Restoration is the act of bringing something or someone back to a former good condition, place or position. In restoration, God brings you back and navigates a new path for you.
God displayed His restorative ability in His salvation plan. Scriptures reveal man’s original state before the fall in Eden, his deformed state after the fall and his new state after restoration.
Before the fall, man was created after the image and likeness of God; He was in God’s class. Man had complete authority and dominated over all other creations; He manifested the fullness of God’s glory in the earth realm. He was a possessor of the blessing.
Genesis 1:26-28aAMP – “God said, Let Us (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them HAVE COMPLETE AUTHORITY over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the (tame) beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth. So God created man in His own image, IN THE IMAGE AND LIKENESS OF GOD HE CREATED HIM; male and female He created them. And God BLESSED THEM, Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it…”
After the fall, man lost his identity; lost his authority and dominion to Satan; fell from his class and became even lower than angels; became very limited in his expression of glory because of the reign of sin; came under the curse; and was constantly inundated with the fear of death:
II Corinthians 4:4a – “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not…” Satan was referred to as the god of this world.
Hebrews 2:6-7 AMP – “It has been solemnly and earnestly said in a certain place, What is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You graciously and helpfully care for and visit and look after him? FOR SOME LITTLE TIME, You HAVE RANKED HIM LOWER THAN AND INFERIOR TO THE ANGELS; …” ‘For some time’ means it was not so from the beginning; it had not always been like that…so after the fall, man dropped in his ranking.
Romans 3: 23 – “For all have sinned and COME SHORT OF THE GLORY of God”. Man became very limited in the expression of glory because of sin.
Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death;…” Death means separation. So man was eternally separated from God (spiritual death) and also sentenced to physical death.
Hebrews 2:15 – “And deliver them who through FEAR OF DEATH were all their lifetime subject to bondage. Mankind was subjected to bondage through fear of death.
TO BE CONTINUED…