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Tags: attributes of God, invisibility of God, nature of God, systematic theolog, theology
This upcoming Monday I am speaking in front of a group of college kids trying to answer the question, “Why is God invisible?” in studying for it I have been reading a number of systematic theology textbooks. In Practical Christian Theology by Floyd H. Barackman I came across this excellent reminder that is all too easy to forget:
Remembering our creaturehood, let us reverently seek to understand what God is and the kind of nature He has. Only the Holy Spirit can illuminate our hearts through the Scriptures regarding this deep truth, yet whatever He is pleased to teach us will be only a small part of what God is. If God were understood easily and fully, then He would be little more than what we are. But because He is limitless, we shall be learning about Him throughout eternity, as the experience of the holy angels indicates (Eph. 3:10; 1 Peter 1:10-12). However, it is important for us now to be learning all that is revealed about God.
Steve Cornell over at WisdomForLife has some good thoughts on perhaps the most well known words of Jesus – “Judge not, lest you be judged.” But what did Jesus mean by that? Was he forbidding any and all judgments? I believe Steve Cornell is right that Jesus condemned hypocritical judging. Read his thoughts about it by following this link – http://tinyurl.com/qbsutfv
Tags: eternity, expend your life, jim elliiot, Missions, nate saint, waste your life, what are you living for
Nate Saint (fellow missionary of Jim Elliott):
And people who do not know the Lord ask why in the world we waste our lives as missionaries. They forget that they too are expending their lives…and when the bubble has burst they will have nothing of eternal significance to show for the years they have wasted.
Well, I think it is time for another quote from the ever quotable C.H. Spurgeon and this one is a doozy:
Is it a pleasure to you to think of Christ? Do you so love Him, is He so comely in your esteem, that you delight to think of him? Do you frequently think of Christ, just as often as you think of those you love?…Have you a passion for Christ?…Do you think of Christ joyfully?…Do you think of Christ, desiring still nearer access and a clearer view of Him, sighing out with a sacred love-sickness, “O that I were with him where he is, or that he were with me where I am?”…Do you think of him with an ardent wish to be conformed to His image, saying, “Gracious Savior, make me like thyself [yourself]?’ Do you think of Him with practical love, so that you help his cause, (care) for his poor people, proclaim his truth, aid his church, and pity sinners for whom he shed his blood? Do thoughts of Jesus keep you back from sin, and incite you in the paths of holiness for his name’s sake? …What think you of Christ?
- He plants doubts and lies (Gen. 3)
- He fights against your faith (Eph. 6:12)
- He will tempt you with sexual immorality (1 Cor. 7:5)
- He will try to cause disunity amongst Christians (Mt. 13:38-39; 2 Cor. 11:13-15)
- He will slander you before God (Rev. 12:10)
- He will try to take you down through pride (1 Pet. 5:6-8)
- He will persecute you for your faith (Rev. 2:10)
- He will try to cripple your faith through fear (2 Cor. 4:8-9)
- He will try to sidetrack you with worldly things (1 John 2:15-16)
Click here for further explanation of each point.
The silent epidemic is sexual abuse. Unfortunately many Christians steer away from this topic but we cannot afford to any longer. Just how serious is it? According to Justin and Lindsey Holcomb 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men are or will be victims of sexual abuse or roughly 25% of everyone you meet. The numbers are the same in the Christian church. Age break down is 15% of those abused or will be abused are under the age of 12. 29% are ages 12-17. 45% are age 18 or younger. 80% are age 30 or younger and to debunk a common myth you need to know those 80% are assaulted by people they know not some stranger. The most unsafe age to be is a 16-19 year old girl. That age group is 4x more likely!
If you are a direct victim of sexual abuse or if you know someone who has been and are wondering how the gospel can help you deal with sexual abuse please click this link and listen to the audio. It is titled “Rid of My Disgrace” and is by Michael Horton on the White Horse Inn. It is only 35 minutes. Also read some of the other related articles and hear the wonderful truth that the gospel of grace can bring hope and healing for victims of sexual abuse. Sexual abuse isn’t the final word. With faith in Christ there is another declaration concerning you – you are justified, there is no condemnation, and there is no separation from God’s love!