A New Kingdom and a New Culture | Re-socializing pt 2
In this episode, I encourage followers of Jesus to think about the behavioral commands of the New Testament in terms of re-socializing in the soft sense of that word. That is, learning new norms, values, and practices in keeping with a new group that you have chosen to be apart of.
The apostle Paul writes, "For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son," - Colossians 1:13.
Notice that he says we have been transferred to a new kingdom, the kingdom of God’s beloved Son. This means we've moved. We're part of a new kingdom with a new culture. So now, we have some things to unlearn from our old dominion and we have new norms, values, and practices to learn that are in keeping with the culture of Jesus' kingdom.
I also point out two mistakes Christians often make in thinking about the instructions of the New Testament.
1. The "religious rules" mistake
2. The "spiritual life" mistake.
Our goal is not to be good at religion or spiritual things; our goal is to learn the way of Jesus as part of his kingdom.
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