Gift Outweighs the Cost: Resurrection, Ascension, Pentecost VII


Need to grow always even in heaven, never boring

Authority & Power Given now to Believers through the operation of the Holy Spirit

We have been seated in heavenly places Eph 2: 1-22 esp vs 6

“And you he made alive, when you were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience. Among these we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of body and mind, and so we were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with him, and made us sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesusthat in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God— not because of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

One in Christ

11 Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called the uncircumcision by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands— 12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near in the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace, who has made us both one, and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by abolishing in his flesh the law of commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby bringing the hostility to an end. 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; 18 for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; 22 in whom you also are built into it for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

Greater things you will do in my name Jn 14:12

““Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son; 14 if you ask  anything in my name, I will do it.”

The ability to do greater works is from the relationship with the Father that the Holy Spirit gives

Periods of history, building cathedrals greater works than our Lord, North American Missionaries St. Isaac Jogues (1646) St. Jean de Brébeuf (1649)

But always from Him, He is the progenitor, his goodness

Nothing of ourselves to brag, we did not draw ourselves up from the clay, blow life into our nostrils

All the good we do is by His good pleasure

All he asks of us is to thank Him

All the gifts, greatness, love, our body obeys our mind incredible

Makes of us for a temple for His Spirit to dwell, incredible

Sufferings, pains, sorrows, joy united to Our Lord, amplifies them

[Bonus material not mentioned in episode]

Jn 14:15 The Promise of the Holy Spirit

15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, to be with you for ever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you, and will be in you.

Conclusion– The Cost infinitely out shadowed by the Gift

To die is to gain, discipline shows a father’s love

Opportunity to repent

Death is gain, no one gets out of the world alive, nature of humanity

To transform from corruptibility to incorruptibility requires some type of organic change

Calls us when we are mostly to be saved

Nothing that God does can never be construed as bad or evil

No yen or yang, no little spot

He is perfect goodness

Authority towards instruction, preach in truth, not evil but to spread Good News to ends of the world

1 Pt 3:15

Followers of Jesus, baptized and confirmed, authority over evil in the varying circumstances of our lives. Seize your rightful place as Jesus’ soldier in the battle against the many forms of sin confronting our day.

Power to heal, preach, bring forth life and love. The power of Christ has been given to us through Baptism and Confirmation, witnessed by the Resurrection of Christ and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost for the Church, the believers of Christ.

The battle has been won, a path for sanity, happiness, and a proper respect for the human body, joy and peace that cannot be taken away, is the pearl of great price.