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God's Design and Desires
Terry J. Hallock
October 10, 1999
The central thesis of this teaching series on God's divine design and dynamic desire for our lives has been how we can return to the "Garden of Eden". We've literally been on a journey of re-creation on which we're learning to leave the exiled life of sin and come back home where we really belong in order to know who we really are and start achieving all we can become. Where alienation, guilt, shame, and death may have once dominated us we're learning there is a life of healing and hope, safety and security, provision and protection, significance and value.
Last Sunday God showed us Jesus is the way, truth, and life. He cannot only show us the way home. He is our home. He came and took our sin as His own with all its symptoms. He bore them to the Cross and nailed them to it thus paying the price God demands. Then He defeated death and the Devil at a borrowed tomb when He rolled back its stone and rose to new life. In that moment He not only became free, so did we! When He rolled the stone away He broke the bonds which have kept us chained outside the Garden. Now He has come back through the Holy Spirit to take us with Him, to take us home to our Father's House where no more crying or tears, death or darkness exist. If we have believed Jesus enough to get up off our knees of regret and guilt, we are now standing at the portal of our new life.
There is only one more step to take and Galatians 2:11-21 contains it. The passage begins with Paul's description of an encounter with Peter and ends with the words that can turn us from hurting sinners existing in a dying world to healed saints living in our Father's house.
"When Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was in the wrong. Before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Ge ...
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