The Teleology of Adversity

Why are specific things happening?

Why are particular things occurring to us?

Why are targeted things taking place around us?

Why are certain individuals getting coronavirus & others are just barricaded in their house?

Are science & statistical analysis leading us to the right solutions in this odd opportunistic germs?

Teleology is a reason or explanation for something

Teleology directs us in the function of these things & its end,

Teleology explains the purpose, or goal of a problem or a situation & it’s circumstances

Teleology is derived from two Greek words:

telos (end, goal, purpose) and

logos (words, truth, reason, explanation).

Teleology is research Into the truth of each purpose

Through Teleology we discover how events & developments are meant to achieve

a purpose & why they happen because of that purpose.

Was David predicting the Rapture when he wrote???

You will show us the path of life:

In Your presence is fulness of joy:

At Your right hand there are pleasures for evermore

The path of life begins at the very lowest point in the dark regions of the underworld.

That lowest point is (death) Jesus had to die. We have to die too.

We’re told to reckon ourselves dead. Acknowledge the fact.

We’re told to die daily. Really that means moment by moment through each day.

We’re told we’re going to, in this life, experience tribulations, trials, & adversities

We’re told to rejoice.

We’re told to count (reckon it) all joy when we stumble into this variety

this wide range,

this incredible assortment of tests,

this multiplicity of ordeals,

this assortment of hardships & catastrophes.

We’re told to be thankful in everything, rejoice evermore, pray without ceasing

Jesus gave His life after enduring unimaginable rejection & torture

He was led up, out of hades, out through the portals of the tomb,

He resurrected & ascended up to the heights of Heaven, up to the right hand of God.

That is our ultimate prospect!

That is our daily, moment by moment exchange

We swap our death for His life.

Jesus is our life. We’re to rise by faith to Him.

Where is the Lord Jesus now? At God’s right hand!

(God’s right hand is the control center of the universe)

Where are we to seek Jesus? At God’s right hand!

Where is there fullness of joy?

Where are those “pleasures for evermore”? At God’s right hand!

We are blessed with ALL spiritual blessing in Christ in the Heavenlies

We are to seek those things that are above where Christ sits on the right hand of God

We are to set our affections on things above not on things of the earth

Now Then, back to this death issue

We’re to mortify the things of the flesh

Our old life is dead. Our new life, which is our actual true real life—

(even though all this is invisible to onlookers, spectators & everyone around us)

Our new life is with Christ in God. He is our life.

When Christ (our real life) shows up again on this earth here,

we’ll show up— the real us, the glorious us.

Meanwhile, while we wade through this obnoxious adversity here

we’re to be content with obscurity, like Christ was

we’re to be killing off everything connected with these activities that are the way of death:

promiscuity,

impurity, lust,

doing whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it,

the grabbing after whatever attracts our fancy.

That’s a life shaped by things & feelings instead of by God.

We’re to live by faith in our risen life in Christ

The rapture will take place. At any moment we can be removed from this crypt

This grotto of self quarantine limitations

What are these restrictions about. These shelter in place orders

These things that oppress us are to lift us to faith in Jesus & His life filling us

We know the reason for tyranny, torment, tests & tragedies

By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us

By seeing & receiving that Jesus set us right with God & how Christ make us fit for God—

we have it all together with God this complete continuous access because of our Master Jesus.

And that’s not all: We throw open our doors of our heart to God & discover

that He has already thrown open His door to us.

We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—

out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace & glory,

here we are, unlimited (not quarantine with limitations)

No, we’re standing tall & shouting our praise.

There’s more to come:

We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles,

because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us,

and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue & Christlike character,

These trials & adversities keep us alert for whatever God will do next.

In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged.

Quite the contrary—

we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything

God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit! …

Romans 5:1-5 MSG

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