The Most Difficult Attribute to Grasp

Of all that can be thought or said about God, His Infinitude is the most difficult to grasp.  Even to try to conceive of it would appear to be self-contradictory, for such conceptualization requires us to undertake something which we know at the outset we can never accomplish.  Yet we must try, for the Holy Scriptures teach that God is infinite and, if we accept His other attributes, we must of necessity accept this one too.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 36

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The Roles of The Three Persons in the Holy Trinity in Creation

A popular belief among Christians divide the work of God between the three Persons, giving a specific part to each, as, for instance, creation to the Father, redemption to the Son and regeneration to the Holy Spirit.  This is partly true but not wholly so, for God cannot so divide Himself that one Person works while another is inactive.  In the Scriptures the three Persons are shown to act in harmonious unity in all the mighty works that are wrought throughout the universe.

In the Holy Scriptures the work of creation is attributed to the Father (Genesis 1:1), to the Son (Colossians 1:16), and to the Holy Spirit (Job 26:13 and Psalms 104:30).  The incarnation is shown to have been accomplished by the three Persons in full accord (Luke 1:35), though only the Son became flesh to dwell among us.  At Christ’s baptism the Son came up out of the water, the Spirit descended upon Him and the Father’s voice spoke from heaven (Matthew 3:16-17).  Probably the most beautiful description of the work of atonement is found in Hebrews 9:14, where it is stated that Christ, through the Eternal Spirit, offered Himself without spot to God; and there we behold the three persons operating together.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 19-20

Are You a Weak and Weary Pilgrim?

Are you a weak and weary pilgrim?  Have you reached the conclusion that this life is a difficult wilderness and you need all the help you can get just to hang in there?  Then go where you can hear the Scriptures proclaimed faithfully and regularly.  Come to the Lord’s Table as often as you can be reminded that the battle has been won for you and that you stand approved by God in the righteousness of another.  There at Christ’s table you will find real food to feed your soul and strengthen you for  the journey: the body Christ that has been broken and his blood that has been shed for you.

– Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 221

The Best Dad Ever!

God the Father revealed in the Scriptures is so much better than the false gods invented by us confused orphans. Praise God! We have been adopted by a Father who loves us, lives with us, cares for us, and as needed, disciplines us for our good. We are heirs of all that is Christ’s, fully privileged sons and daughters of God, and adopted fully in Christ, with the best dad ever!

– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in ChristThomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 182

In What Way Shall We Attain This Settled Happiness of the Soul?

In what way shall we attain to this settled happiness of soul?  How shall we learn to enjoy God?  How shall we obtain such an all-sufficient soul-satisfying portion in him as shall enable us to let go the things this world as vain and worthless in comparison?  I answer, this happiness is to be obtained through the study of Holy Scriptures.  God has therein revealed Himself unto us in the face of Jesus Christ.

– George Mueller

as quoted by Piper, John; When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy; Crossway; Wheaton, Ill.; copyright  2004; p. 118

No One Knows the Terror of Those Days

A whole flood of blasphemies, both against God, Christ, and the Scriptures were poured upon my spirit to my great confusion and astonishment…My heart was at times exceeding hard.  If I would have given a thousand pounds for a tear, I could not shed one…Oh, the desparateness of man’s heart…I feared that this wicked sin of mine might be that sin unpardonable…Oh, no one knows the terror of those days but myself.

One day I was passing into the field…this sentence fell upon my soul.  The righteousness is in heaven.  And…I saw with the eyes of my soul Jesus Christ at God’s right hand; there, I say, was my righteousness; so that wherever I was, or whatever I was doing, God could not say of me, he [lacks] my righteousness, for that was just before him.  I also saw, moreover, that it was not my good frame of heart that made my righteousness better, nor yet my bad frame of heart that made my righteousness better, nor yet my bad frame that made my righteousness worse, for my righteousness was Jesus Christ himself, “The same yesterday, today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8).  Now did my chains fall off my legs indeed.  I was loosed from my afflictions and irons; my temptations fled away; so that from that time those dreadful scriptures of God [about the unforgivable sin] left off to trouble me; now went I also home rejoicing for the grace and love of God.

– John Bunyan

as quoted by Piper, John; When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy; Crossway; Wheaton, Ill.; copyright  2004; p. 86-87

An Abuse of Power and Position in Politics

The Scriptures alone are the church’s constitution, and the church has no legitimate authority or power to speak or act beyond this divine Word.  However convinced we are in our own minds about how to vote, ministers are Christ’s ambassadors, completed restricted by His words.  They abuse their authority when they use this office to endorse candidates, parties and policies.

– Horton, Michael; Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; copyright 2008; p. 208