WOULD YOU LIKE TO EDIT THE VIDEOTAPE OF YOUR LIFE?
By Ernest O'Neill
Would You Like to Edit the Videotape of Your Life?
By Rev. Ernest O'Neill
In other words, God knows what you will do next week but because of his mighty power, he is able to set it out of time and into eternity and in his Son, he is able to put that videotape of your life, that old self, that old videotape, he is able to destroy it completely in his Son and then raise his son up and raise you up with a new edited videotape that has all the responses in it that Jesus himself wanted to make in your life from the very beginning -- and that videotape is available. That life is available.
In other words, in heaven, on a shelf, there is the videotape of your life lived by your own power and by your own will -- and on another shelf, put there by the Lamb that was slain from before the foundation of the world, there is a videotape of your life that is perfect and edited completely, the life that is lived by his own power. And if you ever doubt whether that second videotape exists, loved ones, I'll point you to an amazing verse in Ephesians.
Ephesians 2:10, "For we are his workmanship", his videotape, "We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." That's just great. It's an amazing verse. "We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them."
There's a videotape of your life that is already created in Jesus, that's the Gospel. The Gospel is not just that Jesus died so that your sins could be forgiven and then you would laboriously day after day as hour succeeds hour edit the videotape of your life by your own strength and your own efforts and your own resolution and your own powers and your own abilities, the Gospel is that of course your sins are forgiven but that's a by-product of the greater thing that God did in Jesus, he recreated your life in his Son.
He recreated it with all the good works that Jesus does in your life and you can receive that edited version, and if you say, "Can anybody? Can I?" Yes, "Christ died for all, therefore all died", you too. That happened to you too. Any of us, any of us can receive it. How do you receive it? How do you bring that out of eternity and into time? By faith, by grace, by sheer grace, you're saved through faith. By faith you can receive that new life of Jesus into you this very day, that whole lived life, you can receive by faith. That's how it happens. That's what the Gospel is.
The Gospel is that God has foreseen your whole life, has foreseen all its sins, all its complexes, all the lines in your flesh, all the anxieties, all the worries, all the things that you would, that you cannot do, the evil that you hate that's the very thing you do, he has seen all of that. He has put it into his Son. He has crucified it there and raised you up whole and new and that life is available to you by faith today.