Talked a bit about our time at G3, then up in NY at New Hyde Park Baptist Church, talked a little about the New World Translation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and then started on calls, with discussions of 2 Cor. 5:21 as well as the eternal generation of the Son taking up most of the time.
Well, Theology Matters
Had to get the silly stuff out of the way first, so we looked at Andrew Sluder’s “KJB Numerology” where he uses verse numbers and their position in the Bible to prove its inspiration. Then we got serious and read through a Soteriology 101 article and dealt with its man-centeredness. Finished off with an RNS opinion piece that alleged that James Cone’s heresy really isn’t heresy, it is all about white power. Also had some further information about the Rome/Israel cruise and associated excursions.
Back to live streaming today (yay!). Covered, very quickly, the questions asked by Marcus Rogers in one of those “I’m going to prop my phone up on my dashboard in a parking lot” type videos regarding the Trinity. I was named specifically, so I responded specifically, though briefly. Then we looked at 2 Thess. 2:15 as quoted by Jay Dyer in his “10 Reasons” video we started responding to last week.
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Nearly two hours on the program today (not live streamed due to our computer issues), first hour in response and review of the Francis Chan clip that surfaced yesterday about the Supper and church history, the second hour in response to Leighton Flowers and Romans 3.
Goodness the world is a mess. Wars and rumors of wars, dangers abound. Yet how many are in any way truly seeking the Lord at times like this? In times of trouble in the past men prayed. How many pray today? How many acknowledge God’s kingship, His purpose?
I am working on my G3 sermon, which is coming up fairly quickly. We are speaking about worship this year, and I hope and pray everyone who will be attending is preparing their hearts to truly worship. I am afraid many of us will just come stumbling in, expecting a miracle, and it is exactly a miracle that would be required, since our minds will be filled with worldly thoughts and cares, if we are not careful! In any case, consider the fact that in Scripture a few times we are given a glimpse of heavenly worship. How often do we thank the Lord for these revelations? What if we had no idea? Think about Isaiah 6, and the glorious vision given to John in Revelation 4 and 5. Have you ever considered what it means that while men are murdering and plotting and scheming upon earth, the greatest creatures God has ever made are enthralled in constant and uninterrupted worship of Yahweh in heaven? There is no tumult, no turmoil, in the presence of the thrice holy One. All the schemes and weapons and atrocities of men do not interrupt the worship of God upon His throne. Think about all the things this should communicate to us. Just a few to ponder:
If God were actually in the job of reacting to mankind rather than working out His sovereign decree, would He not be most disturbed at what man is doing, most distracted?
The priorities of the greatest of God’s creatures are the proper ones: they recognize their creatureliness, and hence the necessity of their worship of their Creator. Does this not tell us how far removed we are from a true and proper recognition of ourselves as God’s creations, and hence He, as our Creator?
There is so much more, but tonight as I hear of tumults and attacks and war, I am reminded that in the heavenly realms all is calm, and is as it has been since the dawn of time. Turn off the television, shut down the Internet, and see if you cannot hear, with the ears attuned to Scripture, the echoes of glory itself:
Ἅγιος ἅγιος ἅγιος κύριος σαβαωθ, πλήρης πᾶσα ἡ γῆ τῆς δόξης αὐτοῦ.
Holy! Holy! Holy! Yahweh of Hosts! All the earth is full of His glory!
Amen and amen, let it ever be.