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The Parable of the Little City (17)

March 18th, 2011
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Scripture of the Day: 1 Corinthians 2: 11-16

11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. 14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 15 The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, 16 for,

“Who has known the mind of the Lord

so as to instruct him?”

But we have the mind of Christ. (NIV)

This wisdom is a reality within us because of the Holy Spirit. There is no Christian hope, no Christian meaning to life without the Holy Spirit. As we know the Holy Spirit at work in us, we begin to experience a foretaste of the future today. We are no longer living with a loss of significance. We become aware that our whole humanity has been raised in Christ and will never perish.

This can free us from the fear and despair so common in this life under the sun.

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The Parable of the Little City (16)

March 17th, 2011
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Scripture of the Day: Romans 8:22-27

22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. (NIV)

Just like everyone else our bodies at this present time are not redeemed. Thus we experience all the groanings of life under the sun. But notice we have something hidden deep within us: we are always accompaneied by one who groans within us, leading us in to God’s will by his intercessions.

This hidden life is a reality that we receive through the proclamation of the good news in Christ. The outward man is wearing out, but the inward man is being renewed.

At the heart of our hope is this working of the Holy Spirit. Paul would say his competence was not from himself but the ministry of the Spirit. He was dependent on this for all things in his preaching on the kingdom.

Thus as we grow older we are almost forced to look away from the self and our autonomy and realize our dependency on God and the working of the Holy Spirit deep within our inner person. We also are humbled to realize our dependency on our fellow travellers. In fact the Spirit is actually doing more as we do less, preparing us for God’s life which is in its essence is a mutual giving and receiving.

As we get older we are being prepared for God’s life which we can describe as:

You cannot have the Father without the Son and Spirit. And similarly with the Son and the Spirit. In other word there is no separated life.

Also each brings glory to the other.

There is an interpersonal existence in which each gives to the other.

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The Parable of the Little City (15)

March 16th, 2011
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Scripture of the Day: Colossians 3:3-4

3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.(NIV)

We have already died once and for all in Christ. We are now alive for evermore in him. But notice the word “hidden”.Outwardly we are like everyone else. This reality of life ,which we cannot see today, will be revealed when Jesus comes to resurrect us.

So there is something happening to us beyond human sight.

A deeper analyzes of theses verses is from George Hunsinger:

So Colossians 3:3 has three aspects, it seems to me. Our life is real (that means eternal life), our life is real, it’s hidden — we don’t see it directly, we might get glimpses of it, but the point about not having any direct apprehension of it which you quoted from what I wrote — we don’t know about that life, and about our inclusion in it, and about its really belonging to us on the basis of inferences that we can make about what we see in our own lives or on the basis of judgments that we can make in our own case or anyone else’s case.

We know about it from the gospel. Where else would you learn Colossians 3:3 except you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in death? This is proclaimed to us, and it’s proclaimed to us not necessarily because of the spiritual progress we might think we’re making, but very often in spite of the progress that we’re not making or in spite of the setbacks and falls and the disasters that we’re making out of lives. It’s real, it’s hidden, and it’s yet to come. It’s a matter of hope.

Now sometimes, in order to make this more intelligible, people will say. “It’s just a matter of hope. It’s not yet real.” But the way Barth reads that verse, and I think this is correct, it’s already true in one sense, and it’s yet to come as a matter of promise and fulfillment in another sense. Just because it’s yet to come doesn’t mean it’s not already real. Just because it’s hidden doesn’t mean that it’s not already real. We need those three aspects together — real, hidden, and yet to come. You have died and your life is hid with Christ in God.

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