Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Cosmic Christ

Pulling together some musings about the Cosmic Christ:

First, here's a link to Colossians and a link to Ephesians!

Christ and Creation:

The broad, expansive sweep of the biblical witness reveals creation as God's passion, to such an extent God freely chose to live and die as one of us, learning what it was like literally to walk in our sandals. As Christians in the Reformation tradition we emphasize God's sovereignty supremely revealed in the cross and there is something so drastic and totally inclusive, something so complete, final and all-embracing in the reconciling Event of Jesus Christ, all of creation is born, lives, dies and rises with him, all creation finally comes under and lives under Jesus' Lordship: again I'll refer to Martin Luther's declaration that the Right Hand of God - the Sovereignty of God in the Risen Christ - is everywhere, actually fills and permeates every aspect of creation: Luther wrote about God pouring Godself out into creation and both Calvin and Luther considered creation a venue of God's glory and majesty! But despite the cosmic Christ Event's encompassing all, scripture still speaks of a choice we must make: repentance; and scripture demands of us a cost: obedience.

United Church of Christ Statement of Faith:

With its "reconciling the whole creation to its Creator," the UCC Statement of Faith evokes the cosmic Christ of Colossians, and though in its cosmology Colossians challenges Gnosticism's powers and principalities and claims Christ's reconciling and reigning Lordship over everything and everyone created--esp in its assertion of his making hash of the "powers," not only Gnostic ones but all those other influences that bind themselves to us and often rule our institutions and that all of us actually invoke at times ... I'd also include the witness of Paul's undisputed writing and of the Jesus we meet in the synoptics in claiming the Lordship of our Crucified and Risen man of Nazareth over all creation, not just a terracentric one!
Shout To The Lord!

My Jesus, my Saviour,
Lord, there is none like You
All of my days, I want to praise,
The wonders of your mighty love
My comfort, my shelter
Tower of refuge and strength
Let every breath, all that I am
Never cease to worship You

Chorus

Shout to the Lord, all the earth let us sing,
Power and majesty, praise to the King
Mountains bow down and the seas will roar,
At the sound of your name
I sing for joy at the work of your hands
Forever I'll love you, forever I'll stand
Nothing compares to the promise I have in You

Repeat verse

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