Archive for September 2010
Question: I need to understand in detail how to use Gods word correctly for hope, strength and encouragement. I know you mentioned about how some life verses are not verses to use for life verses. The verse that keeps me going and full of hope is Galatians 6:9. I use this verse because it reminds me that there is a bigger picture and that I need to press on till the end. So how do we use Gods word for encouragement and hope?
I know that I have though about this question too long and I have just determined that this will be one that I will think about for years and revise my understanding of it along the way. For now, let me give you my thoughts on it.
As we think about using verses of Scripture – for any purpose – it is assumed that the Scripture has a purpose and is to be used. Both of these premises are absolutely true. (2 Tim. 3:16-17) The question is how and how much? By this I mean, what is the purpose of Scripture and how are we to use it?
Well, let’s start with some other premises:
- Scripture is vast an contains a lot of verses, books and content
- It is implied that since we have a book full of stuff that He wants us to use all the Book
- It has a primary purpose of revealing God to us -
- We know that knowing God correctly is the very most important thing in our lives
- There is always four contexts to every passage – thought, book/author, testament, Bible
These are just a few important thoughts that get me to this point:
Q. Hey Rob, Okay, my cage is rattled again. It's about your stance on people not recognizing each other in the resurrection. I'll be surprised if mine is the only e-mail you get about this. First, I agree with you completely that we probably won't even care and that just being in God's presence and seeing Him in all His glory will be all-consuming and probably overwhelm any other thought or feeling. That said, I have to wonder if your position is entirely correct when I think about instances like when King Saul paid the medium to call up Samuel: Saul recognized Samuel from the medium's description. In Jesus' parable about the rich man and Lazarus, the rich man recognized both Lazarus and Abraham. In the Matt. 17 account of Jesus' transfiguration, Peter, James and John recognized Moses and Elijah. Whether this was from ancient drawings, maybe, or some God-granted telepathy-type thing, we don't know, but they obviously were recognizable as those specific Biblical figures. In Matt. 22, Jesus tells us He's the God of the living, not the dead, and names Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This implies that they're still known by those names and recognized as those people even after death. In this same chapter, Jesus tells us there will be no marriage, but rather that we'll be like the angels in heaven. Is it taking that verse too far to suppose we'll be known by names and recognizable as the angels Michael and Gabriel clearly are? The most persuasive example to me is that of Jesus Himself after His death, who was immediately recognized by His disciples when He appeared to them in the locked room. Scripture even depicts Him retaining the wounds of the crucifixion. There's the obvious delineation between our humanity and His deity, but we're told that we will be like Him. As far as having memories, if we are to give an account after death (Rom. 14) of the acts done in this life, we would surely be able to remember them, along with the others' whose lives are included in the memories of what we've done.
Thanks for your time. Oh yeah, and who were the Nephilim? (Just kidding)
A pre-Abraham Boy-Band. (Just Kidding)
Here you Go: