Jesus is true representative of Israel. As king (and/or priest?), he sums up [represents] his people.Whaddaya think?
His crucifixion demonstrated victory of the powers over Israel (Judgment). This was turned around when he was raised from the dead (God vindicates him as true Lord of the world). For us to be justified before God [ie declared righteous at the coming judgment], we must be in Jesus Christ (death and resurrection) [thus baptism, like Israel going through Red Sea]. We know that we are in him when the Spirit (our guide in this wilderness and downpayment on the resurrected life) is within us [faith, as fruit of Spirit, confirms this]. This is the guarantee that our own resurrection will reflect his own.
The continuing Christian life is fed and strengthened by the act of remembering God's saving work via judgment [thus communion (or Eucharist), like Passover]. We see this as the Spirit's other fruits live within us [these confirm the fulfillment of God's law within our lives and our continuity with those who are in Christ] as we tromp towards the New Creation.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Today, I delved into a few of the drawers in my room, discovering a few jottings that I lost over time.