Restoration Through the Messiah

Typically, the Believer thinks about the Messiah in terms of being his or her personal savior. While this is true, He is also the redeemer of all of creation. Death, which appeared when Adam and Eve first sinned, affects all of creation. Since the Messiah overcame death and now lives again, it is demonstrated that all of creation can be renewed and live again as it was originally designed. He has defeated the works and plans of Satan our adversary.

The Messiah, who came in man’s form (in the flesh) is also the Creator. He became like us even as we are made in his image. Scripture describes that He is the redeemer, our substitute, and the one who brings justification. He is also described as the second Adam who has dominion over everything.

The English word ‘salvation’ comes from the Hebrew word ‘yahshuah’ and the essential meaning is ‘to rescue’. When something or someone is in trouble, another can come to the rescue. In the physical this can refer to things that can be destroyed. An example of this is a city during a time of war in which a military leader comes to defeat the enemy and rescue the city from destruction. In the spiritual, this refers to things which can die. The primary example is our soul which is in danger of death because of sin. We need someone who can come and rescue our soul from that death.
The concept of salvation is so wrapped up in the work of the Messiah, that His Hebrew name ‘Yahshuah’ is identical with the Hebrew word for ‘salvation’. Not surprisingly, many of the passages of Scripture that speak of salvation also contain prophecies of the Messiah (Is 49:5-8, Zech 9:9-11). It is only through Yahshuah, our Savior, that the concepts of atonement and redemption come together and the process of our salvation is possible.

The English word ‘judgment’ comes from the Hebrew word ‘shephet’ and the essential meaning is ‘to judge or punish’. The idea of a judgment is not so difficult to grasp as courts do this on a regular basis around the world. Such courts are needed because a crime has been committed and a punishment must be given. However, the judgment that comes at the end of Scripture is the end of the salvation process that began in the Garden of Eden. The judgment is simple. Those who die in their sins are found guilty. Those whose sins are covered through atonement are acquitted (set free and declared righteous).

In the book of Revelation, we find that at the time of judgment there are books and also the book of life. We will be judged on our works in the books. However, of more importance is the Book of Life in which our guilt or our innocence is shown and where eternal life is at stake. In this book, the only matter of importance is whether we have accepted Yahshuah as Savior. Have we heard the word of salvation that comes through Him and then believed? Those who have chosen to accept Him are the same ones who are acquitted at the time of judgment and obtain eternal life because they are found just and righteous.

In the end, with the Messiah as our head or leader, man is raised up and can once again share authority over creation.

VIIA. Last Updated: 01/01/2016
Todd Elder

Todd Elder

Todd Elder has a deep desire to understand and experience Creation. As a Baraminologist, his current research includes developing the Katagenos Species Concept, the Natanzera Classification System, and the Floral Formula Method of determining Plant Kinds. As an author and speaker, his books and seminar materials are designed to encourage a growing relationship with the Creator.
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