January 14, 2008

redeem, reclaim, restore :)

To the pure, all things are pure... --- Titus 1:15a

Would Christmas have come even if we had not sinned?
by Philip Yancey
posted 1/10/2008 08:52AM
Christianity Today


We remind ourselves, to borrow Paul's words, that there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, that we are dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus, that if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (Rom. 8:1; 6:11; 2 Cor. 5:17) In short, we confront the stunning truth that God gazes on us through the redemptive lens of his Son.

Then, assured of that new identity, we go forth to recover God's world. Duns Scotus called his approach "the Doctrine of the Absolute Primacy of Christ in the Universe." Those who root their identity in Christ have a holy mission to reclaim territory that has been spoiled. The Christian ministers to the poor and suffering not out of humanistic motives, but because they too reflect the image of God; insists on justice because God insists on it; and honors nature because it stands as God's work of art, the background setting for Incarnation.

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