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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
On Wednesday mornings for the past 10 years or so I have been in a Bible study with several men. This year we are working through Romans. Two weeks ago we started on chapter 8 which is the first of four really difficult chapters. This morning we were wrestling through a review of what we have discussed in the last couple of weeks and then dove headfirst into chapter 9. Paul, as you know, deals with a number of topics in chapters 8 - 11 that are at varying levels controversial. Things like foreknowledge, predestination, election, eternal security, and the role of God's choice in our salvation.
At the end of our time together, one of the men, said, "You know, if what Paul is saying is right, and he continues to work at evangelism like he does, my understanding of predestination is not the same as his; I am going to have to think about this." (Not an exact quote but close.)
Wow. I do not think he intended to, but in one sentence he clearly expressed the reason we have to continually dig back into the Bible. It is a fact that we do not comprehend the heart and mind of God fully. No matter how much study we do, how many books we read, how many messages we listen to, our understanding of our Lord will not apprehend His glory fully. What my friend expressed is our need, my need, to continually dig into the Word to have it reveal to me where my understanding of Him and His truth needs to be adjusted. One of my long time mentors put it this way, "The Christian life is a continual journey out of idolatry into true worship." It is a continual process. When we think we have it all figured out, someone will make an observation that shakes our understanding. That should drive us back to the Word.