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 representations of glorious, invisible, mysterious realities!! He gives us this “helps” to help us grasp the mind boggling spiritual truths they are meant to convey.
How can we ever picture, visualize, the profound attributes of God?Romans 1 says, “Look at His creation” 1:20 - “For His invisible attributes, namely His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.”
How are we ever to picture, to visualize, the profound work of Christ on the cross to remove our sin? How is it that His death 2,000 years ago secured my eternal salvation? That’s why God gave us the Lord’s Supper. Jesus said, “This bread is My body broken for you. This cup is My blood of the new covenant shed for you.” (Matt 26:26-29)
How are we ever to picture, to visualize, being made a totally new creation, new person, in Christ Jesus? How do we visualize the new birth? That’s why God gave us baptism. Just as Christ died and lives again, we who are in Him, die to sin and rise to live with Him forever. (Col 2:12)
How are we ever to picture, to visualize, that marriage means two become one flesh? That’s why God gave us physical intimacy in marriage. Was it for procreation? Yes. Was it for mutual pleasure? Yes. But it was for far more. The marriage bed is so very sacred because it expresses a profound mysterious union that itself is meant to portray a profound mysterious union. - “‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.” (Eph 5:31-32)
God gives us wonders so that we might behold His wonders!
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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 ]
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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 ]
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Due to receiving increased reports of persecution from friends around the globe, I began meditating on what God's purposes might be behind the suffering of His children. It is one thing to ask why a loving, powerful God allows bad things to happen...[ abbreviated | read entire ]