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How the Gospel Effects Life Change (5 of 6)
Series: East of Eden
2 Corinthians 3:18
Creation - Image - Creativity, Community, Command
Temptation, Fall, Curse - Dead in sin, Horizontal implication (man), Vertical Implications (God)
Christ - Made alive through faith in the Gospel
Culmination - That is - Jesus is in the process of restoring thing to their former glory and making them even better than they would have been if the fall had never occurred. This restoration movement is called in the Gospels the Kingdom of God.
AS you read through the NT you will find that there is a sense in which this is ALREADY in progress… and another sense in hasn't at all been realized.
ALREADY - Luke 17:20-22 (ESV)
20 Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, ''The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, 21 nor will they say, 'Look, here it is!' or 'There!' for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.''
NOT YET - Luke 19:11-12 (ESV)
11 As they heard these things, he proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately.
So in one sense wherever Jesus is, there the Kingdom is, in another sense the Kingdom is yet to be fully realized. That won't happen until Jesus bodily returns to set up a new heaven and a new earth.
THIS WEEK we are talking about how the Kingdom is advancing in our lives now through thinking on the Gospel.
NEXT WEEK we are going to see how the Kingdom is fully realized in a new heaven and new earth.
RIGHT NOW - Christ is ruling and reigning through His people as they think deeply on the Gospel and their lives conform because of it.
In other words as we think deeply about the Gospel we begin to see the things UNDONE by the fall, REMADE under the Gospel.
That is what Paul meant in 2 Corinthians 3:18 (ESV)
18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding t ...
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