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Lectionary, Quotage

The resurrection of damnation.

If you want to spend a lot of time on the text today, please do so. This is deep: this is beyond what most of us comprehend. For what Christ is claiming is a divinity. He does what God does, he can bring people to life as God does, and if you do not honour Christ you blaspheme God. Calvin commented on this a few hundred years ago.

Mahometans and Jews do indeed adorn with beautiful and magnificent titles the God whom they worship; but we ought to remember that the name of God, when it is separated from Christ, is nothing else than a vain imagination. Whoever then desires to have his worship approved by the true God, let him not turn aside from Christ. Nor was it otherwise with the Fathers under the Law; for though they beheld Christ darkly under shadows, yet never did God reveal himself out of Christ. But now, since Christ has been manifested in the flesh and appointed to be King over us, the whole world must bend the knee to him, in order to obey God; for the Father having made him sit at his right hand, he who forms a conception of God without Christ takes away the half of him.

John Calvin, Commentary on John

Those who hear his word and believe are saved. The church we are visiting (but seem to be returning too a lot) has an altar call every week. They see Sunday morning services as evangelism.

And they know that the people of this time are not akin to the noble pagans, who did not have an excuse, and whom Christ preached to in hell, but the message of Christ is available in the West. There is still a faithful remnant. There are still Churches that preach with faithfulness.

And there are those who know that these are the last days, and the time is getting shorter.

John 5:19-29

19Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise. 20The Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing; and he will show him greater works than these, so that you will be astonished. 21Indeed, just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whomever he wishes. 22The Father judges no one but has given all judgment to the Son, 23so that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. 24Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and does not come under judgment, but has passed from death to life.

25“Very truly, I tell you, the hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. 26For just as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself; 27and he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man. 28Do not be astonished at this; for the hour is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29and will come out – those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.

What you think about Christ matters to eternity. Despise him, and he will reject you. Believe in him, and he will not merely save you, but give you talents and abilities — and then expect you to use them to bring the gospel to all. The time is short. The West is being closed by those who have weaponized their emotions.

And we need to speak boldly. May you be part of the resurrection of life. May those you influence be part of the resurrection of life.

And may none of us be part of the resurrection of damnation, which is what the narrative of this time preaches. Do not be them. Do not be like them.

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