A New Body, Puberty, and Helium September 29, 2015 Bryan Kim Drip | Cues for Reflection & MeditationLive illustration …human beings, by committing idolatry, distorted their own humanity into sinful behavior and courted corruption and ultimately death. Death… was the ultimate weapon of destruction: anti-creation, anti-human, anti-god. If the creator god was also the covenant god, and if the covenant was there to deal with the unwelcome problem that had invaded the created order at its heart and corrupted human beings themselves, it was this intruder, death itself, that had to be defeated. To allow death to have its way - to sign up, as it were, to some kind of compromise agreement whereby death took human bodies but the creator was allowed to keep human souls - was no solution… That is why resurrection was never a re-description of death, but always its defeat. — NT Wright The real Son of God is at your side. He is beginning to turn you into the same kind of thing as Himself. He is beginning, so to speak, to ‘inject’ His kind of life and thought, His Zoe (life), into you; beginning to turn the tin soldier into a live man. The part of you that does not like it is the part that is still tin. — CS Lewis Physical and Spiritual, ‘describe not the material out of which things are made but the power or energy that animates them. It is the difference between asking, “Is this a wooden ship or an iron ship?” (the material from which it is made) and asking, on the other, “Is this a steamship or a sailing ship?” (the energy that powers it). Paul is talking about the present body, which is animated by the normal human psyche (the life force we all possess here and now, which gets us through the present life but is ultimately powerless against illness, injury, death and decay) and the future body, which is animated by God’s pneuma, God’s breath of new life, the energizing power of God’s new creation.’ — NT Wright I’ve concluded there are four chapters missing from the working Bibles of all too many Christians, and these missing chapters are not some obscure ceremonial texts or dusty corners of the royal chronicles. Instead, they are the very bookends of Scripture: the first two chapters of Genesis and the last two chapters of Revelation. And to miss these chapters—the first two about the creation, the second two about the new creation—is to miss the whole point of the biblical story. When these chapters drop out of our functional Bibles, our understanding of culture, power and salvation itself is badly weakened. — Andy Crouch, "Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power"