Sunday, July 22, 2018

Almighty God's Definition of True Beauty?














My Beloved, where is true beauty found today? In People Magazine’s Most Beautiful People edition? In the natural genetic beauty of Hollywood and the Music industries’ A-list? In Donald Trump’s Miss America beauty pageants? In the high school cliques of the most popular teens? Nope, it’s not there... not at all! As a matter of fact, some of the most genetically - temporal flowers of the field - most "beautiful" people are some of the most godless, vilest, immoral and lawless of them all.

Where is true beauty to be found then? Well, there is a temporal, natural beauty possessed by a select number of people. There is no denying that. The truth of the matter is that these individuals did absolutely nothing to obtain this “outward” form of beauty. In the end this beauty is short-lived and vain (Proverbs 31:30).

Consider some examples of past “beauties”: Liz TaylorClark Gable, Cary Grant, James Dean, Greta Garbo, Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, etc. Their human beauty shone in the sun for a short while, and they withered away and died as a rose of summer. They bloomed and then faded FOREVER away (Eccl. 3:11; Isaiah 40:7; Rom. 3:23, 1 Cor. 15:50, James 4:14).
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Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

The Need for True Beauty

Almighty God makes it absolutely clear in His infallible Word to fallen humanity (Rom. 5:12-19) their desperate need for TRUE beauty. This beauty is not a temporal, vain expression of mortal man or woman. True (Divine) beauty endures FOREVER and EVER. This beauty waxes exceedingly more beautiful as time goes on. This beauty endures beyond the boundaries of time, and all who possess it will enjoy it FOREVER and EVER (Dan. 12:3; 1 Cor. 2:9; 15:42-57; Rev. 22:5).

Where is this beauty to be found? Through 6000 years of human existence, billions have sought worldly beauty and the prestige it brings. Countless individuals have sold their souls for beauty and immortality ONLY to go the way of all the earth in the end (Heb 9:27). Oh, the endless volumes of testimonials that could be given by mortal men and women throughout the ages attesting to the futility of this fruitless quest (Psalms 39:5; 78:33; Eccl. 1:1-3). Such have put all their eggs in this fragile basket and have died bankrupt, miserable and hideous in the eyes of their ETERNAL Creator/ Maker. They will FOREVER dwell in their shame and vile estate (Rev. 22:11).

Beloved, Time - and our earthly existence in it - is just a vapor, a grain of sand in the endless sea of ETERNITY'S FOREVERNESS (Psalms 39:5; 78:39; 90:10; 144:4; Isaiah 40:6; James 4:14; 1 Peter 1:24). Oh, that people would look outside of their temporal, subjective, narcissist world-view and see the reality. Oh, that we might look objectively into the Word of Almighty God for true answers about the unknown mysteries of this fallen world (1 Cor. 1:30). We would then begin to comprehend the unsolved mysteries of time and life, and be set free from the limited confines of this fallen world (John 8:32, 36).

This pinnacle of wondrous Beauty is nothing less than the glorious Righteousness that Almighty God has provided for His Fallen Creation. This Beauty is found nowhere else but in Christ Jesus, the Savior of the Whole World.

What is True Beauty?
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What exactly is this True Beauty, one might ask? Quite simply, True Beauty is a gift from Almighty God (Rom. 5:16-17; 6:23). The FREE GIFT of TRUE beauty is provided to all by Almighty God (1 Cor. 1:30). TRUE beauty is our greatest need in the light of ETERNITY'S fixedness and FOREVERNESS.

This pinnacle of wondrous beauty is nothing less than the glorious RIGHTEOUSNESS that Almighty God has provided for His fallen creation. This Beauty is found nowhere else but in Christ Jesus, the Savior of the whole world (Rom. 10:4; 2 Cor. 5:21).

"Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints" (Rev 19:6-8).

When one places their absolute trust in Jesus Christ and His saving grace, that individual is given the BEAUTY of the RIGHTEOUSNESS of Almighty God and ETERNAL Life (Psalms 7:17; 90:17; John 3:16,17).

God takes on Himself our shame and sinful hideousness, and He bestows on us the BEAUTY of His RIGHTEOUSNESS (Psalms 17:15; Isaiah 61:1-3; 64:6; Rom. 4:6, 22-24; 5:4; 1 Cor. 1:30; 2 Cor. 5:17; 1 John 3:2).

Oh, how will the redeemed of Almighty God shine and rejoice forever in the ETERNAL BEAUTY of the Lord! (Dan. 12:3; Matt. 13:43; 1 Cor. 2:9).

What About You?
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May I ask you this very sobering question? Do you possess the Beauty of Righteousness that is found only in Jesus Christ? The Bible states in Isaiah 64:6 that “all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags [bloody menstrual cloths].” All earthly beauty will fade away, as countless billions have experienced and could testify. Only the Beauty of Almighty God’s Righteousness (state of perfection) will endure forever (Matt. 13:43; Rev. 22:11).

You do not know what will happen tomorrow (Proverbs 27:1). If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, may you do so even now by making that conscious decision to receive Him into your heart and life. Then shall your beauty endure FOREVER as the stars of FOREVER, and bliss and joy will you know forevermore (Matt 13:43; 1 Cor. 2:9). Place your trust in Him TODAY. Behold, now is the day of salvation (2 Cor. 6:2)! You will NEVER be the same!

The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!

DJP I.F.

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