Nancy's Notes 

birdI Am An Extension of God's Presencebird

To glorify God and fulfill His purposes,
To obey and honor Him
God is the ultimate goal in my life!

  1. This extension is implied by man's creation - Gen 1:26
    1. We are a physical extension of His Presence and we are to reflect His character in our morals and motives.
    2. We are to work out His will and divine purposes - work out our salvation with fear and trembling.
    3. Our nature finds satisfaction and fulfillment only in a relationship of responsive Godlikeness, which means walking in obedience to Him.
  2. This extension is the reason for our conversion
    1. Satan tired to ruin us through sin, God rescued us through salvation. God's divine nature enables us to fulfill God's will -2 Peter 1:4
    2. His Holy Spirit assures us the knowledge of His will - John 16-13
    3. We are a "new man" - Ephesians 4:24 - which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
      1. "after God" means that it is created "according to what God is in Himself", that is, created after the pattern of what God is.
      2. In order to do this we need regeneration, not renovation. When we become God's child the old life is over (2 Cor 5: 17) All He wants is permission.
      3. Ex.: House for sale. Seller says he'll fix it up, clean out garbage, bring in a crew etc. Buyer says: "When I buy this place, I'm going to build something completely different. I don't want the building, I want the site." When we become God's the old life is over (2 Cor.5:17): He makes all things new. All He wants is permission to build.
    4. When we live according to the dictates of a "new man", it makes us an extension of God's Presence in a lost and dying world. (Phil. 1:21a)
  3. This extension is initiated by Godly Conduct Ephesians 2: 10, 2 Corinthians. 5:15
    1. Our lives should express His Character - we should look like Him.

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