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JESUS IS The Way, The Truth, And The Life! Part 1

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Bible Verses: John 14:6   1Corinthians 3-5


 

Living Into This Challenging Christian Life With Jesus!

Introduction:

“The Christian Life is living out and manifesting the reality of our union with Jesus Christ.” Our purpose in life is to be close to The Father. Even in our weakness, The Lord will strengthen us as we trust Him so that when He returns we will be blameless in our Lord Jesus Christ. But the Christian life is a challenging life!

“To be called to a life of extraordinary quality, to live up to it, and yet to be unconscious of it is indeed a narrow way. To confess and testify to the truth as it is in Jesus, and at the same time to love the enemies of that truth, his enemies and ours, and to love them with the infinite love of Jesus Christ, is indeed a narrow way. To believe the promise of Jesus that his followers shall possess the earth, and at the same time to face our enemies unarmed and defenceless, preferring to incur injustice rather than to do wrong ourselves, is indeed a narrow way. To see the weakness and wrong in others, and at the same time refrain from judging them; to deliver the gospel message without casting pearls before swine, is indeed a narrow way. The way is unutterably hard, and at every moment we are in danger of straying from it. If we regard this way as one we follow in obedience to an external command, if we are afraid of ourselves all the time, it is indeed an impossible way. But if we behold Jesus Christ going on before step by step, we shall not go astray.”

― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship


Theological Theme:

God ― Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, is faithful! THE FATHER IS FAITHFUL TO YOU THROUGH THE SON AND IN THE HOLY SPIRIT! He has called you into fellowship with His Son in The Spirit and, even when you are faithless, He remains faithful to you, and to the world, and to His plan in Jesus Christ for the world. God who is The Father and the Son and The Holy Spirit is Love and God loves you, and every single person, unconditionally while you/we were yet sinners!

Christ Connection:

“We are united to Christ who is bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh, and participate in the risen Humanity of Christ so that we are bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh.”

― T.F. Torrance

JESUS CHRIST IS WHO AND WHAT GOD THE FATHER ALWAYS PLANNED FOR OUR LIVES and what He planned our humanity to be like and look like and to act like. Jesus came to give us fulness of life – His life. Jesus is the Christ of Life! We as Christians are called to participate in, LIVE INTO, Someone Who is already there for us, and as we live into Him, He bears fruit because it is the fruit of Him! Being a Christian means being united INTO the life of Jesus Christ. We are called to continue to live as those united to Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is the way of our human being and therefore he is the truth of what real humanity is in God’s mind and eyes. JESUS is the WAY the TRUTH and the LIFE!

Missional Application:

2000 years ago, The Father through Jesus Christ sent us The Holy Spirit so that we could be in union with Jesus Christ and participate with Jesus in His relationship with The Father. That is what true worship is. Participating with Jesus Christ in His relationship with His Father.

What Jesus did for and does for us, The Holy Spirit comes and works out in us SO THAT WE MIGHT SHARE The Son’s life WITH OTHERS, worshiping God in witnessing to this God revealed in Jesus Christ. So, we can say the Holy Spirit humanizes us by making us share in the glorified humanity of Christ.

 “The Holy Spirit is “for all” in just the same way that Jesus Christ is for everyone who was created through him. The Father sends the Spirit for the same purpose as he sent the Son. But the Spirit is able to be present in a range of ways…

…as the Holy Spirit works, we become like Christ, exhibiting the spiritual fruit of his perfected humanity. The primary center of that fruit, as Paul describes it, is love….

The Holy Spirit shares with us the sanctified humanity of Jesus, which makes us fully human, more completely human, more personal, filling us up with the fruit of the Spirit. True spirituality is mature humanity in full and right relationship with God.” – Guidelines to an Understanding of the Person and Work of the Holy Spirit, by Dr. Gary Deddo

 

Wingnuts Must Be Wingnuts!

Wingnuts Must Be Wingnuts!

Last year a couple of close friends of ours told us about an anarchist’s house in Richmond called the Wingnut House. As one might imagine, I was curious. I had to see it. The more we learned about the house the more I wanted to see it.news30_wingnut

The Wingnut house was a large home in the Barton Heights area of Richmond. It was an anarchist collective. The folks there believed in a variety of things… such as mutual aid, anti-authoritarianism, and direct action. The house was generally open to the public, it was a drug-free/ alcohol-free place where food, live music, community,  and, I’m sure, spirited debate were in ample supply.

At the core of anarchism is the belief that the governments of mankind are illegitimate and bring mostly oppression, poverty, and violence. There are actually a few tenets of anarchism that, I think, have a ring of truth about them. But anyway on with the story… you’re gonna love this.

So our friends got in the church van with us and began showing us the way to the Wingnut House. I was excited! So as we pulled alongside the house what struck us was that large portions of the house were covered in expertly painted murals containing various themes and messages relating to the care of humanity and anti-authoritarianism. On the front of the house there was said to be a mural dedicated to people killed by the State and I wanted to see it but there was a one-way street in front of the house and I didn’t want to drive all the way around the block so… yep you guessed it.

I thought, “What the heck, it’s an anarchy house so we’ll “stick it to the man” and drive the wrong way down the one-way street. (Since there was nothing coming in this quiet neighborhood) So picture it, we’re in the Richmond Grace church van, going the wrong way down a one-way street just to see a mural painted on an Anarchist Collective house called- The Wingnut. It is one of my favorite memories.

What happened next shocked me. (No we didn’t get pulled over by the police, that would not have shocked me) There were about a dozen or so people sitting on the front porch and steps of the house and as we passed by some began to shout at us that we were going the wrong way!

Can you believe it? The anarchists were upset that we were going against the signs put up by man-made governments. I began to laugh and then it hit me and I thought, “Be what you are.”

I must confess as we passed by the house going against the designated flow of traffic I was eager to receive accolades from the anarchists. I awaited my fist pumps and upward turned thumbs but… it didn’t happen. I’m not sure why my “anarchy” wasn’t celebrated but it got me thinking.

Do we, as believers, sometimes find ourselves unwilling to celebrate the achievements and freedoms of those who might not think and believe as we do? I catch myself sometimes grumbling to the Father, Son, and Spirit about the blessings and successes of those around me who don’t give nearly as much time, energy, and resources to the life of the Church, who perhaps don’t give God a second thought, and maybe don’t even believe there is a God.

As a Gospel preacher I know that “Jesus gives life and breath and all things to all mortals” (Acts 17:25) Notice that Paul distinguishes life from breath. The Greek word for life is zoe, meaning spiritual life. Yes Trinity and Humanity reader… Jesus gives you life with His Father in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit and he gives it to your Buddhist, Atheist, Agnostic, or Muslim neighbor. The difference is, that when we begin to see and believe, our minds are transformed and we begin to recognize that Jesus is truly at the center of everything we do. It’s a Gospel fact, but much of the prevailing thought in our day would have us believe otherwise. Believing the Gospel in the world might just be a little like going the wrong way on a one-way street.

So our mission, as those who believe and especially at Trinity and Humanity, is to inform and educate every person in the world that they have been included in the Triune Life of the Father, Son, and Spirit. Whether that message is popular or widely accepted is only an indication of how much work there is for us to do as “Gospel educators.” Sometimes, to get the message out, it’s okay to go against the flow of traffic or be called a nut… I’ve been called worse.

 

~Bill Winn

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