Category: God & His Work
You are worthy, O Lord!
“Nothing Left to Chance”
El Alto y Sublime
Los decretos de Dios
“The Goodness of the Law”
“Oh how I love your law!” (Ps. 119:97). What a strange statement of affection. Why would anyone direct his love toward the law of God? The law limits our choices, restricts our freedom, torments our consciences, and pushes us down with a mighty weight that cannot be overcome, and yet the psalmist declares his affection for the law in passionate terms. He calls the law sweeter than honey to his mouth (Ps. 119:3).
What is it about the law of God that can provoke such affection? In the first place, the law is not an abstract set of rules and regulations. The law reflects the will of the Lawgiver, and in that regard it is intensely personal. The law reflects to the creature the perfect will of the Creator and at the same time reveals the character of that being whose law it is. The law of God proceeds from God’s being and reflects His character. When the psalmist speaks of his affection for the law, he makes no division between the law of God and the Word of God. Just as the Christian loves the Word of God, so we ought to love the law of God, for the Word of God is indeed the law of God.
You can run, but you cannot hide
Jehovah interrogates and challenges vain men. Does not their reason, does not their conscience testify that it is as He says?
El decreto eterno
I. Dios desde la eternidad, por el sabio y santo consejo de su voluntad, ordeno libre e inalterablemente todo lo que sucede. (1) Sin embargo, lo hizo de tal manera, que Dios ni es autor del pecado (2), ni hace violencia al libre albedrío de sus criaturas, ni quita la libertad ni contingencia de las causas secundarias, sino más bien las establece. (3)
1. Efesios 1:11; Romanos 11:33, 9:15,18; Hebreos 6:17.
2. Santiago 1:13,17; 1 Juan 1:5.
3. Hechos 2:23; 4:27-28; Mateo 17:12; Juan 19:11; Proverbios 16:33.
II. Aunque Dios sabe todo lo que puede suceder en toda clase de supuestas condiciones, (1) sin embargo, nada decreto porque lo preveía como futuro o como cosa que sucedería en circunstancias dadas. (2)
1. Hechos 15:18; 1 Samuel 23:11-12; Mateo 11:21,23.
2. Romanos 9:11,13,16,18.
III. Por el decreto de Dios, para la manifestación de su propia gloria, algunos hombres y ángeles (1) son predestinados a vida eterna, y otros preordenados a muerte eterna. (2)
1. 1 Timoteo 5:21; Mateo 25:41.
2. Romanos 9:22-23; Efesios 1:5-6; Proverbios 16:4.
The light of nature & necessity of Scripture
I. Although the light of nature, and the works of creation and providence, do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, as to leave men inexcusable;a yet are they not sufficient to give that knowledge of God, and of his will, which is necessary unto salvation;b therefore it pleased the Lord, at sundry times, and in divers manners, to reveal himself, and to declare that his will unto his Church;c and afterwards, for the better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more sure establishment and comfort of the Church against the corruption of the flesh, and the malice of Satan and of the world, to commit the same wholly unto writing;d which maketh the holy Scripture to be most necessary;e those former ways of God’s revealing his will unto his people being now ceased.f
a.Psa 19:1-3; Rom 1:19-20; 1:32 with Rom. 2:1; 2:14-15. b. 1 Cor 1:21; 2:13-14. c. Heb 1:1. d. Prov 22:19-21; Isa 8:19-20; Mat 4:4, 7, 10; Luke 1:3-4; Rom 15:4. e. 2 Tim 3:15; 2 Pet 1:19. f. Heb 1:1-2.
– Westminster Confession of Faith (1646), 1.1, Of Holy Scripture
Christianity’s shocking emergence
“No other sufficient cause can possibly be assigned of this propagation the gospel, but only God’s own power. Nothing else can be devised as the reason of it but this. Their was certainly some reason Here was a great and wonderful effect the most remarkable change that ever was in the face of the world of mankind since the flood; and this effect was not without some cause. Now, what other cause can be devised but only the divine power? It was not the outward strength of the instruments which were employed in it. At first, the gospel was preached only by a few fishermen, who were without power and worldly interest to support them. It was not their craft and policy that produced this wonderful effect; for they were poor illiterate men. It was not the agreeableness of the story they had to tell to the notions and principles of mankind. This was no pleasant able: a crucified God and Saviour was to the Jews a stumbling-block, and to the Greeks foolishness. It was not the agreeableness of their doctrines to the dispositions of men: for nothing is more contrary to the corruptions of men than the pure doctrines of the gospel. This effect therefore can have proceeded from no other cause than the power and agency of God: and if the power of God was what was exercised to cause the gospel to prevail, then the gospel is his word; for surely God does not use his almighty power to promote a mere imposture and delusion.”
-Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758)