ReVision Studies

The Son of Man is at work in the field of the world, sowing and tending to the good seed of the Kingdom of God. He calls us to join Him in His work, each of us in our Personal Mission Field, doing the work we’ve been given to do.

In the wheat field of God’s world, unbelievers are busily at work in their various under-the-sun schemes and projects, trying to make sense out of a life that can feel to them like vanity and feeding on the wind.

We cannot understand our times, or know what we should do in them, unless we see our times in the larger framework of history. There is a framework of history, and Christians can know it. Jesus reveals it to us in the parable of the wheat and the tares, and this is the subject of our study.

Our friends and neighbors who have chosen to live under the sun rather than under the heavens congratulate themselves for having outgrown what they consider the childish and futile practices of religion. But nothing could be further from the truth.
Christians have been sent to the world as Jesus was sent, to embody and announce the coming of God’s Kingdom on earth, as it is in heaven (Jn. 20.21; Acts 1.8). This is a high and holy calling. It’s also a daunting challenge.

Nobody likes to be thought of as strange. Yet many of our secular contemporaries think of those who believe the Gospel as strange, perhaps even dangerous. So disenchanted has their worldview become, that they have no place for spiritual realities or God – or weird people like us who believe such things.

Theology is the disciplined pursuit of the knowledge of God and His glory. By that definition, every believer is a theologian. And we’re all called to be the best theologians we can be, given our callings in the Kingdom.

We like to think of God in terms of love. We love God. He’s our Father, Christ is our Savior, the Spirit is our Comforter. What’s to fear? Plenty, as it turns out. And fearing God leads to loving Him, knowing His truth, living in His wisdom – indeed, fullness of life as God intends.

Light is a powerful image for representing Jesus Christ and His Kingdom. Jesus identified Himself as the Light of the world. In His Kingdom, all who believe in Him walk in the light as He is in the light. But what does this mean?

Art is perhaps the most routinely neglected resource for Christian life and witness. Yet human beings were made for art, and we are all involved in the arts in many ways.

God, spiritual realities, heaven – such ideas our increasingly secular generation refuses to acknowledge. But the Christian knows these are real, and that believers have a calling from God which comes to them from that spiritual realm and is meant to bear witness to God in the here and now.

In Psalm 12, David describes a situation in which lies and deception are the order of the day. No one has or wants the truth, and everyone asserts his own authority to be a law unto himself. He describes a world very much like the one in which we live.

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