The Importance of Restoration

Infinity Restoration is the reversal of the curse upon humanity when they sinned. It includes the ultimate restoration of fellowship with God and the high calling made available through Jesus Christ.

Environmental restoration projects help reduce waste, saving organizations money in the long run. These projects also provide jobs for local communities.

The work of God to redeem the fallen world is the foundational theological concept behind all biblical faith and practice. It encompasses how God’s power is expressed to restore what has been lost through sin. Jesus provided abundant proof of God’s redemptive power in his lifetime, demonstrating that he could calm the seas, heal incurable diseases, and even raise people from the dead. He also showed that he had authority over heaven and hell when he exorcised demons from a man or allowed a paralyzed man to walk.

Redemption is the central theme of the Bible, starting in Genesis 3:16, when God began saving humanity and the physical universe from the effects of their fall from grace. The details of this redemptive plan are elaborated on in the New Testament and culminate in Christ’s life, death, and resurrection.

In the Old Testament, Redemption is often used as a legal term to describe deliverance from bondage based on a payment made by the redeemer. The root words of this Word in Hebrew are pada, gaal, and kapar, which mean to cover, back, or save. The most significant Redemption in scripture is that of the Son by the Father, where the eternal Word agrees to take on human form and lay aside his glory to redeem the world from its ravages of sin.

God’s Redemption of the world involves:

  • Forgiveness of sins.
  • Sanctification (being made holy).
  • Freedom from the law’s curse.
  • Adoption into his family.
  • Reconciliation with himself and others.

God reveals himself as our compassionate and loving Father through his redemptive work.

The doctrine of Redemption has been through some theological developments over the centuries. Some of the major ones include the Council of Trent, which did not canonize any particular theory of merit and satisfaction to explain the efficacy of the incarnation of Christ and his death on the cross and resurrection three days later.

More recently, there has been a movement to consider the Redemption of the world and humanity as an objective event that was accomplished once and for all by the sacrifice of Christ. This view of Redemption has emphasized the role of Jesus in the plan of salvation but still retains some aspects of traditional evangelical theology.

As the healing work of God continues in the world today, we must also seek to heal our broken relationships and communities. The Church must be a place of peace and love where all people can find hope and be restored to the fullness of their life in Christ.

Healing is the transcendence of suffering and includes physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of human experience. The personal knowledge of a transformation in life narratives involves a sense of wholeness of personhood and is facilitated by a connection with others marked by continuity.5

The word “healing” is often viewed as synonymous with curing, although cures are distinct from healing. Cure is an event that occurs on a singular level, while healing involves the mind, body, and Spirit. Healing is a journey, not a destination; it may take time and often requires multiple experiences and therapies to be successful.

Ecologic restoration aims to put a degraded ecosystem on a trajectory toward recovery but does not necessarily restore it to its historic condition. Contemporary ecological realities may cause the system to develop along an altered trajectory, just as they have influenced the development of undisturbed ecosystems.

Spiritual healing involves forgiveness, repentance, reconciliation, and sanctification. Healing the soul of a believer is a continuous process that can only be accomplished by God through His Word and His Spirit.

In the Christian context, a key aspect of healing is the discipline of sinning believers. The Bible teaches that the Church must restore sinful believers to enable them to persevere in their faith and avoid eternal separation from God.

The authors thank Courtney Boyd, Charmagne Paat, and Kelly Gourdin for assisting in the literature search and developing this conceptual definition of healing. The authors would also like to thank the Samueli Institute for supporting this project. The authors have completed the ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest. No conflicts of interest were disclosed.

Relationships are essential for living a healthy life. People who are in supportive relationships have better mental and physical health, are less likely to suffer from depression or other mood disorders, and tend to do more socially productive things. Many different factors, including betrayal and infidelity, can damage relationships. Repairing these ruptures takes time and work. Those who learn to improve their relationships will have better family and romantic relationships and stronger friendships.

Ruptures in marriages and friendships happen because one or both parties fail to understand the other, misread signals, become irritable, and lash out. These ruptures can be small or large, often resulting in an estrangement. This can be devastating to families and friends. The Bible teaches that Christians must be willing to forgive others and to heal the wounds of those who have wronged them.

It is important to note that the Bible instructs believers to restore those who have sinned against them, not simply to repair the relationship but to bring the sinner back into the Church. This is an essential part of the teachings of Jesus. If a person is unwilling to repent of their sin, they should be warned publicly and then delivered to Satan if necessary (Matthew 18:15). This must be done by a plurality of the church body (not just one person) so that it can be seen as a fair process.

Those who have completed the Relationship Healing Journey with vulnerability and humility will be able to build trust in their relationships. They will also develop the strength and wisdom to set healthy boundaries, and they will be able to connect with and care for other people in their lives. This is especially needed in a world conditioned to isolate and feel unloved.

The key to restoring a broken relationship is for the hurt party to take the courageous step of admitting their faults and making changes. It is also important to remember that God loves a humble heart, and He will be glorified in our willingness to acknowledge that we have done wrong to those who love us.

The restoration of purpose is the most important work of God on earth today. This is because it is through the restoration of purpose that people are empowered to become what God created them for. Redemption is a great step in this direction, but only when followed by restoration of purpose will we see people who can walk in the power and authority of the Spirit of God on earth.

The first object of restoration is to restore fellowship with God. This was lost as soon as Adam sinned in the garden and could only be mended through the death of Christ. The next level of restoration is to create true individuals, families, tribes, nations, and a world that fulfills the original Ideal for Creation. This level of restoration requires man to follow the Messiah fully, and it is impossible for him to achieve this without the preparation that comes through God’s dispensation for restoration.

Finally, the goal of restoration is to restore the natural environment that our Creator originally intended. The degraded state of the planet can only be reversed through the work of God’s people on a global scale. This includes restoring watersheds, reversing desertification, and helping the most vulnerable communities in the world develop the capacity to meet their own needs sustainably.

A key part of this work involves integrating restoration into development projects. This approach helps to ensure that climate change and development goals go hand in hand rather than being seen as separate or opposing objectives. This is particularly important for mountain regions, where addressing climate change will help to restore their ecosystems and improve the security of water supply to cities and farms in the plains below.

The Church must always be focused on the work of restoration, both in terms of restoring fallen brothers and sisters to the Body of Christ and in terms of re-establishing fellowship with our Father. The creed of the Church states that it is “one holy catholic and apostolic Church.” These four marks describe the essential characteristics of the Church, and restoration involves all four of them.