Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Christ Became Human Being

Through the Incarnation,
Christ has defined what
It means to be human,
Revealed most fully in
The Cross and Resurrection.

Monday, June 26, 2023

There Is Only One Human Being

Though there are many human persons,
There is only one human being.

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

God’s Way Is Restoration

“For God’s purpose, according to which he did not make the human being to perish but to live forever, abides unchanging. When his kindness sees shining in us the slightest glimmer of good will, which he himself has in fact sparked from the hard flint of our heart, he fosters it, stirs it up and strengthens it with his inspiration, ‘desiring all to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.’ For, he says, ‘it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.’ And again he says, ‘God does not wish a soul to perish, but he withdraws and reflects, lest one who has been cast down perish utterly.’” ~ St. John Cassian, Conference 13.7

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

The Good News Hidden In Romans 3:23

In the first eleven chapters of Romans, the apostle Paul makes a long argument concerning the inclusiveness of the gospel. Along the way, he shows the inclusiveness of the gospel.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. But they are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:23-24)

Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. (Romans 5:18)
The experience of mortality and sin is universal, but so to the rectification and life Christ has secured for us through his faithfulness. And at the end of Paul's extensive argument, this is the conclusion he comes to:
God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all. (Romans 11:32)
At this amazing declaration of universal mercy, Paul leaps into doxological wonder.

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?” For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. (Romans 11:33-36)

Thursday, June 1, 2023

Our True Identity is in the Humble Christ

Our true identity is
found in the humble Christ,
and there will we find our rest.

“You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had, who though he existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, but emptied himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. He humbled himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross! As a result God highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow – in heaven and on earth and under the earth – and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:5-11)