Changing the direction of the conversation

A three-dimensional worldview provides for Christianity X, which begins with the good message that “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself.” From before creation, God had accomplished universal redemption.  It is an accomplished fact, the polar opposite of the nearly universal idea in popular thinking that Christianity only gives a person the opportunity to be saved—an invitation or gift which remains ineffective until a person makes the choice to accept.

While such a notion is popular with the human ego, it leaves us no better off than we were since the corruption of human nature not only makes us unable to accept any such offer from God, but the corruption of our nature makes us viciously contentious against God and everything about Him. But Green V world always begins with God, not man. So, the reality of our situation is that God has redeemed us from eternity (reality) and completes that redemptive work over the course of our lives (realization).

Therefore, the good message of the gospel not only turns matters right side up, but reverses the direction of the conversation. The question isn’t “How can a person be saved?” (ego-centric).  Rather, it is “How can a person escape the redeeming work of God?” (theo-centric), which would be followed by, “Why would anyone want to?”

Instead of wondering, “What will happen to me when I die?” the question becomes, “What will happen to be because I can’t die?” Statements like, “I hope you know you’re going to hell when you die” are replaced with a profoundly more reasonable and realistic, “I hope you know you are going to heaven when you die … except that you aren’t going to die and you are experiencing the kingdom of heaven even now!”

You can find more thoughts on this by reviewing podcast episode #16: Defining Redemption.

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