by Jim Henry

Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L.B. McLeod Road
Orlando, FL 32805
Reprinted from Radio Program "WE BELIEVE"
Program #43, CT #1402

"The Divine Intention"
Gen. 1

There was a book some years ago called, All Things Bright and
Beautiful. It was the true life story of a veterinarian and his
relationships with people and animals through the years. It was a
beautiful, beautiful story. In fact, it became a best-seller, and
it also became a movie which was shown in the Orlando area a few
years ago. I went to see it and I had only one complaint - it wasn't
long enough-. It was just too short. It was a story of animals-
and human beings. When you look at Genesis 1, you come to that very
same conclusion, that this is the way God intended it to be, all things
"brigh-t and beautiful."
The Book of Revelation becomes complete and meaningful when
we understand Genesis, because what we see in Genesis 1, 2, and 3
concerning sin and the fall of man, we're going to see completed
when again we have a new earth and a new heaven. Then man, who will
have a new nature, will be back to that virgin, pristine existence
which God created in the very beginning. One day we're going to have
that again. That's what Revelation is talking about, the coming new
earth and heaven; the close of history and the beginning of an
eternity as God intended all things, bright and beautiful.
But we must understand why they're not bright and beautiful
today. We look at our world and we see it's certainly not a bright
and beautiful world, it's a dark and an ugly world. Please understand,
I believe a Christian can be a realist and still be positive. I
know there are negative people, and I guess some folks are wired up
that- way, I ust sayv "Lord give me grace to understand that some
folks are different." But I like to be around folks who have
vibrations that are positive, because that brings out the best in me.
I like to be around folks who bring out the best in p ...

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