Transformation in Christ

In 07 Observation on 2012/01/29 at 9:11 AM

The Apostles realized that something new happened at Calvary.  The sufferings of the Son of God transformed sinful man by love.  God himself was the point where reconciliation took place in the person of his Son who atoned for the sins of mankind.  A new order began with the Crucifixion.  Man’s disconnect was rectified; the relationship between God and man, which sin had severed, was now restored.  St. Paul explains to the Gentiles: “We beg you on behalf of Christ to be reconciled to God” (2 Cor 5:19-20).

When Christ rose from the dead his apostles clearly realized His divinity. Christ began to open their minds, explaining to them the Scriptures.  It is then when they begin to grasp the inner meaning of everything they had heard and seen him do. The Holy Spirit reminded the apostles of everything Jesus said enabling them to understand the whole truth concerning Christ, His mission as well as  the meaning and purpose of His words and miracles. In Luke’s Acts of the Apostles we have a description of the overwhelming event of Pentecost that burst the bonds of the Apostles’ experience.  They were converted from fearful into enlightened, resolute preachers ready to bear witness to Christ and fight for the truth for which they would eventually give their own lives.

The first fruits of the Church were their hearers on the day of Pentecost.  Profoundly shaken, many accepted the tidings, believed, were baptized and became the young Church and so faith was born and Christian existence came into being.  (Acts 2: 1-40) Now they were a people in the Holy Spirit as Peter proclaimed:  “You, however are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people; that you may proclaim the perfections of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (I Peter 2:9-10)

As of Pentecost, Christian history arched back to Eden and forward to the establishment of a New Earth and a New Heaven with the return of Christ who will judge the living and the dead.


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