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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 7, 2016

Parson to Person

By Jeff McPheron, Trenton United Methodist Church

The verse called 2 Corinthians 5:16 begins: “From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view…”

This was written by the apostle Paul to some people he knew in another congregation — a human writing to other humans.

At first glance, the reader might wonder what other view either the writer or the receivers could possibly have but a human point of view.

We begin life in immaturity: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Grounded as we are in physical humanity, it is understandable that we view things from a human perspective.

As we grow and develop, we remember different experiences that shape our outlook and responses to what we meet in life. Even very similar school class mates develop significantly different views on life based on personality, interests and experience.

We grow and learn and, listening to at those around us, we anticipate a day that we will know it all. The day comes, but it does not last. In fact, the more we know, the more we realize we don’t know.

Although we begin in a tangible physical world, there is something deep within us that recognizes that there is somehow more to life than just the physical world.

At different times in the process of living, we try to respond to this sense of the eternal. This awareness of the intangible occurs naturally as we mature spiritually.

Some of the knowledge that we gain touches us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. A major part of instruction in Christian faith is the understanding that Jesus was and is more than he appeared to be.

Even some contemporaries thought he was only another person.He was generally kind, but his teaching was irreverent, and his death on the cross was the curse of God.

But then something totally unexpected happened. Instead of staying dead and buried, Jesus was seen alive and well, again and again. Based on his life, those occurrences, and eyewitness testimony, some changed their minds about who he was.

Apostle Paul finishes 2 Corinthians 5:16, “…even though we once knew Christ (Jesus) from a human point view, we know him no longer in that way.”

Paul and others came to understand that the person Jesus was fulfillment of prophecy as the Christ of God, and the intended Savior of all who will believe. The resurrection proved it.

This same Jesus gave instructions to his followers to tell his story and invite people to a different view of him.

This different view then provides a perspective on the eternal that is to affect all of this life, as well as the life that is ahead.

If you do not have this perspective, do you know where to ask about it?

 

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