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What the Bible says about me

October 27, 2006

It has been asked recently “What does God say about me” and I’ve also heard Joel Osteen say, as a mantra before his service, something along the lines of “I’m everything the Bible tells me.” Whenever I hear someone either ask or say something along these lines, I can’t help but think of this passage in Romans:

Rom 1:21-32 ESV

(21) For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.

(22) Claiming to be wise, they became fools,

(23) and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.

(24) Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves,

(25) because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

(26) For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature;

(27) and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

(28) And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.

(29) They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips,

(30) slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,

(31) foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless.

(32) Though they know God’s decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.

When I was dead in my sin, this could have described me almost to the tee.  Such a wretched sinner I was and still am, how could God love such as me. I had not only sinned against countless people, I was primarily sinning against a Holy, Just and Righteous God. Yet because God is also Loving, Long suffering and Merciful that He humbled Himself and became His creation and suffered unspeakable torture and then went willingly to the cross to pay the penalty for my transgressions so that the burden of my sin could be lifted (Matt 11:28-30). Check out how John Bunyan illustrates this in The Pilgrim’s Progress:

Now I saw in my dream, that the highway up which Christian was to go, was fenced on either side with a wall, and that wall was called Salvation (Isa_26:1). Up this way, therefore, did burdened Christian run, but not without great difficulty, because of the load on his back.

He ran thus till be came at a place somewhat ascending, and upon that place stood a cross, and a little below, in the bottom, a sepulchre. So I saw in my dream, that just as Christian came up with the cross, his burden loosed from off his shoulders, and fell from off his back, and began to tumble, and so continued to do, till it came to the mouth of the sepulchre, where it fell in, and I saw it no more.

There are two points I want to make, first and foremost why do we feel the need to water down such a wonderful Gospel. God has already given us so much, yet do we want more? Christ didn’t die on the cross to give us a better more comfortable life, He died to pay the price that we can not. It frustrates me to no end to see people dilute the Word of God.

The second point I wanted to make is seems that within Christendom that we want to focus one attribute of God. For example God is love, is this true. It must be John says it twice in the 4th chapter of 1st John, but what other attributes of God. The one that comes to mind right of is God is unchanging. As you read through the Bible you can make quite the list, how about leaving a comment listing a few?

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