“. . . no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him.”
These oft repeated words from 1 Corinthians 2:9 (which are themselves quoted from Isaiah 64:4) are very familiar to Christians. While not quite attaining the greeting-card standard status of passages like 2 Chronicles 7:14 (“if my people who are called by my name…”) and Philippians 4:13 (“I can do all things through Christ…”), this verse, like its more t-shirt friendly cousins, is often misunderstood and misused.
While the point here isn’t to get into a detailed examination of the passage, I would like to respectfully suggest one way of considering its incredibly inspiring words by asking a few questions:
What would sinless economic activity look like? On a large scale, I mean. Think: Global. Or perhaps even galactic.
What would a culture built upon and perpetually producing more and more sinless economic activity look like?
What would a civilization built around sinless expressions of art, law, civics, technology, literature, and music look like?
What would it sound like?
What would it feel like?
Hard to even begin to imagine, isn’t it?
But what if the Gospel-fueled Great Commission actually…you know…works? (See: Matthew 28:18-20.)
What if people who are supernaturally saved by the grace of God actually do become New Creatures in Christ and actually do have the Third Person of the Trinity living within them?
What if those people really and truly do, over time and all by God’s grace, act differently in every area of their lives?
Wouldn’t they change things – everything that they touched – for the better?
Wouldn’t they have to?
Put another way, what if God is really and truly in the process of reconciling art, law, economics, and culture to Himself right now by the power of His work on the cross? (Colossians 1:15-20.)
What if these things really and truly belong to Him and He is at this very moment pursuing their purification and reconciliation by His grace through His Spirit-filled people in accordance with His Gospel-fueled Great Commission?
Something to think about…and dream about…and chase after with confidence, knowing that this seemingly impossible (to fallen eyes) victory has been secured, all by God’s grace, all for His glory, and all to the eternal benefit of His people.
[Reminder: I will be kicking off the third annual Great Education Forum this Saturday (April 29) with a presentation on the satanic foundation of public schools. The event will be hosted at the New Geneva Christian Academy in Appomattox, VA, and will kick off at 1 p.m. (Eastern Time). Admission is free.]
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Sir, are you withou sin? Do you lust after women or get angry without cause? Have you ever told one lie in your lifetime? Does your life revolve around money? Are you qualified to cast the first stone? How many sins did you repent of? All of them? Is Jesus truly and utterly Lord of all your life? Did you give your whole life to him? Did you proverbially ask him into your heart? Did you hold anything back, even one misdemeanor? I do not have to be a theolgical rocket scientist to know that the answer is, no you are not worthy of life.
And yet you talk of sinless art, originating from man, this side of eternity, before believers have spiritual bodies. Such a thing is not possible. I will agree with Harry Potter bashers for once and concede that Harry Potter is sinful art, not because it has to do with wizards but because it originated with man. Hence it is a thing of this world. Such will always be the case with human art, until God creates the new heavens and new earth wherein dwells righteousness. Human art in this world may have redeeming value, but it will never be free of taint of sin, just as we will never be sinless in our mortal bodies.