Here is the theme I wrote for my piano theme and variations. I am now in the process of writing variations on it, more to come in the future…
Jeremiah 18:6 “Can I not, O house of Israel, deal with you as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel.
Job 12:9-10 “Who among all these does not know That the hand of the Lord has done this, 10 In whose hand is the life of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind?
Job 12:16-17 “With Him are strength and sound wisdom, The misled and the misleader belong to Him. 17 “He makes counselors walk barefoot And makes fools of judges.
Job 33:13 “Why do you complain against Him That He does not give an account of all His doings?
To say that God is sovereign is to say that He is supreme over all things, that there is no one above Him, that He is absolute Lord over creation. It is to say that His Lordship over creation means that there is nothing out of His control, nothing that God hasn’t foreseen and planned. It means that even the wrath of man must ultimately praise God and the remainder of wrath God will restrain (Psalm 76:10). It means that every creature on earth, in heaven and in hell must ultimately bow the knee and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:10).
God’s sovereignty logically implies His absolute freedom to do all that He wills to do. God’s sovereignty does not mean that He can do anything, but it means He can do anything that He wills to do. The sovereignty of God and the will of God are bound up together.
The sovereignty of God does not mean that God can lie, for God does not will to lie. God is truth and therefore God cannot lie, for He wills not to lie. God cannot break a promise, because to break a promise would be to violate His nature, and God does not will to violate His nature. Therefore it is silly to say that God can do anything. But it is scriptural to say that God can do anything He wills to do. God is absolutely free-no one can compel Him, no one can hinder Him, no one can stop Him. God has freedom to do as He pleases-always, everywhere and forever. A. W. Tozer The Attributes of God Volume 2
I had a chance this morning to really reflect on God’s gracious gift of Salvation to me a sinner… as I went over my lesson I had prepared for the class I wondered why me… why save me. My only response was He did and I’m very thankful. I was thinking about just how Holy God is… and the reverence and fear I should have towards Him. Remember Isaiah, when he was in the temple in Isaiah 6:1-4 I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called out to another and said, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.” And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke. Isaiah’s response Isaiah 6:5 Then I said, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.”
He realized how sinful he was and that God needed to cleanse him to continue the work for God. Most theologians refer to this as the call, cleansing and commission of Isaiah. While I was sitting in class waiting for people to come in… I couldn’t help thinking about how often we continue in our miniseries not realizing that maybe we need cleansing to continue in the work for God. Do we take our call by God for granted… Do we take God for granted. I think the worst thing we can do is to keep doing the work for God while our communion with Him is broken with sin and or even pride in our ministry. I remembered something Paul Washer said in one of his sermons. “Everybody wants to do things for Christ… But nobody wants to be like Christ” We get so caught up in so many activities in Church that we forget that we have a Holy, Holy, Holy God who demands our full attention and all of our worship and praise… And that we are being transformed to the image of His Son 2 Corinthians 3:18 and we should echo the words of the Apostle Paul I want to know Christ Philippians 3:10,11 and keep doing the work that Jesus appointed for us to do John 15:16 when He chose us for salvation before the foundations of the world. Ephesians 1:3-4
I haven’t even started what we learned in class… God’s forgiveness. Scripture is full of evidence that God is a forgiving God. Exodus 34:5-9 The Psalms also are full of the truth of God’s forgiving nature. Psalm 32:1–2 85:2–3 103:12 130:3–4 In Isaiah “I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins” (Isa. 43:25
We see it in the Parable of the lost son… He sees the lost son coming back and it says “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.“Luke 15:20-24 God is just pouring out the forgiveness here… Why? When He sees the sinner with a true repentant heart and a readiness to confess his sins God is there. One writer puts it “. In true repentance there is a consciousness of our sins, joined with sorrow and shame, and from this springs a confession, after which follows forgiveness.” 2 Corinthians 7:9,10
We learned that this is all the work of God, “Salvation is from the LORD.”Jonah 2:9 As I was meditating on these verses in Luke… I came to the plain, simple, but amazing truth that the same person, Christ, who is telling this parable is also the one who is the Propitiation for our sins. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21
Our sins were placed on Jesus’ head. ’Twas in His blood our debt was paid. Stern justice can demand no more, And mercy can dispense her store. —Albert Midlane
Here is a Paul Washer video I played in class on Propitiation
And that’s what I learned in Church yesterday
Science and Religion Aren’t Friends? By Albert Mohler… Are science and Christianity friends? The answer to that is an emphatic yes, for any true science will be perfectly compatible with the truths we know by God’s revelation. But this science is not naturalistic, while modern science usually is. Read the rest Here
God’s Model of Parenting by John MacArthur… Have you ever noticed how many different approaches you watch parents take with their kids? Some parents treat their kids like little buddies—that accepting friend they always wanted but could never find. Others are the exact opposite, ruling over their kids with an iron fist, enforcing good behavior with intimidation and threats.Read and listen to a 9 minute clip Here
The Soul Winner or How to Lead Sinners to the Saviour By C.H. Spurgeon… For more than forty years, MR. SPURGEON was, by his preaching and writing, one of the greatest soul-winners; and by his printed words he still continues to be the means of the conversion of many all over the world. It is believed, therefore, that thousands will rejoice to read what he spoke and wrote concerning what he called “the chief business of the Christian minister.” Read all 15 Chapters Here
LOVE by J. C. Ryle “Now these three remain: faith, hope and love.But the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13) LOVE is rightly called “the Queen of Christian graces.” “The goal of this command,” says Paul, “is love” (1 Timothy 1:5). It is a grace which all people profess to admire. It seems a plain practical thing which everybody can understand. It is none of “those troublesome doctrinal points” about which Christians disagree. Thousands, I suspect, would not be ashamed to tell you that they know nothing about justification, or regeneration, orabout the work of Christ, or of the Holy Spirit. But nobody, I believe, would like to say that he knows nothing about love! If men possess nothing else in religion, they always flatter themselves that they possess “love.” Read the rest Here
Repentance is always the companion of faith. They go hand in hand. Let no man speak evil of repentance. I have been grieved within my heart when I have heard some revivalists, by innuendo at the least, speak against repentance. You will never enter heaven without repentance; and if your faith do not lead you to hate sin, and do a great deal more than merely change your mind, as these modern fanatics say, you will find it is a faith which will never estrange you from the corruptions of the flesh, enamour you of the holiness of the Spirit, and conduct you to the heaven of God’s presence. You must hate sin; you must perceive the evil of it, and you must turn from it and live, according to the instincts of the divine life communicated, as well as according to the ordinances of the divine rule made known unto you, or else you are no child of God. From a sermon by Charles Haddon Spurgeon entitled “A Personal Application,” delivered January 16, 1870. HT: Mike Anderson
What is Christian Liberty
This is a song that we are singing in chorale and I thought I would share it with you. The words are great.