Living In the Tension of Truth

Krin Baer
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Living In the Tension of Truth | September 11th, 2013

Living In the Tension of Truth

Krin #6 ImageAdmit it, we are all “identity maniacs.”  Whether consciously or subconsciously, we are constantly asking questions about we  relate to the world around us.  How many different ways can we ask the questions, “who am I?” or “why am I here?”

One of the ways we ask and answer those questions is in what we own and consume.  Right now, I’m sipping on designer coffee, typing on a Mac, and wearing a shirt shamelessly brandishing my allegiance to a certain academic institution. These things help define who I am.  Yes, I love coffee, and Macs, and knowing (thinking) that my alma mater is better than yours. If you told me I couldn’t drink coffee anymore, I would rebel.  Ask me to stop using my iPhone?  Get away from me.  If I’m honest, taking away any of these things will make me scream injustice at the sky.  No God, not my Mac! It’s part of “me.”

This is where the “good” Christian will jump in and triumphantly say, “No, Krin, your identity is in Jesus!” Granted, fellow follower, but hold on.  We need to understand not only that we need a savior, but also why we are much more than a random collocation of atoms, even before we know the Risen One.  What makes a human intrinsically valuable beyond his designer coffees and premium electronics?

Commenting on human identity, a friend recently told me to live in between these two Biblical truths:

“You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.” –Psalm 8:5

“…for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” –Genesis 3:19

The heart of human identity lies in this tension.  You and I are evil; we missed the mark.  But we are so much more than dust.  The image of the living God is on you.  That is why you matter, why this life is real, and why Jesus said to give back to God what is his.

Realize how broken you are, but also how beautiful is the one who made you in his image and died for you.  In that tension we will find forgiveness, grace, and life everlasting.

That’s a tension worth living in.


    Hi Krin, I think that is a start, but in my mind, those of us who are saved by grace through faith are markedly different than humans who are not in that we have had the Holy Spirit put in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come (Christ’s return, our resurrection, glorification and eternity with Him)
    (2 Cor. 1:22, 2 Cor. 5:4-5).
    To be healthy and mature Christians, we need to come to understand that it didn’t end with the death and resurrection of Christ; it got even better. He said He would never leave us, but would be with us “always, to the very end of this age” (Matt. 22:18-20). Jesus said he had to die and resurrect in order to send to us our ‘Counselor’, the Holy Spirit -the Spirit of Truth- who teaches us and reminds us of everything He has said (interprets the Word for us), empowers us to speak and act in His name (John 14 among others), and enables us to do so by giving us a spiritual gift or gifts as He sees fit. And due to the Spirit in us we are also enabled to yield the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23).
    My verse for this year, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).

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