March 19th, 2007
What if there is something more to life than the dimly lit tunnel? What if there really are open fields bathed in sunshine, with butterflies and blue skies, and beauty and fun and splendour? What if these things aren’t just illusory figments of your imagination, things which have been placed in your mind by some evolutionary process in order to keep you reproducing? If Jesus really is God, if he really cares for and loves you, if he has a plan for the world and you have a significant part in that plan, then maybe truth and beauty and meaning are real and permanent, and it is the material world which is temporary and illusory.
Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians — Chapter 2
2:1 You were dead in your errors and sins, 2:2 which you used to live in as people in this world do, following the ruler of the dominions of the air, the spirit who now operates in people of disobedience. 2:3 All of us once also followed our sinful cravings, obeying the appetites of the sinful nature and mind. We were earning God’s anger, just like everybody else. 2:4 But God is rich in mercy because of his great love for us. 2:5 Even when we were dead in our sins, he made us alive together with Christ. You have been saved by grace. 2:6 God raised us up with Christ, and gave us a seat with him in heaven. 2:7 In the ages to come he will show the extreme riches of his grace through his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 2:8 You have been saved by grace through faith. It was not done by yourselves. It is the gift of God, 2:9 not a reward for good deeds, so that no one can boast. 2:10 We are God’s artwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good deeds, which is how God planned for us to live.
2:11 Remember that once you Gentiles were once without Christ. You are called the “uncircumcision” by the people who call themselves the “circumcision” — something done to the body by human hands. 2:12 You were shut out from belonging to Israel, and strangers to the promises of the covenants, having no hope and without God in the world. 2:13 You were once far away but now in Christ Jesus you have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 2:14 He is our peace. He has made both Jews and Gentiles one, and has broken down the dividing wall of enmity. By his death 2:15 he abolished the law with its rules and regulations, so that he could make peace by creating in himself one new humanity in place of the two, 2:16 and could reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by which he killed the enmity. 2:17 He came to preach peace to you who were far away and to people who were near. 2:18 Through him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. 2:19 So you are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are fellow citizens with the believers, and members of the household of God, 2:20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 2:21 In him the whole building fits together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 2:22 and in him you are being built together in the Spirit into a home for God.
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