SUNDAY, JANUARY 9, 2022
10:30 AM (in-person + livestream + kids! + communion & prayer)
Second Corinthians Series:
2 Corinthians 3:18, 4:6, 10:5; Romans 1:18-28,8:6-7; Ephesians 1:18; Philippians 3:19; Colossians 3:2-4; Hebrews 12:1-2
Spirit-inspired “seeing” of Jesus changes our being. Seeing his glory, changes us to be more like him, from “one degree of glory to another”. You can strive or you can see your way into change. When faith moves from a mind-game into an experience we start to be changed. What you see, envision, you become.
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To embrace this Biblical context, we must pause and comprehend the language of spiritual sight, imagination, and spiritual hearing in the Bible and Christian Tradition. This language includes “dreams”, “visions”, and “leading” in the Bible. It speaks to a reality which our modern, secular world denies or reduces to being only of your creation. Yet our late modern world affirms it through play; the arts, movies, sports, and in certain areas of philosophy and theory. And then we are full circle back to the spiritual—it’s all spiritual.
In the last of the Harry Potter movies, Harry is killed but not dead, and is in an “in-between” place where he meets his mentor who has died but is not dead and asks...
FLIGHT: The Biblical Theology of Spiritual Sight
2 Corinthians 3:18, 4:6; Romans 8:6; Ephesians 1:18 The seeing/beholding is of a
spiritual sort—it is looking inward at a reflection in your mind.
2 Corinthians 3:14-16 When you are an unbeliever in Jesus, you are unable to see the Lord as believers do.
2 Corinthians 10:5 Paul teaches that unbelievers are under a demonic stronghold that stands up “Against the the knowledge of God” 2 Corinthians 10:5
“Throughout church history exponents of the cataphatic tradition have maintained that allowing the Spirit to point us to Christ in imaginative, vivid ways is not only permissible but necessary if our relationship with God is to be vibrant, real, and biblical. In the early church we find such spiritual giants as Gregory of Nyssa, St. Augustine, and John of Damascus advocating communing with Christ through inner images inspired by the Holy Spirit. Yet it is Origen who in the early church most closely echoed Paul's own teaching about beholding Christ. He expressed the role of imagination in prayer most powerfully when he wrote concerning Christ as the image of God, Let us therefore always fix our gaze on this image of God so that we might be able to be reformed in its likeness.... For if the human who has been made in the image of God, by contemplating against his nature the image of the devil, becomes like him through sin, so much more will he, by contemplating the divine image in whose likeness God has made him, receive through the WORD and his power that form which had been given him by nature.” (GB)
The Practice of “Resting in Christ” Everything we do in our spiritual lives will be enhanced (most of the time) if it is done with vivid mental images.
1. Resting in Truth
2. The Setting
3. Finding your Inner Sanctuary/Castle
4. Encountering Jesus
For Reflection and Discussion