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.


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.

Identifying Idols

A fast Christianese checkup in the morning might reveal some sins, some shortcomings and failures of the previous day. We are easy to determine and point to the sins over the past 24 hours but what are the small, seemingly irrelevant things we value that slipped past our firewall? Those things that, if given the time (or most probably already has had enough time), have grown into idols.

We could do with some proper introspection and this might be useful – Jared Wilson posted a blog containing a list of diagnostic questions (taken from David Powlison’s Seeing With New Eyes) that we can use to identify our idols:

1. What do I worry about most?

2. What, if I failed or lost it, would cause me to feel that I did not even want to live?

3. What do I use to comfort myself when things go bad or get difficult?

4. What do I do to cope? What are my release valves? What do I do to feel better?

5. What preoccupies me? What do I daydream about?

6. What makes me feel the most self-worth? Of what am I the proudest? For what do I want to be known?

7. What do I lead with in conversations?

8. Early on what do I want to make sure that people know about me?

9. What prayer, unanswered, would make me seriously think about turning away from God?

10. What do I really want and expect out of life? What would really make me happy?

11. What is my hope for the future?

Die Ou Testament

Ek het onlangs ‘n gesprek gehad wat frustrasie oor die gebruik van die Ou Testament redelik duidelik was. Ek is self baie skuldig aan die gemak van die Nuwe Testament en die vermeiding van die ongemak van die Ou Testament. Baie van ons is eintlik so gewoond om die Bybel oop te slaan by die NT en die OT gebruik slegs as daar verwys word na dit. Ons glo wel dat die hele Bybel “..God breathed..” (2 Tim 3:16) is, en dit sluit die OT in.

Mark Driscoll se nuwe boek On The Old Testament (a Book You’ll Actually Read) gaan oor die rol, doel en toepassing van die Ou Testament, vir ons. Hoe meer ons weet hoe meer sal dit vir ons beteken en hoe duideliker word die waarheid van God.

Nege van die mees algemene vrae antwoord hy in die eerste hoofstuk, wat beskikbaar is hier.

  1. Who wrote the Old Testament?
  2. What does the Old Testament say about the Old Testament?
  3. What does the New Testament say about the Old Testament?
  4. What does Jesus say about the Old Testament?
  5. How were the Old Testament books chosen as Scripture?
  6. What is the central message of the Old Testament?
  7. How did we get the Old Testament in English?
  8. Why are there different Bible translations?
  9. How can I get the most out of the Old Testament?

Expression of Faith

What do you bring to the table in your expression of faith? With what capacities do you pursue your Christian faith? Of Augustine (354-430 AD), one of the church fathers, it was written:

“Augustine expressed his faith not with his heart alone, for the heart does not think . . . nor with his mind alone, for he never grasps truth in the abstract, as if it were dead.  Rather, to his task as a theologian he brought emotional tenacity, immense intellectual power, purpose of will, deep spirituality and heroic sanctity.”

“The Significance of Augustine,” Christianity Today, 11 December 1987, page 22.

 

-Vanaf Ray Ortlund se blog op The Gospel Coalition

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.

 

Creed

We believe in Marxfreudanddarwin.
We believe everything is OK
as long as you don’t hurt anyone,
to the best of your definition of hurt,
and to the best of your knowledge.

We believe in sex before during
and after marriage.
We believe in the therapy of sin.
We believe that adultery is fun.
We believe that sodomy’s OK
We believe that taboos are taboo.

We believe that everything’s getting better
despite evidence to the contrary.
The evidence must be investigated.
You can prove anything with evidence.

We believe there’s something in horoscopes,
UFO’s and bent spoons;
Jesus was a good man just like Buddha
Mohammed and ourselves.
He was a good moral teacher although we think
his good morals were bad.

We believe that all religions are basically the same,
at least the one that we read was.
They all believe in love and goodness.
They only differ on matters of
creation sin heaven hell God and salvation.

We believe that after death comes The Nothing
because when you ask the dead what happens
they say Nothing.
If death is not the end, if the dead have lied,
then it’s compulsory heaven for all
excepting perhaps Hitler, Stalin and Genghis Khan.

We believe in Masters and Johnson.
What’s selected is average.
What’s average is normal.
What’s normal is good.

We believe in total disarmament.
We believe there are direct links between
warfare and bloodshed.
Americans should beat their guns into tractors
and the Russians would be sure to follow.

We believe that man is essentially good.
It’s only his behaviour that lets him down.
This is the fault of society.
Society is the fault of conditions.
Conditions are the fault of society.

We believe that each man must find the truth
that is right for him.
Reality will adapt accordingly.
The universe will readjust. History will alter.
We believe that there is no absolute truth
excepting the truth that there is no absolute truth.

We believe in the rejection of creeds.
And the flowering of individual thought.

If chance be
the Father of all flesh,
disaster is his rainbow in the sky
and when you hear

State of Emergency!
Sniper Kills Ten!
Troops on Rampage!
Whites go Looting!
Bomb Blasts School!

It is but the sound of man
worshipping his maker.

 

Steve Turner