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February 28th, 2009
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 Scripture of the Day: Ephesian 1: 3-10 NIV

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.

God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure. And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ-everything in heaven and on earth. (NLT)

 Bishop Fulton Sheen gave a very insightful talk about the created freedom God has given to his creation. He proposed  the question: “If God is power and Love, why does He create this kind of world and why does He permit evil?”

He said that God willed to make a MORAL UNIVERSE, in order that by the right use of the GIFT OF FREEDOM, characters might emerge.

To read a partial transcript of the talk entitled “God Inspires us to be what we are meant to be.”

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Discipleship Series

February 28th, 2009
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Christianity isn’t just a list of things to believe – these beliefs have practical significance in our lives. The first article includes a table of contents for this series of 30 articles. Click on An introduction to God

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Incarnation (22)

February 27th, 2009
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Scripture of the Day: Colossians 1:15-20 NIV

Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,
for through him God created everything
in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see
and the things we can’t see-
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
Everything was created through him and for him.
He existed before anything else,
and he holds all creation together.
Christ is also the head of the church,
which is his body.
He is the beginning,
supreme over all who rise from the dead.
So he is first in everything.
For God in all his fullness
was pleased to live in Christ,
and through him God reconciled
everything to himself.
He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth
by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. (NLT) 

The issue that challenged at the time of Philiponus was the Word becoming man – how can you have two natures in one incarnate person – the uncreated divine nature and the created human nature.

His thoughts on the Incarnation in time and space provided Philoponus the dynamic thinking which gave a way to understand both the nature of God and the nature of the world. This dynamic way of thinking we find more in Einstein’s theories than in the more static thinking of Newtonian physics.

The more we learn, the greater wonder we have of the One who can bring in to existence out of nothing, an independent creation, though dependent for its existence and its continuance upon the Word.

Think of it. God is everywhere. Before creation, he rightfully occupied all the “was” that was. We’re not talking about space here, we’re talking about being. The Being created being outside of himself. He made room for a reality that exists apart from himself.

There is a dynamic freedom God has willed to an independent creation.

God has designed the very fabric of physical reality to have the potential for change. God’s role in this process is as “the ground of being.” He is the source of all things. He is the basis for all creativity. He is the sustainer. All around us we see the consequence of the wisdom he endowed the creation.

The Creator allows a created freedom to take part in the unfolding of the world he has authored. Reality is reality. And Theology and Science can inform each other about reality which is another way of saying truth.

And it should excite us about the future God, in his uncreated freedom, has planned for his whole creation. Everything is moving towards the purpose he had in eternity in Christ.

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