Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment.
On occasion, God asks rhetorical questions. He posed one to Abraham.
The LORD said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh and say, 'Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?' Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son.—Genesis 18:13–14
Homer Collyer apparently amassed every item they ever purchased. From newspapers to furniture, they crammed it all into their shared home from floor to ceiling, even setting traps to ward off potential crooks. They were hoarders.
The devotional last week at the Desiring God board meeting focused on the phrase “spiritual wisdom” from Colossians 1: “And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:9–10).
1. By him all things were created.
2. By him all things consist (or are saved from falling apart)
3. By him all things are reconciled.
1. He made the worlds.
2. He is upholding all things.
When Jesus came in the flesh we explored some of the implications of incarnation the translation of divinity into humanity. (see Post 05) But as we enter holy week we meet a Messiah who is in the darkest hour of the human condition, face to face with the enemy of death. And yet his death is not completely like ours, just like his birth was not completely like ours. In his birth he came to make the message of God known in terms we could readily receive. In his death he was making a way that we could be received before the holy presence of the Father.