The power of paint is found in its ability to make things look new. It’s what paint does.
I’ve been painting walls, ceilings, and porch railings for the last few weeks. It’s marvelous how rolling on a coat of paint instantly hides all the imperfections.
It’s interesting though, that the paint doesn’t really change anything. What’s underneath remains the same, stained and dirty. Even if the new paint is the same color, it’s only hiding the old paint that’s become marred or faded.
That’s what paint does. It makes imperfections imperceptible.
Thinking about the way paint covers a flawed surface makes me appreciate God and what he does for us.
CONSIDER THE TRANSFORMATIONAL POWER OF GOD
God created the world submerged in water. The water wasn’t created later as were the universe, the animals, and humanity.
No, water came into existence with the earth itself. Everything began with water.
Think about the vitality of water within scripture. The priests washed the animals, and themselves, for the sacrifices. Ceremonial cleansing was required before entering the temple. It was also necessary before joining with others in table fellowship. Hands, arms, and feet were always washed with water before sharing a meal. It removed the dirt and symbolically, the sin and impurity. The idea: not taking sin into another person’s home.
Immersion in water, to cleanse the soul, is rooted in scripture. New life comes from water and the Spirit. Naaman got cleansed in the river. The blind mind washed in the Pool of Siloam, and on and on.
God isn’t offering a thin coat of paint, a quick splash of color to freshen our lives. He offers renewal, a new life in Jesus our Messiah, a soul cleansing transformation.
Paint doesn’t change what it touches. Whatever gets painted remains exactly as it was before it was painted. But the New Birth is a complete and total regeneration of the soul. Change takes place at the deepest level, the New Birth transforms us.
I make mistakes when I paint. I drip on the floor and on myself, and spill and make messes. But I can put some paint thinner on a rag and clean it right up. Paint isn’t permanent, its temporary. Its temporary because its paper thin and man made.
It isn’t so with our Messiah and his Father. When he redeems he reaches deep, all the way down. He washes everything away, transforming us, completely and forever.
The transforming power of God to create new life; it’s no paint job.