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Desiring God above all else   Leave a comment

I cannot think of anything more desirable than to be with Christ, there is nothing more alluring and no thought more satsifying than to think that one day my eyes will behold the King of Glory. having said that I consider myslef and find in myself no good thing, why would the King of Glroy have me in His Home of eternal Joy and rest? I can think of nothing but the cross of Calvary and how the blood of Christ was shed for my sins, and the righteousness of Christ given to me me as glorious dress. This is indeed the stuff the makes me hope, many I am sure live thorugh pain without any sense of hope, many live through loss without any vison of a  glorious future to come.

May I say to you , Look to Jesus! Look to Jesus!. As I sit here I feel in my body that this world is not my home, it is not where my Joy is made complete, it is not in the world and its things that I find pleasure, in fact in it I find only distraction, and that makes me mad at the fact of sin. Sin ruins evertyhing and then spoils good pleasures like love and gratitude and kindesss and is to be hated with a most sincere hatred.

What glories there are to look forward to, is it too much pains now to forsake the world its wayward lusts and seemingly alluring pleausre. There is only pain in indulging in sin, and you will find it a sugar coated pill with with a deadly soul killing centre. Let us then persevere, and even if the progress is painfully slow, let us make some progress in personal holiness. Let us forsake this world that is hurtling into oblivion at the speed of lightning. Consider even your eyes that you behold the offerings of this world with are the eyes with which you will one day behold Christ with. Make your calling and election sure and do not play with the allurements of this world, it is fleeing and soon you too will find yourself face to face with God. May that be a glorious do for you, a day to be greatly anticipated, and rejoiced in and not a day of Judgement.

May the Peace of Christ dwell in your hearts and fill you with all the fullness of God.

Selah

Posted October 22, 2010 by Reformed and renewed in Devotional, Theology

A Picture worth a thousand words.   Leave a comment

Now this I have to add, caring about the lost is the most noble thing one soul can do for another. But not without knowledge, knowldge of God, Knowledge of His Word and knowledge of our own limitations. This is why Theology is the heart of true Evangelism, it seeks that everyone should know God as is He is.

Posted May 31, 2010 by Reformed and renewed in Theology

The Sufficiency of Scripture   Leave a comment

1 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

One of the most basic tenets of the Christian Faith is that Christians are “a people of the book” The Holy Scriptures, being n their very essence the Word of God (Sola Scriptura) to humanity without exception, and without addition. The Westminister Confession put it this way.

Westminister confession of faith Chapter1 Par. 5

We may be moved and induced by the testimony of the Church to an high and reverent esteem] the Holy Scripture; and the heavenliness of the matter, the efficacy of the doctrine, the majesty of the style, the consent of all the parts, the scope of the whole (which is to give all glory to God), the full discovery it makes of the only way of man’s salvation, the many other incomparable excellencies, and the entire perfection thereof, are arguments whereby it doth abundantly evidence itself to be the Word of God; yet, notwithstanding, our full persuasion and assurance of the infallible truth and divine authority thereof, is from the inward work of the Holy Spirit, bearing witness by and with the Word in our hearts.

We are moved to state in no uncertain terms that the Holy Scriptures is infallibe and inerrant and is the Word of God and is “useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” Complete so that humankind does not need to bring in extra biblical philosophies or speculations to aid man in his fallen condition. Indeed Scripture solemm\nly add this admnition.
REV 22:18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.

No previous theological training in the liberal school of thought the sentiment was that this warning was but only refering to the Book of Revelation but since the Bible is a Revelation of God His nature, and His purposes, this can truthfully said to be an inclusive word. If the scriptures are taken as for what the are,the wholly inerrant infallible Word of God than all parts are relevant for the good of everyman and for rebuking, exhorting and training in right living to paraphrase the text.
The West minister confession of faith adds the same sentiment. (Chapter 1)

The whole counsel of God, concerning all things necessary for his own glory, man’s salvation, faith, and life, is either expressly set down in Scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from Scripture: unto which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new revelations of the Spirit, or traditions of men.

This has to be the basis of any arguments going forward. The infallible rule of interpretation of Scripture, is the Scripture itself; and therefore, when there is a question about the true and full sense of any scripture (which is not manifold, but one), it may be searched and known by other places that speak more clearly. Scripture itself is sufficient for all our life needs in manner we are to conduct ourselves. To trust in the Bible as God’s revelation is to trust in nothing less than God Himself. Since God from all eternity did by the most wise and holy counsel of his own will, freely and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass; yet so as thereby neither is God the author of sin; nor is violence offered to the will of the creatures, nor is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away, but rather established..
The prayer of every christian should come from this desire to know the counsel of God and therefore pray . PS 119:34 Give me understanding, and I will keep your law and obey it with all my heart.
Obedience is the key then to coming to a true biblical spirituality, not to be double minded but resolute concerning this the anchor of our christian hope given throug the written word. Indeed God has not left us orphans to guess at what His will is, but has truelly and unmistalenly spoken to us by His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, so no further addtions need to amend what is written.

HEB 1:1 In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.
True I understand that there are two sides to the coin, the Orthodoxy and the OrthoPraxis. The right believing has to be joined to doing what is right.
JAS 1:22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
I have heard it said that the lower reaches of hell are for those who would stand upon the right believeng and yet not forsake their sin even for a season. But that is a topic for another time. The Westminister Confession of Faith in Chapter 1 verse 7 concludes this discours for now.

Those things which are necessary to be known, believed, and observed, for salvation, are so clearly propounded and opened in some place of Scripture or other, that not only the learned, but the unlearned, in a due use of the ordinary means, may attain unto a sufficient understanding of them.

Posted September 8, 2009 by Reformed and renewed in Theology