Only by His revelation to us individually can we know how to walk correctly. Revelation simply means seeing what God sees. It is a gift, received by grace through faith, just like salvation.
God will reveal what is of self and what is of the Spirit. He will divide it and make it clear. But there is still an obstacle: We must be broken. Broken people are the only ones who can receive this. The beautiful example in Mark of the anointing at Bethany is relevant.
She breaks the box and pours the oil on Jesus. II Cor.
Sunday night, I was teaching from The Gospel Project in our Life Group. I found this section on why Jesus' ascension matters to be really. Jeff Robinson shares that the ascension of Christ is a critically important It doesn't matter what you have been or what you have done.
In other words we are walking treasures in clay jars. Our outer clay jar is very beautiful. It was also created by God.
Many of us have wonderful and very beautiful talents and abilities in the soul, our intellect, emotion, and will. These are represented by the alabaster box. Many Christians have come to be alabaster vase admirers. We must leave our talents and abilities and realize we can only serve God in the spirit. John says the fragrance filled the house.
The Holy Spirit is the fragrance. He alone gives life. The Holy will flow out of us, through our spirits, like a river of living water.
It will give life to whomever it touches! Let us then be used of God to give life. God will use the talents He gave us, once they are truly given to Him. The national daily championing freedom, smaller government and human dignity. The Stream offers a rich and lively source for breaking news, Christian inspiration and conservative commentary while challenging the worst in the mainstream media. The Stream. Make The Stream my Homepage.
Glory is the key theme — the man who was rejected is now visibly, unmissably rising again. Good has defeated evil, love has conquered, a New Creation is coming: Jesus' rise into the sky, baffling as it may be, gives us a hint of those dramatic realities that we can't yet see. As we know, we're a generation that spends far too long looking down, often hunched over our handheld screens.
Our apps keep us occupied, but do they give us wonder? Jesus's ascension reminds us to instead look up, in more ways than one. Not because he's hiding behind the clouds and might reappear at any moment, but because we're called to live hopefully, yearn for transcendence, and minster wonder to a cynical world. The disciples were moved not to fear and confusion, but joy and praising God. On a day like today, we remember we were made to look up.
A depiction of Jesus' ascension by Gebhardt Fugel. Flickr It's actually a quite baffling story. The account in Luke says: 'When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. One gift for another Christ's incarnate humanity — God as a living breathing human being that you could know, laugh with, cry with and even kill — was a profound gift to humanity. Looking up The 'mystery of godliness is great', Paul told Timothy, and he was right.
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What happens when a rat has a drug induced medical abortion? Many of us celebrate Advent and Lent. Almost every church celebrates Easter. The ascension is described in Luke While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple blessing God. Will you join me in mentioning it this year on Ascension Sunday?
Darryl, Thank you for your post. The ascension is both underemphasized and important. Viewing the ascension in this context raises the question to my modern mind, where did Jesus ascend to? Luke is clear that it was a physical ascension to a heaven that was in the sky.
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