weakness, kingdom, church, culture… one BIG gospel package

So you know… I have talked with a few of you and I want to post SOON about 2 things for your digestion (indigestion if I write poorly).  Won’t do so today, but I am obligating myself to explore these things soon:

1. What does it mean in 2 Cor. 13:4, among a other places, that Christ, the Son of God and exact imprint of the nature of God (Hebrews 1:3) became weak.  He was crucified in weakness, and he can sympathize with our weakness… what does THAT mean?  Is it unorthodox and dangerous to talk about a weak Savior (even if we have to qualify it), or is unorthodox and dangerous to NOT consider the depth Christ condescended to bear our weakness in himself?

2. How do you/I respond to the weaknesses of the world?  Are we burdened for the distressing weaknesses of our culture, or are we angry at the weaknesses/immoralities of our society?  How does our being “burdened for” or “angry at” reveal whether we have actually accepted our own weak and dependent nature?

Those two things are for future contemplation and study. 

OK.  Today I just read this quote.  I was studying this morning, thinking about the Lord’s prayer – that the kingdom of heaven should be prayed for as coming to earth.   I was thinking about how our knowing our own sin/relational weaknesses affects how we respond to blatant (often offensive) displays of weakness in our culture (I watched RENT again, go figure).  Then I read this quote from John Piper in God is the GospelThink Kingdom.  Think weakness in sin.  Think BIG gospel.  Chew on it.  Digest it.

“As we behold the glory of Christ in the gospel and savor his purity, we come to see [our] sin as repugnant, and salvation as magnificent.  We see people no longer, as Paul says, ‘according to the flesh'(2 Cor. 5:16), but with a love that ‘bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things'(1 Cor. 13:7).  We despair of no one, because in spite of human depravity [WHICH WE SEE IN OUR OWN WEAKNESS], ‘with God all things are possible'(Matt. 19:26).  AND we see the culture no longer merely with the eyes of seduction or despair, but with the eyes of hope.  The sovereign, living Christ will someday claim this world for himself.  Our spirit is wakened and enlivened by beholding the glory of  Christ and his passion to make all things serve the glory of his Father.”

Now that is ONE BIG GOSPEL package. 


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