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The Dead Body/The Glorious Body 032213
The theologian Marcus Borg makes the point that we sometimes have to distinguish between what the New Testament says about or is by Jesus compared to what the New Testament expresses about 1st Century AD male, Palestinian, Jewish culture. Today’s gospel from Philippians may be an example of this: Philippians 3 says: “….Jesus Christ, …. will transform our earthy bodies into glorious bodies like his own”
This reminds one, in the words of Paul, to leaving the earthly body behind in favor of a new body. But Jesus’ miracles were often about healing this earthly body, more than just replacing the old with a new, superior model. And although I can see and hear Jesus rejecting the world, I also can see and hear Jesus loving the earth, and all earth’s creations, including us.
Should we follow Jesus’ example of healing the body, or Paul’s idea of casting off the body?
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The Message (MSG)
27 Light, space, zest—
So, with him on my side I’m fearless,
afraid of no one and nothing.
6 God holds me head and shoulders
above all who try to pull me down.
I’m headed for his place to offer
Listen, God, I’m calling at the top of my lungs:
“Be good to me! Answer me!”
When my heart whispered, “Seek God,”
my whole being replied,
“I’m seeking him!”
Don’t hide from me now!
9-10 You’ve always been right there for me;
don’t turn your back on me now.
Don’t throw me out, don’t abandon me;
you’ve always kept the door open.
My father and mother walked out and left me,
but God took me in.
11-12 Point me down your highway, God;
direct me along a well-lighted street;
show my enemies whose side you’re on.
Don’t throw me to the dogs,
those liars who are out to get me,
filling the air with their threats.
The Message (MSG)
17-20 After Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and his allied kings, the king of Sodom came out to greet him in the Valley of Shaveh, the King’s Valley. Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought out bread and wine—he was priest of The High God—and blessed him:
Blessed be Abram by The High God,
Creator of Heaven and Earth.
And blessed be The High God,
who handed your enemies over to you.
Abram gave him a tenth of all the recovered plunder.
21 The king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me back the people but keep all the plunder for yourself.”
22-24 But Abram told the king of Sodom, “I swear to God, The High God, Creator of Heaven and Earth, this solemn oath, that I’ll take nothing from you, not so much as a thread or a shoestring. I’m not going to have you go around saying, ‘I made Abram rich.’ Nothing for me other than what the young men ate and the share of the men who went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; they’re to get their share of the plunder.”
The Message (MSG)
17-19 Stick with me, friends. Keep track of those you see running this same course, headed for this same goal. There are many out there taking other paths, choosing other goals, and trying to get you to go along with them. I’ve warned you of them many times; sadly, I’m having to do it again. All they want is easy street. They hate Christ’s Cross. But easy street is a dead-end street. Those who live there make their bellies their gods; belches are their praise; all they can think of is their appetites.
20-21 But there’s far more to life for us. We’re citizens of high heaven! We’re waiting the arrival of the Savior, the Master, Jesus Christ, who will transform our earthy bodies into glorious bodies like his own. He’ll make us beautiful and whole with the same powerful skill by which he is putting everything as it should be, under and around him.
- God’s Word and Jesus’ Human Body (iheartbarth.wordpress.com)
- Why Is the Resurrection so Important?. (greatriversofhope.wordpress.com)
- The Early “High Christology” of Jesus (str.typepad.com)
- For by grace are ye saved through faith (savedbygraceblogdotcom.wordpress.com)
- quest for joy – 6 Biblical Truths with John Piper – Every Human Should Live for God’s Glory (christlikeministriesnwa.wordpress.com)
- What are the earliest historical sources that argue for Jesus’ divinity? (winteryknight.wordpress.com)
- The Chronicles of Life and Death (vineoflife.net)
- The Yoke of Christ (shannonclaussen.com)
- The Feast Days (munchableis.wordpress.com)
- Christ Died For Us – We Died In Him (christthetruth.wordpress.com)