PHILIPPIANS‬ ‭3‬:‭19‬-‭21‬‬‬

“They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth. But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.”

PHILIPPIANS‬ ‭3‬:‭19‬-‭21‬ ‭NLT‬‬

The enemies of the cross are those who use the cross to focus on this life. This ain’t to say that the cross of Christ is useless in this life, but rather that it’s purpose is beyond its boundaries in scope. The enemies of the cross are those who focus on using the cross to keep this world and its purposes and pleasures at the forefront of the Christian mind. This is because at the heart of Christianity is a message that the soul can be saved, but the body must be destroyed. This is not to be confused with the gnostic idea that the body is innately evil. In fact the opposite is true. Nonetheless, the body and in fact all of creation, is not functioning as intended. It must be rebooted, as it were, for it to play a proper role in the kingdom of God. This is why another aspect of Christian doctrine is that Christians receive new bodies and there will be a new heaven and new earth. Essentially, creation will be a major part of the future. However, it won’t be creation as we know it. Therefore, those who try to focus our efforts on redeeming this iteration of creation are working against God’s purposes. The scripture says that the carryover into the new creation is that of redeemed souls. This is where our focus should be.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy.

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