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“A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee(Ps.91:7). Epidemics have become an integral part of our daily lives. Is it because man has shrunk the world a global village or because his sin has, like population grown at an exponential rate? Wages of sin is death and it follows the law of sin. We are seeing it at work about us and it collects as it wlll. Ebola outbreak in DRC despite of vaccines specially prepared to combat it has jumped borders. Rwanda Uganda are all in harm’s way. So is malaria measles epidemics similarly threaten global health. When man has fallen from his standing with God it sure affects his progress,- on one hand it allows him networking where sin has a knack of multitasking. It makes the very network affect him physically and spiritually. So hacking phishing are not simply instruments of man’s progress but spiritual malaise as well. Fake identities and accounts in social media is similarly a license for evil inclinations to spread damage.

Principle of Association of God is from heaven and it has laid out its own chain of command in which man is not merely an associate for receiving physical blessings but also as a steward to keep his association with all creatures great or small as God would in person. He did not breathe into the nostrils of Adam for his own benefit but he may discern spiritually what God desires from him. In his disobedience sin was in his usurping the preeminence leaving out God in the Association. Symptomatic of it is here: God’s laws have been replaced by his laws. How it has shown up on the earth? Time motion study of another century had cars coming out assembly lines smoothly and it made Detroit the city of motors. Now it is another story. By the same token the Amazon rainforests like many others are ever shrinking as middle class as a bastion of respectability and moral order is altogether vanished.  When the Spirit uses Jesus Christ as a stone of stumbling a rock of offense it serves as a sure foundation of anyone who has repudiated the law of sin by faith. It is a rock cut without hands. In the latter days when God reinstates his eternal order we have it given a shape which is a symbol.  “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever(Dan.2:44)”.   This is the Rock of Ages and our comfort and refuge while the world would convulse as in the days of Jeremiah. “Now the word of the Lord came unto Jeremiah, while he was shut up in the court of the prison, saying,/ Go and speak to Ebedmelech the Ethiopian, saying, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring my words upon this city for evil, and not for good; and they shall be accomplished in that day before thee./ But I will deliver thee in that day, saith the Lord: and thou shalt not be given into the hand of the men of whom thou art afraid (vv.15-17)”.

“Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;Ps.46:6)”

(Originally printed in Guide to His Word: ‘Rock of Ages’- July 30, 2019)

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What came first: chicken or egg? It is a conundrum that has cracked many a head and the egg is still there for any smart Alec to test his wit. Tell a child one way or the other and he (not in an exclusive sense) shall believe you. The child’s faith comes from who is telling and not from the problem it poses. He shall come to it when his intellect is sharp enough. Are we not similarly placed?
The expression, ‘Out of the mouth of the babes’ indicates all the potential a babe holds, where his perception,-consequently point of view, latches on and how it shall undergo shifts every step of the way whether it has an end or not, no other can plumb. Considering no two person can ever match thoroughly can either lead to Us and Them or be grateful for the difference. It is how we express our middle state. Only God is eternal whose Power and Wisdom are altogether of a different quality. This brings to the topic: Is not faith the natural response in homo sapiens? But from experience we see how man is a commodity to be taken advantage whether it be Facebook or in politics. This explains the fallen state of man and not God.

One safe guide for any student of the Bible is to hold its inerrancy as self-evident. Consider the word as the constitution not written with hands but as testimony of God. This being the case I shall confine myself to the Scripture.
it is validated from three positions of God: He is a Spirit, He is the Word made flesh, and He is a Helper (1 John.5:7). It is what Trinity means.

The familiar quote in the epistle of St Paul to Timothy is clear. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,/ so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Tim.3:16-17)”. If one scriptural passage is viewed from the outset as correct but possible to be in error in some other parts what do we end up with? Will it not be giving ground to doubt undue advantage before the student has had chance to prove its soundness? What God breathed cannot be built up on doubt, or be considered as manual of instruction when we consider righteousness as an attribute applied to God only. It is not without reason St Paul states, “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Rom.10:17)”. Between God and man righteousness can be passed from greater to the lesser whose want cannot be based from any position than of total surrender. The medium of instruction is faith. God first exercised it (Heb.11:3) and man’s response to know his Will therefore must necessarily begin on faith.

The Bible is God-document the testimony of God that can stand on its own. How in the past many teachers all with good intentions have approached doctrinal questions, and ended up in creating controversies one must ask, ‘why?’ Why so many sects, if the Body of Christ be one? At the time of the author growing up was a God-is-dead movement that shall serve just as well as a case in point. Was this radical theology any different from prosperity theology? No, it was cut from the same cloth of man’s understanding where his necessity was to explain his worldview rationally. (Such controversies have bedevilled Christianity from the Apostolic Age to this day. The Jewish question is not what we face now. World ecumenism of our times would Photoshop Jesus rather.) Problem lay with man’s rational approach than with the testimony of God. ‘Instruction in righteousness’ is the aim of Scripture so whatever approach man adopts towards it has to stay along the path cleared by the Spirit for him. Man is the subject and ‘righteousness’ his purpose so his instruction therefore can profit from.

Benny

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Sorry, this story continues in the Wow-Wow Tales, pub.CreateSpace

 

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