What I Read Online – 06/18/2013 (a.m.)

18 Jun
    • Our condition before God is not simply that we are sick, not even that we are really, really sick. We are dead.
    • The life that is given to us in Christ gives us, for the first time, eyes to see and ears to hear
    • The activity of God revealing his wrath presupposes a “prior” activity of God toward all men. And that activity is God’s constant and universal revelation of himself, his character, to every person, through creation
    • Because all men (male and female) are naturally image of God, all men constantly, by virtue of being alive, know God. This knowledge of God is not something static in us; it confronts us, both within and without, every moment that we “live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). In other words, the “bridge” that we need to connect those who are in Christ to those who are in Adam is the bridge of the true knowledge of the true God that all of us, since we are image, have. Because of what God has done, and is doing, we all have the true knowledge of God in common. Those who are in Adam seek perpetually to suppress that truth (Rom. 1:18); those who are, by grace through faith, in Christ revel in it
    • First, it is not possible, for us, to “connect” with the true knowledge of God that all men have by way of communicating something false.
    • we should be able to see that it is not appropriate to urge someone who is in Adam to move toward a probability, however high, that Christ rose from the dead. Christ’s resurrection is not probable, not even highly probably. It is absolutely certain. Without it, the faith that we urge men to have is empty, and we are of all people most to be pitied (1 Cor. 15:14, 17, 19).
    • Second, this means that we can, and do, reason with those who are in Adam. Because they are not completely consistent with their own sinful principle, and because God often restrains them from themselves, men are able to grasp and understand the concepts and ideas that we communicate to them
    • Was Paul reasoning with the Athenians? Any read of Acts 17 will have to conclude that he was. But his reasoning included, as it must, the truth of God himself, and it concluded, as any Christian apologetic must, with the reality of Christ and the gospel.
    • What does the person mean when they say, “The church hurt me”? Let’s walk the possibilities backward from the most sweeping accusation to the most narrow.
    • Most people “hurt by the church” were hurt by individuals in a local congregation. Once we establish that, then we’re then left to help them think through whether the offense occurred knowingly and intentionally or unknowingly and accidentally
    • Take your heart to the ones who actually offended you and seek reconciliation–and if necessary take godly, impartial help
    • Stop saying, “The church hurt me.”
    • Trans: “Founded on the Rock of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.  Sold to Lucifer in a Faustian bargain circa 1976.”
      • God is absolutely sovereign, but his sovereignty never functions in Scripture to reduce human responsibility.
      • Human beings are responsible creatures—that is, they choose, they believe, they disobey, they respond, and there is moral significance in their choices; but human responsibility never functions in Scripture to diminish God’s sovereignty or to make God absolutely contingent.
    • After looking at Acts 4:23-30, Carson makes this telling comment:



      Christians who may deny compatibilism on front after front become compatibilists (knowing or otherwise) when they think about the cross. There is no alternative, except to deny the faith. And if we are prepared to be compatibilists when we think about the cross—that is, to accept both of the propositions I set out at the head of this chapter as true, as they are applied to the cross—it is only a very small step to understanding that compatibilism is taught or presupposed everywhere in the Bible.

    • So I am driven to see not only that compatibilism is itself taught in the Bible, but that it is tied to the very nature of God; and on the other hand, I am driven to see that my ignorance about many aspects of God’s nature is precisely that same ignorance that instructs me not to follow the whims of many contemporary philosophers and deny that compatibilism is possible. The mystery of providence is in the first instance not located in debates about decrees, free will, the place of Satan, and the like. It is located in the doctrine of God.

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