She knew very well who Jesus was. As I talked with her I found that she had grown up in the church.
Yet she didn't really know what a Christian was. And I could hardly blame her. What is a Christian, anyway? Someone of European descent? A persecutor of Jews? Someone who votes for only the most conservative Republicans? At times all of these answers have seemed plausible. Some use these definitions to this day.
In Christian circles the answers are no clearer. A Christian is sometimes said to be someone who has made a decision; sometimes, someone who belongs to a church; far too often, someone who confesses the right creeds. Which brings us right back to our question: What, really, is a Christian? Harrington 1, 2, and 3 John p "The opening verse of the Gospel shares with 1 John 1: The subject of the hymn is the divine Logos, who is portrayed as the preexistent mediator Smalley 1, 2, 3 John p25 "The first clause in 1 John 1: Since then the Word establishes, that is to say, gives body and grants the reality of being, and the Spirit gives order and form to the diversity of the powers; rightly and fittingly is the Word called the Son, and the Spirit the Wisdom of God.
This is in contrast with later Christian writings, where "Wisdom" came to be more prominently identified as the Son. Pratten, Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. But the Son, eternally co-existing with the Father, from of old, yea, from the beginning, always reveals the Father to Angels, Archangels, Powers, Virtues, and all to whom He wills that God should be revealed.
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And so, in the Christian fight for joy, John Piper writes, The central strategy is to preach the gospel to yourself. Indeed the Church persists as she always has and will Matt Scripture clearly indicates that it is not taken alone, but with the help of spiritual brothers and sisters who can encourage us along the way. The HarperCollins Study Bible: But to no lasting avail. Find a local church where you can worship God. University of Chicago Press.
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The one who created us — and sustains us moment by moment — has expressed himself to us in human words, and it is vital that we listen. The other principal means of his grace prayer and fellowship , while equally essential, are not as fundamental as this one. It all begins, creation Genesis 1: And this self-expression of God is so deep and rich and full that it is not just personal, but a person. The complete and climactic self-revelation of God to man is the God-man, his Son Hebrews 1: Jesus is the Word of God embodied, and the grace of God incarnate Titus 2: So full and complete is his revealing of God that he is not a word-thing, but a Word-person.
He fulfilled the destiny of humanity in his perfect life and sacrificial death Hebrews 2: He is the divine-human Word our souls need for survival and strength and growth. But how do we access this Word now that he is stationed in heaven?