Saturday, March 04, 2006

Some Thoughts on God

After a few days at the Shepherd's Confernce in Sun Valley California I am energized to for the work of the ministry. On the plane back to FL I had some time to just collect a few thoughts on God based on the lectures this week. Hopefully next week I will post some of my notes from some notable sermons. Look for:
-One of the greatest messages I have ever heard from Steve Lawson.

-Phil Johnson's second look at Fundamentalism.

-John MacArthur on the Prodigal son.

- R.C. Sproul on the Wrath of God.

- Al Mohler on the job description of a Preacher.

For now here are my thoughts:

The Knowledge of God is the leading cause of which everything else in ourl ives is the resulting affect. Who we believe God to be impacts every area of our lives. Our attitudes, actions, thoughts, relationships, and ultimate destiny will all be determined by our knowledge of who God is and what He has done. With som uch on the the line we need to be precise in our search of truth. To be precise we must acquire our knowledge of God through God's revelation. God has revealed to us every truth about himself that we need for salvation. God has allowed us to look in on the inner working of the Trinity, see His creative power, experience His grace, and so much more.

Despite this self revelation we don't understand God, and many times, we construct our view of God in our own image (Steve Lawson's book is very helpful in this matter). This sin of idolatry is the foundation for man's sin. In Genesis 3 Adam and Eve were tempted by Satan because they lowered their view of God to something that they could attain. If they had had a proper view of the would have known that equality with God is unattainable (Unlike the first Adam, the Second Adam, Jesus Christ, understood who God was and lowered himself to the form of a man to die for men.) In light of this propensity towards idolatry the second commandment becomes vey important.

Exodus 20:4-6(NASB95)
You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, cvisiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing lovingkindness to athousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

When we dont's know who God is we try and replace His revealed plan for liturgy and rituals. Men take the infinite knowledge of God and trade is for the glory of a bird!


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