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November 3rd, 2012
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Scripture of the Day: Galatians 3:26-28

 26 You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.(NIV)

 In The Message of Ephesians, John Stott comments:

 The church as a multi-racial, multi-cultured community is like a beautiful tapestry. Its members come from a wide range of colourful backgrounds. No other human community resembles it.

 Its diversity and harmony are unique. It is God’s new society. And the many-coloured fellowship of the church is a reflection of the many-coloured . . . wisdom of God.

 So then, as the gospel spreads throughout the world, this new and variegated Christian community develops. It is as if a great drama is being enacted.

 History is the theatre, the world is the stage, and the church members in every land are the actors. God himself has written the play, and he directs and produces it. Act by act, scene by scene, the story continues to unfold.

 How will God’s family behave in God’s future towards one another? The church has always struggled with this.

 Ray Anderson:

 Learning how to walk in grace, like a child being adopted, it’s going to take a while. You learn the language, you learn the custom, you learn how to respect people and to live within that, so that the family has its own rules…

 JMF: But we are talking about a father who is absolutely committed to your success in sitting at that table.

 We are seeking to be fully liberated into the very life of God: the life of the Father and Son in the Spirit. Redemption is being fitted into the harmony of who God is.

 Thus we are looking forward not backwards to God’s future and that future is already in part present with the living Lord as Spirit.

 Ephesians 3:10:

 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms.

 

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Festival 2012 (6)

November 2nd, 2012
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Scripture of the Day: I John 1:1-4

 1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched —this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.(NIV)

 He sends his own Son into this world who glorifies him by embodying his divine nature.

 This is possible because Jesus took on our human nature by becoming a member of the human race and, as the mediator of the covenant and image of God, remained embedded in his Father’s love through complete dependence, allowing his life to be generated by the Father through the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

 2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.

 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.

 4 We write this to make our joy complete.

 This was God’s home life earthed, to which we can participate.

 Ray Anderson:

 Paul’s theology was eschatological – that is to say, the Christ that he knew was the Christ already ascended into heaven.

 Paul wasn’t simply a witness of the historical resurrected Christ, he is a witness to the Christ who is risen and is coming. So Paul said, it’s the coming Christ that’s our criterion, through the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the coming Christ…

 To go back and say, the church should be just like it was in the first century. No, no. The church should be like what it should be in the final century –

 The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the coming Christ. He leads us forward to God’s future.

 He is building a church described in Revelations as from every nation, tribe, people and language. They are not looking to become like the past but to be the people that behave like God’s family in his future.

 

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Festival 2012 (4)

October 31st, 2012
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Scripture of the Day: Colossian 3:3-4

For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. (NIV)

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Your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

These verses are pivotal to understanding of our Christian hope. It means that everything we are today and will be is in union with Jesus Christ. God does not look upon us except as we are in Christ because he has embraced us by his grace in Christ already to begin with.

So Colossians 3:3-4 has three aspects. Our life is real (that means eternal life), it’s hidden — we don’t see it directly, we might get glimpses of it. We know about it from the gospel. It’s real, it’s hidden, and it’s yet to come. It’s a matter of hope.

What we look forward to becoming is here and now in Jesus Christ. He enjoys a perfect home life with the Father in the Spirit. It has been described as: Home is what happens when we are noticed and notice, when we are accepted and accept, cherished and cherish.”

 In Christ we participate today in God’s home life. But we look forward to a participation that is free from any hindrance to the life of the Spirit within us.

But being ‘in Christ’ is even grander than just our salvation. It means being part of a program as broad as the universe and as deep as life. Being in Christ, we are part of a new movement by his grace, a movement rolling on toward the new heaven and new earth where all things are made right and where he is all in all.

All that characterizes the old, the passé, the defeated, will be swept out; but what belongs to God will be renewed and reunited in Christ.

God does not only look upon this present of his creation, nor does he only look back to that which he did in creating it. God knows its future. God created heaven and earth through Christ or in Christ.

He has created all things with a view to Christ. He saw creation perfect through Christ; he saw it restored again through Christ; and thus at the beginning he could declare it to be finished, and he rested.

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