13th October 2020

Flaws and Perfection 

On each side of the river stood the tree of life…No longer will there be any curse.
Revelation 22:2-3 (NIV)

How often have we heard people say “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. We might have something that looks or works perfectly well, yet even so we think we could improve on it. So we tinker with it and it ends up worse than when we started. Last year I bought a lovely little bungalow in a lovely little village. Everyone admired it. But what did I do? I attempted to improve it and ended up creating blemishes that were difficult to put right.

God looked at His work of creation and pronounced it “Very good” (Genesis 1:31). Its perfection was seen in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve were with Him there and He walked and talked with them. God commanded His humans not to eat of one of the trees but also gave them the freedom to choose. For a while they obeyed but eventually they tried to improve on God’s ideas and tinker with the garden trying to fix things that weren’t broke. A sense of their own self-importance took over; they decided they knew better and so they ate (Genesis 3:6-7). Sin had entered His creation and it became blemished. Adam and Eve had to be driven out of the Garden to prevent them from doing any more damage there. “So the Lord God banished them…and placed…cherubim and a flaming sword to guard the way to the tree of life (Genesis 3:24).

After that there were occasions when God had it in mind to wipe mankind out (Genesis 6:7, Exodus 32:9-10) but He listened to the pleas of His servants, in these cases Noah and Moses, to give His people a fresh start. The Old Testament contains other examples. I’m sure we all know where this is leading: to our salvation in Jesus Christ. Jesus is repairing that which we/mankind had damaged.

Paul agonised. He delighted in God’s law, but there were satanic forces at work on him that made him a prisoner of the law of sin. What did he say about himself? “Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?” (Romans 7:24). Paul was showing the same sinful tendencies that Adam did and he knew he deserved the same punishment that Adam did. And the same is true of us. But Paul looked forward to the mercy of God. “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:1-2).

Let’s take comfort and encouragement from Romans chapters 7 and 8. In them we read of how God’s mercy on all His sinful humanity transcends any thoughts of condemnation. He has fixed that which was broken! Thanks be to God.

Lord God, I trust in Jesus who died, who was raised to life, and now is at Your right hand interceding for me.

Study by Chris Reeve


About the Author:
Christopher Reeve is assistant pastor of the Invicta (Blean) Congregation near Canterbury, which is part of Grace Communion International/Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Invicta Fellowship
Blean Village Hall
School Lane

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11.30 a.m.

Local Congregational Contact:
Mrs Annette Woods
Phone: 07473 188326
Email: annettewoods2@nhs.net

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