Contend Earnestly: God's Greatest Secret: Conclusion

Friday, July 25, 2008

God's Greatest Secret: Conclusion


Live for the Glory of God, With What He Has Given You: His Love

So, this final post will show the outcome of the correct understanding of this passage.

If we understand that God is perfect in wisdom and infinite in Being and knowledge, and that we should trust him for our salvation through the mystery of Christ, the outpouring of this is found in the Shema.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart: it starts with love. If Israel would have realized this, they would have been able to worship their God through their sacrifices and not because of their sacrifices. Here is what I mean.

Do you obey God because “he says to do certain things” or do you obey God because you love him and desire to worship him?

Let me ask you:

Why do you memorize Scripture, read your Bible, pray, come to church and tell others about Christ?


Is it natural because of the outflow of love you have for your Creator and Saviour?

Think of this:

What is the difference in killing an animal for forgiveness of sin because God says so (like they did in the OT), and reading the Bible and praying because God says so? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING

Sacrifice and meal offering You have not desired; My ears You have opened; Burnt offering and sin offering You have not required. Then I said, “Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of me. I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your Law is within my heart.”
Psalm 40:6-8


If God didn’t desire the sacrifices of animals because he merely said so, what makes you think he desires your sacrifices in the form of bible study, prayer and evangelism, just because he says so? He doesn’t. This is the definition of doing what God says for “fire insurance.”

David says something in this Psalm that gets to the crux of the issue and why God loved David so much…

What does David say in Psalm 40:8?

I delight to do your will...

David does the will of God not merely because he is supposed to, but because he loves God. David exclaims elsewhere:

I love You, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, And I am saved from my enemies.
Psalm 18:1-3


So, why does David pray, do the will of God, look to God, read and study his commandments?

Because he loves the God of his salvation, even though it is all a mystery to him.

The question is: Do we?

Deut 29:29’s second half says this:

but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law

God has many mysteries, none that we will ever know, even in heaven, but we are told to observe the things that are revealed to us. The most awesome thing that has been revealed to us is the mystery of God’s salvation, that is, Jesus Christ.

Conclusion

The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.
Deuteronomy 29:29


We have the all infinite God, all knowing God, that created us, loving us by sending his Son to die for us. He has revealed this to us, it should only be a mystery of why he did this for undeserving whores.

But out of this, we should observe all the words of this law.

We should trust in our God, not to get us out of trouble or to give us things in this life, but our trust should be found in our redemption, our hope should be found in our redemption. This was the cry of David’s heart. It should also be the same with us.

Although we don’t understand everything that goes around us, we do get a grasp of the love of God because it was shown and demonstrated through the death of Christ for us that didn’t deserve it.

May we cry out like David cried out, even when we don’t understand everything:

I love You, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised,

The riddle at the beginning of this series was, “what gets whiter the dirtier it gets?” (a chalkboard)

We could also ask, “Who realizes how white he is, the more he realizes his dirt?”

The answer: Christians

The more you realize how dirty and sinful you are, the more you should realize the greatness that Christ has washed you white as snow.

This secret belongs to God, but may we love him dearly for it and worship him the rest of our days.

2 comments:

natamllc said...

Seth,

an agony exists within you.

I am praying for your complete deliverance and the New Found Freedom in Christ, "behold, all things become ""new"" ".

As for these words you wrote:

[[We have the all infinite God, all knowing God, that created us, loving us by sending his Son to die for us. He has revealed this to us, it should only be a mystery of why he did this for undeserving whores.

But out of this, we should observe all the words of this law.

We should trust in our God, not to get us out of trouble or to give us things in this life, but our trust should be found in our redemption, our hope should be found in our redemption. This was the cry of David’s heart. It should also be the same with us.]]

I will posit two places of the "unbroken" Word to consider because of them. One is Hebrews 9 and the other is Psalms 49.

You couch this series as a Mystery/a Secret of God's. You use the word "riddle".

Here are two riddles:

Psa 49:3 My mouth shall speak wisdom; the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.
Psa 49:4 I will incline my ear to a proverb; I will solve my riddle to the music of the lyre.

and

Heb 9:11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation)
Heb 9:12 he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.

Now to the latter first, Hebrews 9.
When you take up the Scriptures to learn the answers to riddles you enter the thoughts of History and Historians and the Historical.

You do so with great risk and peril.

Risk in that you might not come to the answer you seek or the answers you need so to come to the place of security and protection from the perils of this life, that True place of deliverance from all harm.

Peril, in that when you do come to the place of understanding, or rather "standing" "under", you now have enter the "war zone" of this life. And this war is to the "death", no unconditional terms and there are no prisoners taken until after the war is won! Before, when you had no answer or answers, you were squarely standing under the god of the world system, Satan. But once you come out from under him you are now standing under Him.

Although you are of the company of the Elect before Christ comes to live in you, you are just not yet Alive in Christ and the only remedy is the answer, Christ crucified, the answer to the riddle, or answers to the riddles you are under in this life, these riddles that keep you in "darkness".

No one "seeks" God. No one seeks the answers!

Now the answer to the 'riddle' posed there at Hebrews 9 is verse 14.

When you come here brought by the Work of Grace and Mercy and Peace and leave the "old world" behind, you are left in the old world with all the serious perils and trips and traps and cunnings of it hounding your New Found Life. We are indeed in the world as God's Chosen Elect. We are not of it. Here is my "new package wrap of this New Life" or "brown paper bag" that carries the Truth:

"God has taken the world out of us, He has not as yet taken us out of the world".

We do have an "eternal purpose" for living for Christ in this world today, cf., Ephesians 3.

Now I serve King Jesus, the ruler of the kings of the world. cf., Revelation 1.

Now finally to Psalms 49. The riddle comes into the "Light" here:

Psa 49:7 Truly no man can ransom another, or give to God the price of his life,
Psa 49:8 for the ransom of their life is costly and can never suffice,
Psa 49:9 that he should live on forever and never see the pit.


There has never been a time from Pre-Fall Adam, fallen Adam and this fallen human race when mankind would be able to save themself from the dangers and perils of the "darkness" written about at Genesis 1:2, "....and darkness was over the surface of the deep....".

At no time has God posited Salvation in any other than Christ from His Throne, sitting as the ruler of the kings of the earth, Christ, born of a Virgin, raised a Jew, died a criminal and outcast of humanity at the hands of godless man, me, you, and now as Christ, ruling and reigning from that Seat of Glory which He had before the foundation of the world and throughout all eternity!

It is this, the answer to the riddle, it is indeed "Christ in You" the hope of Glory.

I too am in a correction mode. I am dying daily in this life/bios so as to rise up and reign in Life/Zoe through Jesus Christ the Lord!

Rom 5:17 For if, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.


and

Rev 1:5 and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood
Rev 1:6 and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

and

Rev 5:9 And they sang a new song, saying, "Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation,
Rev 5:10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth."

natamllc said...

Seth,

an agony exists within you.

I am praying for your complete deliverance and the New Found Freedom in Christ, "behold, all things become ""new"" ".

As for these words you wrote:

[[We have the all infinite God, all knowing God, that created us, loving us by sending his Son to die for us. He has revealed this to us, it should only be a mystery of why he did this for undeserving whores.

But out of this, we should observe all the words of this law.

We should trust in our God, not to get us out of trouble or to give us things in this life, but our trust should be found in our redemption, our hope should be found in our redemption. This was the cry of David’s heart. It should also be the same with us.]]

I will posit two places of the "unbroken" Word to consider because of them. One is Hebrews 9 and the other is Psalms 49.

You couch this series as a Mystery/a Secret of God's. You use the word "riddle".

Here are two riddles:

Psa 49:3 My mouth shall speak wisdom; the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.
Psa 49:4 I will incline my ear to a proverb; I will solve my riddle to the music of the lyre.

and

Heb 9:11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation)
Heb 9:12 he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.

Now to the latter first, Hebrews 9.
When you take up the Scriptures to learn the answers to riddles you enter the thoughts of History and Historians and the Historical.

You do so with great risk and peril.

Risk in that you might not come to the answer you seek or the answers you need so to come to the place of security and protection from the perils of this life, that True place of deliverance from all harm.

Peril, in that when you do come to the place of understanding, or rather "standing" "under", you now have enter the "war zone" of this life. And this war is to the "death", no unconditional terms and there are no prisoners taken until after the war is won! Before, when you had no answer or answers, you were squarely standing under the god of the world system, Satan. But once you come out from under him you are now standing under Him.

Although you are of the company of the Elect before Christ comes to live in you, you are just not yet Alive in Christ and the only remedy is the answer, Christ crucified, the answer to the riddle, or answers to the riddles you are under in this life, these riddles that keep you in "darkness".

No one "seeks" God. No one seeks the answers!

Now the answer to the 'riddle' posed there at Hebrews 9 is verse 14.

When you come here brought by the Work of Grace and Mercy and Peace and leave the "old world" behind, you are left in the old world with all the serious perils and trips and traps and cunnings of it hounding your New Found Life. We are indeed in the world as God's Chosen Elect. We are not of it. Here is my "new package wrap of this New Life" or "brown paper bag" that carries the Truth:

"God has taken the world out of us, He has not as yet taken us out of the world".

We do have an "eternal purpose" for living for Christ in this world today, cf., Ephesians 3.

Now I serve King Jesus, the ruler of the kings of the world. cf., Revelation 1.

Now finally to Psalms 49. The riddle comes into the "Light" here:

Psa 49:7 Truly no man can ransom another, or give to God the price of his life,
Psa 49:8 for the ransom of their life is costly and can never suffice,
Psa 49:9 that he should live on forever and never see the pit.


There has never been a time from Pre-Fall Adam, fallen Adam and this fallen human race when mankind would be able to save themself from the dangers and perils of the "darkness" written about at Genesis 1:2, "....and darkness was over the surface of the deep....".

At no time has God posited Salvation in any other than Christ from His Throne, sitting as the ruler of the kings of the earth, Christ, born of a Virgin, raised a Jew, died a criminal and outcast of humanity at the hands of godless man, me, you, and now as Christ, ruling and reigning from that Seat of Glory which He had before the foundation of the world and throughout all eternity!

It is this, the answer to the riddle, it is indeed "Christ in You" the hope of Glory.

I too am in a correction mode. I am dying daily in this life/bios so as to rise up and reign in Life/Zoe through Jesus Christ the Lord!

Rom 5:17 For if, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.


and

Rev 1:5 and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood
Rev 1:6 and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

and

Rev 5:9 And they sang a new song, saying, "Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation,
Rev 5:10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth."

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