09 2 / 2012
Let me begin by saying. I do not have everything figured out. I have a viewpoint on this particular scripture and want to examine what may be some misinterpretation of this verse and the verses around it.
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
- God is faithful to his promises. He has made promises to His people and he will see them carried out. He is going to bring back his people to the land they were promised. So we see His faithfulness in that.
- God does have a plan.(Psalm 92:5-6, Psalm 115:3)It is His plan. Not what we think His plan is for us. Sometimes it looks like we want sometimes it is completely the opposite. If you’ll notice Jeremiah 29:10 starts off by saying “after you guys have been in Babylon for 70 years, then I will do this….” I’m sure if that was the answer we got from God on our prayers, we would not think that He had plans for our good in mind?
- God desires peace for us, not for evil (harm, calamity). So we see His goodness (attribute of God) God has an ultimate plan for us, it is peace in the end. Not evil.
- When we seek w/all of our heart, we find Him. In verses 12-14 God is saying essentially, “here is how it is all going to go down”. Eventually you are going to seek me with everything you have and then you will find me.
There is tons more in there I am sure. But I feel like those are the main things that we can gather from this as far as what we can learn about the character of God.
Here is what this scripture is not saying.
You are entitled to the riches of this world. You will always a great job. you will not hurt. You will not suffer. You get the picture I could go on and on and on and on.
Here is what it is saying
That through everything that we go through in this life. God has an ultimate plan. It is for peace for you in the end of this life, He will see that though now matter what. It looks like from this verse, that it took 70 more years of captivity for the Israelites to seek out God fully to give them that peace. He will mold you, hold you, challenge you, rebuke you, discipline you until you are ready to seek the face of God to get what He was ultimately promised me and you through His son Jesus Christ. Eternal peace, eternal joy, eternal riches.
23 11 / 2011
Here is a short word on Thanksgiving from Desiring God’s website, (http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/thanksgiving-to-the-glory-of-god). I couldn’t have said it any better. "Here’s a plea that we look along the beams of delicious turkey and good football to see Jesus, crucified for us, dead and buried for us, raised for us on the third day. For his grace has been extended to us. We’ve heard the good news. Paul (or one of the apostles) told someone who told someone who told someone. And eventually one of these "someones" told us. This grace has extended to "more and more people." It has extended to you and me. So in the midst of our many thanksgivings, may we be mainly thankful for that — for Jesus and all that he is for us. And in so doing, may we fulfill Paul’s goal, the increase of thanksgiving, to the glory of God.” "knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God." 2 Corinthians 4:14-15
Here is a short word on Thanksgiving from Desiring God’s website, (http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/thanksgiving-to-the-glory-of-god). I couldn’t have said it any better.
"Here’s a plea that we look along the beams of delicious turkey and good football to see Jesus, crucified for us, dead and buried for us, raised for us on the third day. For his grace has been extended to us. We’ve heard the good news. Paul (or one of the apostles) told someone who told someone who told someone. And eventually one of these "someones" told us. This grace has extended to "more and more people." It has extended to you and me.
So in the midst of our many thanksgivings, may we be mainly thankful for that — for Jesus and all that he is for us. And in so doing, may we fulfill Paul’s goal, the increase of thanksgiving, to the glory of God.”
"knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God." 2 Corinthians 4:14-15
16 11 / 2011
The following quotations are taken from Mark Driscoll’s website, from blog he posted today. http://pastormark.tv/2011/11/16/the-biblical-necessity-of-adam-and-eve
This article caught my eye because of something I am currently studying in a class over the Enlightenment era, and because I was actually asked this question in an interview at a Christian school this summer because it was a realistic question that students were asking.
I am currently reading a writing for a paper called “Essay’s On Religion” by Thomas Paine. Paine is shredding the bible as painting a false picture of God, the life of Christ, and Old Testament Prophecy. Pretty much laughing while writing at what he sees as the stupidity of writers of the Bible.
This is hard for me to read. Paine is a smart guy so his arguments make you think and make you really examine scripture and what you think you know. It is also hard because it sucks to see someone just trash the Word of God like he is doing. You just want Paine to “get it” while you are reading some of the things he is saying. You just want him to see the love, grace and mercy in scripture. Instead he says he doesn’t need scripture to know God, he will just use his intellect, which to him is enough and far beyond any wisdom that the Bible could ever give him.
That is what I see here in the argument against a historic Adam and Eve. Men are saying that their natural logic and reasoning is enough.
They are abandoning scripture.
We can never do that. I like the idea that Driscoll points us toward. Sola Scriptura, which says, “Nothing judges Scripture. It judges everything else. As followers of Jesus, we take the same stance he did and receive the Bible alone as infallible, inerrant truth from God with full authority in our lives.”
Also, this ideas seem to be one I keep butting up against in seemingly everywhere I look. Science V. Biblical Creationism. So this helped clear some things up for me. Not that they were necessarily unclear, but I just didn’t have the words.
So here are a few quotes that I pulled out of the article that stood out to me.
The first question we must ask is, Does the Bible intend to give a wooden, literal account every time it speaks? The answer is no.
For instance, Revelation 7:1 speaks of “the four corners of the earth.” Is the intent to teach that the earth is flat? Some people claim such, but an understanding of Revelation’s apocalyptic literary genre would reveal that this is poetic language to speak about the authority of God over all the earth, not a prescription on whether the earth is flat or not. It’s using poetry to convey a factual truth—God is sovereign over all the earth.
“The book of Genesis … was not written with the intention of being a scientific textbook. Rather, it is a theological narrative written to reveal the God of creation, which means its emphasis is on God and his relationship with humanity and not on creation.”
There is room for discussion as to how he did this—and certainly science is helpful in this discussion—but there is no room for debate on the fact that he did it. This is important because “it negates the possibility of naturalistic evolution and an eternal universe,” which is taught by some as truth but is a truth contradictory to Scripture. Simply said, you cannot claim biblical Christianity but deny God’s work in creation.
One of the main reasons that Christians need to affirm that Adam was the first human being to exist is the doctrine of the fall and original sin.
The humanity of Adam is important to the humanity of Christ the person in the flesh. Luke’s account is trying to point that out.
To deny this historical teaching of the church undermines the clear teaching of the Bible and fails to make sense of its storyline, as without a historical Adam and Eve, there is no fall and no need for redemption and no need for Jesus. The very basis of Christianity is effectively undermined.
01 9 / 2011
"Salvation is not by what you bring to Christ, but by
what you take from Him. You are to be receivers first, and then, by-and-by, through the power of Grace, you shall give
forth from yourselves rivers of living water to others.” Charles Haddon Spurgeon
The grace of God well never not be overwhelming to me, no matter how many times I read about it, or think on it."
18 7 / 2011
16 6 / 2011
""People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated."- D.A. Carson"
01 3 / 2011
24 2 / 2011