Theology in Sound Bites – 19
There is so much confusion in our Christian life, what it means to live it, what does it look like. If one studies it one will hear terms like Justification, Sanctification, Union With Christ, Eternal Security, God’s Will, Love, Grace, Law, Mercy and other terms. While in a blog of our size it is impossible, nor is it our intent to go free diving to depths unknown in these areas, it is our intent to introduce terms, statements, reflections and thoughts on what we see as theological truth.
Martin Luther said the following and we would echo it;
“Some of us get one part right. Other teachers get other parts right. None of us get it all right…..One falls in one thing, one in another. Others will see what I do not. What then follows – by that we should help one another and make allowances for those who error as knowing that we either have erred or shall error ourselves…..I know that he must be a man of most shameful hardihood who would venture to give out that he understands a single book of Scripture in all its parts.” – Martin Luther
To this we say Amen!
Every month the team releases images based on soundbites of theology as we see it. This post which will come out every month will have a new collection of those soundbites. We always welcome a challenge and would invite you to send us an email with questions and thoughts, keeping in mind that we may have indeed forgotten something or you may see something that we do not see, as Luther said. That is what we call iron sharpening iron.
It’s our prayer that in these quotes others may know or be reminded of the wonderful mercy and love that is ours when walking in God’s Grace.
Christ came while we were unable to measure up and placed us in His place no longer needing to measure up. Only problem man is still trying to use the law to make man measure up, forgetting that the law has not changed, it still says we do not measure up and need Christ more every day.
We tend to look upon the reflection of our soul in the mirror of the law condemning us, but the Spirit which is higher always reminds us that in Christ the condemning mirror of the law has been shattered, for now we can look into the pool of grace, which reflects the beauty of Christ and that is how we should see ourselves.
If God made his will guesswork or difficult to get or laborious in any way to figure out we would rarely get it, because in truth we are not that patient, we are not that bright and we are extremely lazy when it comes to doing the things God wants us to do anyway.
One of the most liberating things about learning to live in gospel freedom is that we no longer have to be afraid to let them see or know all of our warts and all. In Christ our beauty is not found in keeping others from seeing the warts, but that in spite of the warts we are deeply loved and so are they.
The real truths of the gospel are found in not only calling us to be free enough to let our hair down, to allow others to see our weakness, but also to love those that drive us nuts. So much so, we can welcome the opportunity to be in community with them, for in them is seen the beauty of a gospel that tells us that while we are weak – we are loved.
- Because our souls were meant to know the poetic harmony of perfect fellowship with the Godhead they remain forever at unrest, moving from one fixation of faux beauty to another. Only when they encounter what they were originally meant to know, which is the beauty of the Godhead, do they finally find what it is to rest
- Beauty can be contained in many things. It may not always be what grabs the eyes, mind or heart, as it may also be our idea of life, of how things should be or how we want things to work. The problem is we are working so hard to satisfy the desire to find beauty within all of that, which leaves us unable to encounter and appreciate the beauty of Christ
- “Mind rest” is shattered by the soul’s inability to rest. “Soul rest” is only found when we accept that even at our worst, covered with the mess of life, we’re still more cherished in Christ, than being fully satisfied within all of life’s attainment
- The gospel tells us that we are able to know beauty, not because we can do life works, or see through the lens of blind lust, but by encountering the source of all beauty and knowing that we have been given all that is HIS, we need not DO in order to be beautiful
- Gospel truth shatters the theory that all the pieces must fit in order that our bodies, minds, souls and hearts can know rest. As long as we continue to try making all the pieces fit in order to find rest, we will miss out on experiencing what it is to be awakened, knowing how weary we really are and knowing that the answer to such weariness is found only in Christ