He paid a costly price for our freedom – embrace it!

Who has ever heard of anyone choosing bondage instead of freedom? Well, we do it every day.  Yesterday something happened to me that made me think “WOW!” Why would that person do that to me and themselves? Then I realized that I could choose to get that event out of my mind or I could stay in bondage to it. I am choosing to ask my Good’ Good’ Father to get it out of my mind. Christ suffered and I died so I could be free from:

  1. Spiritual bondage: This is the worse kind of bondage because even after accepting Christ we can still be in spiritual bondage because religious people can have us so bound up in legalism, or liberalism, that we are bound to “their” way of thinking, feeling, experiencing, and or believing in Jesus instead of the purity of the Word of God.
  2. Emotional bondage: We sometimes prefer to be bound to our circumstances, our past, our hurts, our failures, what people have said someone did to them that they might do to us too, or even worse our own self-imposed “God complex!” What is that? Thinking that it is our job to “save” everyone. It is not our job to save a single person. Jesus saves and Jesus only. Our only job is to love everyone – without conditions attached.
  3. Not to detail the bondage of addictions!

We really need to keep our minds free – Christs paid a costly price for that freedom!

Do you Believe?

#BelieveInJesus

He has forgiven us!

The story that God laid out for mankind from before the foundations of the earth is a beautiful one. It is also a painful one. He gave up His one and only Son to be brutalized and murdered just to give us the opportunity to accept eternal life instead of eternal damnation.

He did it even though we did not care for Him, even hated Him and still do. That type of love is beyond human comprehension.

Do you believe?

The story that God laid out for mankind from before the foundations of the earth is a beautiful one. It is also a painful one. He gave up His one and only Son to be brutalized and murdered just to give us the opportunity to accept eternal life instead of eternal damnation.

He did it even though we did not care for Him, even hated Him and still do. That type of love is beyond human comprehension.

Do good to all!

#DoGood  #TotheBrethren First!

 

I have always wondered why we don’t do this! It is the best witness of unity. When we have a need, we should be willing to ask. But on the other hand, we should also be willing to give of our time, substance and talents to the household of faith! We are responsible for each other. Give and keep our word. It is important to others and God! He is faithful to us so we must be faithful to others!!

 

One God – One Lord!

#1hopeinJesus
Nothing can change me-only His blood purifies and makes me clean!

I stand amazed each day at the level of involvement that God has in my life. The intensity of His love for me, and what he sacrificed for me is incomprehensible. The weight of the cross remains on my mind each day as I see myself for who I am and when I look at His holiness it makes me shudder that He should save a wretch like me.

Oh what manner of love is this?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8paf2NvZAZM

Review of Lunn on Jesus Being our Atoning Sacrifice

Introduction

The intent of this critique is to explore the theological implications of Lunn’s allusions of the ritual of the Day of Atonement and its correlation to the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ on the cross thus fulfilling the event of the Day of Atonement.  Encapsulated in the statement “Jesus, The Ark, and the Day of Atonement: Intertextual Echoes in John 19:39-20:18” Lunn presented a theological framework for the ascension of Christ.[1] Furthermore, Lunn implied that the ascension to His Father proffered implications that the ascension fulfilled the entire process of the ritual of the Day of Atonement.[2] Lunn offered the details of John 19:38-20:18 as evidentiary proof of the theological implications of the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ as the fulfillment of the Day of Atonement.

Summary

Lunn prefaces the discourse with the state of the tomb of Jesus, the presence of the angelic beings – similar to the divine beings of the Most Holy Place in the temple and the presence of linens left behind by Jesus after His resurrection.[3] Lunn extends the theological correlation of the Azazel with the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ who died for all of the humanity.[4] Lunn posited the existence of numerous intertextual links between The Lord’s prayer in John 17 and the discourse between the Levites and Aaron in Numbers 18:6, 8:19, and 3:9.[5]  Lunn continued that the atonement pattern presented itself throughout the Johannine passion narrative and cited that Jesus was indeed the chosen and final “Azazel” in that John 19:23-24 by the positing that the removal of Jesus’ “woven” garments equaled the same removals of the priestly garments noted in  Exodus and Leviticus during the ritual of Yom Kippur.[6]  Lunn posited that the final corollary intertextual proof was the placement of linen garments in the sanctuary and the appearance of the High priest for ascension offering. [7]  Lunn dictated that Jesus offered himself as the sin offering, place his garments in the tomb, met Mary in the garden and articulated that the statement “ [that Jesus ascended to] my Father and your Father, my God and your God” sealed the atoning sacrifice and closed the ritual of Yom Kippur.[8] Lunn ends the parallel between the priestly garments, duties, and the atoning sacrifice of Christ because the disciples entered the tomb which represented the Holy of Holies-thus signifying that all may approach the throne of grace because the final sacrifice occurred with the atoning death of Christ.[9] Lunn also posited that Pauline theology indicated that same parallels between the Levitical rituals as associated with the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ and His priestly role.

Critical Interaction

Lunn presented a theological topic that appeals to any individual who questions the extinction of the Mosaic laws and the rituals attached to those laws. Lunn approached the subject of the atonement from a textual lateral view of the Old Covenant (OC) requirements and the New Testament (NT) or New Covenant finalization of that covenant through the death, entombment, resurrection, and ascension of Christ as the completion of the OC.[10] Lunn chronicled the similarities between the Levitical duties and posited the similarities with the disrobing in tomb, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus as portrayed by the Gospel of John. [11]However, the intensity of the discussion that focused on the atoning sacrifice of Christ was not as extensive as the Levitical priesthood and its role.[12] Lunn detailed the implications of the Gospel of John “to the idea of atoning sacrifice” as a theological point of reference.[13] However, Lunn does not extend that premise by providing supporting details from scholarly sources that compared the old covenant and the new covenant.[14] The importance of the atoning death of Christ that paid the penalty for sin is alluded to but not expounded.  Lunn appeared to circumnavigate the topic with the choice of word used in the presentation. For instance, Lunn declared “the fact that the crucifixion and death of Christ should have overtones of the principal Mosaic ritual dealing with sin should occasion no surprise.”[15] At this juncture Lunn missed an opportunity to conclude this discussion by stating the apparent theological importance of the final atonement of Christ.

Lunn made a solid case for Johannine theology as one that supports the deity of Christ but does not extend that thought into the atoning sacrifice of His death. A footnote detailing the connectivity of John’s gospel, written to a Jewish audience,  with that of Hebrews written to a similar audience and the fact that it details the permanence of the New Covenant, and the transformative power of that atoning death of Christ would have bolstered the credence of the atonement theology presented in the article.[16] The application of the OT Levitical Priestly role and the actual rituals associated with the Day of Atonement juxtaposed against the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ posited solid theological support for atonement theology.[17] The narrow focus of the presentation of the atonement theology demonstrated by the article negated the importance of the correlations made by Lunn. Lunn presented the construct of atonement theology through the limited snippet of textual allusions and lessened the impact of the importance of Jesus as the atonement for humanity.

 

Conclusion

Lunn presented a discussion on the allusions between the priestly duties, the Holy of Holies, and the atoning death of Jesus Christ. The article paralleled the Old Testament rituals with the death of Christ. The placement of His garments in the empty Tomb, and the culminating fact that the ascension concluded the necessity of the Atonement ritual.  Lunn left not so much of question as a need for further New Testament attestation of the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The substitutionary death of The Lord is the supreme act of God and the completion of the need for the sacrifices and rituals of the Old Testament. 

Bibliography

 

Joslin, Barry. Hebrews, Christ, and the Law: The Theology of the Mosaic Law in Hebrews 7:1-10:18. Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2008.

Lunn, Nicholas P. “Jesus, The Ark, And the Day of Atonement: Intertextual Echoes in John 19:38-20:18.” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 52, no. 4 (December 2009): 731-46. Accessed January 21, 2017. ProQuest Ebrary.

Meyer, Jason C., and E. Ray. Clendenen. The End of the Law: Mosaic Covenant in Pauline Theology. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2009. Accessed January 21, 2017. ProQuest Ebrary.

Schrock, David Stephen. A Biblical-Theological Investigation of Christ’s Priesthood and Covenant Mediation with Respect to the Extent of the Atonement. PhD diss., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2013. Accessed January 21, 2017. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2013.

Williams, Jarvis J. For Whom Did Christ Die?: The Extent of the Atonement in Paul’s Theology. Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2012, Google Books.

[1] Nicholas P. Lunn, “Jesus, The Ark, And the Day of Atonement: Intertextual Echoes in John 19:38-20:18,” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 52, no. 4 (December 2009): 731, accessed January 21, 2017, ProQuest, 732.

[2] Ibid., 732.

[3] Ibid., 732.

[4] Ibid., 736

[5] Ibid.

[6] See the details of John 19:23-24; Exodus 28:32 and Leviticus 16:4

[7] See Leviticus 16:23.

[8] Lunn, “Jesus, The Ark, And the Day, 746-747.  These scriptures clarify Jesus’ role “he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 2:2); “he [God] loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:10).

[9] Ibid.

[10] Lunn, “Jesus, The Ark, And the Day, 736-744.

[11] Ibid.

[12] Ibid., 736.

[13] Ibid.

[14] See Barry Joslin, Hebrews, Christ, and the Law: The Theology of the Mosaic Law in Hebrews 7:1-10:18 (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2008). Joslin posited solid support for this theological argument.

[15] Lunn, “Jesus, The Ark, And the Day, 737.

[16] Jason C. Meyer and E. Ray. Clendenen, The End of the Law: Mosaic Covenant in Pauline Theology (Nashville: B&H Academic, 2009), 232, ProQuest Ebrary.

[17] David Stephen Schrock, A Biblical-Theological Investigation of Christ’s Priesthood and Covenant Mediation with Respect to the Extent of the Atonement, PhD diss., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2013 (ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2013).

Don’t worry!

#Godisfaithful

He never fails to keep His promises! Worry fixes nothing but gives us anxiety, depression, high blood pressure etc., Faith comes only by relying on Him for the answer to all of my problems!
https://youtu.be/nuSC3qOER58?list=RDOQgD_Wg9DG4g
Trust in Him too, friends!

Better is clear communications than…

Hidden messages impede communications. Speak in love!

#StayOpen

Listen!

#wisdomcomes from God!

Gratitude and rememberance!

 

The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.” -Psalm 23:1-3

I was reading this Psalm to my cousin one other day. We talked about it at length and the fact that the Lord chose to be our Shepherd. He also meets us at the point of our need physically and spiritually. Although life may be challenging even unto the point of death we do not have to fear any kind of evil. WHY – it has no control over our lives.

We leave this earth only when God determines that it should happen. People cannot harm us without his permission. We both talked about Job and his journey. It was about a couple of years ago that we had that conversation. My cousins have both been such blessings in my life. I will remain eternally grateful for that fact. God crossed our paths when we were children. Then we were separated and he crossed our paths again two years ago.  One has gone home to Jesus and the other is back home in the UK.

Isn’t that amazing? He has a master plan that I do not always understand, but I will never try to change it. I am thankful that He is the author of my life.

 

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