True Foundations and False Dichotomies

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. LA Dodgers Jersey And great was its fall.” – Jesus; (Matthew 7:24-27) Thus Jesus concluded what we refer to as “The Sermon on the Mount,” recorded at Matthew 5, 6 & 7, with a lesson on foundations. All that He said to them was foundational to the belief and life practice of one who was to be His disciple, of one that was to find eternal life. The importance of a solid foundation cannot be overlooked whether building a structure or building an effective Christian faith and practice. nike goedkoop online As tempting as it may be focus on the pretty window dressings and fine finish trim of a house, those things do little to nothing to support a structure whose foundation is not solid and maintenanced. The difficulty the modern Church finds herself in today is due to too much focus on the fun, the pretty, the emotional trim work of the Christian faith while neglecting the foundations laid for her by Jesus, the Apostles, the early Church Fathers, and the Reformers. The result is broken relationships, broken homes, broken churches, and a broken culture. Before we can know what to expect from God the Father (or what He expects from us) we must know who He is – His nature and character. asics basket Before we can know the extent of the redeeming work of Jesus Christ, we must know of His nature, character, and the “mission” He was called upon by the Father. Before we can know the extent of the work and influence of the Holy Spirit, we must know of His nature, character, and the “mission” He was dispatched with by the Father and Son. And, before we can know the impact of the work of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit upon creation, we must know ourselves and the extent of our need. The Reformed Faith lays its foundation with the assertion that we serve a really really big God who is really really sovereign. nike air max flyknit “Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will.” (Matthew 10:29) Observe that Jesus didn’t say, “….apart from your Father’s knowledge” but rather, “…apart from your Father’s will.” That is a huge difference. Jesus is referred to as “the Son of God.” He is begotten, not created. He is not a creature though he donned human flesh: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14). Adrian Gonzalez Jersey Not only is Jesus begotten of the Father, He is the only begotten – there is no other. adidas homme Fjallraven Kanken Baratas Yet, He is from the beginning. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.” (John 1:1,2) His role as the second person of the Trinity, the redeemer of mankind, is, too, from the beginning: “All who dwell on the earth will worship him [Satan], whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” (Revelation 13:8) The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, also is from the beginning: “The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” (Genesis 1:2) The Holy Spirit is dispatched by the Father and the Son to indwell (John 14:17), teach (John 14:26), comfort (Acts 9:31), and convict (John 16:8) God’s people. adidas tubular uomo There is much more to say about the nature and character of the one God consisting of the three persons of the Godhead: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. nike donna There is much more to be said of the never ceasing works of the Godhead in creation and, in particular, with the creature of man. But suffice it for now to say that all this involvement in and around creation by the Godhead isn’t simply for man’s convenience, comfort, or enjoyment. Sac À Dos Fjallraven Kanken We are in a grave and desperate state of separation from our Creator, on the brink of eternal damnation, that requires grave and desperate action on behalf of the only one who can save us: Our Creator. Since the rebellion of our first parents, Adam and Eve, every human born into this world has been born dead in their sins (Ephesians 2:1 & Psalm 51:5) and in need of a second birth (John 3:3). And yet, this “born again” only happens at the calling and will of Father God (John 6:44), not by the will or decision of ourselves (John 1:13). But what about man’s free will and ability to make his own choice as that relates to God’s eternal judgment of men? The tension is between the “freewill of man” and the “sovereignty of God” and the supposed need to reconcile the two. nike free adidas ultra boost But friends don’t need to be reconciled – it is a false dichotomy. To attempt to reconcile the two is to exalt man to the status of God and/or reduce God to the status of man. nike air max 90 donna It is to blur the distinction between creator and creature. chaussure timberland homme We are to simply live like creatures who have free will that is limited by our creatureness (not to mention our fallen nature) and have not the sovereignty of our God reserved only for the Creator. How we handle this supposed “point of tension” determines the rest of our faith and life practices: how is one saved, who is baptized and when, who takes communion and when, who and why is the head of the family, child rearing and education, are there circumstances when abortion is OK, same sex marriages, how is the local church body to operate, what is appropriate worship to our God and who decides, how do we respond to the civil state, etc…. nike huarache nike tn requin pas cher How we, as Christians, build the rest of the house, and whether it stands or falls, depends on how committed we are to the foundations of the nature and character of the God we say we serve, that we say we swear allegiance to. Fortunately, whether the house stands or falls is not solely in our hands – the house will stand and prevail. Yet there are individual consequences. nike air max 90 femme 2017 nike air max 90 New Balance buty There is YOUR house and YOUR calling to serve your master.

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