Monday, January 28, 2019

Quotes of Note

Each Monday, we share quotes we found encouraging, convicting, thought-provoking, or all of the above.


I am doing research for my Apologetics term paper. My subject matter is how to respond to the problem of evil. In Douglas Groothius's text Christian Apologetics, in a chapter on the topic, he cites an article, "Upon the Ignorance of Man," by Joseph Butler. At this point in Groothius's narrative, he is exploring the reality of mystery; that there are things God does not feel obliged to explain to us:
And as the works of God, and his scheme of government, are above our capacities thoroughly to comprehend: so there possibly may be reasons which originally made it fitting that many things should be concealed from us, which we have perhaps natural capacities of understanding; many things concerning the designs, methods, and end of divine providence in the government of the world. There is no matter of absurdity in supposing a veil is on purpose drawn over some scenes of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness, the sight of which might some way or other strike us too strongly; or that better ends are designed and served by their being concealed, than could be by their being exposed to our knowledge. The Almighty may cast clouds and darkness round about him, for reasons and purposes which we have not the least glimpse or conception.


 This is another quote from John Brown's commentary on Hebrews on the superiority of Christ to angels.
A throne is the seat on which a king sits when he administers judgement, or performs other royal functions, and is naturally employed as a figurative expression for royal power and authority. A tottering throne is expressive of insecure dominion; the subversion of the throne is an emblem of revolution; a stable throne expresses well-established authority; and an everlasting throne, a perpetual kingdom. When it is said of the Son that "His throne is for ever and ever," the meaning is, that He is invested with supreme dominion, and this dominion shall never be taken from Him.
The argument for the Son's official superiority to the angels from this passage, is direct and conclusive. He has a throne; they have a station before it. He is the ruler; they are but subjects. And His rule is not temporary, but perpetual: He reigns, and He shall reign for ever and ever.


Graeme Goldsworthy on one defective concept of Jesus Christ that is fairly common among evangelical Christians:
[I]n some circles, Jesus is conceived of a really not human at all. I hasten to add that mostly we evangelicals would deny that we hold to heretical views, even though we then express them in word and song! Thus the chorus ending, "You ask me how I know he lives; he lives within my heart." Yet to ignore the fact that Jesus is bodily in heaven and sends his Spirit to us (Rom. 8:9-11), is to be in danger of focusing our faith on what is happening within us rather than on the objective, finished work of the Son of God (Col. 3:1; Heb. 9:24). Soon our feelings and spiritual euphoria become the means for gauging our spiritual health and for having assurance of salvation. Faith then becomes faith in our feelings of having Jesus "in our hearts." We must remember that we know that Christ lives because the Bible tells us so, not because of a subjective feeling of having Jesus "in me." The same biblical word informs and assures us of the power of Christ in his gospel to save and to give us the grace of perseverance until our earthly life's end.
From The Son of God and the New Creation.

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