Sunday – Five after Trinity – YrB 2018
2 Cor 8:7-15
The Flow of Grace – touching the Eternal
Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:17
Metaphysics – and ontology
The Science of Faith
Our Father – Orients us
Psalm 8 – places us
Such thinking was very common but is something we have lost – to our detriment
All good and perfect gifts come from the father of lights
Jesus is perfectly oriented to the Father – this is what it means when we say ‘Christ Jesus is the Image of the invisible God – the firstborn over all creation’
So Life Flows through Him
the kingdom comes from heaven to earth Through him
I only do what I see the Father doing
How interesting that it is this poor woman from whom her life has quite literally been flowing these 12 years who has faith in Jesus. She recognises the flow of Grace, of Life. She doesn’t just have ‘some medical condition’ – literally her Life is flowing out of her body
And Jesus is immediately ‘knew in himself that power had gone out from him’ – The flow of Life, of Grace, of Goodness – New Creation – Literally the Kingdom of God comes Through Him. Through His body!
The Human placed betwixt heaven and Earth – the conduit of the Life of God – the Life that is Eternal
Jesus is always giving his life away to those who look to the heavens – The Cross is the fullest expression of the Image of God – pouring out His Life for the sake of the world.
This is why we are called to repentance – to orient ourselves towards The Heavenly One
To be conduits of Eternal Life
The Giving of Which Paul speaks is utterly natural to those who know the truth of the Kingdom – the Grace of God which is to flow through us. We do not carefully calculate – we give to all who ask of us. This Life is the eternal life – it is the daily manna from heaven – it is the Life of Christ In Us
this is why we pray our Father, and often.