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Restored: How To Get Back in the Family

This is part of my manifesto series.
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Because of Jesus we have a restored relationship with our Father.

Orphans. Lost. Astray.

Like a child who’s lived foster care and is adopted by his birth parents, we are a family again!

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Reunion: How To Join the Family You Never Knew

The Christian life is not about pleasing God the finger-shaker and judge. It is not about believing now or being good now for the sake of heaven later. It is about entering a relationship in the present that begins to change everything now. Spirituality is about this process: the opening of the heart to the God who is already here.

Marcus J. Borg, The God We Never Knew: Beyond Dogmatic Religion To A More Authentic Contemporary Faith

For so long I believed that salvation was basically a way to “not go to Hell.” I never saw it for what it really is, restoration. Restoration, reunion, and reconciliation.

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Smile or How to Make Friends and Influence People

The mission of the church is not to be humanity’s bad cook, pushing at it the lumpy mashed potatoes of morality or the thin gruel of spiritual uplift; the mission of the church is to be the Lord’s own conspirator, sneaking to the world the delectability of grace, the solid chocolate Good News that God, in the end, has a sweet tooth. Our joy as the stewards of the mystery is to have been in on the joke that God is just a big, bad boy. He doesn’t really care a fig for teaching the world lessons about what’s good for it; he only wants to make it smile.

Robert Farrar Capon

Reconciliation.
Restoration.

5:18 To now see everything as new is to simply see what God has always known in Christ; we are not debating man’s experience, opinion, or his contribution; this is 100% God’s belief and his doing. In Jesus Christ, God 1exchanged equivalent value to redeem us to himself. This act of reconciliation is the mandate of our ministry. (The word, 1katalasso, translates as reconciliation; a mutual exchange of equal value.)
5:19  Our ministry declares that Jesus did not act independent of God. Christ is proof that God reconciled the total kosmos to himself. Deity and humanity embraced in Christ; the fallen state of mankind was deleted; their trespasses would no longer count against them! God has placed this message within us. He now announces his friendship with every individual from within us!
5:20  The voice God has in Christ he now has in us; we are God’s ambassadors. Our lives exhibit the urgency of God to persuade everyone to realize the reconciliation of their redeemed identity.

2 Corinthians 5:18-19 Mirror

Our message to the world is called “Good News” for a reason!

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For as in our first birth into this world we did nothing and triumphed gloriously, so in the second birth of our death we need do even less to triumph more. By Jesus’ death in ours, and by our death in his, we have laughingly, uproariously, roariously, outrageously beaten the system. It is a piece of wildly Good News: what a shame we don’t let the world of losers hear it more often.

Robert Capon

Can I be honest with you?

The first time I really heard this message I thought it was heresy. If I had been by myself, I would have left the meeting. I was texting my wife telling her, “I don’t agree with this. I think this is heresy.” Now you may be asking what the message was? Here it is.

God was in Christ. He was working through Christ to bring the whole world back to Himself. God no longer held men’s sins against them. And He gave us the work of telling and showing men this.

2 Corinthians 5:19 NLV

This is the second layer of the gospel. The first layer is John 3:16. Once you understand that God loves you and sent Jesus, you have to then learn that God was in Christ and is NOT holding your sins against you. By Jesus dying on the cross He forever satisfied and closed the separation of our sins.

I’m not sure why I believed this truth to be error. Perhaps, I was being too cautious of falling into heresy. Maybe, I’d never really heard it. It could be that I actually believed the opposite, that God was still holding my sins against me.

Once I truly encountered Grace, not the concept but the person, a lot of what I thought I believed was called into question. This quote has been a guiding thought for me in these past two years.

Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.

Thomas Jefferson

Imagine what would’ve happened if Saul, Apostle Paul, had never encountered Grace and then began to understand everything he ever knew in a light of Jesus.

Let me be clear: I am not saying throw everything you’ve ever believed out the window. What I am saying is to ask Holy Spirit to guide you into truth, point you to Jesus, and comfort you in the questions.

Included

Mankind’s inclusion in the finished work of Christ doesn’t mean that everybody has received it or is experiencing the benefits of it now or will necessarily experience the benefits of it when they die. The gospel message, however, is that we all are included in Him and what He has done on our behalf. Accept it and be blessed. Reject it to your own peril. The work of God in Jesus through the Spirit is what it is. This gospel we proclaim isn’t a message of what can be but is the good news of what already is in Jesus Christ. We don’t bring a sales pitch to the unbelieving world. We are ambassadors for Christ, and we tell everybody, “God was in Christ reconciling you to Himself. He does not count your sins against you. You are forgiven, and He has received you. Now, receive Him.” These are the two sides to one coin. One side has been settled in eternity, and the other side settles it experientially. One side shows what has happened, and the other side shows what does happen as a person believes on Him. Some Universalists will tell you that faith is a work, but that is nonsense. Faith is the joyful acceptance of what is already true. Faith isn’t something we do but is the spontaneous explosion of an enthusiastic embracing of Jesus and what He has given us in Himself. Do I believe in the ultimate reconciliation of humanity to God? Oh, no. It’s better than that. I believe in the historical reconciliation of humanity to our loving Creator, who is also our Father. Without asking for so much as a nod of approval from us, before we were even born or could have an opinion on the matter, while we were yet helpless, sinners, enemies of God—He went and did it all.

– by Steve McVey from Beyond An Angry God

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