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Word of Life Meeting 15

Well, there were only two of us today, but we had a good time. We’re discussing chapter 10, which is about Jesus’ death. Most of what we discussed today was about Jesus’ humility, and the purpose of His suffering.

Jesus’ humility is absoutely stunning. I don’t care how much thought you’ve given it in the past; there’s always more room to go back and marvel again. He is eternal God. He needed nothing; He was completely happy and self-sufficient within the Trinity. Yet He wanted to express His love to humanity, so He created us. He emotionally invested Himself in us. He gave us free will, knowing we would do hurtful things to Him with it, and He did it anyway. He didn’t shut His heart to us. That’s humble.

Not only did He create us out of love and humility, He then became one of us. Read the rest of this entry »

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Word of Life Meeting 14

So if you’re keeping track with the meeting numbers, obviously I’ve skipped a few weeks. But by the grace of God, we’re back on track now…

The last couple of times we met, we discussed chapter 9, which covers Jesus’ offices. The offices of Christ might also be called something like “job descriptions” or “functions”; they show the unique ways in which Jesus is qualified and equipped to do what He does. These have been set into three basic categories: Prophet, Priest, and King.

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Word of Life Meeting 11

Today’s meeting was so much fun! We were discussing the end of chapter 6, still on the topic of Jesus being fully God and fully Man.

This is a statement that can quickly put our little Western mindsets on tilt. We want so badly to make it make sense and to line up with our limited ability to understand. However, I love Oden’s comment that only things that are dead can be dissected. Jesus is quite alive (praise the Lord), so trying to scrutinize Him with our logical methods is an exercise in futility.

History has more than proved this to be the case. Even church fathers, who approach Christology with a heart of faith, struggle to find language to discuss it. Classic theology is full of admittedly flawed analogies and painstakingly worded creeds to try and clarify exactly what it is we do and do not know. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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Word of Life Meeting 10

Today, we met and discussed the theandric union, the idea that Jesus is fully God and fully man. While we have discussed this topic before in several different forms, this chapter focuses exlusively on Jesus as both God and Man at once. It puts a great deal of emphasis on Jesus’ “two distinct natures” being included in “one unconfused Person” (remember these are two of the four pillars of Christology). Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Word of Life Meeting 9

This meeting has seriously become a high point of my week. I love this group and I love this topic!

Today we talked about chapter 5 of Word of Life, “The Manner of God’s Coming.” It is an entire chapter dedicated to the virgin birth of Christ.  I have to admit, when I saw the topic of this chapter, I thought to myself, “But we already spent four or five weeks talking about the Incarnation — shouldn’t this be covered already?

Not quite. There are many layers of significance in the fact that Jesus chose to be born in such a unique way. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Word of Life Meeting 8

We had a good meeting today, and several people were able to come, despite nasty icy winter-mix weather. Yes, it’s true, we’re a bunch of troopers. 😀

Because the people who could make it this week did not include the one person who could make it last time, there was quite a bit of overlap in our topic of conversation. So we covered a lot of the same territory, which was just fine with me. When talking about the Incarnation, it never hurts to hit the same subject more than once. Go read Word of Life Meeting 7 if you’re interested in our discussions on “the scandal of particularlity”.

In addition, today we wondered aloud about what Jesus’ inner life must be like. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Word of Life Update (plus random d’oh moment)

First, the Word of Life update.

Only one of our ladies was able to make it today. We had a good talk about the Incarnation anyway, starting with Jesus’ family life. What must it have been like for your older brother to be literally perfect? How can you look at the boy you watched grow up, the boy you’ve played games with, the boy who had to learn how to spell His own name and drive a nail straight into a piece of wood — and then come to the conclusion that He really is God? For a time, Jesus’ brothers couldn’t do it (John 7:5). But we know at least two of them (James and Jude — see Galatians 1:19 and Jude 1) eventually came around.

We also talked about what Oden calls “the scandal of particularity”. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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