of a complete overhaul.
WHAT ‘RESTORATION’ MEANS FOR MY STORY:
So, what does our restoration look like?
When the King restores us, we will be returned to his presence. If we know Christ, today, we enjoy access to the King through his Spirit. But in the day of our restoration, we will no longer see him “in a mirror dimly,” as Paul tells us in 1 Cor. 13, but “face to face.”
The King, himself, is and will be our greatest blessing and treasure. We will dwell with him in a way that Adam and Eve only tasted in Eden.
“In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”(Ps. 16:11).
When the King restores us, we will be returned to his court. Finally, we will be able to fulfill the purpose for which we were created – to serve as representatives of the King without blemish or struggle or strife. He will heal his image in us, restoring us to our place and privileged role in his newly restored kingdom.
This will be possible because we are wearing Christ’s righteous robes instead of our old filthy rags. This will be possible because the King’s kingdom will be released from all sorrow, shame, regret, and guilt. He is making all things new – even the heavens and the earth (Is. 61; Rev. 21).
In the fourth plot move of the Bible, we are returned both to the King and to his court!
The story of the Bible doesn’t stop when God rescues us from sin. It continues as he restores us to our original position and place with him. So, don’t miss the best part of the Bible. Knowing the full story of the Bible doesn’t just matter for eternity, it impacts the way you live today.
Catch up on the others posts in this series:
Plot move 1 – CREATION – A good King created a good world …
Plot move 2 – FALL – it became corrupted by sin ….
Plot move 3 – REDEMPTION – the King is at work to redeem his kingdom…
Plot move 4 – RESTORATION – and restore it through his Son, Jesus Christ.