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old diary entry June, 07, 2008 the rebirth of humans is completed in the rebirth of creation

The rebirth of humans is completed in the rebirth of creation

It is 5:42 PM in the flow of time. I have had a normal day today. I day of wandering my cell and reading Reformed Dogmatics. I did get out into the heat and mowed our front lawn this afternoon. I hate mowing our lawn, but we have to be a good neighbor. If we lived out in the country someplace I would never mow the lawn. I wonder if other people in the world have lawns? I do not remember mowing lawns before I got married. When I was growing up I do not remember having lawns. Weird. I grew up dirt poor.

Carol got up today around 3 o'clock PM this afternoon. Right now she is talking to our daughter Beth in New Mexico (Beth is a 1st Grade teacher). On June 27th Beth will be 24 years old. Josiah will be 26 August the 3rd and I will be 56 years old the 14th of August. Our oldest Caleb is 27 years old. Life is just speeding by!

So today I wandered the house, messed with my computer, read Reformed Dogmatics and listened to music. I think this evening we are going downtown for coffee. We will take Rudy and sit outside at JP's coffee house and watch humanity. But maybe Carol has changed her mind about going downtown? I never know what my wife plans to do.

I have had this on my mind the last couple of days from "Reformed Dogmatics" Vol. 4 by Herman Bavinck from the chapter on The Renewal Of Creation---

". . . Present in the New Testament there is undoubtedly some spiritualization of the Old Testament prophecy. Since Jesus' advent breaks up into a first and second coming, the kingdom of God is first planted in human hearts spiritually, and the benefits of that kingdom are all internal and invisible: forgiveness, peace, righteousness, and eternal life. The essence of future blessedness, accordingly, is also construed more spiritually, especially by Paul and John, as being always with the Lord (John 12:26, 14:3; 17:24; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; 1 Thess. 4:17; 5:10; 1 John 3:2). But this does not confine this blessedness to heaven.

This cannot be the case is basically evident from the fact that the New Testament teaches the incarnation of the Word and the physical resurrection of Christ; it further expects his physical return at the end of time and immediately thereafter has in view the physical resurrection of all human beings, especially that of believers. All this spells the collapse of spiritualism, which if it remains true to its principle-as in Origen-has nothing left after the day of judgment other than spirits in an uncreated heaven.

But the teaching of Scripture is very different. The world, according to it, consists of heaven and earth; humans consist of soul and body; and the kingdom of God, accordinly, has a hidden spiritual dimension and an external, visible side. Whereas Jesus came the first time to establish that kingdom in a spiritual sense, he returns at the end of history to give visible shape to it. Reformation proceeds from the inside to the outside. The rebirth of humans is completed in the rebirth of creation. The kingdom of God is fully realized only when it is visibly extended over the earth as well. This is how also the disciples understood it when, after Jesus 's resurrection, they asked him whether this was the time he would restore the kingdom to Israel.

In his reply Jesus does not deny that one day he will establish such a kingdom, but only says that the times for it have been set by the Father and that now his disciples are called, in the power of the Holy Spirit, to be his witnesses to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:6-8). Elsewhere he expressly states that the meek will inherit the earth (Matt. 5:5). He pictures future blessedness as a meal at which the guests sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (8:11), enjoy food and drink (Luke 22:30), eat of the new and perfect Passover (Luke 22:16), and drink of the fruit of the new wine (Matt. 26:29).

True, in this dispensation and right up until the parousia, the eyes of believers are directed upward toward heaven. That is where their treasure is (6:20; 19:21); there Jesus, who is their life, sits at the right hand of God (John 14:3; 17:24; Col. 3:1-3); their citizenship is there while they are aliens here (Phil. 3:20; Heb. 11:13-16)." pg. 718, 719 Herman Bavinck

It is 6:15 PM Carol told me we are not going anywhere, because she is tired. I will close to wait it out.

music: Susanna and the Magical Orchestra "Melody Mountain"

6:20 p.m. - 2008-06-07

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