Now if you are perplexed, if you are oppressed, if you don’t get it, if God looks like he doesn’t know what he’s doing, I’m telling you, you’re in too close. You’re looking just at the present and not at the end, like this guy does. Or you’re looking only at, ‘Isn’t God loving?’ Yes, but he’s holy. Or if you just look at, ‘Isn’t God holy?’ Yes, but he’s wise. It’s not until you stand back and begin to look at all the sides of things. ‘Aren’t human beings sinful?’ Yes, but also they’re made in the image of God. ‘Aren’t human beings valuable and dignified?’ Yes, but also they’re wretched, wicked sinners.
Don’t you see? Only Christianity looks at the whole thing. If you’re in a problem right now, if you’re in trouble right now, you have to do what Asaph did. You have to do what the psalmist did. You have to go into the sanctuary. ‘… then I understood …’ What did he do? He stands back. He sees the big picture.
If you happened to catch yesterday’s “Bonus Post” about Rome, you might have noticed a couple of things that give us insight into God’s workings in our world. Two of these, I thought would make an interesting little discussion for a Sunday.
The first of these is the fact that Paul employed a strategy in the way he spread the Gospel to the Gentiles; he was intentional in his efforts. He first travelled to the areas of the Eastern Mediterranean closest to Judea, and then when he had finished with that region; he turned his eyes farther west to Spain and Italy. He knew that the ultimate key for the spread of the Gospel was Rome itself, since it was the center point, the most powerful and influential city and the very heart of the known world at the time, so when the time came for him to write down his most fundamental teachings, he sent it to the church in Rome, from whence it would go everywhere else. Maybe we should be more intentional as well. He sent the essay to Rome, but he still ran into difficulties in getting there, but in the end he succeeded in travelling to Rome at the expense of the Roman Government itself and found himself in a position to share the Gospel with members of Caesar’s household before he was called home; my, how our Lord gets things done when a person is willing to serve Him!
Read the rest at: https://lifereference.wordpress.com/2015/05/31/a-roman-lesson/
from Kuyperion Comentary
If you have haven’t read Michael Reeves’ wonderful book Delighting in the Trinity you should. With joy and wit, he introduces us to the Trinity and what that means for our Christian faith. He inserts numerous quotes from other men along with illustrations and pictures. Tomorrow is Trinity Sunday so here are ten of my favorite quotes from the book.
Christianity is not primarily about lifestyle change; it is about knowing God.
I could believe in the death of a man called Jesus, I could believe in his bodily resurrection, I could even believe in a salvation by grace alone; but if I do not believe in this God, then, quite simply, I am not a Christian. And so, because the Christian God is triune, the Trinity is the governing center of all Christian belief, the truth that shapes and beautifies all others. The Trinity is the cockpit of all Christian thinking.
Read more at: http://www.kuyperian.com/ten-quotes-delighting-trinity/