Friday, December 21, 2007

A Christmas Reflection

Just now, I was writing to a dear sister over in Bimshire, who sent out for her Christmas present a lovely poem by Timothy Dudley-Smith, Not in Lordly State and Splendour. (Not to mention, a lovely, well-laid out letter.)

The poem set me to reflecting on some C1 church Hymns and similar statements on the Incarnation.

These, I think I will take the liberty of sharing:

First, a great C1 church Hymn:

PHP 2:5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:

PHP 2:6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,

PHP 2:7 but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.

PHP 2:8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death--
even death on a cross!

PHP 2:9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,

PHP 2:10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

PHP 2:11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Next, one of the great statements of the C1 church's theology (here set out to bring out the incremental, synthetic parallelism):

HEB 1:1 In the past God spoke to our forefathers
through the prophets at many times
and in various ways,

2 but in these last days
he has spoken to us by his Son,
whom he appointed heir of all things,
and through whom he made the universe.

3 The Son is the radiance of God's glory
and the exact representation of his being,
sustaining all things by his powerful word.

After he had provided purification for sins,
he sat down at the right hand
of the Majesty in heaven.

Here's another great C1 Hymn:

COL 1:13 [God] has rescued us from the dominion of darkness
and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,
14 in whom we have redemption,
the forgiveness of sins.

COL 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn over all creation.

16 For by him all things were created:
things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible,
whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;
all things were created by him and for him.

17 He is before all things,
and in him all things hold together.

18 And he is the head of the body, the church;
he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead,
so that in everything he might have the supremacy.

19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,
20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things,
whether things on earth or things in heaven,
by making peace through his blood,
shed on the cross.

Aren't they beautiful! And, isn't our God wonderful beyond all praise! AMEN

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