Christ Our Passover – Pascha Nostrum

April 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

1 Corinthians 5:7-8; Romans 6:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:20-22

Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us; * therefore let us keep the feast,

Not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness, * but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Alleluia.

Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; * death hath no more dominion over him.

For in that he died, he died unto sin once; * but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, * but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Alleluia.

Christ is risen from the dead, * and become the first fruits of them that slept.

For since by man came death, * by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

For as in Adam all die, * even so in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia.

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Musing on Liturgy and Its Relationship to Theology

March 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

To participate in liturgy is to participate in theology. It is to think God’s thoughts after Him. It is to hear His call and to respond in community with His gathered body. It is to participate in Kingdom life.

Worth Quoting – Thoughts on the Lord’s Day

March 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

The Lord’s Day is a Christian mystery or, if one prefers, an expression of the one Christian Paschal Mystery. In the full observance of the First Day of the week, we are not only taught the doctrines of creation, redemption, and sanctification, we not only remember them, but we enter into them, or reenter them. We ourselves experience admission to a renewed creation, as a resurrected people in Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit, in the communion of saints, in the foretaste of heaven, as citizens of that blessed country where the river of life flows forever and God wipes away the tears from every eye. – From the Preface of “The Day of Light: The Biblical and Liturgical Meaning of Sunday”

Childlike Faith – For to Such Belongs the Kingdom of Heaven

March 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

Matthew 19:13-14, “Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people,but Jesus said, Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”

Trinity, my little five year old, came to me today and said, “Daddy, I want to live forever and ever. I don’t want to die.” I told her that when you belong to Jesus you will live forever and ever. I told her that’s what God promises her in her baptism. She said, “But Daddy, when I get one hundred years old I will die.” I told her yes, but you will go to be with Jesus, and when he returns he will bring you with him and you will get your body back and will live with him forever and ever. Her eyes got real big and she smiled ever so big and went running through the house saying, “Yea! I get to live forever and ever because Jesus has promised me that I will!”

Why the majority of the Reformed world will not let such a little child as my Trinity come to the communion table and eat the bread and drink the wine where this very promise is renewed each Lord’s Day is beyond me. I marvel at such childlike faith.

Blessings in Christ,
Terry W. West

Continuing My Thoughts on the Visible/Invisible Church

March 2, 2010 § Leave a comment

1 John 2:19, “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.”

Notice that in this verse John is describing a corporate group of people. A corporate entity he clearly expects his readers to recognize and ro consider themselves members. I argue that this group of people, therefore, would be visible and known to all. Also notice that the ones spoken of as having left this visible known group of people were hidden for a time, or invisible as it were until it became clear who they were after being seperated from the group. Again this seems to me to flip the visible/invisible distinction over on its head from the way its commonly conceived.

Blessings in Christ,
Terry W. West

A Thought On The Visible/Invisible Church

March 2, 2010 § 1 Comment

Mathew 13:24&25, “He put another parable before them, saying, The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away.” (ESV)

Notice that in the text that the good seed is planted first and the weeds are planted later. It would seem to me that the good seed must take preeminence over the weed. This I believe is obvious from the text. So my question is this. What if the visible/invisible distinction has been expressed exactly backwards? Could we not argue from this text that the good seed is the true visible body of Christ and the the weeds are the invisible false members hidden among the good seed. This is why Christ commands that the weeds not be uprooted to hastily least the good seed be uprooted instead. For it is far more likely that a good plant will uprooted by mistake because the good plant is the prominent visible plant, but the weed is the hidden invisible plant that is difficult to spot. Just a thought.

Blessings in Christ,
Terry W. West

Pelegian in practice?

January 11, 2008 § 1 Comment

I want to throw out a question. I have been following the debate concerning the sacraments for sometime now. The impression I get from time to time is that when it comes to the administration of the sacraments we become almost pelegian in practice? What I mean is this, it seems that we tend to think of the participation in the sacraments as a mere human act of the will that may or may not have any real benefit, but the secret work of the Spirit in the heart is seen as that which is truly sovereign. Its as if we have without meaning to compartmentalized the two experiences in the church. But what if we really begin to view even the external things in the church as just as much sovereign acts of God as we do the internal regeneration that the Spirit works in the heart of those who have true faith? How would this impact our thinking and our theological development? Just thinking out loud.

Blessings in Christ,
Terry W. West

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