RIP Mr Jobs

Steve Jobs, een van die stigters van Apple, is gisteraand oorlede aan kanker op die ouderdom van 56. Of jy hou van Apple produkte of nie, die impak wat hy gehad het op die tegnologie arena is massief – omtrent elke persoonlike elektroniese produk in jou besit het tot ‘n mindere of meerdere mate ‘n ontwerpselement by Apple geleën. Jobs het ‘n maatskappy in die moeilikheid gelei na een van die mees waardevolle handelsname te wereld.

Hier is van Jobs se woorde (tydens ‘n baie bekende toespraak by Stanford) aangaande die einde van ‘n lewe en die impak wat dit moet hê op jou dag tot dag:

“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.”

Die hartseer woorde van iemand wat toe nie die waarheid van Jesus begryp nie.  Hoe kyk mens na die deur ‘n Christen se bril? Lees die brief deur Mike Anderson as gedenk, en vir insig..

“Steve, you were wrong. So wrong. 

Death isn’t natural. It wasn’t meant to be that way. Death is the worst thing that happened, not the best. Paul tells us in Romans 6:23 that death is the result of sin.”

Lees die res: Dear Steve

Suffering Now. Glory Later.

Each day presents setbacks and suffering anew. When going through trying times we so often hear “..the tide will turn soon”, “..tomorrow will be brighter” etc. As part of a community we do bear the weight of each other’s suffering and ease the load. Apart from sharing that load and so bearing each other up we should turn to Christ and understand the ever present suffering now for eternal glory. John Owen so describes (with great emphasis) the suffering and the ensuing glory of Christ:

“These are the two heads whereunto all the prophecies and predictions concerning Jesus Christ under the Old Testament are referred, — namely, his sufferings, and the glory that ensued thereon, 1 Peter i. 11. All the prophets testified beforehand “of the Sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.” So when he himself opened the Scriptures unto his disciples, he gave them this as the sum of the doctrine contained in them, “Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?” Luke xxiv. 26. The same is frequently expressed elsewhere, Rom. xiv. 9; 343 Phil. ii. 5–9.

So much as we know of Christ, his sufferings, and his glory, so much do we understand of the Scripture, and no more.”

The two themes where under the predictions (and prophecies) occur in the OT regarding Jesus is either suffering or glory and that, according to Owen, is the sum of what we actually understand of Scripture “and no more.”.  How does the knowledge of suffering then glory apply to us? What is the implication? (Apart from seeing the suffering then glory in Scripture) Owen goes on to answer this:

“If we suffer, we shall also reign with him,” 2 Tim. ii. 12. They do but deceive themselves who design any other method of these things. Some would reign here in this world; and we may say, with the apostle, “Would you did reign, that we might reign with you.” But the members of the mystical body must be conformed unto the Head. In him sufferings went before glory; and so they must in them.”

We know our suffering today binds us to Christ, and in that bond we are tied to the glory of Christ.

-Text quoted from Meditations and Discourses of the Glory of Christ, John Owen, 1696

Without The Gospel VS Gospel Makes Us

 

Taken from Justin Taylor’s blog, Between Two Worlds, as he comments on the closing of one of the speakers at The Gospel Coalition’s Conference ’11:

Alistair Begg tonight closed his address with a quote from John Calvin’s preface to Pierre-Robert Olivétan’s 1535 translation of the Bible.  “To all those who love Christ and his gospel,” Calvin writes:

Without the gospel

everything is useless and vain;

without the gospel

we are not Christians;

without the gospel

all riches is poverty,

all wisdom, folly before God;

strength is weakness, and

all the justice of man is under the condemnation of God.

But by the knowledge of the gospel we are made

children of God,

brothers of Jesus Christ,

fellow townsmen with the saints,

citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven,

heirs of God with Jesus Christ,

by whom

the poor are made rich,

the weak strong,

the fools wise,

the sinners justified,

the desolate comforted,

the doubting sure, and

slaves free.

The gospel is the Word of life.

 

Gaze Upon Heaven

In a sermon on heaven C.H. Spurgeon discusses what heaven is not and what heaven is. Here follows a “what heaven is”:

First of all, we think a Christian gets a gaze of what heaven is, when in the midst of trials and troubles he is able to cast all his care upon the Lord, because he careth for him.

“When waves of distress, and billows of affliction pass over the Christian, there are times when his faith is so strong that he lies down and sleeps, though the hurricane is thundering in his ears, and though billows are rocking him like a child in its cradle, though the earth is removed, and the mountains are carried into the midst of the sea, he says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Famine and desolation come; but he says, “Though the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall there be fruit on the vine, though the labour of the olive shall fail, and the field shall yield no increase, yet will I trust in the Lord, and stay myself on the God of Jacob.” Affliction smites him to the ground; he looks up, and says, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.” The blows that are given to him are like the lashing of a whip upon the water, covered up immediately, and he seems to feel nothing. It is not stoicism; it is the peculiar sleep of the beloved. “So he giveth his beloved sleep.” Persecution surrounds him; but he is unmoved. Heaven is something like that – a place of holy calm and trust”

 

Heaven, C.H. Spurgeon 16 Dec 1855

Een sin – boodskap van die Bybel

Dane Ortlund het verskeie pastore en teoloë gevra om die boodskap van die Bybel in een sin op te som. Hier is so paar van hul antwoorde:

Jay Sklar:

The first sentence that comes to mind is that of my colleague Michael D. Williams, who describes the Bible’s story about the world as follows: God made it, we broke it, Jesus fixes it!

Gordon Hugenberger:

The message of the Bible in one sentence is that genuine truth, unlike every human philosophy, is far too luxuriant, too enthralling, too personal, too all-encompassing, too sovereign, and too life-changing to be reducible to one sentence (or, as Einstein once put it, the challenge is to ‘make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler’).

Kevin DeYoung:

A holy God sends his righteous Son to die for unrighteous sinners so we can be holy and live happily with God forever.

Lees die res van die een sin konsepte hier.

 

Understated

“We are nowhere forbidden to laugh.”

 

John Calvin, quoted in John T. McNeill, The History and Character of Calvinism (New York, 1954), page 436.

(Ray Ortland, Understated)

John Bunyan se bekering

But one day as I was passing into the field, with some dashes on my conscience, fearing yet that all was not right, suddenly this sentence fell on my soul: “Your righteousness is in heaven”. I thought I saw with the eyes of my soul Jesus Christ at God’s right hand. There was my righteousness. Wherever I was, or whatever I was doing, God could not say of me that I lacked his righteousness, for that was ever before Him. Moreover, I saw that it was not my good 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 all my afflictions and irons; my temptations also fled away.

(John Bunyan; Grace Abounding to the chief of sinners)