Taking Away The Distance

“By Jesus Christ alone, then, on all considerations as to being and full manifestation, is this distance taken away.”

-John Owen, Of Communion with God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, 1657 (emphasis added)

Here follows John Owen’s reasoning concerning the diminished distance between us and God:

  1. Abraham was a friend of God. David was a man after His own heart. Enoch walked with God. These men enjoyed communion with God, but they did not have a boldness and confidence in that communion. Why? Because the saints of old did not have access into the most holy (Heb 9:8).
  2. Our High Priest enters the most holy place.
  3. Now we have access to God (Eph 3:12) – with boldness and confidence, we can draw near to God.

for through him we both have our access in one Spirit unto the Father.”     – Eph 2:18

Having fellowship with an Infinite, Almighty God is an astonishing privilege we tainted, deprived sinners are given. Now consider the effect this realisation has on us, on our prayer life , on our grateful disposition and our eagerness to share this precious Gospel.


Come High Water(s)

Take a saint, and put him into any condition, and he knows how to rejoice in the Lord.

Walter Cradock (c.1606-1659)

Def: meekness – the feeling of patient, submissive humbleness

The meek man is not a human mouse afflicted with a sense of his own inferiority. Rather he may be in his moral life as bold as a lion and as strong as Samson; but he has stopped being fooled about himself. He has accepted God’s estimate of his own life. He knows he is as weak and helpless as God has declared him to be, but paradoxically, he knows at the same time that he is in the sight of God of more importance than angels. In himself, nothing; in God, everything. That is his motto. He knows well that the world will never see him as God sees him and he has stopped caring. He rests perfectly content to allow God to place His own values. He will be patient to wait for the day when everything will get its own price tag and real worth will come into its own. Then the righteous shall shine forth in the Kingdom of their Father. He is willing to wait for that day.

-Taken from The Pursuit of God, A.W. Tozer, 1957

Links of Regs

Op die oomblik is ons besig by Lig.punt om te kyk na God & werk. Waarop dit neerkom, soos meeste ander areas van ons lewens, is besluitneming. Die Bybel gee nie vir ons die antwoorde aangaande voertuie kies, Brooklyn VS Menlyn, sjokolade – VS aarbei melkskommel of (verder op die trant) met wie jy trou. God het wel goed gedink om ons te voorsien met wysheidsliteratuur vir die besluite wat ons dag tot dag moet neem.

John Piper het in 1976 ‘n stuk geskryf wat ook bietjie kan help. Onder is die stuk opsommend:

  1. pray that God will hallow his name in and through me.
  2. I try to meditate upon the Scriptures day and night, desiring to saturate my thinking with the structure of God’s thinking.
  3. I consciously pin my hope on the promise of God to work in everything for my good, so that my mind and heart are at rest in his mercy.
  4. As I confront moral choices during the day, if time and circumstances allow, I try to understand the effects of each choice on people’s lives.

Waarvoor gaan jy VANDAG lewe?

Resolution #52

How would you look back on your time on earth? Following that examination; how would you approach today when viewing it as something you would ponder on in the distant future knowing you would not relive this day? Jonathan Edwards resolved on the matter:

“I frequently hear persons in old age say how they would live, if they were to live their lives over again: Resolved, That I will live just so as I can think I shall wish I had done, supposing I live to old age.”

-Jonathan Edwards, Resolutions, July 8, 1723.