The church is the prototype of the coming age: a fellowship of Jewish and Gentile worshippers of God, brought to life through Jesus’ atoning sacrifice, filled with and empowered by the Spirit of God to live according to the heavenly reality of that coming age, and to advance its influence into every area of life.
This is a message I gave at Sukkat Shalom in June. The text is from Ephesians 5:8.
When I first encountered the love of God through the cross as a child, I don’t think I had a clear distinction in my mind between God and Jesus. Today my 4-year-old son is the same way. Jesus and God are so alike, and are always talked about together, and they just kind of blend into each other. As I grew, I learned the classical definitions, and how to properly distinguish the different persons of the trinity. But now I believe that the child’s ambiguity is closer to the truth.