Friday, July 25, 2008
I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.
As parents or teachers or followers of Christ, we need to be focused on the real genuine thing. God and who he is should be our focus. As Paul said, to be wise (having the power of discerning and judging properly as to what is true or right; aware, astute, perceptive) about what is good. Life, relationships, God. We need to be tuned into the authentic and holy versions of these things so we can know good. And on the flip side, innocent (free from moral wrong; without sin; pure, uncorrupted, unstained, unsullied) about what is evil.
What came to mind as an illustration is the way that people are trained to detect counterfeit currency. They spend all their time studying the authentic thing so that they are experts about all of the little nuances and details of the item. Then when they encounter a counterfeit, they instantly recognize it because they know the real thing so completely.
I believe that this is how God wants to relate to me and help me live a biblical worldview. I believe that he was also giving me a little revelation into how to help future generations do the same. God is what we need to know and what we need to teach!
Once again I am blown away with how God whispers to my heart and gives me insight. Bless his holy name!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Recently I have had to defend a doctrine that is foundational to our belief system as Christians. Even in saying that we have a belief "system" has had to be defended in some ways. Loving a debate, it has caused much study, and reflection. In my store house of knowledge about the Trinity, I had little to fire back, but I thought that is was adequate. I have discovered that the implications are more far reaching than I could ever plumb. Why should we as Christians believe and defend the doctrine of the Trinity? The early church fathers did not only defend this doctrine, but often brought their lives into grave danger defending it.
- Remember how God appeared before you in His awesome presence at Mt. Horeb (4:10)
- Remember how god redeemed you from slavery in Egypt (5:15, 15:15, 16:12, 24:18, 24:22)
- Remember the power by which he humbled Pharaoh (7:18)
- Remember how God provided for you as he led you through the desert for forty years (8:2)
- Remember how God gives you the ability to produce wealth as he swore to your forefathers (8:18)
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.
Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.
And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Armed with the Scriptures, these men defended their Biblical, Orthodox faith against the philosophies of the day. That means they knew the philosophies of their day, and guess what, there isn't anything new under the sun. If you know the history of philosophy, and history in general and Church history in the specifics, then you know that what they were battling is the same old story that is out there today, just in a little bit more of a modern package.
If you make Christ only divine then He could not be the second true Adam, and make all things right. Living the perfect life that Adam was supposed to. He could not be tempted in all things yet without sin. He could not die. Spirit's don't die. If you make Christ only human, He could never be a perfect substitute, a perfect lamb, a perfect anything. Then death would not have been defeated. I hope you know that I am just barely scratching the surface.
If you take away the belief of the Trinity you have a fragmented, shallow view of reality. The ancient philosophers, beginning with the Pre-Socratics, debated why the world was multi-faceted, why could there be one, and also the many. The only way this fits with reality is through the lens and belief of the Triune God. Why is God a personal God, because He dwells in the perfect unity of the God head. Without the Trinity there would indeed be no relationships. He is the basis for all reality. Begin looking at the world around you and begin catching glimpses of this most beautiful doctrine and how it fits into reality. It will amaze you how deep, how wonderful, how utterly unbelievable our God is.
Praise be the Father, The Son, and to The Holy Spirit..........Awaiting the Bridegroom, Lynn
- Does it point me to Christ?
- Does what I am reading Glorify God and His Word?
- Does it encourage me to mourn over my sin?
- Does it encourage me to rationalize my sin?
- Does it point me to Christ?
- Does it show me my utter poverty before Him, and increase my dependency on Him?
- Does it in any way, even subtly, teach works righteousness?
- Does it enlarge my view of God or weaken my sense of His majesty?
- Apart from how I feel, or how entertaining it is, does it match up with the teaching of Scripture?
Monday, July 21, 2008
I am out of town right now, and might not be able get back to my Trinity debate until I return, but wanted you all to be aware of two great articles. One is by Dinesh D'Souza on his debate with Christopher Hitchens on Atheism. The other one is concerning the human rights issue and our neighbors to the north by Chuck Colson. Take the time to read them they are very good. I will give you the links.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
2 Cor 4:16-18- NIV
"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
Paul was sorely abused and misused for the gospel as he went around sharing. But he never gave in or gave up, he always did right and honored God above all else. Thinking about that got me going and 2 things stuck out to me.
1) Satan trys to discourage us from continuing in doing right be having us look around at how the rest of the world seems to be blooming as they do wrong. Comparison always leads to discontent and frustration. He wants to discourage you from hanging in there, doing right and trusting God to take care of you.
2) God is more concerned with our best internally than our lives externally. For instance, He would rather have you learn trust in him than give you a new car. Think about your own kids. Woudn't you rather your child learn honesty even when it is hard and change her character and life for the better long term than give her a new "littlest pet" that she will love for a minute and then forget all about?
He wants you to learn trust, righteousness and patience for the long haul, even if it is tough, rather than just give you a job or new place to live. He loves you enough to want your best instead of the temporary good.
So I hope this encourages you as much as it did me. May we bring glory to the King as we learn to follow after him. Keep your gaze upward!