Rusted, Rescued, Restored
Author: Dan Gabbert
Publish date:
 
 

Jake’s heart almost jumped out of his chest as he saw the huge electro-magnet on the wrecking-yard crane connect with the roof of a rusted ‘65 Ford Mustang Cobra GT. In his mind’s eye, he pictured that dilapidated hunk of paint and metal on his showroom floor completely restored and glistening with its original beauty. The potential for that machine was awesome!

Showcasing the latest factory technology with a retro twist, Ford Racing Performance Parts 1965 Mustang Fastback features the new all-aluminum 5.0L DOHC

Jake took immediate action. Running toward the crane, Jake waved his arms to get the operator’s attention, breathing a prayer that somehow he might be able to redeem the rusted car hanging on the brink of extinction. And moments before being dropped into the car-crusher, the Cobra GT was saved from an ignominious death as Jake happily paid the junk dealer for a vehicle most people considered beyond repair.

What do you think Jake did with his precious newfound treasure? Do you suppose he lovingly hauled that Mustang home, set it out on his front lawn, and sat down to relax in his comfortable porch swing to watch that valuable possession continue to rust away in peace?

No! Jake went to work restoring that treasure, piece by piece, to its original condition—to the beauty it held when it was brand new on the showroom floor.

The Plan of Restoration

This allegory is a depiction of God’s desire for each of His blood-bought children. No matter how rusted out and wasted we may feel, the Lord’s plan is to rescue us from the crushing results of sin.

He will sustain us as we enter the process of being restored to our original design to be just like Him! Then, the rust of sin will have no more power to eat us alive from the inside out or keep us from the joy of His presence, which He has always desired for us (see Psalm 16:11).

Through the prophet Jeremiah, the Lord reveals this astounding picture of His plan for us:

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end (Jeremiah 29:11).

God’s “expected end” is His original beginning. We were originally created in His image (Genesis 1:26-27). And even though sin has defaced His image in our lives, our heavenly Father is at work with everyone who is willing to cooperate with Him, to restore us back into our original Edenic showroom condition.

Our Example of Showroom Condition

Romans 8:28-29 communicates the same plan of restoration:

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren (NKJV).

Christ Jesus, God’s Son, is the express image of God the Father (Hebrews 1:3). While He was here on Earth, Jesus shared this powerful fact with His disciples: “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9 NKJV). That’s the reason Christ came to this world, to show us what our heavenly Father, the King Eternal, was really like.

Knowing we would need a living model of God’s character and plan for our lives, Jesus came to live and die for us on this sin-cursed earth. He took a body just like ours, inherently weakened by 4000 years of sin, and walked with God as our Example, revealing the peace and power available to us.

Rust Removal and Rebuilding

 

The Bible says to be like God, we must be holy, for God is holy. 1 Peter 1:15-16 tells us, “But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation (conduct); because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”

In the Bible, the words “sanctify,” “purify,” “cleanse,” “perfecting holiness,” and “washing of regeneration” are a few of the special terms the Lord uses to communicate the process by which He restores His sincere followers back to His original design for their lives.

This rebuilding process includes all three dimensions of our nature: mental, spiritual, and physical. We read in 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24, “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly (completely restore you); and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.”

How important is sanctification, or becoming like Jesus?

2 Thessalonians 2:13 gives us the bottom line:

But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth (see also Hebrews 12:14).

What is our part? 1 Peter 1:22-23 tells us this:

Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

Where do we find the sanctifying truth by which we cooperate with the Holy Spirit to purify our lives? Jesus tells us in John 17:17, “Sanctify them through the truth, thy word is truth.”

The Power and Plan of Restoration

Is restoration really possible? Yes—it’s God’s plan! 1 John 2:5-6 says, “But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked” (see also 2 Corinthians 7:1).

By earnestly studying God’s Word to know Christ and seeking to walk in His footsteps by diligently practicing what He reveals to us, we are actually cooperating with the Holy Spirit’s work to transform us into His loving image.

As we contemplate Christ’s humble life of healing service, as we behold His sacrificial death, the Bible says the Spirit of God changes us to be like Him:
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory (character) of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory (the old character) to glory (the new character), even as by the Spirit of the Lord (2 Corinthians 3:18).

One of the greatest blessings of a vibrant Christian experience is knowing in the very depths of our being that we are cooperating with Christ in restoring His character of love in us!

Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure (1 John 3:1-3).

Growth: a Process and a Partnership

I love this inspiring hope-filled thought:

It is by learning the habits of Christ, His meekness, His lowliness, that self becomes transformed—by taking Christ's yoke upon you and then submitting to learn (Manuscript Releases volume 12, 23).

Please understand this important point: It is not how far a Christian advances in learning Christ’s habits that counts with God. Our Lord is pleased when, day by day, a person chooses to stay in the growth process.

Jesus encourages us in John 8:31-32, “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

Here’s another inspiring picture of this recreative partnership with our loving Saviour from the devotional book My Life Today:

When it is in the heart to obey God, when efforts are put forth to this end, Jesus accepts this disposition and effort as man’s best service, and He makes up for the deficiency with His own divine merit (250).

Sharing the Beauty

A little girl with a sunny disposition and a winning smile was vacationing with her mother at a seaside resort. The other guests soon learned to love her.

There was just one problem. The mother, who hoped that one day her daughter would become a great pianist, insisted that she practice even while on vacation. So every day the child would faithfully come into the lounge with her music pieces and run through them on the piano.

At first the other guests tolerated this jangling intrusion of their leisure, but after a few days, their patience began to wear thin. They did not wish to speak to the overambitious mother about it or complain to the management. So one by one they would quietly leave the lounge when the practicing began and come back when the unpleasant sounds were over.

But something happened that changed everything. One day as the little girl was stumbling through her pieces, a silver-haired gentleman stepped over to the piano.

Placing a kind hand on her shoulder, he said softly, “Move over honey. Let me come and sit next to you.” She moved over, and he said, “Now keep on playing.”

Then he reached around her with one arm, and with both hands on the keyboard he began to augment her simple and awkward efforts with the most beautiful music.

Amazed, the guests hurried back to the lounge to see what was happening. Had some miracle happened to their little friend? Had some sudden surge of inspiration transformed her from a struggling student to an extremely talented musician? No. She was still pecking away at the keyboard as before.

But who was the stranger beside her, covering her imperfections with his own masterly skill? Somebody whispered that he was a famous musician spending a holiday incognito at this hotel. For hours they listened spellbound as the unknown stranger turned the aspiring efforts of a little girl into harmony they would never forget.

This story is a great picture of Jesus. He does not say, “Move over and let Me do it.” Instead, He says, “Keep on playing. Keep practicing.”

Then, He covers the jarring notes of our efforts to live like Him with His own beautiful sound—His perfect life. He turns the life we are living for and through Him into a lovely song.

Jesus can make our botched-up recital a beautiful symphony, an echo of the music of heaven! He is only waiting for our invitation.

When, with heartfelt desire, you ask Him to make you more like Him, and by faith choose daily to cooperate with Him through earnest prayer and study of His Word, be assured that the Holy Spirit, “which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).

Science Deceptions
Media Deceptions
Reformation
Spiritual Deceptions
Health Deceptions
A Basis for Conflict
Is there evidence for Creation science? How does it compare to evolution? The following articles give insight in to these questions and more.
Conforming Under Pressure Evolution Is Not Science—It's Religion The Big Bang Theory How Can We See Stars That Are Billions Of Light Years Away? Creation and Evolution: Is Compromise Possible? Understanding the Creation Week Geocentricity: It's Time to Face the Facts The Rise of Evolutionary Thinking Earth's History: Conflicting Paradigms Lamarck Proposes Natural Selection Where did the Universe Come From? Evidence for a Young Universe Age Of The Earth A Basis for Conflict Articles Is Carbon-Dating Accurate? Flood Chronology
Evidence in Stone
Can we understand the age of the earth by the rocks? What theory does the evidence support?
Soft Rock Evidence for Rapid Washout
The Fossil Record
What does the fossil record show us? Is it all random or a defined science that we can understand? Where does evolution fit? Uncover mysteries in the history of the Earth.
Evolution of the Horse Evolutionary Sequences Order in the Fossil Record Explosive Evolution Fossils prove a Flood Fossil Footprints Dinosaurs and the Flood Petrified Trees The Biblical Flood Reasons For Extinction Fossil Reefs The Post-Flood World Human Evolution
Genes of Genesis
As we study the genome, the molecule, and the atom, we see a vast network of intricate systems beyond our understanding. Were these systems really formed by chance?
Why So Many Species - Glossary Is the Gastraea Hypothesis Viable? Mechanisms For Variation Built-in Variation in the Gene Pool "Species" versus "Kind" Molecules That Began Life Creating Life in a Test Tube? Reproductive Exchange Natural Selection Transposable Elements Natural Selection as a Creative Force Recombination of Chromosomes Ernst Haeckel's Theories Dinosaur Extinction and Global Catastrophe Variation and Classification Why So Many Species? Evolution: Miracle of Miracles Spiders and the Creative Genius of God The Australian Problem Synesthesia: Mystery of God’s Creation
Creation to Restoration
How did this world change from the perfection depicted in Genesis to a world full of thorns, thistles, parasites, and death? If God made everything perfect, how could it have all been so changed?
A Good World Gone Bad An Imperfect Planet Evidence For Design Evidence For Transformation Rapid Transformation Clean and Unclean: The History of the Human Diet The Dawn Chorus and Life Forces
Archaeology and the Bible
Archaeology and prophecy have proven the Bible to be true. But what's so special about the Bible that makes it a point of so much controversy?
Archaeology Confirms the Bible The Lost Books of the Bible
Crossing Musical Boundaries
Music is a powerful emotional motivator that crosses cultural and language barriers. Its message can be understood by every culture and people across the planet.
Can You Feel the Music? The Bible and Rock Music: Are they Compatible? The Last Great Contest – Worship From the Horse's Mouth: The Rock Industry Condemns Itself
Hollywood and the Movies
What is the system of worship found most often in our society? Does it glorify God?
Hollywood's History Gnostic Themes in the Movies Hollywood and Gnosticism
Brain Closed—Please Come Again
Research has shown that our sensitivity to stimuli reduces itself yearly by about 1%. Is your brain hibernating?
The Dangers of Television
Beware of the television's abilities to hypnotize, alter moods, and even cause depression.
Violence and Video Games
Like music and movies, video games are addictive and can cause behavioral problems.
The Origins of Halloween
What is the origin behind this popular festival celebrated every October 31?
Catholic Councils
What happened at the Council of Trent? The First Vatican Council The Second Vatican Council
The Jesuits
Learn what people throughout history have had to say on the reputation, history, and political nature of the Jesuit Order.
Ignatius Loyola and Spiritual Formation Protestantism Destroyed The Jesuit Superior General
The Pope Claims to be God on Earth
Read proof that throughout the Roman Church's history, the Papacy has often claimed that the Pope is divine.
Cross and Crown
This book "Cross and Crown" is a powerful and thrilling recital of the most romantic and dramatic incidents in history to be found on record, told in the simplest, most graphic, and entertaining form.
The Aggressive Intentions of the Papacy
The historian Ranke says this about Protestant-Catholic relations: "In the year 1617, everything betokened a decisive conflict between them. The Catholic party appears to have felt itself the superior. At all events it was the first to take up arms."

This article highlights quotes from historical and Catholic sources proving the Papacy's aggressive nature.
The Bloody History of Papal Rome - A Timeline The Bloody History of Papal Rome - Quotes Christianity and Violence
Stories of the Reformation
Dive into history to uncover the remarkable stories of faith and passion in early Protestantism.
Philipp Melanchthon John Laski Jerome of Prague John Wycliffe Louis De Berquin Gaspard De Coligny
Religious Doublespeak
Language can be used to communicate both truth and lies. Learn about the religious doublespeak being used to pull the wool over the eyes of the world.
Hegelian Thinking and World Politics
Hegelian dialectic thinking is applied in many situations in world politics. Often the ordinary people are used as pawns in the game of Hegelian psychology played by those who pull the strings of world control.
The Great Controversy
Read this classic work by Ellen G. White.
The Destruction of Jerusalem Persecution in the First Centuries An Era of Spiritual Darkness The Waldenses John Wycliffe Huss and Jerome Luther's Separation From Rome Luther Before the Diet The Swiss Reformer Progress of Reform in Germany Protest of the Princes The French Reformation The Netherlands and Scandinavia Later English Reformers The Bible and the French Revolution The Pilgrim Fathers Heralds of the Morning An American Reformer Light Through Darkness A Great Religious Awakening A Warning Rejected Prophecies Fulfilled What is the Sanctuary? In the Holy of Holies God's Law Immutable A Work of Reform Modern Revivals Facing Life's Record The Origin of Evil Enmity Between Man and Satan Agency of Evil Spirits Snares of Satan The First Great Deception Can Our Dead Speak to Us? Liberty of Conscience Threatened The Impending Conflict The Scriptures a Safeguard The Final Warning The Time of Trouble God's People Delivered Desolation of the Earth The Controversy Ended
Prophecynew!
How will Christ return, and what will it mean for His people?
The First Beast—Comparing Daniel 7 and Revelation 13 Revelation Identifies End-Time Babylon The Second Beast of Revelation 13 Identifying the Antichrist The Final Confederacy Walking Through Daniel The Seven Plagues Walking through Revelation
Religious Trendsnew!
What are the trends in the religious world today? Sun Worship, The UN and the One World Religion, Eastern Mysticism and Spiritism... Just what do all these things mean in light of Bible prophecy?
Sun Worship Babylonian Religion Politics and the Papacy Paganism and Mary Wealth Redistribution The Charismatic Movement Unity at All Cost? Sustainability Spiritism throughout Religions Catholic Pentecostalism Paganism and Christmas Pentecostalism The Charismatic Movement and Spiritual Gifts Manifesting the Charismatic Spirit The New Age Movement Paganism in our Culture The United Nations' Global Government The History of Tongues Secret Societies Signs and Wonders Revival and the "Power of God" What’s So Bad about Spiritual Formation? Zionism
Sabbathnew!
Most people can understand the reasoning behind nine of the Ten Commandments—don't kill, don't lie, don't steal. But what about the Sabbath Commandment? Why would God give such a law? Why should we follow it?
What is the Seventh-Day Sabbath? Creation and the Sabbath The Weekly Cycle Why Sunday? Sabbath FAQ
The Second Coming of Christnew!
How will Christ return, and what will it mean for His people?
Signs of The Second Coming of Christ Viewpoints How Christ will Return What will Happen to God's People? What will Happen to the Rejecters of God? Will there be a Secret Rapture? The Millennium of Peace
The Biblenew!
Can the Bible be trusted to provide answers to our questions? Does it contain truth? Learn about the evidence that proves the Bible's authenticity.
Choosing the Books of the Bible Archaeology Confirms the Bible Scripture is Inspired by God Testing the Gospel of Thomas Studying Scripture Testing the Gospel of Judas The Spirit in Scripture The Gospel Story The Lost Books of the Bible Spiritual Gifts
Jesusnew!
Is Jesus really who He says He is?
Who is Jesus?
Christian Living: Sin and Salvationnew!
Consider the crucial points of the Christian life.
Christian Living Good God, Bad World. Why? God's Plan to Eradicate Sin The Ceremonial Feasts Pointed to Christ
Death
Is there more to death than the fact that it is the opposite of life? What are the false doctrines involving the immortality of the soul?
Death: Understanding the Terminology A Biblical Understanding of Death The Resurrection of Lazarus Spiritism Hell and Purgatory An Immediate Afterlife? The Parable of Lazarus
Excitotoxins
Excitotoxins cause physical and spiritual destruction. Learn about the main types of exitotoxins and what can be done to avoid them.
Aspartame MSG: Is This Silent Killer Lurking in Your Kitchen Cabinets
Is a Little Wine Good for the Heart?
Reports show that red wine may be beneficial to heart health. Is that a good enough reason to start drinking alcohol?
Is a Little Wine Good for the Soul?
The Dairy Controversy
Get the truth about lactose, calcium, and the need for caution around dairy products.
Drink Milk? Udder Propaganda Lactose Intolerance Calcium
Poisoned Meats
Today's meat and dairy industries are focused on profit rather than health.
The History of the Human Diet
Genetically Modified Foods
The agriculture industry is fast becoming reliant on genetically modified foods. Learn the facts about GMOs and the effects this trend is having on health worldwide.
Soy Safety Summarized Still Eating Genetically Modified Foods? The Big GMO Cover-up
Refined Grains
Most of the bread products consumed today are made of refined grains. Are our breakfast cereals and "fortified" loaves as healthy as we like to think?
The Gluten Connection: Weighing in Against Modern Wheat
Coffee
Do the stimulating benefits of coffee really outweigh the costs?
America's Number One Drug Problem—Coffee Caffeine
Sugar—Affecting the Body and Mind
Refined sugar is addictive, destructive, and devoid of any nutritional value. Why does it continue to be a staple food across the world?
Sugar and Mental Illness Eating Sugar is Worse than Eating Nothing at All Sugar Substitutes The Truth About Evaporated Cane Juice
Can You Beat the Nicotine?
Smoking leads to massive amounts of sickness and death every year. Can you beat the nicotine?
Kicking the Tobacco Habit Nicotine and Depression
Necessary Treatments?
From mammograms to prescription drugs, the modern medical industry is always presenting a new way to diagnose and solve health issues. But are these new treatments really healing anything?
Mammograms or Thermal Imaging? How to Kill a Cold, Starve a Fever Many Doctors Ignore the Root Cause of Cancer Are Hospital Births or Home Births Safer? Compromise in the Pharmaceutical Industry Hepatitis B Vaccines Mercury Poisoning from Amalgam Dental Fillings Tylenol, the tip of the iceberg
Deathtraps in the Cosmetics we Use
There isn't one person I have ever met who knew anything about cosmetics, and that is because the chemistry of cosmetics has always been cloaked in secrecy.
Depression
Find practical ideas for dealing with depression in these articles about symptoms and treatments.
Diseases of the Mind SAD and Bright Light Therapy
Get Healthy!
We are surrounded by unhealthy foods, unwise practices, and even harmful medical advice. Learn how to overcome these obstacles and choose a healthy lifestyle.
The Eight Laws of Health "You've Changed" When Sin Has Nothing To Feed Upon Physical and Spiritual Health Use it or Lose it! Living off the Land An Attitude of Gratitude Serving Others The Healing Power of Honey A Healthy Attitude Iron in the Vegan Diet Healing
Helpful Health Charts
These graphs and tables can help you jumpstart your health routine.
Sources of Calcium - Chart Animal Products and Food-borne Illness Chocolate and Carob Compared Compatible Combinations of Plant Foods - Graph Acid and Alkaline Ash Food Groups - Graph Schedule for a Healthy Lifestyle