April 10th, 2016

the God-man comes to pick up the pieces left by Adam's curse

It is in the flow of the Plan of God 6:45 AM Sunday morning. I got up early because I was having a weird intense dream. In this crazy dream I was working at the Hamilton Farm Bureau Egg Processing Plant and I was loading eggs into a egg processing machine. What was weird in this dream was that the men I was working with were speaking a language I could not understand. Doug my boss would tell me to do something but I could not understand what he was saying. Also the men around me were doing crazy things that did not make sense. In this dream I was stressed out and confused, so I woke myself up. I have not worked in 10 years, I am retired. I will be 64 years old this Summer. I am so glad to be out the American work force. I admire people who work at jobs that have no meaning/self fulfillment. My last job left me broken. I have not recovered from those years at the bottom of the egg pit.

So I got up made a pot of coffee and then I messed with our main computer. Carol got up while I was on the main computer. After messing with our main computer I wrote in my paper diary. I got out to read this morning for devotions a book titled, "The Presence Of God: Its Place In The Storyline Of Scripture And The Story Of Our Lives" by J. Ryan Lister. I will quote from this book now-

"The New Covenant and the New Adam: Christ and the Eschatological Objective of Redemptive History

The new covenant points to a new movement in God's redemptive drama, and that is exactly what God brings about. To complete his promises, God introduces us to the story's great action hero: the new Adam, the true son of David, the true Son of God, Jesus Christ. To this point, God's people have failed. They cannot obey; they continue to break God's covenant. God's purposes in creation and redemption seemingly hang by a thread, a thread made up solely of God's gracious commitment to his own ends. But this is why the new covenant carries with it a new type of promise. It is a covenant that instructs all of God's people to look to God, not themselves-something they should have been doing all along. In Isaiah's plea, the future hope lies solely in the God who "would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at [his] presence" (Isa.64:1).

In the new covenant, God comes down in Christ. God becomes present to complete the very reason for creation. Thus Paul argues in Colossians 1, "All things were created through [Jesus Christ] and for [Jesus Christ]" (1:16). Jesus not only creates; he is also the purposefor creation. Christ is the one who completes the objectives informing the world. The God-man comes to "reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of the cross" (Col.1:20). The God-man comes to pick up the pieces left by Adam's curse.

This is why Paul casts Jesus as the new Adam. He comes to do what the first Adam could not: complete God's purposes for creation (Rom. 5:12-21; 1 Cor. 15:22, 44-49). He is from the line of Adam, Noah, Abraham, and David because he is the one who finally establishes a people and a place for the presence of God (Matt. 1:1-17; Luke 3:23-38). As this new divine representative of humanity, Christ conclusively removes
the curses of the garden and inaugurates the fulfillment of God's future intentions. Thus, Christ is Adam in true eschatological fullness. He typifies what the first man was suppose to be and joyfully completes the divine mandate broken in the fall (Rom. 5:14; 1 Cor. 15:44-49). Jesus reverses the disobedience of the first man and, through his cruel death on the cross, unites those in Adam to himself, their perfect representative. In bringing the covenant promise of dominion and dynasty to fruition, the last Adam provides final access to the new Eden, where God dwells in the midst of his people. Thus it is only through the new covenant work of Christ, our better Adam, that God accomplishes his purpose of spreading his presence to all creation." pg. 128,129 J. Ryan Lister "The Presence Of God"
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american utopianism

It is in the flow of salvation history 10:15 AM Sunday morning. Outside this morning it is snowing and it is super ugly. I wonder when Spring will reveal itself this year.

I got up this morning around 5:50 AM. I got up due to a weird dream disturbing my sleep. I got up made a pot of coffee and messed with our main computer. I already wrote what I did this morning so I will refrain from repeating myself.

I failed to mention this morning that last night I read "Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?" A Memoir by Jeanette Winterson. I watched some television with my wife and then read till 10:30 PM and went to bed. My wife had gone to bed early last night. During these cold snowy days of Spring the days are long.

Carol and I went downtown this morning to Reader's World. Carol wanted to pick up a children's book she had ordered and I wanted to look at books. I did buy a book this morning at Reader's World titled, "Paradise Now: The Story Of American Utopianism" by Chris Jennings. I am a student of American Utopianism or just utopianism.

Today our oldest son Caleb and his wife Emily and daughter baby Josie are coming over for Sunday dinner. We are going to have Caleb install a separate hard drive for our computer. We want to dump photos and videos into this separate hard drive.

I have been reading this morning for devotions from the book, "The Presence Of God: Its Place In The Storyline Of Scripture And The Story Of Our Lives" by J. Ryan Lister.

I will close to wait for Spring time. Carol has gone to church and it is quiet.
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