In Jesus’ death and resurrection, he began the restoration of creation, a renewal that continues until the final unveiling of the dominion of God.
Communion is the memorial of Jesus’ death and resurrection, celebrating restored creation and anticipating the fullness of the Kingdom.
What we’re engaging is a symbol. But it’s more than that.
The bread and the wine are tangible, visceral objects that root our memory in the substantial.
In a sense, we’re celebrating t...Read More
Ancient Christians, entrenched in mysticism and wonder, were basically Platonists. But on the eve of modernity, Protestants shifted toward the rationalism of Aristotle.
With this, the underlying perception of the cosmos shifted.
These differences are superbly illustrated in a Raphael fresco, The School of Athens (1510-1511). In the painting, Plato points up to the heavens, but Aristotle extends his hand outward to the world.
Plato (428-348 BC) observed an interplay be...Read More
Jesus was and is God. Yet, while walking in the dirt and mire of earth, he chose not to operate in his divinity (see Philippians 2:5-8).
Instead, the Lord functioned as a man—furnishing a practical model for all of mankind.
If Jesus primarily operated in his humanity, how did he access power or perceive the mysteries of the Kingdom?
I think the answer to this question is found in a biblical passage from Luke:
“The news about him spread all the more, so that crow...Read More
The ancients were persuaded that the realm of the Spirit intersected with their day-to-day activities. It is easy to dismiss this as a flagrant superstition. But modern believers shouldn’t be too quick to reject their outlook. People in the first century understood things we do not readily comprehend.
Compared to today, the ancients had a more holistic view of the cosmos. They were convinced the spiritual and the natural order were interrelated. For them, there wasn’t a large chasm be...Read More
Through the work of Jesus, the earth is already being restored. The Lord is transforming everything right now—not just in the "sweet bye and bye." I’m not saying that this work is completed. Nor am I suggesting that the Kingdom is fully realized. But I’m saying that things are shifting and a new era is already underway.
I think one of the best passages to summarize this reality is Acts 3:19-24:
"Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out,...Read More
The Lord wants to give you revelation and insight. It is essential that each of us hears his voice and follows his leadings. I’m confident that you already recognize this, but this is precisely how Jesus acted as He walked the earth.
First of all, we see Jesus positioning Himself to listen to the Father. He said, “I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me” (John 5:29).
He wasn’t going to say or do anything until He under...Read More