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37 Truths to Joy in the Whole Bible

37 Truths to Joy in the Whole Bible

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This is a great paper written by Matt Wienken that can be used as a help in forming doctrinal statements or even statements of faith.
This is a great paper written by Matt Wienken that can be used as a help in forming doctrinal statements or even statements of faith.

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37 Truths To Joy In The Whole Bible
I was just reading through the book of Esther and came to the part where Esther hadconvinced King Ahasuerus not to kill all the Jews in all of his 127 provinces. When I readthat I was relieved, thinking, "Oh good, they are going to call it all off, the Jews will liveand rejoice." They did live, but the command was then given that instead the Jews shouldkill all who hated them in the 127 provinces. The Bible presents this as a good andglorious turn of events, but my pleasure in this Biblical story was temporarily aborted. Ihad forgotten some of the humbling (for sinners like us) yet glorious truths of the Bible.Fully acknowledging and accepting these truths is a prerequisite to understanding andloving the whole Bible. Parts of the Bible won't make sense or bring joy unless we acceptthese things.I very much hope that none of this sours your opinion of me. I'm just trying to help us all.But, to quote Esther, "If I perish, I perish."So, to understand and love the whole Bible we must...1.Fully acknowledge in our hearts that God has eternally planned (or as the King,"decreed") everything that has or will ever come to pass in all of creation. He hasnever and will never "make up" new plans as history goes along. An infinite mind,with infinite wisdom, motivated out of infinite love, does not get it wrong "thefirst time." "For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but hasappeared in these last times for the sake of you." (1 Peter 1: 20)2.Fully acknowledge in our hearts that while we see in Scripture that Godsometimes changes His mind, even the change of mind was planned from alleternity. In history and in Scripture God sometimes addresses situations from thesimple perspective of what a situation deserves, pertaining to justice. In thesecases He has planned to view things narrowly, from a holiness versus sin perspective, because that is what God is: "holy, holy, holy." In His astonishingholiness He fully intends to punish. There is nothing deceptive about it. But Godis more than holy. He is Love. He is Holy Love. And so in His great plan He plansfor and allows the interplay of His holiness and love, His justice and grace. Godis, after all, all about displaying Who He is. But in viewing things from thenarrow perspective He does not thereby cease to have an infinite mind.Everything- even His own threats- takes place in the broad perspective of Hissovereign, eternal, and completely unchangeable plan. As mentioned, He does notmake things up as He goes along.3.Fully acknowledge in our hearts that the Old Testament people were saved by believing in the promise of the One to come. They were not saved by sacrifices, but the sacrifices themselves were to be understood as pointing to the Sacrifice of the Lamb to come.
 
4.Fully acknowledge in our hearts that the Jewish nation of the Old Testament (theOld Covenant) was never saved eternally as a whole nation. They were saved andfavored as a nation in regard to earthly and temporary things, but no individualJew will be in Heaven who did not believe in the coming "pierced for our transgressions" King. Likewise, no Jew today is saved except by believing asChristians must believe. There are not two people of God. "For He is not a Jewwho is one outwardly... He is a Jew who is one inwardly..." (Romans 2: 28, 29)5.Fully acknowledge in our hearts that while God is absolutely sovereign,absolutely in control of all things in all creation, we as humans are also fullyresponsible for our choices. We choose or "will" evil in our hearts. God wills whatis good in allowing us- in His absolute control- to will evil. He has the power andthe right to work (sometimes by allowing) all things for His glory and the good of the church. We, on the other hand, never allow sin in our own hearts out of adesire for His glory and the good of the church. God is God, and we are not.6.Fully acknowledge in our hearts that God created man and woman equal in gloryand dignity with each other, yet with different roles.7.Fully acknowledge in our hearts our own sinfulness and that of all of humanity.Our own sinfulness is greater than we can conceive.8.Fully acknowledge in our hearts the horrible nature and consequences of sin.9.Fully acknowledge in our hearts that sin is so horrible that we can't saveourselves. Christ had to pay the penalty for our sin, and die in our place on thecross, so that we could receive forgiveness.10.Fully acknowledge in our hearts that sin is so horrible that there are no works, no performances, we can do to get God to accept us into Heaven. Jesus said He is theonly Way to the Father, and that all we need to do is believe in Him as the God-man Who was crucified for our sins, and is now risen, and we will be saved.11.Fully acknowledge in our hearts that believing in Christ is not a work or  performance we do, but a gift from God that He enables us- by His Holy Spirit- toexercise.12.Fully acknowledge in our hearts that while there are various kinds of belief inChrist, only the belief that has love for Christ at the heart of it is true belief. Nomere intellectual belief connects us with Christ. There is a loving feeling in theheart and pleasure in God when we are truly believing in Christ.13.Fully acknowledge in our hearts that just as Christ gives us salvation as a gift, Healso gives us Spiritual gifts (note the parable of the talents) that we are to use andfor which He will reward us. We don't earn the rewards. It is God rewarding- inus- His own works which He used us to perform.
 
14.Fully acknowledge in our hearts that in Heaven there will only be love and thatevery Christian will be as filled with love as they can possibly handle at the time.There could not possible be any jealousy of those who in heaven receive morerewards. Those who barely escape from the fire (1 Cor. 3) will be so filled withlove that they will rejoice that others have received their just (gracious) rewards.Those who produced one hundred fold will be so humble that they will rejoice inthe blessed company of those who were less faithful in this life. Each will receivehis or her place, but all will be one perfectly happy, God-drenched, society.15.Fully acknowledge in our hearts that for unbelievers to still be alive at thismoment comes from the pure mercy of God, only.16.Fully acknowledge in our hearts that apart from Christ we each deserve to besuffering in Hell at this very moment.17.Fully acknowledge in our hearts that Hell is nothing short of everlasting conscioustorment.18.Fully acknowledge in our hearts that to die is simply fair, it is simply just, for wehave all sinned against God.19.Fully acknowledge in our hearts that this applies as much to children and infantsas it does to scoundrels, for the essence of sin is a lack of perfect love for God, alove which is enabled by the Spirit of God. Infants too have inherited OriginalSin.20.Fully acknowledge in our hearts that God is able to save even the pre-born, asJohn the Baptist rejoiced in his mother's womb at the presence of the pre-bornJesus.21.Fully acknowledge in our hearts that God is so infinitely Great and Worthy that ittakes only one moment in time without love for God to justify our everlasting punishment in Hell, apart from Christ.22.Fully acknowledge in our hearts that God's aim has always been and will always be to glorify Himself. He did not decree creation, the fall, redemption, and theeternal consummation out of loneliness, but as an overflow of His infinite joy inHimself. As Jonathan Edwards noted, a fountain pours forth because of its hyper-fullness, not because of its deficiency.23.Fully acknowledge in our hearts that this Self-love is good in God, because Healone is infinitely worthy to be loved. He would sin against Himself if He did notinfinitely love Himself. We were created to join Him in this love of Himself.24.Fully acknowledge in our hearts that the love He has for Himself does not preclude the fact that He loves each Christian individually with a love that wecould not possibly comprehend, and that He will spend eternity showering us withHis goodness, grace, kindness, and innumerable and inconceivable blessings (See

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