Bible 101 - "Good News" (pt. 9)
Entering the Kingdom of God involves a dynamic, ongoing relationship with Jesus Christ, characterized by the consistent acknowledgment of His lordship over our lives.
This commitment requires continual repentance to align ourselves with the values and teachings of His kingdom.
In doing so, we entrust our past to Jesus, inviting His judgment and grace to free us from the burdens that inhibit the fullness of life.
By surrendering our future anxieties and fears to God, we open ourselves to the peace and assurance that only He can provide.
This entrance into the Kingdom is not merely a conceptual shift but a transformative, mystical experience. It is a state of perpetual communion with Jesus, where each moment is imbued with a sense of divine union and purpose.
Through this mysterious partnership, we navigate the complexities of earthly existence, fueled by the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit.
Bible 101 - "Good News" (pt. 8)
Today's lesson delves into the relationship between Jesus, the cosmos, and the Myth of the Eternal Return. Ancient religions often perceived the cosmos as an endless cycle.
They believed that, periodically, everything must revert to its original chaotic state from the dawn of time, only to be reborn or regenerated.
Regrettably, the ancient mind was ensnared by this ceaseless loop.
Enter the Old Testament, and subsequently, Jesus and the New Testament. Through the Scriptures, God beckons humanity to break free from this vast cycle and advance towards a brighter future.
Within Christianity, the idea of cosmic regeneration shifts focus to the spiritual rebirth of the individual.
With this rebirth, an unprecedented freedom emerges.
This profound message stood in stark contrast to the dominion of the Caesars in the Roman Empire. Jesus represents the true judge and savior of the cosmos. The alleviation of historical guilt stands as a testament to God's restorative power.
Scott Broberg - I have a Masters of Divinity (MDiv) from Bethel Seminary - San Diego - Biblical Studies with and emphasis on the Old Testament.
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