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Transformational Hope: How The Cross Perfects Our Salvation

This post is the fourth in a multi-week series. Find the first post here, the second post here, and the third post here.

Three weeks ago, I explained how mobility and athleticism can be a liability for an NFL quarterback. My argument is that mobility is often a crutch that prevents quarterbacks from developing more important skills like accuracy and pocket awareness. The opposite is also true. That is, a quarterback’s immobility is an asset if his immobility forces him to improve his accuracy and pocket awareness. These arguments about mobility only make sense if we look at mobility as a piece of the bigger picture. We must evaluate mobility in terms of what is most important, and this principle is also true outside of football.

Two weeks ago we looked at how for heaven to exist and for us to obtain salvation, we need our hearts to be fundamentally transformed. Last week we looked at how God transforms us through the cross, but that we still need God to perfect this transformation. This transformation (both the initiation and the perfection of it) is what is most important for us – much like accuracy for an NFL quarterback. Anything that hinders this transformation becomes a liability, and anything that promotes this transformation becomes an asset.

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Transformational Justice: How The Cross Brings us Salvation

This post is the third in a multi-week series. Find the first post here, and the second post here.

I love sports because as a fan, even though I have no direct involvement, I still feel I’m part of the game and get to experience the full spectrum of emotions. In a 2010 article about the soccer world cup, Bill Simmons shared a perfect example of the emotions of fandom.

“I hate how teams milk leads in the last 15-20 minutes by faking injuries and taking forever to sub players. When that Ghana player had to be carried off on a stretcher at the tail end of the America game, then hopped off like nothing ever happened as soon as the stretcher was out of bounds, I thought that was appalling. Actually, it made me want to go to war with Ghana. I wanted to invade them. I’m not even kidding. That’s another great thing about the World Cup: Name another sport in which you genuinely want to invade other countries when you lose.”

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Clarifying Remarks

I’d like to clarify a sentence from my post yesterday that was addressed in the comments. In my post, I wrote:

Not only do we want to rule ourselves, but we also want to rule others, and when we rejected God, God gave us what we wanted, left the scene, and created a power vacuum.

In hindsight, this sentence didn’t communicate what I intended. God has not abandoned us, but rather, God gave us what we wanted and let us run away, much like the father in the parable of the Prodigal Son. A better sentence would have been:

Not only do we want to rule ourselves, but we also want to rule others, and when we rejected God, God gave us what we wanted, and let us leave His presence and Kingdom.

It’s worth saying again, God has not abandoned us. Far from it. The story of the Bible is God’s working to reconcile the entire world back to Himself despite our rebellion, and praise God that this was His plan!