January 22, 2017: The End of the World & Two Centers

It’s the End of the World as We Know It

Just as the beginning sets the tone for how we live and move and have our being, so also does the end. In this episode, we answer the question what is the endgame, the end goal? What, in time and space, is everything headed toward? What is God after? He never begins without the end in sight.

Four “Endings”

  1. Redemption – everything is viewed through the lens of Eternity in heaven with Jesus, living in a mansion, seeing passed-on loved ones, and that this Eternity does not start until physical death.
  2. Restoration of Man – everything is viewed through the lens of everyone being reached, saved, and healed; harmony and unity reigning.
  3. Restoration of the Earth – everything is viewed through the lens of this current world (and all the saved people in it) being fixed and restored to perfect order.
  4. God’s Eternal Purpose – everything is viewed through the lens of Christ being the sum of all things and filling all things.

Scripture:

Isaiah 46:9-10 – God knows the end from the beginning and will accomplish his purpose.

Hebrews 1:2 – The Son is appointed as heir of all things and it is Him through whom the world was made.

Colossians 1: 16-20 – All things were created by, through, and for Christ Jesus, who will come to have preeminence in all things.

Ephesians 1:10 – All things will be summed up in Christ.

Ephesians 5:27 – Christ will be presenting to Himself the church in her glory, holy and blameless.

Revelation 22:13 – Jesus declares that He is the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.

False Centers

The Tree of Life in the book of Revelation refers back to the Tree of Life in the center of the Garden of Eden. But there was another tree in the center of the Garden: the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Man was created to draw his life from God through the Tree of Life. By eating of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil we began drawing our life from other things–bad things AND good things. In this segment, we share some of the false centers or sources we have tried to draw life from, and how they have been found to be lifeless.

False Centers

  • Family/Spouse
  • Financial/Career Success or Achievement
  • Country and/or Politics
  • Educational Achievements/Knowledge
  • Saving the Earth
  • Social Justice
  • Helping the poor
  • Saving the lost
  • Christian living/security
  • Personal Purpose

The True Center

The Tree of Life is a picture of Christ, who is the reality of our new center. In this segment, we share how God’s center is Christ and how He can be our center, too.

Christ is God’s Reconciliation – Colossians 1:20

Christ is God’s WordJohn 1:1-2, John 1:14, Matthew 17:5, Hebrews 1:2

Christ is God’s KingdomLuke 17:21

Christ is God’s Rest/Sabbath – Hebrews 4:10, John 19:30

Christ is God’s Wisdom & Power – 1 Corthinians 1:24

Christ is God’s Purpose – Ephesians 1:10, Colossians 1:16-18, Ephesians 3:9-11

Christ is God’s Rule – Ephesians 1:22, Colossians 1:18

Christ is God’s Authority – John 3:35, Philippians 2:9

Christ is God’s Mediator1 Timothy 2:5

Christ is God’s PleasureColossians 1:19, Matthew 12:18

Christ is God’s DwellingColossians 2:9

Christ is God’s Nature – Hebrews 1:3

Christ is God’s Name – Philippians 2:9

Christ is God’s Judgement – Acts 17:30-31, John 5:21, John 5:31

Christ is God’s Truth (Reality) – John 5:26, 40, John 14:6

Christ is God’s BodyColossians 1:15, Colossians 2:9

Christ is God’s CreationColossians 1:16

Christ is God’s  Family – John 3:16, Colossians 1:18

Christ is God’s Will – Ephesians 1:9-10

Some other Resources:

Experiencing the Depths of Christ by Jeanne Guyon

The Indwelling Life of Christ by Major W. Ian Thomas

The Temple Within by Milt Rodriguez

Bread & Wine by Bridget Babione

Practicing the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence (free version available on Kindle here)

This week, we encourage you to accept the reality that Christ is your center. And we also encourage you to turn to Him, fix your gaze on Him whenever you sense that you are functioning from a different center.


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