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The Battle Belongs to the Lord: Part 1

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Part 1: It Ain't Star Wars

Charles Wesley was born in 1707 and wrote Love's Redeeming Work is Done, in 1739, 22 years later. One thing he captures here is how utterly we are safe in God. When we speak of a spiritual battle that belongs to God, we are wise to note what kind of place we have in this warfare.

Love's redeeming work is done,
fought the fight, the battle won.
Lo, our Sun's eclipse is o'er!
Lo, he sets in blood no more!

People had, in earlier times, been frightened by eclipses and blood moons: here Charles Wesley shows us how modern thought (about objects in the solar system) could be applied to Christian theology: the dimming of God's light, here on earth is a temporary thing. Sometimes, even now, when we see the 'power of darkness come in like a flood' it may prove terrifying to some of us at a basic level.

The work that St Philip's has been doing has been very much to be unafraid of places and peoples who are afflicted and suffering, because of a confidence in the power of the resurrection. The power of resurrection speaks of the New Creation breaking in all over the place: that has given your community confidence in service, because you serve within the context of a 'battle won'.

This battle, it ain't Star Wars; some dualistic tug of war between good and evil where you're not sure who is going to win in the end! This hymn captures the complete and final act of redemption shown in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus the Christ.

Even in the shocking traumatic experience of having Diane taken, by death, from your community, I am confident that you have nothing to fear, because God wins.

Jeremy Clines