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For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;

Proverbs 2:6

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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

John 1:1-5

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Tuesday, June 30, 2009
In Wonder
06.30.09

J.A. Matteson

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…. Genesis 1:1

Genesis frames the discussion for all matters of existence by making a declarative statement that an intelligent Being precedes all things and that all things find their existence and maintenance in Him. There was a time when time was not, for time is a part of the created order. The One who created all things is eternal, having always existed, and will always exist. The eternal God is self-existing, being independent of all things for His existence—He simply is. In eternity past time and space were not while God was and it is impossible for the human mind to understand the state of all things before all things existed.

Hidden in the eternal decrees and will of God it was pleasing to Him to bring into being the heavens and the earth. From eternal nothingness all things find their origin and let it not escape notice that He who created did so ex nihilo; i.e., out of nothing. And it is at this proposition that human reasoning is rendered useless for human understanding breaks down, for out of nothing one would expect nothing, as it is physically impossible to end up with something if you begin with nothing.

This is the big problem for the intellectual atheist and his presupposition with regard to the hypothetical big bang: nothing + something = everything. The finite human brain is incapable of comprehending nothingness as revealed by the Lord in this passage. The poet may think of nothingness and imagine the vast dark distance of intergalactic space, but even this is not nothing in the true sense but something, being composed of “dark matter.” The physicist may attempt to describe the state of being at the point of singularity when theoretically all the matter of the universe existed in an infinitely small point, yet the scientist in his reasoning is presuming upon something infinitely small resulting in something gargantuan and the laws of physics break down when challenged to describe the absolute nothingness revealed by God to Moses. Ultimately intellectual atheism is not rational whereas Judeo/Christian theism is rational and does not violate a single law of logic.

Intellectual atheism denies that which has been placed within the human conscience for, “He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end” (Ecc. 3:11). When it comes to believing biblical revelation about creation fallen humanities issue is a moral problem rooted in a volitional choice; it is not that humanity is incapable of knowing the truth, rather fallen man intellectually rejects it, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse” (Rom. 1:18-20).

The placement of eternity within the souls of men is the cause for the dread of death and the immense sorrow that usually accompanies it. Grieving may also include a period of anger when those close to the departed direct irritation and sometimes intense rage at the departed for leaving them. All such human emotions speak to the divine imprint, bearing witness to the Creator who placed eternity in the hearts of men. And fallen man is truly at his sanest during a Christian funeral service when the minister challenges all in attendance to consider the state of their souls before a holy God, impressing upon them the brevity of their earthly existence and the often unexpected arrival of eternity. To this end the prayer of Moses is precious and comforting, “So teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom” (Ps. 90:12). Reflecting upon the opening passage of Genesis the accent of human existence is placed where it belongs: man is finite, God is infinite; man is temporal, God is eternal. In wonder to these things king David expresses the appropriate heart response of worship, “O LORD, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that You think of him?” (Ps. 144:3).

In this regard the Apostle underscores the divinity of the creative power of the Lord Jesus Christ, “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things have been created through Him and for Him” (Col. 1:16)—being forever blessed.

Copyright (c) 2009 Immutable Word Ministries (“…for the word of our God stands forever.” Isaiah 40:8)

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Not Almost, But Altogether

The Puritan, Henry Smith:

“The door that is almost shut is open; he that is almost true is a liar; he that is almost honest is a thief; he that is almost saved is lost; he that is almost reconciled to God is an enemy to God; he that is almost inside the ark gets drowned; and he that is almost a believer in Christ will be damned.”

Let us not be almost, but altogether Christians.

HT:The Wanderer

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Third Day: Your Love Oh Lord

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Salvation to the Utmost

Verse

“Underneath are the everlasting arms.” Deut 33:27

Thought

God-the eternal God-is himself our support at all times, and especially when we are sinking in deep trouble. There are seasons when the Christian sinks very low in humiliation. Under a deep sense of his great sinfulness, he is humbled before God till he scarcely knows how to pray, because he appears, in his own sight, so worthless. Well, child of God, remember that when thou art at thy worst and lowest, yet “underneath” thee “are everlasting arms.” Sin may drag thee ever so low, but Christ’s great atonement is still under all. You may have descended into the deeps, but you cannot have fallen so low as “the uttermost”; and to the uttermost he saves. Again, the Christian sometimes sinks very deeply in sore trial from without. Every earthly prop is cut away. What then? Still underneath him [Continue reading…]

Trust In Him

by J.A. Matteson

Some trust in government. Some trust in friends. Some trust in family. Some trust in coworkers. Some trust in institutions. Some trust in their good health. Some trust in their abilities. Some trust in advisors. Some trust in their bank account. Some trust in themselves. Some trust in fate. Some trust in an unknown future. Some trust in a spouse. Some trust in the odds favoring them. Some trust in the human spirit. Some trust in hard work. Some trust in optimism. Some trust in the military. Some trust in public servants. Some trust in Jesus Christ, “O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man who trusts in You!” (Psalm 84:12). At some point all will fall short and disappoint, except Jesus Christ, Who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Those who trust in Him will never be disappointed. Let everything that has breath [Continue reading…]

Quote (37) – Dr. Harry Ironside

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Exposing Error

Error is like leaven of which we read, “A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.” (Gal 5:9) Truth mixed with error is equivalent to all error, except that it is more innocent looking and, therefore, more dangerous. God hates such a mixture! Any error, or any truth-and-error mixture, calls for definite exposure and repudiation. To condone such is to be unfaithful to God and His Word and treacherous to imperiled souls for whom Christ died.

Exposing error is most unpopular work. But from every true standpoint it is worthwhile work. To our Savior, it means that He receives from us, His blood-bought ones, the loyalty that is His due. To ourselves, if we consider “the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt,” (Heb 11:26) it ensures future reward, a thousand-fold. And to souls “caught in the snare of [Continue reading…]

Send Me, I’ll go.

Whether you like this type of music or not is neither here nor there, for this message is both hard hitting and true, and needs to be taken on board by all of us who dare profess to follow Christ.

 

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The Mercy of Jesus is So Sweet

Just recently I have allowed things to get in the way of my desire for the Lord, and gradually, in fact quite rapidly, I have found my heart crusting over into a hard shell. The desire I have for the Word seemed to have faded somewhat, my thoughts seemed rarely to fix upon God as they often do normally, and I found unfit words spouting from my mouth without even thinking about it. Don’t get me wrong, I hadn’t turned into some raving atheist overnight or anything, but that degree or two of separation had left me feeling utterly cold, and unworthy and unable to honour my Lord.

As I went to church this morning, in the midst of hearing the Word of God being preached, and singing songs of praise amongst the congregation, it was as though my spirit heard a familiar voice calling. Not some weird or [Continue reading…]

Consequences Of Non-Expositional Preaching (4)

Continuing our series that explores and highlights the consequences of not preaching expositionally.

It demonstrates appalling pride and a lack of submission.

In the modern approach to “ministry,” the Word of God is deliberately downplayed, the reproach of Christ is quietly repudiated, the offense of the gospel is carefully eliminated, and “worship” is purposely tailored to fit the preferences of unbelievers. That is nothing but a refusal to submit to the biblical mandate for the church. The effrontery of ministers who pursue such a course is, to me, frightening.

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Quote (16) – John MacArthur

We must not take our cues from people who are perfectly happy to compromise the truth wherever possible “for harmony’s sake.” Friendly dialogue may sound affable and pleasant. But neither Christ nor the apostles ever confronted serious, soul-destroying error by building collegial relationships with false teachers.