Why the Doctrine of Glory Matters

I will never forget that evening. I can’t think of a moment when I was more blown away by a musical composition.

I don’t recall the composer or the conductor, but I was at a performance played by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. My ticket put me in the first row and it was worth it. The music was powerful, foreboding, amazing, haunting, compelling and glorious, all at the same time.

There were moments when I wished this night would never end, and moments when I wanted to get up and run out of the concert hall. There were moments when the music caused my chest to rattle and moments when it lured me in with a whisper. There were moments when musical joy collided with musical fear in a beautiful disharmony of sound.

When the performance was over, I felt both sad and exhausted. I wanted more, and yet at the same time I felt like I had had enough. I didn’t know why this particular performance had affected me so deeply until I looked at the program and saw the name of the composition. It read: God, the most formidable word ever spoken.

Trying To Capture Glory

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Monism and Pluralism

A Broadcast with R.C. Sproul

The early philosophers did their best to figure out the big questions of life: How did we get here? What is the source of all things? From his series The Consequences of Ideas, R.C. Sproul examines some of their answers.

The Trinity Debate Two Years On

http://www.dennyburk.com/the-trinity-debate-two-years-on/

If God is so loving . . .

If God is so loving why doesn’t He universally forgive everyone? Love is only part of God’s character. He is also infinitely and perfectly just. How can God forgive someone who admits no guilt? How can He forgive those who insist that there is nothing for which He needs to forgive them? And would it not be the utmost folly to do so? If in His mercy and grace God simply passed over human rebellion, would that not be condoning evil and even encouraging it? Would that not in itself undermine God’s control of His universe?

God’s laws are essential to governing the physical universe. The moral beings who have the power to act destructively must also be governed by laws, or chaos would reign. If He would go back on His moral laws, who could have any confidence in anything else that God has said or would say?

Christ asked His disciples to pray, “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Mat:6:10). Surely that fact indicates that all is not as God desires it to be on this earth. Men are in rebellion against Him. Forgiveness can only be in accord with God’s justice.
–Dave Hunt (April 2001 Berean Call).
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Did God Create Evil?

https://bellatorchristi.com/2018/07/03/did-god-create-evil/

‘Our God Is an Awesome God’

Yes, I know, I’ve posted this video many times. Well, here’s another time. At Linda’s request, Our God Is an Awesome God, by Michael W. Smith. I love this video. I especially love the way the whole audience breaks into song as soon as they hear the first few chords. Kind of gives one hope, doesn’t it?

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11 Things to Know about the Doctrine of the Trinity

To contemplate the Trinity is to lift up your heart and to “set your mind on the things above” (Col. 3:2).

It’s easy to turn doctrinal discussions into strictly intellectual affairs, but as Dr. Fred Sanders teaches in The Triune God course, we need to do so “in a way that enlists the reader’s strict and holy attention for what is essentially a spiritual exercise.”

Any discussion of trinitarian doctrine is an attempt to more deeply understand the character and nature of God.

If we’re interested in discovering (and maintaining) an orthodox understanding of the Trinity, there are some principles we need to understand.

These 11 things you need to know about the doctrine of the Trinity are adapted from his course:

1. THE REVELATION OF THE TRINITY COMES WITH THE REVELATION OF THE GOSPEL.

The doctrine of the Trinity is need-to-know information that we didn’t need to know with any clarity until, as Paul puts it:

“When the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father.’”
—Galatians 4:4–6

God published both the revelation of the gospel and the revelation of the Trinity same time, in the same ways: more obscurely and by way of anticipation under the old covenant, more luminously and by way of fulfillment under the new.

The question of whether the Trinity is revealed in the Old Testament runs parallel to the question of whether the Gospel was.

In both cases, Trinity and gospel, we must account for two factors:

  1. The consistency of God’s entire work of salvation
  2. The newness in “the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages” (Rom. 16:25) “which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed . . .” (Eph. 3:5).

Continue: https://zondervanacademic.com/blog/11-things-to-know-about-the-doctrine-of-the-trinity/