Sunday, February 04, 2007


Never got around to posting this last week, so here are two at once:

Questions 3 & 4 from the Westminster Shorter Catechism:

Q. 3. What do the Scriptures principally teach?
A. The Scriptures principally teach, what man is to believe concerning God,[5] and what duty God requires of man.[6]

Q. 4. What is God?
A. God is a Spirit,[7] infinite,[8] eternal,[9] and unchangeable,[10] in his being,[11] wisdom,[12] power,[13] holiness,[14] justice,[15] goodness,[16] and truth.[17]

These are such great attributes of God. What a great way to begin our prayers - telling God that we know who He is by the attributes He has shown us. I think we often act like God is so mysterious, very distant, and like we don't know Him at all. And of course, many Christians really don't know Him. However, God has revealed Himself to us generally and specifically. There is no reason we shouldn't know Him. As Question 3 tells us, all we need to know and believe about God are in the Bible. All that God expects of us is there too. He has fully revealed Himself and His requirements to us. We are truly left without excuse.

I have known many (including myself at times) who struggle and struggle to know what to think about a situation or theological issue. Yet, have they searched for the answer in God's word? No. Should the confusion be a surprise? No.

Should we expect to find the right answer in our own wisdom? No.

Should we be surprised to find ourselves lost when we refuse to walk on the marked (and maintained!) trail? No.

I wish I could add to #4: God is worthy of our glory and praise...because He is infinite, eternal, unchangeable, wise, powerful, holy, just, good, and true.

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