Tuesday, 21 September 2010

The Lord of Life

God is the Lord of Life (& Death)
Genesis 1:20, 1:30
'His creation of man was very dramatic in this respect: he took dust and personally breathed the breath of life into that dust' ... Genesis 2:7 [cf. Psalm 139:13-16]
Genesis 2:9
Genesis 2:17
Genesis 3:9
In Genesis 5 each genealogical entry (except Enoch's!) is followed with the words 'and he died'. 
Genesis 6:3
Death, like life, is physical and spiritual. Physical death ends our participation in earthly life. Spiritual death (Eph 2:5) is a loss of fellowship with God, the Lord of life. Unless interrupted by God's grace, spiritual death leads to eternal death, to permanent separation from God and therefore from his blessing (John 3:36). 
BUT...
Romans 6:2-4! 
Acts 3:15
Ephesians 2:1-5 
John 1:4; 3:15-16; 4:14; 5:26; 6:35-58; 10:10; 12:50; 14:6; 20:31
God delights in life. It is a measure of the seriousness of sin that death pervades it. It is a measure of the greatness of salvation that in Christ death is swallowed by life (2 Corinthians 5:4). 
The Doctrine of the Christian Life (Theology of Lordship) p684-5

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