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Good News Agent

9 Jul

Jesus went into the wilderness for you. You are not bound by good seasons and bad seasons. The bondage of the seasons has been broken. You now live in an eternal year of favor… The sons of Issachar needed to know the times and seasons of the Lord, because men were under a Levitical order… There is no longer a dry season for you. You can call every single year the year of the favor of the Lord!… The world may be going to hell in a hand basket, but that is not your portion. Ten thousand may fall at your side, but it won’t affect you. You’re a good news agent.

John Crowder

Mystical Union, Sons of Thunder, Loc: 3133

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Wrath: Love in Action

5 Jul

Wrath is not the opposite of love. Wrath is the love of God in action, in opposing action. It is precisely because the Triune God has spoken an eternal Yes! to the human race, a Yes! to life and fullness and joy for us, that the Fall and its disaster is met with a stout and intolerable No! “This is not acceptable.”

C. Baxter Kruger 

Jesus and the Undoing of Adam, Perichoresis, 2001, 49

Banner of Banners

12 Jun

Jesus Christ was on the road to the incarnation while Adam was a mere thought in the mind of God. For there could not possibly be a union between God and humanity except through a staggering act of stooping on God’s part. Before creation, our adoption—and its accomplishment in Jesus Christ—was raised as the banner of all banners in heaven. It was not the Fall of Adam, therefore, that set God’s agenda; it was the decision to share the great dance with us through Jesus. Adam’s plunge certainly threatened God’s dreams for us, but that threat had been anticipated and already strategically overcome in the predestination of the incarnation. Jesus Christ did not become human to fix the Fall; he became human to accomplish the eternal purpose of our adoption, and in order to bring our adoption to pass, the Fall had to be called to a halt and undone. The catastrophe of Adam certainly made the road of incarnation, and thus of our adoption, one of pain and suffering and death, but it did not create its necessity. Jesus is not a footnote to Adam and his Fall; the Fall, and indeed creation itself, is a footnote to the purpose of God in Jesus Christ.

C. Baxter Kruger 

Jesus and the Undoing of Adam, Perichoresis, 2001, 39

Packin’ Heat

11 Jun

Paul told the Colossians that in Jesus Christ, the whole fullness of the Godhead lives in bodily form (Col. 2:9). That means Holy Spirit was in Jesus; the Father was in Jesus; and of course, there was Jesus Himself… Your mystical union with Christ fills you with the entire Godhead… If you started to actually believe how much heat you’re packing inside of you, you could change the world in a single day.

John Crowder

Mystical Union, Sons of Thunder, Loc: 1048

Ascension

29 May

At this very hour, a man sits at the right hand of God the Father almighty. At this moment, a human being lives and dwells and abides inside the circle of all circles, inside everything that it means to be God, inside the very life and fellowship of the Father, Son and Spirit… There is no more stunning news in the universe than the news that a human being now exists inside the Trinitarian life of God. It was not an angel or a ghost that St. Stephen saw standing at the right hand of God in heaven. It was Jesus. It was the incarnate Son… I tell you, the ascension of the incarnate Son was on the books in heaven before Adam, and Adam’s fall, were even ideas in God’s mind.

C. Baxter Kruger 

Jesus and the Undoing of Adam, Perichoresis, 2001, 47

Feasting on Jesus

17 May

Another big catch phrase today is “get hungry.” You have to get hungry for God. How can I do that, when I’ve been feasting on the Lamb? God doesn’t want you to be hungry. He wants you to be fully satisfied. The admission of hunger is an admission of lack. A hungry child is a sign of bad parenting. It is an assertion that Christ’s sacrifice was not a good enough meal for you.

John Crowder

Mystical Union, Sons of Thunder, Loc: 2173

The Fellowship

23 Apr

The Bible tells us that the Father loves the Son and that the Son loves the Father and that they share all things in the love and unchained fellowship of the Spirit. Nothing that could be said about God is more fundamental than this mutual love and this fellowship… Everything else to be said about God is a variation on this theme, a description of this relationship of Father, Son and Spirit. When we talk about the love of God, we are talking about the relationship of the Father, Son and Spirit. When we talk about the holiness of God, we are trying to describe the wholeness and purity and integrity, the beauty, of the fellowship of the Trinity. When we talk about the righteousness of God, we are talking about the sheer rightness of their relationship. When we talk about the fullness of God or the blessedness of God, we are talking about the unbridled life, the irrepressible joy and unspeakable goodness of the Father, Son and Spirit. To believe in the Trinity means that we believe that God is a relational being.

C. Baxter Kruger 

Jesus and the Undoing of Adam, Perichoresis, 2001, 14-15