The “for’s” in the Bible are of utmost importance for our understanding and faith. The “for’s” give the reason, the why, the interpretation, the theology of whatever propositional truth precedes it. For example…
“The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein” Psalm 24:1
This is an absolute, propositional truth statement. It is stated as actual fact. No question. No dispute. No doubt. Objective, reality.
So what gives God the right to lay claim on the earth, every aspect of the earth’s abundant yield, and every individual who inhabits the earth?
“for He has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.” Psalm 24:2
He created it all - He owns it all. The right of possession belongs to the Creator.
Let’s pay attention to and embrace the “for’s” of Scripture. They tell us what to believe and why to believe the truth claims and promises of God found within His written treasure chest, the Bible.
“He leads us in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” Psalm 23:3 “For His name’s sake” is the one God-centered descriptive in this entire psalm. The rest of the psalm describes what God does for His...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Psalm 21:11 says that the enemies of Christ “will not succeed.” Psalm 23:1 says that those who are in Christ “shall not want.” Unbelievers will not succeed in dethroning Christ. Believers will not want because they have...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
When God does something on the level of spiritual, on the level of mystery, He often gives us a visual expression of it for our understanding and for our joy and for our faith. He wonderfully condescends to us by setting before us earthly, visual...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
"It is indeed to be desired that solid scriptural theology...should be valued and studied in the church. Books in which Scripture is reverently regarded as the only rule of faith and practice-books in which Christ and the Holy Ghost have their...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
In my sermon this past Sunday, I was trying to convey and drive home the significance of the Lord’s Supper by using my wedding ring as an analogy to the elements. I hope this will help us grasp the distinction between the sign and the thing...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
What happened on Good Friday? The most horrific event in all of human history! The sinless, innocent, guiltless, spotless, pure, harmless, holy Son of God, Jesus Christ of Nazareth was betrayed . . . abandoned . . . secretly arrested . . ....[ abbreviated | read entire ]
In times like these when a nation with a history and economy like Haiti is devastated by an earthquake, believers need to be grounded in sound, biblical theology to make sense of it and be able to help others maneuver through the many questions....[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Conclusion to the Series "Purpose and Persecution" # 16-19.16. Believers Enduring Persecution Breaks Hardened Hearts. While persecution is meant to break the believer and cause him or her to turn from the faith, perseverance under extreme cruelty...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
# 12-15 of Purposes in Persecution12. Persecution Displays Christ as Supreme Over All and Life Itself. Philippians 3:8 "Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have...[ abbreviated | read entire ]