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Back to Theology…for Now September 21, 2006

Posted by Joe in Random Musings, Scripture Meditation.
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Lar,

Yea, I didn’t think I would be writing about Constitutional Hermeneutics much, but I have to tell you, I love this stuff. I don’t love it b/c it is easy to think about and wrestle with from a Christian perspective, but on the contrary, because it is hard. And I am beginning to think that that is why we don’t like to think too much on these kinds of matters. For it is one thing to know the texts of Scripture, but another to understand how the truths we find in Scripture should inundate and dictate the whole of our intellectual life. There simply isn’t much time for aimless thinking. However much we dislike that truth, it is still true. We love to just ‘veg’ in front of the television and turn our minds off. But I ask, to what end? Where is this taking us?

I’ll tell you, if you are going to watch tv (which isn’t a favorite pastime of mine although it once was), you better be prepared. Your worldview is going to be assaulted by all sorts of godlessness. Sure, it might not be obvious in some contexts, but sometimes that is what makes things all the worse. Isn’t it worse when you are being attacked without your even knowing it?! I can guarantee you, if you watch and listen passively, your mind is bound to shrink and shrivel. You will lose your capacity to think deep and joyful thoughts about the Most High God. The same rings true with the computer. When we read the news or opinion articles, we have to ask ourselves, “How does the Bible lead me to think of this matter?” Even though the Scriptures might not talk specifically about Constitutional Hermeneutics (or whatever), it is wise to remember that the teachings of Scripture go far beyond its words.

Well, yet again, I say a whole lot more than I planned to. I wanted to say a few words concerning theology, so I still will. I was reminded today firsthand of the incredible truth of 2 Corinthians 4:4-6. It reads,

“In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants[a] for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”

Let us reflect upon this and then joyfully adore the God of our salvation. We didn’t save ourselves brother. We were blind, walking in darkness, unable to see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. Yet the Lord reached down by the Spirit and said, “Let light shine out of darkness.” How did Charles Wesley put it in that famous hymn?

“Long my imprisoned soul did lay, fast bound in sin and nature’s night. Thine eye diffused a quickening ray; I woke, the dungeon flamed with light. My chains fell heart, my heart was free. I rose went forth and followed Thee.”

Millions walk in darkness and have no hope of light apart from a sovereign work of grace. They can’t ‘decide’ to make themselves see. They can’t ‘determine’ to deliver themselves from blindness. They need a miracle. They have no hope apart form a supernatural work. Let us remind them of this, whether it be from a pulpit or in private conversation. Believe it or not, it produces the humility that prepares the heart for that great, sovereign work.

It’s a humbling truth brother. What room do we have to be arrogant in light of the doctrines of grace? How can we look down upon a blind man for his blindness when we were once like them–and delivered through no doing of our own? It is impossible. Let our hearts be brought down to the dust. And let our mouths overflow in praise for our great God and Savior. Praise His name for His indescribable grace!

Rejoicing in Him with you,

Joe

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