The Jesus Lens #3 – The Story of Redemption

The third audio in our new series about the wonder of Scripture and how to read and interpret it through the revelation of Jesus. The Jesus Lens #3: The Story of Redemption – We can understand the shifting insights of Scripture only as we read it as a progressive revelation of God to people who were thoroughly lost in the darkness and not as a rulebook we must observe. To download Study Notes and Powerpoint Slides, or for more information on this series please go to The Jesus Lens Pages at Lifestream. You can also subscribe to any new audio postings at The Lifestream Podcast at iTunes.

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  1. vjn June 15, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    I must say that the way you read the story is very nice, it seems to make a lot of sense. as i used to try and understand that everything was exactly true all the way through, like the “generational curse” being cancelled later on in the book was really an eye opener, i think the difficulty is human tradition putting weight into scripture that is in fact not true.
    i also like the comment regarding the “fear him who can throw you into the fire”, indeed God is actually the one saving people from the fire and the devil the one throwing people in, this means small letter him makes tons more sense than the capital HIM as written in our dutch bible, it’s an evil translation? it puts the devils character on our god :(.
    frustrating!

  2. vjn June 16, 2011 at 2:12 am

    I must say that the way you read the story is very nice, it seems to make a lot of sense. as i used to try and understand that everything was exactly true all the way through, like the “generational curse” being cancelled later on in the book was really an eye opener, i think the difficulty is human tradition putting weight into scripture that is in fact not true.
    i also like the comment regarding the “fear him who can throw you into the fire”, indeed God is actually the one saving people from the fire and the devil the one throwing people in, this means small letter him makes tons more sense than the capital HIM as written in our dutch bible, it’s an evil translation? it puts the devils character on our god :(.
    frustrating!

  3. Joel June 16, 2011 at 4:47 am

    To say I am enjoying this series is such an understatement. The recordings are well done and packed full of info. I am always looking forward to the next one.

  4. Joel June 16, 2011 at 7:47 am

    To say I am enjoying this series is such an understatement. The recordings are well done and packed full of info. I am always looking forward to the next one.

  5. Richard June 16, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Wayne,

    I am thoroughly enjoying this unfolding story, patiently awaiting each additional chapter.

    The following is an excerpt from one of Baxter Kruger’s books that I am reading again for the second time, “Jesus and the Undoing of Adam. Something imo that speaks into what is being brought out in His unfolding story.

    Rich

    The Legacy of the Legalized God

    On the practical side of things, the legalization of God has left a legacy of devastation at the soul level. To begin with, the legal model sets before us a gospel that is powerless to produce assurance. How is it possible for human beings to experience even a modicum of assurance when God is so divided, so double-minded? Whatever assurance may arise in our hearts when we hear of the love of God in Jesus Christ is immediately poisoned when we hear that his love flows out of only one side of God. Even if we do not buy into (Johnathan) Edwards picture of the angry archer, the legal model still leaves us with a God of ambiguity towards the human race. The framing of the gospel itself, in the legal model, teaches us that there is a side of God that does not like us at all, a side that would just as soon have us miserable and broken and enslaved to darkness as it would to see us whole and complete and living in joy. Such ambiguity on the face of God does not heal the lethal roux simmering in our souls; it fuels it.

    The legal gospel, with its double-minded God, is incapable of producing peace, real hope, and abiding assurance in the human soul. It is incapable of producing the rest for our souls that Jesus promised.
    It is one thing to be riddled with anxiety because we are in the dark about the heart of God towards us; it is quite another when the “gospel” tells us that God’s heart itself is divided toward us, and thus that there is every reason to be anxious. Far from bringing relief, such a message leaves the human race more afraid, more insecure than ever, and it leaves the Church hiding from the Father behind the blood of Jesus. The legacy of the legalized God is not life in the baptism of assurance, with its joy and freedom; it is life in anxiety, with the unspoken prayer that the other side of God will remain quiet.

  6. Richard June 16, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Wayne,

    I am thoroughly enjoying this unfolding story, patiently awaiting each additional chapter.

    The following is an excerpt from one of Baxter Kruger’s books that I am reading again for the second time, “Jesus and the Undoing of Adam. Something imo that speaks into what is being brought out in His unfolding story.

    Rich

    The Legacy of the Legalized God

    On the practical side of things, the legalization of God has left a legacy of devastation at the soul level. To begin with, the legal model sets before us a gospel that is powerless to produce assurance. How is it possible for human beings to experience even a modicum of assurance when God is so divided, so double-minded? Whatever assurance may arise in our hearts when we hear of the love of God in Jesus Christ is immediately poisoned when we hear that his love flows out of only one side of God. Even if we do not buy into (Johnathan) Edwards picture of the angry archer, the legal model still leaves us with a God of ambiguity towards the human race. The framing of the gospel itself, in the legal model, teaches us that there is a side of God that does not like us at all, a side that would just as soon have us miserable and broken and enslaved to darkness as it would to see us whole and complete and living in joy. Such ambiguity on the face of God does not heal the lethal roux simmering in our souls; it fuels it.

    The legal gospel, with its double-minded God, is incapable of producing peace, real hope, and abiding assurance in the human soul. It is incapable of producing the rest for our souls that Jesus promised.
    It is one thing to be riddled with anxiety because we are in the dark about the heart of God towards us; it is quite another when the “gospel” tells us that God’s heart itself is divided toward us, and thus that there is every reason to be anxious. Far from bringing relief, such a message leaves the human race more afraid, more insecure than ever, and it leaves the Church hiding from the Father behind the blood of Jesus. The legacy of the legalized God is not life in the baptism of assurance, with its joy and freedom; it is life in anxiety, with the unspoken prayer that the other side of God will remain quiet.

  7. MIKE June 17, 2011 at 11:10 am

    when will the mp3 be available on the webpage? For various reasons I can’t and don’t use itunes (linux user).

    thanks

    Mike W

  8. MIKE June 17, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    when will the mp3 be available on the webpage? For various reasons I can’t and don’t use itunes (linux user).

    thanks

    Mike W

  9. Wayne June 17, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Hi Mike,

    Hopefully they will get turned on today. Unfortunately my blog post entries and the web page updates go through two different processes, so it depends on someone else to get those done. Sorry you have to wait… Wayne

  10. Wayne June 17, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Hi Mike,

    Hopefully they will get turned on today. Unfortunately my blog post entries and the web page updates go through two different processes, so it depends on someone else to get those done. Sorry you have to wait… Wayne

  11. Tom June 17, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    Where’s Jesus Lens #2 ???

  12. Tom June 18, 2011 at 2:57 am

    Where’s Jesus Lens #2 ???

  13. Wayne June 18, 2011 at 8:55 am

    I’m not sure why you can’t find it on the iTunes list, Tom, but you can access all the available audio here: https://www.lifestream.org/the-jesus-lens-part1.php

  14. Wayne June 18, 2011 at 11:55 am

    I’m not sure why you can’t find it on the iTunes list, Tom, but you can access all the available audio here: https://www.lifestream.org/the-jesus-lens-part1.php

  15. Tom June 18, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Thanks Wayne: Remember me ?? I showed up in in Louville, NY there last May /2010 . I had drove in from S. Ontario

  16. Tom June 18, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Thanks Wayne: Remember me ?? I showed up in in Louville, NY there last May /2010 . I had drove in from S. Ontario

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