Jottings – God’s Love Revealed

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He came into the world of which He was Creator [John 1:3] in order that, as the Eternal Word, He might reveal to men the depths of divine affection which filled the heart of the blessed God from eternal ages. He, and He alone, was competent to make known the wonder and glory of the eternal purpose of God Himself.

F.A. Hughes, “Grace and Truth“. Accessed on 11/10/12.

 

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The Fullness of God

An astounding truth is presented to us in the Word of God. Colossians 1:19 tells us…

“For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell”


And in Colossians 2:9 Paul goes on to say…

“For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily”


To the Christian this makes sense even though we don’t quite fully grasp it. Jesus Christ is the fullness of God. Everything that Jesus did, said and thought on earth was in exact alignment with the Father and the Spirit. The Lord would say to His disciples, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.”   Even Nicodemus recognized that Jesus was no ordinary man.

Now that we have the complete Scriptures we know that not only did Jesus claim to be God but He backed it up with signs and proofs so that we could believe it. We are also taught further about His deity by the apostles.  While the humanity of God is not something we can ever fully understand there is something that to me is even tougher to take in.  Listen to what Paul tells us he prays for in Ephesians 3:19…

“…that you may be filled with all the fullness of God”


If it wasn’t written in God’s Word we would be cast out for even suggesting this could be possible. But not only does Paul suggest it but he goes on to explain it.  Brothers and sister WE can be filled with the fullness of God. WOW!! I know this week my mind is going to be wrestling with all that this truth means in my life but just to meditate on the magnitude of what God has done for us should cause us to worship Him.

Praise to the Lord who has done wonderful things for us. Only to Him be glory and majesty and praise!

 

 

 

 

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Jottings – His Holiness

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“God’s righteousness is related to His holiness. Holiness is the standard, and righteousness is its active fulfillment. Or you might say His holiness is His complete separation from all that is sinful, and His righteousness is the manifestation of that holiness.”

John MacArthur, Jr., Strength for Today, Feb. 6. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1997.

 

 

 

 

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Audio: Ecclesiastes Chapter One

The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.” What profit has a man from all his labor in which he toils under the sun? Ecclesiastes 1:1-3 NKJV

And so begins King Solomon’s book of Ecclesiastes with a searching question: “what does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun?” An excellent question, a question that many have asked. Maybe you have asked a similar question about life… “is all of this worth it?” or “work, work, work and then I die?!”

In the book of Ecclesiastes King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, explores his question with brutal honesty. In the end Solomon comes to the conclusion that life is meaningless if it is lived for the things “under the sun.” But there is hope! And that hope is found above the sun.

What about you? Are you living for those things under or above the sun?

Recorded: Sunday April 23, 2006 at the North York Gospel Chapel, York, PA.

 

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10 Reasons Why I believe Jesus Christ is God

“The very abundance and persuasiveness of the evidence of the deity of Christ greatly increases the difficulty of adequately stating it”1

 

3D 10Benjamin Warfield was right… the sheer volume of evidence that Jesus Christ is God makes it quite difficult to adequately state it. It can not be understated, nor could it be more clear: the Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is God.

Yet, despite the overwhelming evidence there are many who would deny this fact. In studying this topic I have compiled a list of 10 Biblical proofs as to why I believe that He is in fact God.

Disclaimer: this listing of 10 reasons is not exhaustive. Additional reasons could be added to the list, and additional scripture references could be added to many of the 10 reasons.

10 reasons why Jesus Christ is God:

 


1. The prophet Isaiah stated that the coming Messiah would be God


  • Isaiah 7:14          “…shall call His name Immanuel”
  • Matthew 1:23     tells us the name Immanuel means “God with us”
  • Isaiah 9:6-7        “His name will be called … Mighty God”
  • Isaiah 40:3 JND “Prepare ye the way of Jehovah”
  • Isaiah 40:3 JND “make straight in the desert a highway for our God”
  • Matthew 3:1-3    tells us Isaiah 40:3 is referring to the ministry of John the Baptist

 


2. The Lord Jesus Christ said that He is God


  • John 5:17 -18     His Jewish audience clearly understood His claim… in the following
    verses He explains, but never retracts His statement.
  • John 10:30-33   Again, His Jewish audience clearly understood His claim to be God
  • Revelation 1:8   He refers to Himself as “the Almighty.” This is the first of nine uses of this word in Revelation and is clearly a reference to deity.

 


3. God the Father proclaimed The Lord Jesus Christ to be God


  • Hebrews 1:6       The Father commands the angles to worship Him
  • Hebrews 1:8       The Father calls the Son God

 


4. His deity was and is attested to by the Angles


  • Hebrews 1:6       Angles commanded to worship Him
  • Revelation 5:11ff           Angles worship Him around the throne
  • Matthew 13:41   The angles obey Him and are called “His” (also see 16:27 & 24:31)

 


5. Demons worshipped and feared The Lord Jesus Christ


  • Mark 5:6             He was worshiped by demons
  • Mark 5:7             He was feared by demons

 


6. The saints confessed the deity of Jesus Christ


  • John 20:26-29   attested to by Thomas.
  • Romans 9:5       attested to by Paul.

 


7. His deity can be seen in His earthly miracles


  • Luke 1:22-23       His testimony to John the Baptist
  • John 5:36           His works bear a clear testimony of Him

 


8. The New Testament declares that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Creator of all things


  • John 1:3             This fact is stated from the positive and negative point of view
  • John 1:10            The world was created by Him
  • Colossians 1:16  He is the creator and the object of His creation
  • Hebrews 1:10    Again, He is the creator

 


9. The Bible declares that the Lord Jesus Christ is the sustainer of all things


  • Hebrews 1:3       “upholding all things” He is the sustainer of His creation
  • Colossians 1:17     “…in Him all things consist” he is the basis of all things

 


10. Jesus has the authority to forgive sin


  • Acts 5:31             He can give “repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.”
  • Mark 2:1-12       His Jewish audience clearly understood that only God can forgive sin

 

As mentioned there are many more scriptures and reasons to believe in the deity of Christ. Feel free to list additional reasons in the comments.

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1 B B Warfield, (Reprint 1993) The Fundamentals, Vol. II – The Deity of Christ Grand Rapids: Baker Books, p. 241.

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Jottings – Radical Faith

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What a lowering of the life of faith it is to confine it to the question of temporal supplies! No doubt it is a very blessed and a very real thing to trust God for everything; but the life of faith has a far higher and wider range than mere bodily wants. It embraces all that in any wise concerns us, in body, soul, and spirit. To live by faith is to walk with God; to cling to Him; to lean on Him; to draw from His exhaustless springs; to find all our resources in Him; and to have Him as a perfect covering for our eyes and a satisfying object for our hearts — to know Him as our only resource in all difficulties, and in all our trials. It is to be absolutely, completely, and continually shut up to Him; to be undividedly dependent upon Him, apart from and above every creature confidence, every human hope, and every earthly expectation.

C. H. Mackintosh, “Living By Faith”, http://www.stempublishing.com/authors/mackintosh/Bk6/LIVINGBY.html Accessed on April 24, 2012.

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Entry Level Theological Truth [10]

EarthRecently, the political columnist, Charles Krauthammer wrote a piece entitled, “Are we alone in the universe?” In it he mused over the recent exciting discoveries in astronomy of planets that have similarities to Earth. He noted with sadness, however, that as yet nowhere in the universe have we found sentient thinking beings that are like humans. In his words: “For all the excitement, however, the search betrays a profound melancholy — a lonely species in a merciless universe anxiously awaits an answering voice amid utter silence.”*

 

Plan 9 From Outer Space?

 

This brought two things to my mind. First, the astronomers’ search highlights the uniqueness of planet Earth. It is a place where God has finely tuned conditions to be conducive to plant, animal, and human life. Even accounting for the effects of the Fall and sin upon this world, it is still a planet where – if managed correctly – life may thrive. This is an anomaly in the known universe. Secondly, it draws attention to the fact that in this desire to hear a message outside of planet Earth, modern people so often discount that such a message has already come to Earth. It is not from alien life forms like those imagined by Spielberg and Lucas, but rather originates from the Creator God. As Hebrews 1:1 says, “God, having spoken of old to the fathers in the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us in His Son” (author’s translation.)

Of course, the first three chapters of Genesis show that God verbally reveals Himself to His creatures. He is in the habit of speaking with them since the day He made them. Furthermore, mankind’s very existence was not a divine afterthought. Rather, He fashioned planet Earth with humans in mind, making it a place which by His providence is fruitful and conducive to the development of man’s talents. We see this in the fact that Genesis specifically mentions that there was no man to till the ground (Genesis 2:5-7.) The Almighty always intended for man to work in conjunction with this earth to make it a place of beauty for God’s greater glory. When God created man on the 6th day, He placed him in the garden as a training ground where he could learn skills under the Creator’s tutelage that would enable him to eventually graduate from the garden and proceed to apply these abilities to this globe in its pristine wildness.

 

Failing Out of God’s School

 

Sadly, man failed the chief test in the garden which was loyalty to the Creator as demonstrated by obedience to God’s Word. In spite of that, God has been seeking to save man from spiritual separation that his own rebellion creates. God speaks from the stars, the cells, every flower, and in every rock – all of these things shout at us, “there is a glorious Creator!” One who is powerful and all-wise. One who is faithful and good.

He also speaks to men through their consciences, although they often do not heed and sometimes cause it to be calloused and malfunctioning through their obdurate pursuit of sin. Most of all, God speaks through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the One who fulfilled the Law, the Prophets, and the Writings (Luke 24:27.) What is more, He is the One who through His Holy Spirit has conveyed the teaching of the New Testament to the first century church – a revelation that has been handed down from generation to generation and remains God’s message to man in the 21st century.

 

God Is Speaking Is Anyone Listening?

 

So to Mr. Krauthammer and every inquiring mind who has ever gazed at the skies and wondered if we are alone, God’s Word says that we most certainly are not. There is a Sovereign Lord of the universe who determines the fate of this planet and every other. He is One who so desires a personal relationship with every human being that He sent His Son into this world with the message of His holy love. A message that is embodied in Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross, His resurrection in power, His ascension back to glory, and His eventual second coming to Earth. Why not click on an e-Bible today – or if you prefer, pick up a physical copy – and listen to Him today?

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*http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/are-we-alone-in-the-universe/2011/12/29/gIQA2wSOPP_story.html

Photo: NASA

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His Gospel’s Effect: Lesson 1

Scripture: Romans 1:16-18, Romans 3:19-26, Romans 5:1, Romans 6:1-14, Romans 7:5-6, Romans 7:18-8:4, Romans 8:31-39

In love God gave us the letter to the Romans in His Word. In this letter God teaches us His gospel and then teaches us how this gospel should affect our lives. Let’s review what God taught in chapters 1 to 8.

God’s gospel is His message of good news to man. God tells us what He thinks, and tells us what we need to hear. God shows us in Romans that all of us are unrighteous. All people have sinned. Not one is perfect. So all are under God’s judgment because God is a righteous judge. So no one will be called righteous by God by works.

But God has made it possible for anyone to be righteous by faith in what Jesus Christ did. Christ died for our sins. God is satisfied with the Lord Jesus’ blood. If I believe that I have sins and put my trust on Christ as my Savior, God will declare me to be righteous.

Have you ever realized you deserve to be judged by God and cast away from Him into the lake of fire forever? You need to see this is true. God told us so.

God also told us we can know we will be in heaven forever if we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ! That is good news! Christ was perfect, but He took all the judgment on Himself when He died on the cross. By faith in what Christ did, we have peace between us and God.

God also teaches us that we have another problem. The first problem was a legal problem with our sins. The second problem is an internal problem with sin. The nature we got from Adam (the first man) is no good! This nature is called the flesh. Sin came into the world by Adam’s sin, and sin now has control of the flesh in every person.

But God has made it possible for anyone to live a righteous life. It is by not trying to live by the flesh’s power. I need to consider myself dead, and now let Christ live in me. By the Spirit of Christ in me, my body has a new energy source. I do not look to the flesh any longer.

Have you ever realized there is nothing good in your flesh? God knows it is true. He condemned it as no good when Christ died. God’s good news is that when Christ died, all believers in Christ died. And when Christ rose again to new life, all believers rose again to newness of life.

So I need to be done with myself. I am crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. By letting Christ live in me, I can have peace in my walk, because I can actually do what pleases God!

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Jottings: The Incomparable God

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Human existence remains fragile, perishable, ever dying away—“like the grass,” as Isaiah says (40:6). The divine life is that completely different reality that defies all comparison. “ ‘To whom then will you liken me, whom set up as my equal?’ asks the Holy One” (Isa. 40:25). Yet, this One remains everywhere at home, every moment engaged, ceaselessly involved in the world. No one is a stranger to this One. God shows toward Israel (and through Israel all peoples) the affection that the vine keeper shows toward the vineyard (Isa. 5:4).

Oden, T. C. (1992). The living God : Systematic theology, vol. I. (82). San Francisco, CA: HarperSanFrancisco.

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God’s Good News: Lesson 9 Part 1

Read Romans 8:1-14

The Spirit of Christ in me is a new source of power to live right (Romans 8:1-4)
We are not in Adam any more, so we are not in a condemned race. We were hopeless in Adam, but God has taken us out of Adam and put us in Christ (like we learned in chapter 5 and 6)!

We have learned (in chapter 7) that the flesh is not able to do what is right because sin rules it. When I try to live in Adam, I try to do good and I find I do evil. This shows I am under the law of sin. So, I am not able to get the members of my body to do what I want. This shows I am under the law of death. But, another law has set me free! The Spirit of life in Christ Jesus frees from both of these laws. How?

God made a way to set me free. God gave me new life in Christ rather than in Adam. God took me out of Adam and put me in Christ. When Christ died, I died (like we learned in chapter 6). He died as my representative, so the life of the risen Christ can live in me. So I need to fix my eyes on the risen Christ!

God decided that the flesh is no good. God gave up on the flesh. He decided to start a new race with a new kind of life. Christ died as a man and then rose again to start a new race of men. Christ died and rose to take us out of living in Adam and give us newness of life in Christ. In Christ, the flesh is not the power to do right. The Spirit is the power of our new life in Christ!

The law said to do right things; but it tried to tell the flesh to do right. The flesh could not do it. Now I can walk a whole new way. Instead of trying to do right through my flesh, I can let the Spirit of Christ in me do right. I need to walk “according to the Spirit” rather than “according to the flesh.” This way I am delivered from sin’s power.

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