Saturday, July 3, 2010

Reality Check

"For biblical and theological reasons I judge real human freedom to be a myth. Outside of God acting in the gospel, there is no freedom. We may have superficial freedoms in political and economic structures. We can vote for [any candidate], or for higher or lower taxation. We can make choices between Pepsi or Coke, Ramada Inn or Holiday Inn, steak or fish. But in the hidden heart of human beings there is only darkness brought on by enslavement to the demonic powers of antichrist.

In this context we read of the glorious response of God. 'God sent' (Galatians 4:4) not because we were good, pious or loving, but because God wanted us for himself and we were in no condition to respond. There was no longer any human capacity for God. That is why God sent!

God sent whom? 'God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law' (Galatians 4:4). God sent himself."

Andrew Purves, The Crucifixion of Ministry (IVP 2007)

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