All Things Are New

One Son of God 800“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men (John 1:1-4).

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).

“He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the children of God, even to them that believe on his name: Who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:10-13).

I Am Crucified with Christ“When Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), ‘I am thirsty.’  A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth.  When Jesus had received the wine, he said, ‘It is finished.’  Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit” (John 19:28-30).

“Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.  For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his” (Romans 6:4-5).

Perpetual Beginners“If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation; That is, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself… ” (II Corinthians 5:17-19, KJ2000).

“So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them…  God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good.” (Genesis 1:27,31).

“What does God do all day long? He gives birth. From the beginning of eternity, God lies on a maternity bed giving birth to all. God is creating this whole universe full and entire in this present moment.” ~ Meister Eckhart

–> The Good is Here & Now

[ Editor’s Note:  The idea of Christ as “the image of God” and of Jesus as the archetype of “man in God’s image” is explored in some detail in “The Image of God in You” and in the longer essay, “The Beginning is Near“.  The particular symbolism of John 19, in this regard, is suggested by N.T. Wright, among others. ]

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6 Responses to All Things Are New

  1. I’d like to know how you understand the phrase “…a resurrection like his” in your quote of Romans 6:4-5. By following it with II Corinthians 5:17-19, and the italicized quote from Meister Eckhart I suspect you take it to mean a symbolic resurrection that each of us, then and now, can experience within our present embodied lifetime, right? Correct me if I am wrong, but for these verses to work towards your vision of reality, ontology, anthropology, eschatology (pick your term) Jesus’ dead body need not have done any different from any other dead body through all the millions of years of human existence.

    • yeshua21 says:

      I’m not sure that I understand it, at all– not completely, by any means –but I know that he lives and that I live in him. I rely “on the power of God, who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (II Timothy 1:8-10).

      Other than that, I would simply refer you to the stated purpose of this blog, which is to point to the “I Am” presence which is Christ-in-you, while sidestepping, insofar as possible, both dogmatic beliefs and skeptical critiques, each of which have their place, but both of which can be very distracting. All that is necessary, at this point, is to simply feel the “I Am” presence in the stillness of the present moment—in the space between the out-breath and in-breath, for example, or in the silence between each heartbeat. “Be still and know that I Am God” (Psalms 46:10).

      Everything that we really need to know is revealed in that light.

      https://jeshua21.wordpress.com/jeshua/

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  3. I do think we come to understand reality thru story. “In the beginning. . .” helps us get started with the examination of reality. (Surely the infinite has no beginning, but we must start somewhere!) I love the verses you’ve assembled here, like pearls beautifully strung together.

    On the topic of beginning, I love passage from Proverb 8:

    [22] The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
    [23] I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
    [24] When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.
    [25] Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:
    [26] While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.
    [27] When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:
    [28] When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:
    [29] When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:
    [30] Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;
    [31] Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.
    [32] Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.
    [33] Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
    [34] Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
    [35] For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.

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