Sunday, August 02, 2015

Gordon: redemption of the body

Sunday, August 2, 2015
    [Jesus:] “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out—those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.”
    —John 5:28-29 (NIV)
    It is taken for granted by many that this house of clay was never intended either to be repaired or beautified by the renewing Spirit. The caged-eagle theory of man’s existence is widely prevalent—the notion that the soul is imprisoned in flesh, and is beating its bars in eager longing to fly away and be at rest—all of which may be very good poetry, but is very bad divinity... The redemption of the body, not its dissolution, resurrection not death is set before us in the gospel as the true goal of victory.
    ... A. J. Gordon (1836-1895), The Ministry of Healing, Boston: H. Gannett, 1883, p. 194 (see the book)
    See also John 5:28-29; Acts 4:2; 1 Cor. 15:12-14,49; 2 Cor. 5:1-4; Phil. 3:10-11,20-21; 2 Tim. 2:18; 1 John 3:2
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I will rise to be with You forever.
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