How do we outline a book that's a letter, but also prophecy, but also apocalypse? It's the Word of the Lord, highly symbolic, yet also (in parts) plain speaking and historical.
to be filled anew with God's glorious grace, to count on God’s lavish love, to operate in the power of the Holy Spirit, and to trust God’s guidance is to live in real reality, not the artificial reality idols occupy.
Knowing the Self is probably, collectively, one of the deepest needs in the Body of Christ.
Though this future is yet to be realized, believers can enjoy something of that glorious vision today. It is why Christians will speak of that time as “now . . . and not yet.”
Anticipation of the future, whether you and I are looking forward to something wonderful, or something dreadful, really does have a significant impact on our lives, and that is what we are going to see in this passage.
Growing up, I did not realize good would triumph in the end. In my young life, it seemed clear evil was the stronger, and evil would prevail. Good would tragically die.
You and I are not the sum total of our words and deeds. There is so much more to us than that. We do not have to claim as our identity the wrong things we have done, or that have been done to us. Our identity is instead as the beloved child of God.
though our sins are like scarlet, they shall be like snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
Throughout both the Hebrew and Christian Testaments, scripture teaches that social justice should be a natural product of our relationship with God
what we do (or do not do) about righteously tending and caring for the physical earth itself matters to God; what we do (or do not do) about hungry people and homeless people, marginalized people and people in need matters to God.