Wednesday, January 12, 2011

I'm starting my Bible in a Year program and I pray by God's grace that I finish. Question: What presuppositions and/or assumptions must one have about God and the Bible before reading it to get to understand the TRUE GOD!

I’m actually beginning my Bible Reading in a Year plan too, and so far it’s going well. I think that an important assumption to make or a few important assumptions to make are 1) Remember that God is completely Sovereign and that all things in His Word are for His Glory. Colossians 1:15-18 states “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.” If we approach scripture with this perspective in mind, then we will see that all things from genealologies, to sinful trees to parting seas and resurrected believers were created for His glory. Everything that God does in creation and redemption all throughout scripture in the most glorious miracles to sovereignly working mankind’s heinous sins for good, is for His glory. Demons don’t disrupt His plans and sinful man cannot thwart His purposes. The true God of the Bible always accomplishes what He intends. 2) Identify His attributes and stare them squarely in the face when you encounter them in scripture. Upon seeing His holiness, justice, mercy, goodness, and love, let these attributes grip you and cause you to bow down before Him as Moses did before the burning bush. Let scripture interpret scripture and let God be God. 3) Don’t rule out incomprehensibility. When it comes to the trinity, Divine Sovereignty and human responsibility, things such as election, predestination, examples of the wrath of God, be comfortable in knowing that a loving and holy God is behind these wonderful things that sometimes our human minds cannot fully comprehend.

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