Tuesday, August 21, 2012 4:56 AM

A Response to Discipleship

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 4:56 AM
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 4:56 AM

Ro 8:19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. Ro 8:20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope Ro 8:21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. Ro 8:22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. Ro 8:23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.

It is my experience that some Christians do not believe that the work of Christ extends to the entire creation. When I discuss this matter with some, the response is often an adamant, “I don’t believe it!” This response, of course, is a reflection of our individualistic, rationalistic, and nonembodied modern view of Christianity. This nonbiblical view holds that salvation is to individuals, not to the whole earth. It also often teaches salvation is the soul only, not the whole person.[1]

For example, salvation is sometimes presented as otherworldly. It is as though there is something wrong with having a body and living in this world. In this view, to believe in Jesus is to gain an ultimate release from this body so that one may enjoy the eternal salvation of the soul. To teach this is to deny the resurrection of the body.[2]

The view that separates the soul from the body is not only a nonbiblical view of redemption, it also results in an incorrect view of what it means to be a disciple and what it means to be a spiritual person. The Christian life is cast into a negative role and is defined by what a person does not do. It fails to understand our work in the world as a response of discipleship.[3]



[1] Webber, R. (2003). Ancient-future evangelism: Making your church a faith-forming community (149). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[2] Webber, R. (2003). Ancient-future evangelism: Making your church a faith-forming community (149). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[3] Webber, R. (2003). Ancient-future evangelism: Making your church a faith-forming community (149). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

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