Does Resurrection open a new door to ‘Judgment’?

In our previous talks on Hebrews we revealed the strong foundation built by Apollos through Melchizedek and the resurrection, a foundation that renders the law obsolete. Now the question is, how does he build on that? How does he build accountability, how does he build responsibility, on top of all this wondrous talk of the resurrection?

In this talk we open a door to an expansive new paradigm, something we will continue explore in future talks. The key to this new paradigm can be found in his extraordinary use of “the word being made perfect”. It’s a very strong theme in Hebrews, and it’s applied first to Jesus, and then to us. Just as the resurrection was first applied to Jesus, and then applies to us. He was there creating the universe, sustaining the universe.

So what mental model does Hebrews have around this claim that the divine Logos, the Christ, went through some kind of process of perfection? Being made perfect? What does this mean? If we can crack that, if we can get inside that, we’ll open a door to what our trajectory and pathway is. Because the whole argument of Hebrews is that we should fix our eyes on the Logos, on the Divine, on the Christ. As we do that the implications for our lives will become clear.

That’s the bundle of ideas in this talk. God bless you. And enjoy it.

Tony Golsby-Smith

Tony has been the original architect of Gospel Conversations—rather like the conductor of an orchestra—in which his role as the conductor is to attract musicians who are better than he is. In many ways, Gospel Conversations is a journey of exploration shared by Tony and his good friends.

Tony’s professional life explains a lot about the paths of inquiry that Gospel Conversations takes. He is trained originally in English Literature—and poetry in particular—before his first career as a secondary school teacher.  This made him comfortable with mystery and ambiguity as necessary roads to the knowledge of God. He has always been fascinated by the mystery of how human beings create and think, and this led him into a long and influential career in Strategy consulting where his firm, Second Road, helps organisations think together more effectively so they can design the future they desire. All of this gave him a high view of humanity, and the faculties by which we design our worlds—and it also gave him a front-row seat watching how humans collaborate to alter realities and shape worlds. His deep grasp of poetics gave him a Romantic theology—with a view of language that TS Eliot called a ‘raid on the inarticulate’ rather than as a scientific exercise towards precision and definition.

Behind this set of intellectual perspectives—which predispose him to exploring horizons of faith—lies his sense of being enveloped by the lifelong love of the God-man, Jesus of Nazareth, and a predilection for radical grace as the defining feature of God’s work with the cosmos—a legacy he first received from his wondrous mother, Patricia. She prayed every day that Tony would articulate to the world the love of Christ that she experienced but felt lost for words in expressing.

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