Reproclaiming the Everlasting Gospel
I am often running into the notion that in order to achieve salvation, in order to come into the presence of Christ, we must somehow rid ourselves of all things physical. Yesterday, in worship, the following came to me.
We do not come into the presence of Christ by getting rid of the physical and its distractions. Rather the presence of Christ comes to us to make the flesh holy and to bring all creation into holy order.
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I am grateful for your faithfulness, Ellis, both in coming to this insight and in communicating it. Undergirding the insight is an awareness of the love of the Creator, Who created our bodies as well as our hearts, minds, and souls, and called them good. It is to honor our Creator that we give our bodies to be filled with light, as only can happen when our spiritual eye is single to Him (Mt. 6:22). It is abundance of life to which we are called, not the stripping away of life's good gifts to us, such as some rebellious persons would allege. I am grateful to be among others who know and honor the Creator, in whose image we are made.
I say, "Amen!" Many "religious" folks seem to have this false notion that God's physical creation is somehow bad. But this is really a gnostic and Greek concept - very foreign to the Hebrew Scriptures (and also to an appropriate reading of the New Testament).