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In heaven as it is on earth

August 29th, 2011 by isaac · No Comments

An bit from my sermon a couple weeks ago:

When we usually talk about the relationship between heaven and earth, we talk about how God will transform earth into heaven. After all, Jesus taught us to pray the Father, saying, “thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” But, here, in Matthew 16, Jesus seems to shift the emphasis: “whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” It seems as if God, through Jesus, has so bound his life to ours that what we do here on earth, as the church, sets the course for what happens in heaven. Our earthly lives gives shape to what God’s reign looks like. Heaven is at stake in the life of the church, because God’s life is on display; we are at work, in the present, writing the story of heaven, spelling out what the life of God feels like, describing with our lives the heights and depths of the love of God.


For the rest, check here.


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