“But this is the great mystery: that God is rich in mercy; that he gathers his elect from every nation, also that of the Jews who rejected him; that he imprisoned all in unbelief that he might be merciful to all. That mystery sends the apostle into ecstasy and causes him to marvel at and adore the depth of God’s wisdom and knowledge ([Romans] 11:33-36).” (Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics, Vol. 4, p. 670).
“It is a mistake, however, to think that God’s incomprehensibility applies only to his secret, unrevealed counsel . . . . [T]he most significant aspect of incomprehensibility is that it applies to what God has revealed.” “God is debtor to none, his favour is never compensation, merit places no constraints upon his mercy.” (John Murray, The Epistle to the Romans, Vol. 2, pages 104, 107).
The 101 Bible Study is looking at Romans 11:25-36 on Dec. 1 in Astoria. Call 971/238-6101 for more information.
“[T]he final goal of various significant redemptive-historical episodes throughout scriptural history was God’s glory. All these events with glorious goals point to the glorious goal of the final events of history, in which God will definitively execute judgment, accomplish redemption, and establish the eternal new creation. At this time, God’s glorious presence will permeate every part of the new heavens and earth and all will exalt and glorify him for his glorious atttributes, which have been manifested through his culminating acts at the eschaton.” (G. K. Beale, A New Testament Biblical Theology, p. 63).
Soli Deo gloria–glory to God alone!
(Quote used in the Reflection for Trinity Presbyterian Church of the OPC)
“The voice of the LORD is over the waters, the God of glory thunders,” Pslam 29:3
The Wednesday Bible study at Trinity Presbyterian Church is looking at prayers in the Bible. On October 18 we will focus on Psalm 29, a prayer of praise to the powerful King. You are welcome to join us.
“Why are we weak when we have divine strength to flee to? Why are we troubled when the Lord’s own peace is ours? Jesus the mighty God is our peace – what a blessing is this today! What a blessing it will be to us in that day of the Lord which will be in darkness and not light to the ungodly!
“Dear reader, is not this a noble Psalm to be sung in stormy weather? Can you sing amid the thunder? Will you be able to sing when the last thunders are let loose, and Jesus judges quick and dead? If you are a believer, the last verse is your heritage, and surely that will set you singing.” (C. H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, on Psalm 29).
Lightning picture credit: David Mahaffy www.mahaffy.org
“Paul’s point is that by virtue of his exaltation (resurrection and ascension) Christ, as last Adam and second man, has come into such permanent and complete possession of the Spirit that the two are equated in their activity. The two are seen as one, as they have been made one in the eschatological work of giving life to the church, that life which has its visible ‘firstfruits’ in Christ’s own resurrection.” (Richard B. Gaffin, Jr., Perspectives on Pentecost, pp. 18,19).
“As the true God by His Spirit illumines the minds of believers, enabling them to behold the glory of Christ in the gospel, so the false god of the present age has a counter-spirit at work (or is a counter spirit), which blinds the minds of the unbelieving that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ should not dawn upon them.” (Geerhardus Vos, “The Eschatalogical Aspect of the Pauline Conception of the Spirit,” Redemptive History and Biblical Interpretation, p. 120).
(Quotes used in the Reflection for Trinity Presbyterian Church of the OPC)
The well known question and answer to the Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q & A 1:
Q. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.
Suppose you could have asked Jesus Christ, “What is your chief end?” You begin to get an answer to that as you listen to Christ’s high priestly prayer in John 17. Last night in our Bible study/prayer time at Trinity Presbyterian Church we looked at the first five verses of that chapter. Dare you listen in here? As Jesus prays out loud, John hears that prayer and records it in his Gospel so that you and I can get a glimpse into this most intimate of conversations, God the Son speaking to his Father. Who is worthy to listen in—except that the Spirit included this so that you can hear Jesus pray. He prays first about himself (John 14:1-5), then about his disciples (John 17:6-19), and finally about those who would believe in time to come—in short, about you and me (John 17:20-26). Continue reading