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Tuesday, October 28, 2003

A Silent Advocate

This writing is primarily written to Christians, non-Christians please read but it may come across a little strange.

Some time back, a friend and I were having a conversation about theology. He was talking about sharing the doctrines of grace with a friend of his. My friend was talking about how most of the discussions on the doctrines of grace revolve around predestination, and such questions as, “Is forced love real love?” It seems that people are preoccupied with what part they play in the work of redemption. Something troubles me about this. I don’t care if you believe in the doctrines of grace or not, that’s between you and God. What I have trouble understating is why predestination is such a big issue. We know that God is good. We know that people are responsible for there actions. We know that we are a chosen people, a royal priesthood. We know that believers are to preach to Gospel. We know that Christ will not cast out any that come to Him. We know that God is sovereign. I think that the most of the focus on predestination comes from not our careful exegesis, but from our concept of God. I firmly believe that most of what is wrong with the modern church, meaning the people and the organization, (and my own life) is that our concept of God is too small.

Christian people use to understand the importance a developed Christian mind. Christian layman used to read and enjoy the works of Augustine, Aquinas, Wesley, and Calvin. Christians use to understand the purpose of a devotional was not an obligation, to God, to read a devotional for 5-10 min, but to grow closer to God and that meant spending time with God. Christian influenced books and music use not to be separated form the “so called” secular, they were right together so that all could access them. Christians then infused the world around them, and they were respected if not agreed with. Again I feel that this is because the church’s concept of God has grown so small. We have reduced God to a loving gene or servant, always there when we want Him, but if we don’t He’s no where to be found. We have come to a place in time when most Christians do not understand what the Life in the Spirit is, and even if they say they understand it, if you ask them to tell you they can not. The Highest thought a man can ever entertain is the thought of God. If you look at the languages of the world, the most revered word of them is their word for God. A.W. Tozer pointed out, it is very significant that the first word was the Word (John 1:1). We speak because God spoke. Through God word and thought are possible, and without Him they are not. Now stop and think; all we say, think, and write are only because God is. [selah]

God is the creator of all things, even more He is the sustainer. The Bible does not teach of a god who created the world and let it go its course, but of a God who is active in the affairs of the world. It is significant that when Moses asked God what His name was He said, “I AM.” This is timeless. It could also be said, He was, He is, and He always will be. “I AM” also denotes self-existence, God needs no one to sustain Him. In fact God does not need anything. God is all-powerful, there is nothing God cannot do. God is all-present, there is no where or when God is not. God is all knowing, nothing will ever surprise God. It should also be pointed out that we are finite creatures, we can not completely understand God. God is above anything else we know. We can not accurately compare Him with anything. We do so as a means to try to make thing clearer. But even though we can not fully know God, we can know attributes of God, some of which I mentioned briefly above. Why then strive to know that which one can not know. I think that is simple, because the thought of God is the highest and worthiest thought a man can ever have. To God we owe the largest obligation. First, it includes loving God with all we are, as long as we live. Second, is to obey Him perfectly without error. Last, it is to worship God acceptably. If we think about it no one, save Jesus Christ, has ever met any of the obligations, but form birth has disobeyed and rebelled against God. The penalties of not meeting our obligations to God is death. The Gospel of the Cross can left such a strain. Still the message of the cross is foolish to those who are lost, but to God’s people it is the power of God. The whole reason for accepting Christ’s salvation is because we can not save our selves. It is God who saves, not man. If every breath we take comes from God, what does it matter if God chose us for salvation by predestination or foreknowledge. The important thing is God. We as believers are to spread the Word to the entire world. Let us do that, let God worry about how He saves, after all we can not save anyone. Still we should study, read, and pray. God may share with us some of His workings, but we shouldn’t separate are selves from other Christians on something so small. Well, I should quit ranting now. I encourage everyone and myself to think of God. If you are interested in what I said and want to read more I recommend the following:

* The Holy Bible
1. The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer
2. 2.The Attributes of God by A.W. Pink
3. Knowing God by Packer
4. Desiring God by Piper

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