Who Restores

Deuteronomy 30:1–5, Jonah 2:2–9, Isaiah 44:24–28

Have you ever recognized that there is an implied title and character of God that gets missed? Restorer.

We use Healer, often, which is close. Another word could be Reconciler. We don’t use Restorer or Reconciler, because in most cases of their use (restore and reconcile), they are action verbs, not nouns.

Yet, and are at the heart of Jesus. Think of it this way. Through Jesus’ sinless walk on Earth and his sacrificial death on the cross, we are reconciled to God (). Through baptism and Jesus’ resurrection, we are restored (position) to the “place” we would have had prior to the Fall (Adam and Eve).

It can be easy to fall into the way of thinking, because while on Earth that is both our expectation and our experience.

We get a taste of in baptism, but it really is a poor experience in comparison to the full once we are in Heaven.

1) What do you think of and ?

2) How do you think and work with other people?

3) We can understand how works with our interpersonal s. How does work? Thinking about as God restores, is it possible for a damaged to be restored? Why or why not?