He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high
-- Hebrews 1:3
Wow! If this is true:
It means we ought to ditch the dualism rampant in Christianity where we think Jesus is battling Satan, relying on our prayers and good works to win. Jesus isn't Tinkerbell, needing our applause to survive. He won. He wins. He owns Satan.
It means no more worry about the end of the world. Is global warming happening? Who knows. But if it is, it isn't the end of the world!
It means we ought to repent of the arrogance in our thinking that this world is what we make it. We don't sustain the universe; Jesus does.
What I think this line of thinking leads to in hearts that love Jesus is faith, not fatalism. Knowing this information, we are now free to obey, love others, work towards the good, etc. knowing that despite our sins and imperfections, God is in control.
If Hebrews 1:3 is true, we need to rethink everything: our assumptions, our philosophies, our agendas.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Jesus isn't Tinkerbell
From Jared C. Wilson's blog The Gospel-Driven Church: