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God of wonders.

“He counts the number of the stars;
He calls them all by name.
Great is our Lord, and mighty in power;
His understanding is infinite.” (Psalm 147:4-5)

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WOW! That is awesome! One of the things that I constantly think of when discussing the gospel with unbelievers is their willingness to accept some things the Bible says, but not others. They will agree that God created the universe, but dispute that it was done in seven days. (well, six anyway). Moreover, while agreeing that God created the universe they will dispute that the Bible is God’s inspired, inerrant Word.

Take a good look at that photo up there. If He could make it at all, how is it so crazy an idea that the God who made THAT couldn’t preserve His communication to man. The grandeur and inconceivable magnitude of creation demands a God who is infinitely beyond our comprehension. Out of this it seems so small to accept that He couldn’t keep one lousy book from being corrupted.

People are willing to accept the creation account in Genesis, but reject the Word as inerrant because in the Word, God’s moral attributes come into play. If they plug their ears, they hope, they can avert His judgment by avoiding accountability.

“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,” (Rom 1:20)

Providentially, God’s moral attributes are in view, even in creation. That term, “Godhead,” indicates the revelation of His character. For example, in my opinion, His goodness is on display in the provision of food, water, shelter etc in creation.

Wjat’s the lesson here? One of them is that the Christian, like the Psalmist above, can use visual marvels like this not only to reflect on His awesome creative mind, but on His character as well. I am thankful that the God who made this incredible phenomenon is the same God to whom I trust my salvation. The fulfillment of His promise to me, through faith in the life, death, and resurrection of Christ, is as sure as the enduring order of the universe.

That’s something worth jaw-dropping, too.

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The enduring power of guilt.

Thursday morning in here in Omaha, Nebraska, Thomas Tomich threw himself off of the Rorick apartment tower just west of downtown. The day before a body found in an oil drum found north of Council Bluffs, IA had been identified as that of his former wife’s. Missing for twenty three years, her remains were discovered and identified after forensic testing.

Thomas had always been a suspect but without a body there was not much of a case. Upon identifying the body as his ex-wife he was immediately questioned. The next morning he killed himself.

We should marvel at the secrets hidden in the hearts of men. How a man can live for 23 years knowing he is guilty of murder, and now authorities say he is suspected of two or more other murders, is hard to imagine. Or is it?

I know I am right in saying that many who claim that Jesus Christ is their Savior are in fact harboring secret sin. Sins they have committed, either in the body or of the heart, are known only by them. They live in terror of being discovered, and they will be discovered.

“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” (Hebrews 4:12-13)

They are uncovered now by the searching light of the Word. Whether or not we attest with our tongues, our souls nod in affirmation. Our sin exposed simply by the Word’s identification of sin regardless of how we respond.

What’s more, as the passage states, we will give an account to Him. Both believers (1 Cor 3) and unbelievers (Rev 20). What is hidden will be ripped from the clutches of privacy and judged.

So guilt is a blessing. The believer’s conscience testifies that he must repent of his sin. The unbeliever is called to seek forgiveness at the foot of the cross, where God’s wrath met the perfect substitute: Jesus Christ. By faith His perfect obedience is credited to us and our sin is put on Him.

“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Cor 5:21)

In the end, guilt will lead you to forgiveness and life, or to conviction and death.

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Unbelief…simply unbelieveable.

Today in church, our pastor was preaching that potion of Matt 21 in which Jesus curses a fig tree. It was an interesting, but odd lesson. Partially because the lesson Jesus gives seems somewhat disjointed from the incident with the tree. Partially because our pastor was unusually funny today. Partially because he made an entire point (out of only three) to say that this passage teaches us that Jesus can do whatever he wants to do, and that everything He does is riight.

Seems that our pastor’s commentary reading turned up some interesting responses to this passage, mainly that so many scholars object to Jesus’ cursing of the fig tree, and loudly. You’d think that Jesus killed somebody! (See Rev. 19) Unbelief rears its ugly head so often, and it can be so obvious. That people pick such strange places to be offended, that they reveal their worldview to be so superficial, that the reveal their understanding of Scripture to be so limited, that they choos such strange hills to die on can only be indicative of an unregenerate mind.

It reminded me of a series done on one of the major networks several years ago that intended to uncover some “truth” about Jesus. The series was essentially a pooling of ignorance, pouring over supposed discrepancies in the synoptics and planting their flags of error accordingly. If one account said that both men being crucuified with Jesus were mocking Him, and another said that only one of them did so, it must not have happened, never mind the progress of events as one of the criminals repented. if two accounts quoted Jesus slightly differently, then He didn’t say it at all, nevermind that both translated Aramaic into Greek and that both translations of His original remark might be essentially correct.

Add that to every rejection of a worldwide flood, six-day creation, Noah’s ark etc and you have an unbelieving world that will grasp at any straw that reassures it in its unbelief, no matter how small. It is a reminded that we require the regenerating work of the Spirit to help us believe and understand (1 Cor 2:14-15).

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