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The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa. 
To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 

 

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Dec 17

Written by: Andries
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 2:31:55 AM  RssIcon

The fourth candle of the advent wreath represents love. God showed his love for us in sending his Son, born of the flesh as the son of David and born anew in power through his resurrection from the dead as the eternal Son of God.

Jesus showed his self-giving love for us in his life and his death. As Christians, we are to be the people called and redeemed by Jesus Christ and also called to be obedient by the same power that raised Christ from the dead.
 
It is good to pursue the discovery of our particular calling or vocation. Indeed, we ought to be diligent and responsible and passionate about how we use our God-given gifts.
But never forget that we are fundamentally called to belong to and to belong with Jesus Christ and to be holy, and we express that holiness through a Spirit-empowered way of life marked by self-giving love, which drives every other mission.
 
In the opening verses of Romans (1 – 7) Paul ties the coming of Jesus to his own calling and to the calling of every Christian. Paul contrasts two modes of Jesus’ existence, one through a birth that is according to the flesh (kata sarka) and the other through a new birth according to the Holy Spirit (kata pneuma) by the means of his resurrection from the dead (verses 3-4).
 
That Jesus is “born of the seed of David according to the flesh” establishes a material context: he was born as a man with a physical, human body.
On the other hand, the phrase “according to the Spirit” refers to the Holy Spirit who creates new life.
By his resurrection, Jesus has gone from one mode of existence to another. It suggests a new, defining resurrection existence not only for Christ but also for all believers.
 
Paul’s teaching in 2 Corinthians 5:15-16 provides a helpful analogy. There, he highlights the correspondence between Jesus’ death and resurrection and the believer’s as the basis of a new way of living. He concludes, “From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh (kata sarka); even though we once knew Christ according to the flesh (kata sarka), we know him no longer in that way. If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new” (verse 15).
 
Paul explains the meaning of being a new creature according to the resurrected Christ’s new power and authority in Rom 1: 7 as follows:
To all God's beloved in Rome, who are called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
 
God loves the followers of Jesus Christ and blesses them to follow Christ by first of all receiving the gift of self-giving love. Every other gift and passion for Christ becomes “real” only when defined by and seeded by a love as holy as the love of our Lord and Redeemer.   
We are fundamentally called to belong to and to belong with Jesus Christ and to express this calling through a Spirit-empowered way of life marked by self-giving love, which drives every other mission we may pursue.
  

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