Thursday, January 03, 2013

Dump It!

“Dump The Whacker-Doodle Juice” – What I hope people will do with the stuff being served that keeps us from finding our life in Jesus by saying that there was never a sin problem, God never had any anger about it, we didn’t need a new covenant, there was never any problem with our relationship because we were only in trouble with God in our minds, not in actuality, His cross and resurrection were only for show, and there is nothing and no One we need to receive because we are already divine.

(To be helpful, read the above run-on sentence(!) by reversing the descriptives and you’ll see what I mean: There WAS a sin problem, God DID have anger about sin, we DID need a new covenant, there WAS a problem with our relationship in actuality, His cross and resurrection were THE MEANS by which He dealt with our problem of sin, completing the old covenant and bringing in the new covenant and the provision of new life, and we may freely RECEIVE grace and Jesus for life, then to be brought into union with Him.)

Here's one of my favorite, sheer-delight passages:

Colossians 2:1 I want you to know how much I am struggling for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally. 2 My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments. 5 For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how orderly you are and how firm your faith in Christ is.

6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.

9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority. 11 In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the flesh, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.

13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Ralph! I fellowship at New Hope in San Diego & pastor Joe Rhodes shared your book with us, which is now my delight!! This grace stuff is new to me...who knew that the Good News really is...?! :-)

    Thanks for lifting the burden of the exhausting law w/the Truth of grace in Jesus!