Presentation on theme: "Is Salvation Red or Green? Ruth Valerio. ‘God was pleased to have all his fulness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether."— Presentation transcript:
‘God was pleased to have all his fulness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross’ (Paul) ‘We human beings are at the centre of the world’s problem, and only by our redirection will the whole creation will be set free’ (Colin Gunton)
‘God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God’ (2 Cor. 5:21) ‘God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us’ (Rom. 5:8) ‘For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord’ (Rom. 6:23) ‘The mystery of his will: … to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ’ (Eph. 1:10) ‘The creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God’ (Rom. 8:21)
Our relationship with God Created to glorify God and enjoy him forever (Gen. 3:8) The Fall ruptured that relationship (Gen. 3:10, 23-24) The command against idolatry (Babel, Ex. 20:1-4, Matt. 6:24) Jesus died so that we might be reconciled to God (John 3:16, 2 Cor. 5:18-21)
Our relationship with one another Created to be in harmony with other people (Gen. 2:20-25) The Fall ruptures that relationship (Gen. 3:16) Cain, ‘am I my brother’s keeper?’; Noachic covenant Gen. 9:6, Solomon Jesus died as a fully human being so that human relationships might be restored (Eph. 2:14-18, Gal. 3:28)
Our relationship with the wider creation We were created to be in harmony with the broader creation (Gen. 1:26-28, 2:15) The Fall ruptured that relationship (Gen. 3:14-15, 17- 19) The wider creation is an integral part of Israel’s relationship with Yahweh (Sabbath, Amos 8:8, Hosea 4:3) Jesus lived, died and was resurrected to restore that relationship (Roms. 8:18-21, Col. 1:19-20, Rev. 21)
‘I believe in my heart that faith in Jesus Christ can and will lead us beyond an exclusive concern for the well- being of other human beings to the broader concern for the well-being of the birds in our backyards, the fish in our rivers, and every living creature on the face of the earth’ (John Wesley)
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