Posts from September 2014

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The Beatific Vision (Part 3)

by mcurley

“But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heavens and a new earth, the home of righteousness,” writes the apostle Peter (2 Peter 3:13; see also Isaiah 65:17, 66:22 and Revelation 21:1-4.). Will God merely “cleanse”  the old heavens and earth to make them, in a sense, new again (it […]

The Beatific Vision (Part 2)

by mcurley

So Heaven may be pastoral or urban or both. It may be bright all the time there as the Light is Christ that shines in Heaven always.  It is beyond our imagination or anything we know or have seen in this universe.  But what we really took to heart last time is that we won’t […]

The Beatific Vision (Part 1)

by mcurley

St. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 13:12, “For now we see in a mirror dimly (literally- “in a riddle”), but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”  The heavenly vista that awaits the faithful believer has sometimes been called “the beatific vision”.  […]

1 Corinthians 15 (Part 5 of 5)

by mcurley

15:35-49 Questions about the resurrection body are often the same questions people have about heaven.  For example, how old will we be there, will we look like we do now, will we recognize each other, will we eat in heaven, will we sleep?  All fascinating to ponder but, frankly, not answered or not elaborated on […]

1 Corinthians Chapter 15 (Part 4 of 5)

by mcurley

15:29-34 Mark Twain said that it wasn’t the parts of the Bible that he didn’t understand that bothered him.  It was the parts that he thought he did understand that got to him.  Those troublesome parts, I gather, were the one where he thought God was acting unfairly.  Our v. 29 presents this complaint in […]

1 Corinthians Chapter 15 (Part 3 of 5)

by mcurley

15:20-28 “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead.”  Hallelujah! Hallelujah!  That objective fact changes everything.  Objective, in part, because no one expected Jesus to rise from the dead nor were wanting it.  Some in Judaism, the Sadducees, even denied it was possible for any dead to rise.  Most of Israel awaited a Messiah […]

1 Corinthians Chapter 15 (Part 2 of 5)

by mcurley

15:12-19 So Paul and the Apostles preach the Gospel with the resurrection of Christ highlighted through the many eyewitness accounts of it.  This message of Good News for sinners is why they were called by Jesus and sent.  The world needs to hear that Jesus died in sacrifice to sins and now lives in victory […]

1 Corinthians Chapter 15 (Part 1 of 5)

by mcurley

Introduction “Christ is risen!… He is risen, indeed!” we say to one another on Easter Sunday.  The Paschal Candle is lit as a symbol of that Gospel light shining over the darkness of the grave.  The lilies smell wonderful.  But then Ascension, Pentecost, Trinity Sunday and the hot days of summer roll on and Easter […]