Tag Archive: Sacrifice

Well, it’s almost Friday, but I’ve had a busy work schedule the past two days, and it still technically is Thursday. Time for our next post:

“…Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” – Philippians 2:5b-8

Imagine, for a moment, what it would be like to be God: Timeless, all-powerful, all-knowing permeating the entire created universe yet existing eternally outside it. Always existing, without a beginning or end. Think of how that contrasts to our fleeting existence. How much thought do you give to a single microbe, or a tiny ant? Would you be willing, in order to save the life of a single microbe or ant, to become one yourself? To be bound by their limitations? Yet God did that for us.
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“Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. 5 Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, 6 who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” – 2 Corinthians 3:4-6
There is a legal idiom, “the letter of the law and the spirit of the law,” which asks us to look at why laws are written. Should laws promote justice and fairness, or exploit and oppress? Are we following a law as it is technically written, in order to manipulate it to our advantage, or are we following the law according to what it intended, so that the oppressed may be treated fairly? In 2 Corinthians 3, God, speaking through the Apostle Paul, makes a similar comparison of letter versus Spirit, and reveals to us Christians the liberating truth of his New Promise.

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