Can’t tell you how many times I’ve been here; shut-up but content. Powerless to do the impossible, yet powerful enough to do the incredible. As much as I’m behind proverbial chains, I’m becoming more OK with not being released. And the sorrows I feel are more healing than hurtful. Healing because it is for and from love; true love. Let me re-write a message.
I’ve hinted applications about this passage before and while some may not have gotten the memo, there are others who are becoming familiar with my blogs. We’re gonna do a quick devotional before we jump into this series so that people can know my context; why I say the things I say the way I say it, so that we can clean up any skewed theology.
33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgements and how inscrutable his ways!
34 “For who has known the mind of the LORD,
or who has been his counselor?”
35 Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?
36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. Rom 11:33-36 ESV
Questions to Consider
- What is Monism? How does this concept translate into the passage? How would a Monist compare and contrast God with the believer?
- What is exegesis and eisegesis? Where are they BOTH helpful? Hurtful? Is it appropriate to prefer one over the other? If not, what is the reason?
Now let’s once again go back a few chapters and chew on something else. Billy genie is not my LOVER.
4 By no means! Let God be true though every one were a liar, as it is written,
“That you may be justified in your words, and prevail when you are judged.”
5 But if our unrighteousness serves to show the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unrighteous to inflict wrath on us? (I speak in a human way.)
6 By no means! For then how could God judge the world? 7 But if through my lie God’s truth abounds to his glory, why am I still being condemned as a sinner? 8 And why not do evil that good may come? – as some people slanderously charge us with saying. Their condemnation is just. Rom 3:4-8 ESV
Questions to Consider
- How do you escape or reconcile, ‘the liar’s paradox?’
- How do you apply Paul’s self-referential statement, ‘but if through my lie’ to the letter? Is he only speaking to:
Which answer do you think leads to more unity in thought? Not to encourage uncreative group-think here.
The Genious of Christianity
As you’re discussing these topics among yourselves, remember to take note of the context. I have been writing with these concepts in mind. This will also give you greater insight on recent events. Having a solid understanding of these ideas set the stage for the New Era in Christendom. I’ll be doing another prelude before we dive into examining the LGBTQ community just to provide further clarity on how a person can get it wrong regarding Divine Love. I’ll be saving two birds with one net as I’ll redeem a topic that has been historically shunned for centuries. Can you guess what other topic I’ll be discussing?