ACTS 3:20-21 - Berean Lamp Memory Verse - (Jan 8-15)

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The Berean Lamp Memory Verse for this week is:

“and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you, whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time” (Acts 3:20-21).

The Hebrew word for “restore” means to “turn back, return.” And in the Greek, “restore” means “to mend, repair, fit, frame,—to complete thoroughly—to make one what he ought to be.” There are many places in Scripture where God promises restoration - physical restoration, restoration of the relationship with God, and the restoration of nature of the fallen natural order.

In the big picture, God is talking about "turning back" the effects of the Fall (big and small) brought through our human sin - to change the effects of sin into "what it ought to be" - turning things back to how they were before the Fall. We know from God's Word that this is God's ultimate design - to "turn back" the Fall, both spiritually and physically. But there can be no restoration without repentance - the acknowledgement of the human NEED for restoration - in fact, repentance is a necessary component of restoration - the humility to recognize and acknowledge we are wrong. We see this again and again in Scripture - in the Old Testament with people like Naaman (who suffered leprosy, humbled himself to obey God, and was restored) and in the New Testament with repentance of sin leading to salvation and the restoration of our relationship with God through Jesus.

There must be a change of heart for us to be "turned back to what we ought to be."

As Believer's our souls have been restored to God and we have the promise of future total restoration when Jesus returns - the redemption of our bodies, which still succumb to decay and death and we are hourly persecuted by temptations and the effects of sin on the fallen world. And this is why we must daily be in God's Word and seek His will to make us inwardly more "as we ought to be" through His Holy Spirit's process of Sanctification - even while we long every day for the return of Jesus Christ to bring restoration upon the earth from the effects of sin, as God promised again and again through his Prophets and Apostles.

As we begin this new year together, let's daily seek the restoration of God's Holy Spirit Who cuts away at our deadened flesh through the Sword of the Spirit - the Word of God. And may we long for the day when our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ stands again on the earth - this time as King of Kings with the power and authority to restore the very nature of the world from the effects of sin. Even so, Amen.

Other verses to consider:

“The Lord restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the Lord increased all that Job had twofold” (Job 42:10).

“Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When the Lord restores His captive people, Jacob will rejoice, Israel will be glad” (Psalm 14:7).

“The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple” (Psalm 19:7).

“He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake” (Psalm 23:3).

“For the Lord will restore the splendor of Jacob Like the splendor of Israel, Even though devastators have devastated them And destroyed their vine branches” (Nahum 2:2).

“Restore us to You, O Lord, that we may be restored; Renew our days as of old” (Lamentations 5:21).

“He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse” (Malachi 4:6).

“and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you, whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time” (Acts 3:20-21).

“Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted” (Galatians 6:1).

“And the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him” (James 5:15).

“They asked Him, saying, ‘Why is it that the scribes say that Elijah must come first?’ And He said to them, ‘Elijah does first come and restore all things. And yet how is it written of the Son of Man that He will suffer many things and be treated with contempt? But I say to you that Elijah has indeed come, and they did to him whatever they wished, just as it is written of him’” (Mark 9:11-13).

“So the crowd marveled as they saw the mute speaking, the crippled restored, and the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel” (Matthew 15:31).

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