Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.

Romans 7:4 NASB
http://bible.com/100/rom.7.4.NASB

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“In a spirit of thankfulness let me recall the mercies you lavished on me, O my God to you let me confess them.  May I be flooded with love for you until my very bones cry out, ‘who is like you, O Lord?’ Let me offer you a sacrifice of praise, for you have snapped my bonds.  How you broke them I will relate, so that all your worshippers who hear my tale may exclaim, ‘blessed be the Lord, blessed in heaven and on earth, for great and wonderful is His name!'”

Confession for Augustine was not so much about telling God what he had done wrong (certainly not mediated through a Priest as is common today in Catholic circles – Augustine recognized only One Mediator, the Man Christ Jesus).  To the contrary, his confession was intended to praise God for all of the good that He had done in his life to the end that all of God’s people would in turn praise Him for His mighty works.

The enjoyment of [God] is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, or children, or the company of earthly friends, are but shadows; but God is the substance. These are but scattered beams, but God is the sun. These are but streams. But God is the ocean.

-Jonathan Edwards

“It was because we were weak and unable to find the truth by pure reason that we needed the authority of the sacred scripture; and so I began to see that you would not have endowed them with such authority among all nations unless you had willed human beings to believe in you and seek you through them.”

Such amazing faith on display at the passing of her husband:

So on April 3 she wrote to her daughter Esther,

What shall I say: A holy and good God has covered us with a dark cloud. Oh that we may kiss the rod, and lay our hands on our mouths! The Lord has done it, he has made me adore his goodness that we had him so long. But my God lives; and he has my heart. Oh what a legacy my husband, and your father, has left to us! We are all given to God: and there I am and love to be.

Your ever affectionate mother, Sarah Edwards

But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

Romans 3:21‭-‬26 NASB
http://bible.com/100/rom.3.21-26.NASB

It has been a while since I have written a proper blog post.  As of late, most things have been simply quotes or scripture that the Lord has been using to bring encouragement.  Things change.  Life around us changes, our bodies change, our thought processes and desires change.  Change is a constant, for us.  And it is a constant reminder that we are often not in control.

I feel that sometimes more than others.  I am currently reading Augustine.  And I am thinking, why haven’t I read him before?!!

He said with reference to God “in the realm of the spiritual and the changeless there cannot be degrees of truth; for all is equally changeless and eternal.”  And “our love must rise to God, not as we love this or that good thing, but as the Good itself.”  He referred to God in another place as the “changeless Good” who adds value to all men as they are created in His image.  And in another place that “we must stand fast by that Good in love and cleave to it, that we may enjoy the presence of Him from whom we have our being and in whose absence we could not be at all.”

Augustine.  Claimed by both Catholics and Protestants as a hero of the faith.  Augustine, whose writings it has taken me 21 years, a ridiculous number of books and 3 theologically oriented schools to come upon.

He is by no means God.  But his God is a great God, in fact his God is the Greatest Good that there is.  He is the Greatest Good in part because He is the Changeless Good.  All other things change.  But there is no shadow of turning in Him who created all things and by whose will all things have their being and persist.

The Greatest Good is the Changeless Good.  And it is to Him we should cling when all around us remains changelessly in a state of change.  It is to Him that we should cling when we see that all of our lesser goods are lesser goods and begin to lose their flavor.

Through our seasons of change, may we say with David “You are my Lord; I have no good besides You“, to the One about whom it was also said that “every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow” (Psa 16:2; Jas 1:17).

Godliness

Posted: February 23, 2018 in Uncategorized

for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
1 Timothy 4:8 NASB
http://bible.com/100/1ti.4.8.NASB

Billy Graham (1918–2018)

Posted: February 21, 2018 in Uncategorized

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justin-taylor/billy-graham-1918/

for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh,

Philippians 3:3 NASB
http://bible.com/100/php.3.3.NASB