Episode 97 Show Notes
What It Means To Fix Our Eyes On Jesus
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How do you think Christians should be involved in or think about problems surrounding the environment?
"This world is not just our environment it's God's creation. It's his home. He created space for us to dwell with him in fellowship. We not only rejected Him as our Creator, but we also turned on creation, and creation, in turn, turned on us. When Cain killed Abel, you'll recall that God said, “the ground is crying out in vengeance for Able’s blood.” Now, it’s metaphorical but it makes a point: the whole creation is forced by us into the fall and it witnesses against us….
Romans 8:18-25 says, "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience." Now, our bodies are going to be raised. That's what we're looking forward to. Do we then just say, “let's just commit suicide”? No, of course we don’t. In view of how seriously God takes our bodies, that he's even going to raise them on the last day, we neither try to add years to our life, the Psalmist says, “teach me to number my days,” but on the other hand, we do not try and destroy ourselves. And the same is true of our planet. This is the world God created and redeemed and Christ will return to consummate it. The new heavens and the new earth will not be a new planet, but a new condition of this world that God has made." — Michael Horton
Questions in this Episode
1. What does it look like to fix my eyes on Jesus?
2. If Jesus is the son of God how can he also be God?
3. How do you think Christians should be involved in or think about problems surrounding the environment?
4. Do you think Christians can learn important truth from Jewish Rabbis?
5. Should we wait for sanctification or strive to be obedient?
6. What does glorification mean?
7. Are heaven and hell other dimensions?
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