Sin Management, Incarnation & Mission

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As I start resesarching for a teaching series on the environment and stewardship, I've begun with some thoughts on Cosmology and Cosmongy. How is God connected to his creation, and humanity and what does it mean within that to grow and engage with God and his purposes.

The incarnation is the culmination our Trinitarian God’s work in the world, through his two hands, of the Son and the Spirit. The incarnation is the ultimate identification with God’s creation, wherein Jesus is the second Adam, fully human and fully divine (1 Cor. 15:22, 45-48).

Christ is the second Adam who brings creation and humanity back on track and reconnects us to God. Salvation is about becoming more human in God’s image, participating in the creation project as an ecological and ethical reconnectional mission.

Sin management becomes not about being divine, but about being fully human, and overcoming the effects, power, and patterns of sin through dependence on the Holy Spirit.

Many christians when asked how did Christ overcome sin, think Christ did so through His divinity (when I get to teach any christology and soteriology I regulary ask students this).

But what is He overcame sin, instead, through total reliance on the Holy Spirit working in and through His life to connect God and the world. The created order with its goodness, and human nature, and flesh is essential to salvation and redemption, not something to escape from.

Christ demonstrated what being human can be and how to live authentically. Christians with God affirm and engage the world within mission as gardeners in a creation project.

Heaven is not “pie in the sky” after death; but is the present creation that longs and groans (Rom. 8:19-25), and will be perfected by the Holy Spirit with believers’ participation. Instead of a perfect creation that fell and should be abandoned Christians can understand that God’s creation is good and has the potential to become better.