Friday, 4/9/21 – Question: How can a 2,000 year old gospel be relevant today?

How can a 2,000 year old gospel be relevant today?

Folk who ask this point to mankind’s increasing knowledge, advancements of science, diverse governments and ever-changing technologies. “The world has transformed dramatically,” they say, “How can the ancient message of Christianity connect with humankind today?”

The answer is really quite simple. While the world around us may have changed, the human animal has not. We are still a fallen species, estranged from our Maker, lost from His Love.

Writing in the early half of the 3rd century A.D., Cyprian of Carthage mused,

“It’s unavoidable, as it ever has been, that people are intoxicated by love of alcohol, puffed up by conceit, inflamed by bad temper, their peace of mind damaged by the lust for more and more, excited by cruelty, aroused by the urge to be top dog, rushed into ruin by uncontrolled sexual desire, surrounded with alluring things that take hold and won’t let go.”

Numerous similar quotes can be cited from virtually every century.

Some 800 years before Cyprian the prophet Jeremiah cried “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jer. 17:9). And this remains true of human hearts today. Whether one covets his neighbour’s lamb or Lamborghini, the wickedness of heart is the same. Murder by a sudden club or by a slow and subtle cyanide reveals the same heartfelt hatred of the schemer.

St. Augustine defined in his day both the problem and the solution of our situation “Thou has made us for Thyself,” he prays, “and the heart of man is restless until it finds its rest in Thee.” – St. Augustine (354-430 AD).

And in the mid 17th century (1623-1662) French Mathematician, Philosopher and Physicist, Blaise Pascal summarized, “There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus”

All of these display the timeless relevance of the gospel. It is the answer for every era. It is the enduring answer because no other answer will do. As 1+1=2, and opposite poles attract, so the answer to human unrighteousness is found only in the righteousness of Christ. Look around… there is no other Holy Sacrifice.

Is love outdated? Is sleep passé? How about hunger? The need for shelter… purpose… hope? Are any of these ancient things no longer relevant?

Death and judgment are also unchangeable and unavoidable realities — but by the gospel. Its message remains as relevant and as urgent to us today as it was to those who gazed on atop that bloodied hill so many, many years ago.

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Friday, 4/2/21 – Friday Tough Question: Why can’t I do what I want to do?

Why can’t I do what I want to do?

Most of the world’s problems, most of your problems, have to do not so much with not knowing what to do about them as they have with not being able to do what you know must be done.

● Need more money? – Organize a yard sale, get a second job, make a budget…

● Need to follow a budget?  –  Only spend the allotted amount in each category.

● Need to lose some weight? – Go on a diet.

● Need to fix the toilet? – Fix the toilet. (Or hire a plumber who knows what he’s doing!)

● Need to get rid of all that hoarded junk in the garage? – Get out there and start sorting and tossing.

If you’ve faced any of the above it probably didn’t take long for you to figure out the solution, but the tough bit has been to get yourself to do what you know you must do!

Paul struggled with the same enigma (Now read this carefully; it’s a head twister!):

“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do… it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. … I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. …I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing… it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.” (Rom. 7:15-20).

Now Paul is not flippantly excusing himself here, saying, “Hey, it’s not me, it’s sin,” like the old comic Flip Wilson’s “The devil made me do it!” No, Paul is here coming to the realization – the admission – that he finds himself, by nature, a sinner. Give a sinner a rule, and right away, by nature, the sinner wants to break it… to rebel… to assert one’s own covetous, self-seeking, pleasure hunting will over all else.

What a wretched man I am!” Paul concludes (v. 24). Then he asks, “Who will rescue me…?” Paul knows, and is grateful: “Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (v. 25).

Human nature—fallen human nature – doesn’t like coming to this sort of admission. But It is mankind’s only solution – to everything… to problems global and problems personal. For over 2,000 years now the gospel has not changed. Though the world and its technologies have changed dramatically, the human heart has never changed. We are a lost world. The gospel is still vitally relevant, for Christ is our only Redemption.

Surrender to Him. Let Him do in you what He wants to do… in and through you. Therein only will you find true freedom. (See Galatians 2:20).

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Friday, 3/26/21 – Friday Tough Question: What do you do when no relief comes?

What do you do when no relief comes?

In my message this past Sunday I described how during bouts of diverticulosis or dehydration, buckled up in bed, bloated with cramps, cold sweats and constipation I would bury myself in the blankets, pray, and focus upon God my fortress. In my spirit I would clutch Him, hang on tight and pray for sleep.

Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.” (Ps. 57:1).

Following my message, chatting with church folk in the foyer, someone with seasons of like suffering asked, “But what do you do when you pray and pray for relief but none comes?”

“You just hang on!” I answered.

Sometimes our walk with the Lord takes us through pretty rough terrain indeed. We feel like a wild Bronco rider, spectacles perhaps in some grand arena, observed by angels and demons, saints and sinners alike. They wonder: what will this one do? Will he yet hold tight to the end? Will his grasp of the rein of faith slip? Will he yield to the beast, allow it to defeat him? Or will he hold on tighter and tighter till veins and bones strain… hold on unto blood?

Though He slay me, yet will In trust Him,” declared Job. (Job 13:15).

Trials do not come for us to test God… to see if He will deliverer us from even this. Trials come for God to test us… to improve us… to firm our faith and quicken our resolve. As Peter says, “These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” (1 Pet. 1:7).

Or, as Philip Yancey, speaking of the book of Job, notes,

“God is not on trial in this book. Job is on trial. The point of the book is not suffering: Where is God when it hurts?  The prologue dealt with that issue. The point is faith: Where is Job when it hurts?  How is he responding?  To understand the book of Job, I must begin there.” – Philip Yancey, Disappointment with God.

What do you do when God is silent, inactive, seems distant? You just hang on. You believe anyway. You become a purer gold.

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Friday, 3/19/21 – Friday Question: How can I escape the fear of God’s judgment?

How can I escape the fear of God’s judgment?

There are three possible answers to this question. The correct answer for you depends upon your current standing before God.

1. If you are an unbeliever the answer is simple: You cannot. As long as you refuse to admit you are a sinner in need of deliverance, and submit to Christ Jesus as your Saviour and as your Lord, there is nothing left for you. God desires “all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” He has provided the way to do this, but there is only this one way: “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people.” (see 1 Tim. 2:4-6). From the beginning the gospel is this: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12).

There is yet hope if you turn to Him this day, but if you refuse “no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire“ (Heb. 10:26-27). Indeed, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (v. 31).

2. If, however, you are a believer and sense this dread, it is time for you to take personal, honest and open inventory of your heart before God. Do not presume to know your heart. Our own tools of assessment are flawed: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jer. 17:9). “My conscience is clear,” writes Paul, “but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me.” (1 Cor. 4:4).

Allow the search light of the Holy Spirit to scan through every cranny of your heart. If sin is revealed to you, you must admit it, surrender it, make restitution where possible for it, and refuse to return to it. Then you will be clean. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9). If there are areas you wish to hide from such a search, the Holy Spirit’s conviction will continue.

3. The third possibility is that you have committed no sin at all. Rather, the sensations you feel are merely the condemning charges of the devil! This is how our enemy operates. First he tempts us and seeks to lure us into sin, then, if we do sin, he condemns us, throwing the sin into our face, telling us we are no Christian at all, doomed to the judgment of God. If we have dealt before God with this sin, received His forgiveness and His cleansing, then the best weapon against the enemy is to claim the promises of God. When Jesus was tempted (Matt. 4:1-11) He did the same, answering every accusation with “It is written…” The Word of God is Truth (John 17:17), the devil is always a liar (John 8:44)!

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Friday, 3/12/21 – Friday Tough Question: Do the dead currently have bodies?

Do the dead currently have bodies?

A reader asks, “What do people in heaven right now, have for bodies? Or are they just souls?” The questioner further ponders, “…doesn’t it say somewhere that we will recognize people we know, so how can we do that without bodies, although, I know we will meet our new resurrected bodies in the air at the rapture?”

This is a fascinating question for it seems the more you try to squash it, it only splatters into multiple more questions! That believers shall ultimately have bodies in their eternal state is made quite clear in scripture. In fact, pretty much the whole of 1 Corinthians 15 addresses this fact.

In Luke 16 Jesus relates the story of the rich man and Lazarus where, in torments, the rich man recognizes both Abraham and Lazarus: “…the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side.” (Luke 16:22-23).

As well, in the synoptic gospels, we read how just six days after Christ reveals His impending death to the disciples, He takes Peter, James and John to a mountaintop where they witness Christ’s transfiguration but also see and recognize the long departed Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. (See Matt. 17:1-8; Mark 9:2–8; Luke 9:28–36; 2 Pet. 1:16–18).

It is further curious to me that in these above cases Abraham, Moses and Elijah are all recognized by persons who had never before seen them! Upon what then was their recognition based?

But our questioner is not asking about our eternal state; their question is about right now, having died but yet awaiting their glorified forms. This is Indeed a puzzle. Paul writes of the departed as “those who sleep in death” (1 Thess. 4:13). This sounds like these souls rest in unconsciousness until the Lord’s return and “the trumpet call of God,” whereupon “the dead in Christ will rise first,” then the living: “…we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.” (1 Thess. 4:16-17). Yet, on the cross, Jesus promises the repentant thief beside Him, “Today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43). Is this thief’s soul now “with Jesus” yet sleeping?

But we also find what appears to be quite the opposite in John’s description of the opening of the fifth seal…

When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, ‘How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?’ Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been.” (Rev. 6:9-11).

Well what’s going on here!? Certainly these souls seem conscious, seemingly un-bodied, awaiting… what? Bodies?

There are even more questions: Clearly, in 1 Cor. 15, we see that these eternal bodies are not like our present bodies. Their appearance must be in many ways also different.  And consider this: at what age would they look like? If you knew someone only as a child then saw them as adult, would you recognize them? Would anyone really want to look as they do now for all eternity? There are so many questions… so many unknowns…

Always when we ask questions of “when” about eternity we are bound to come up short. “When” is a reality of this temporal [non-spiritual, time-related] world. To the thief on the cross Jesus said, “Today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43), yet scripture places Jesus in the tomb, descending as a testimony to hell, rising from the grave and saying to Mary, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father.” (John 20:16) though shortly after He tells Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side” (John 20:27). His Ascension was not until several days later!

When we consider this same Jesus as acting in creation, even in forming “the first day” (Gen. 1:5) yet “the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Heb. 13:8), we must simply throw up our hands and say with the Apostle, “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!” (Rom. 11:33).

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Friday, 3/5/21 – Friday Question: What to do when prayer seems hollow?

What to do when prayer seems hollow?

I was praying with a group of men yesterday, good men…. godly men whose love and prayers to God are genuine… whose hearts desire is truly to hear from God. Men sorely in need of divine direction, strengthening of spirit, and peace of God. I checked my own heart. Yes… I was being true… both in words and in heart.

Yet, the room felt empty. I felt I was just talking… Was this real prayer? Was God’s ear attentive? Were my prayers (our prayers?) Just bumping off brass skies? Falling again to the earth? Shattering on impact? I prayed on… What else could I do? Then, we were done.

There had been many other times in prayer with these men. Times where God’s Presence was unifying… assuring… a Presence in the room we knew was attentive… a Personage with Whom we knew we had left our petitions. Times when on parting we knew we had been in conversation, not merely to Whom we had orated a monologue.

“Pray without ceasing,” urges Paul (1 Thess. 5:17). What? How can such a demand be possible? A man has to work, to eat, to attend to personal hygiene, to witness, to grow relationships, to sleep and to love. How can one pray in the dentist chair, while shopping for groceries, taking out the trash… and on and on…

But Paul does not mean for us to be on our knees and in our closets always, though such times too are necessary. Rather, he reminds us that prayer is to us like breathing– a thing we currently manage through all the above. As a newborn gasps filling its lungs and thereafter never ceases, so the reborn take in Christ and never cease… through all terrains, and trials, temptations and triumphs he breathes on… in dry times and in glorious times, for better or for worse. Jesus is his life!

What to do when prayer seems hollow? — Pray on! The reward of prayer, like the reward of breathing, is life… spiritual life… life eternal… Pray on… pray through… pray anyway… and…

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Friday, 2/26/21 – Friday Tough Question: What is Truth?

What is Truth?

I am astounded by those who believe The current New Age, post modern or whatever you want to call it notion that Truth can be considered relative. To my mind this is tantamount to saying mathematics is relative. 1+1 may = 2 to you, but to me it equals 3! Ludicrous! Yet this convenient thinking is now widespread.

Pilate must have had this sort of mindset. Even as Christ, The Truth, stood before him, he rejected Him and resigned himself to the lie that Truth is unknowable. “What is Truth,” he spat, and turned his back on God (John 18:38).

But Truth must come to us by Faith. It can be bolstered by reason, but ultimately the final step into It, allowing it to support one’s full weight, that step is a step of faith.

We may believe a thing to be true because upon examination we reason it to be true. But already we have made a gross assumption – we have assumed the reliability of reason. But human reasoning is not at all reliable. It can be skewed by sleeplessness, by too much alcohol, by insufficient or incorrect information, inaccurate prior assumptions, the finitude of the human mind, i.e. our capacity to comprehend, the limitations of memory, computational error, bias, prejudice, rage, or passion.

Faith is far superior.

When I look around at Creation — “When I consider your heavens… the moon and the stars…” (Ps. 8:3) — what I see compels me to believe there is a Creator. Indeed when I look only deep within the complexities and workings of my own body — “…I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Ps. 139:14) — it too testifies to my Creator.

Such a God is certainly loving, indeed “God is love” (1 John 4:8,16). He would desire to communicate that love to us, and He has “…we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. …and so we know and rely on the love God has for us.” (1 John 4:14,16). To know and rely upon that, that is Truth. We have been misled. Truth is found not through the intellect, but through the heart: “…if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart” (Rom. 10:9).

You see, “What is Truth?” is the wrong question. The accurate question is this, “Who is Truth?” and Jesus gives us the Answer: “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6).

To Him we may bring all other questions. In our hearts He will speak to us by His Holy Spirit, Who, as He promises each believer, “will guide you into all truth.” (John 16:13). Not all at once, but step by step, so as to keep our dependency upon Him. “We walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Cor. 5:7).

This is a hard truth to learn. Surrounded by our cities, staring at our screens it is easy to think we are our own creators – and the devil is eager to keep us so busy or distracted that we seldom consider otherwise. But the Truth IS, and that one Truth is Christ. Know Him today before you must face Him tomorrow.

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Friday, 2/19/21 – Friday Tough Question: Is “The Law of Attraction” Biblical?

Is “The Law of Attraction” Biblical?

How would you like to just “think” a thing and thereby cause it to happen? Perhaps you’ve heard of the New Age teaching, “The Law of Attraction.” Adherents of the teaching believe that thoughts are made of “pure energy,” energy which attracts other similar energies. Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Larry King, Jim Carrey, and other luminaries are among its followers.

The idea has its roots in the early 1800s “New Thought,” movement based on the teachings of Phineas Cumby who practiced hypnotism and believed the mind had power to heal. By the early 1900s, the “New Thought Alliance” emerged holding that realities can be created simply by the power of one’s mind.

“The Law of Attraction” took on renewed prominence after publication of the book The Secret by Rhonda Byrne in 2006, followed by the movie by the same name in 2007. These taught that “everything one wants or needs can be satisfied by believing in an outcome, repeatedly thinking about it, and maintaining positive emotional states to ‘attract’ the desired outcome.”

Scripture does teach that “whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24), and that “faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Heb. 11:1). But these speak of a belief and a faith in the One Living True God, not in the power of one’s own mind.

The Bible recognizes essentially only two “Laws” – the “Law of Sin and Death,” demonstrated by man’s inability to live righteously before God by keeping the written “Law of Moses” and the “Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:2).

Scripture consistently teaches that left to ourselves mankind has no inherent power to better our human situation — i.e. the fact that sin has separated us from our God. Only by divine intervention is restoration and the “power” to live rightly possible: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil 4:13) writes Paul.

The Bible speaks nothing of the popular notion of “pure energy” or any other kind of “energies” imagined to flow through the universe, act causatively, or have attractive force. The biblical gospel states clearly that Christ alone is the active creative source and force of all things and that He alone holds all things together.

For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Col. 1:16-17).

There is no mystical “energy.” Christ alone holds all things together. The Holy Spirit is the only Agent, and the Will of God the Father, not one’s own will, is the final determiner.

The desire for God-like control of one’s own destiny is not at all new. In fact, it harks back to mankind’s very first temptation, “‘You will not certainly die,’ the serpent said to the woman. ‘For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.‘” (Gen. 3:4-5).

Even before that, this was the sinful heart cry of Lucifer: “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.” (Isa. 14:14), and it remains today the desire of prideful, rebellious flesh.

The Christian knows — or is at least learning — that God must be all: 100 percent. Anything less will not do, not 80, not 95, not 99, but 100 percent. God is in charge. He is Lord and I am not. In Christ, walking by faith, presenting to Him our requests, “…no one can boast.” (Eph. 2:9). We must bow, and we do bow each moment, if not to Christ, then to idol… money… possession… status… or self.

The “Law of Attraction” is no law at all, and we do well to heed James’ caution: “Don’t be deceived… Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father…” (Jas. 1:16-17). He alone is the source of all good things.

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Friday, 2/12/21 – Friday Ramblings…

Friday Ramblings…

Not really a question this week, just my musings as I look over the past week and consider the coming weekend. Not really a question, but perhaps, I hope, an answer.

Last Wednesday’s blog “The Ever-Seeking Lover” might just as easily have been titled “The Ever-Loving Seeker.” But the point was the truth that God is relentless in His looking at the horizon for that lost lamb’s return. He keeps calling out to it, seutting out fresh food and warming its blanket. As soon as a glimpse of that long unsheared, now scraggled and soiled coat appears he is ready to run to it. We know this is true for Jesus said so (Luke 15:1-32).

No sheep can shear itself. No prodigal, waist deep in mire, can lift himself out. Both must be rescued, just as they are, from someone without, someone mightier. They must be taken away from where they now struggle, be bathed, clipped, fed and made whole again. They must surrender themselves fully to these hands from away. They must trust themselves to these hands as does clay to the hands of the potter.

Trust is only possible where you know you are loved. Fear is the default when meeting a stranger: will he cut my flesh, feed me poison, make me weaker still? “There is no fear in love,” writes John, the beloved disciple, “But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18).

It is not the “perfection” (the maturity, the completeness) of our love which drives out fear, but an understanding of the completeness of His Love, which only is perfect and holds “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jer. 29:11).

Whom else do you have, lost one? To whom else can you turn? The equation which He pleads is simple: “I have set before you life and death… therefore choose life!” (Deut. 30:19). Have at least the good senses of Peter who sat among those to whom Jesus asked, “Will you also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” (John 6:67-68).

This Sunday will be Valentine’s Day, 2021. There is a card in your mailbox; it is there now. It is from Him who knows you best, yet loves you most. Will you open it? How will you reply?

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Friday, 2/5/21 – Friday Tough Question: Unanswerable Questions

Unanswerable Questions

My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.” (Ps. 131:1).

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness…” (1 Tim. 3:16).

This month I have been reading in Irenaeus. Irenaeus was a great theologian of the 2nd Century. He was taught by Polycarp, who was in turn taught by the Apostle John. Reading Irenaeus we get a glimpse of a faith that looks back not 2,000 years as we do, but a mere 200.

Irenaeus wrote much against the heresies of his day, particularly against the teachings of Gnosticism which made Christ a sort of sub-god who only seemed to be human. In fact, one of his greatest works was called simply “Against Heresies.” Irenaeus clarified many truths and answered many questions, but he also insisted that many, many mysteries were to us simply unknowable.

If any one, therefore, says to us, “How then was the Son produced by the Father?” we reply to him, that no man understands that production, or generation, or calling, or revelation, or by whatever name one may describe His generation, which is in fact altogether indescribable. Neither Valentinus, nor Marcion, nor Saturninus, nor Basilides, nor angels, nor archangels, nor principalities, nor powers [possess this knowledge], but the Father only who begat, and the Son who was begotten….
While we are here on earth  as Paul says, “we know in part and prophesy in part” (1 Cor. 13:9). Since, then, we know only in part, we must leave all matters of perplexing questions in the hands of Him who gives us some small measure of grace. For example, the Lord has clearly declared, and the rest of Scripture proves, that everlasting fire is prepared for sinners. Scripture likewise proves that God foreknew humanity would sin, since He prepared this everlasting fire from the beginning for the disobedient (Matt. 25:41). But what causes the disobedient to be what they are: this has not been told by Scripture, nor an apostle, nor the Lord Himself. – Irenaeus, Against Heresies, xxviii

At one point in His ministry Jesus said, “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.” (John 16;12). Jacob was denied knowing the name of the one with whom he wrestled at Jabbock (Gen. 32:29), and when Manoah asked his angelic visitor a similar question the angel replied, “Why do you ask My name, seeing it is wonderful?” Or in other words, “beyond understanding,” i.e. filled with wonderment! (see Judg. 13:17-19).

Yes, some things are certainly unknowable to us now. And for me, that gives me great confidence. After all, what kind of a God would He be if in all the infinitude of creation and eternity my puny mind could comprehend Him?

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