Jesus, the very thought of Thee
With sweetness fills the breast;
But sweeter far Thy face to see,
And in Thy presence rest.
Nor voice can sing, nor heart can frame,
Nor can the memory find
A sweeter sound than Thy blest name,
O Savior of mankind!
O hope of every contrite heart,
O joy of all the meek,
To those who fall, how kind Thou art!
How good to those who seek!
But what to those who find? Ah, this
Nor tongue nor pen can show;
The love of Jesus, what it is,
None but His loved ones know.
Jesus, our only joy be Thou,
As Thou our prize will be;
Jesus be Thou our glory now,
And through eternity.
O Jesus, King most wonderful
Thou Conqueror renowned,
Thou sweetness most ineffable
In whom all joys are found!
When once Thou visitest the heart,
Then truth begins to shine,
Then earthly vanities depart,
Then kindles love divine.
O Jesus, light of all below,
Thou fount of living fire,
Surpassing all the joys we know,
And all we can desire.
Jesus, may all confess Thy name,
Thy wondrous love adore,
And, seeking Thee, themselves inflame
To seek Thee more and more.
Thee, Jesus, may our voices bless,
Thee may we love alone,
And ever in our lives express
The image of Thine own.
O Jesus, Thou the beauty art
Of angel worlds above;
Thy name is music to the heart,
Inflaming it with love.
Celestial sweetness unalloyed,
Who eat Thee hunger still;
Who drink of Thee still feel a void
Which only Thou canst fill.
O most sweet Jesus, hear the sighs
Which unto Thee we send;
To Thee our inmost spirit cries;
To Thee our prayers ascend.
Abide with us, and let Thy light
Shine, Lord, on every heart;
Dispel the darkness of our night;
And joy to all impart.
Jesus, our love and joy to Thee,
The virgin’s holy Son,
All might and praise and glory be,
While endless ages run.http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/j/t/v/jtveryth.htm
"For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known" 1 Corinth. 13:12
It is in the flow of God gathering His people into the Church 4:19 PM Tuesday afternoon. The nations might rage against the King of Glory the Lord Jesus Christ, but in the end He will reign forever and ever.
This afternoon I have been reading for worship, "On Contemplation" by Guigo De Ponte. I will quote from this treatise since it goes along with what I have been writing about lately on conversion and regeneration/the work of the Holy Spirit spiritual illumination.
"BOOK THREE Chapter Fifteen: Third Degree of Divinely Infused Speculation:Inventive Contemplation
What follows is concerned with the third degree, which should be evaluated according to the following information. The third state is contemplation that finds, since it begins there where the godly spirit is suddenly carried away to a vision of divine glory, as the preceding chapters have explained. The godly spirit herself, through the practices of the second stage, rarely but indeed occasionally catches sight of the flash of divine light as she is lit up by the rays of divine grace. One may indeed frequently have the prospect of this envisioning contemplation in sight, when the godly favor of heavenly dignity smiles, but it seems that one rarely arrives at the aforementioned view of the supreme Truth, since, if one attains a bit of it, one immediately slips back into what is darkness compared with the light just seen. This does not involve slipping back all the way to the situation of general human thoughts nor even as far as the first step mentioned above [attentive consideration], but it is a return and withdrawal to a certain lofty state between the sapiential stage [alluring meditation] and the scintillating stage. The third degree can be called the flashing [scintillaris] stage, not because the godly spirit sees the flash of truth but because she is very close to seeing it. Yet sometimes in this in-between state her eyes are indeed opened to catch a glimpse of the gleam of truth before she completely returns to herself. One might also say-most accurately indeed-that this state has a view towards the lower, sapiential stage. For just as the godly spirit reaches the very threshold of the scintillating stage by ascending through the sapiential stage, so in retreating from the scintillating stage she descends to the very threshold of the sapiential stage." pg. 235, 236 Guigo De Ponte
Someone posted in LJ that the Bible no where condemns homosexuality. I quoted to the individual First Corinthians 6 verse 9 as one place of several in the Bible that clearly teaches homosexuality is a sin. The individual shot back and said I was quoting a translation of the Bible that did not match up with other translations of the Bible. Below I quote from several translations of the Bible on 1 Corinthians 6:9. To me I am not into following the opinions of men, but the eternal truths of the Bible. I remember these verses from Revelation, "Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and muderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood" Rev. 22:14,15.
My supreme desire as a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ is to be faithful to His Word. I know people out in the world hate the Bible and its teaching on the sin of homosexuality. I can either go along with the wicked or be faithful to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by confessing His Word in the face of the hatred of the world.
"Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites" 1 Corinthians 6:9 [New King James translation/version]
"Have you forgotten that the kingdom of God will never belong to the wicked? Don't be under any illusion-neither the impure, the idolater, or the adulterer, neither the effeminate, the pervert" 1 Corinthians 6:9 [The New Testament in Modern English]
"Do you not know that unrighteous people will have no inheritance in the kingdom of God? Do not deceive yourselves: there will be no inheriting the kingdom of God for fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, or perverts" 1 Corinthians 6:9 ["An Expanded Paraphrase Of The Epistles Of Paul" by F. F. Bruce]
"You know perfectly well that people who do wrong will not inherit the kingdom of God: people of immoral lives, idolaters, adulterers, catamites, sodomites" 1 Corinth. 6:9 [The Jerusalem Bible] catamites meaning "a boy kept for the purpose of sexual perversion"
"Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor sexual perverts" 1 Corinthians 6:9 [Revised Standard translation/version]
"Don't you know that those doing such things have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don't fool yourselves. Those who live immoral lives, who are idol worshipers, adulterers or homosexuals" 1 Corinth. 6:9 [Living Bible paraphrase]
"Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals" 1 Corinth. 6:9 [New American Standard Version/translation]
"Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters; nor men who practice homosexuality" 1 Corinthians 6:9 [English Standard Version]
- Music:Godflesh 'Pure'
It is now 11:18 AM Tuesday morning. I am tired, but that is normal. I have been looking at a Puritan titled, "The Best Match or The Soul's Espousal to Christ" by Edward Pearse.
"2. The soul being thus divorced from the law and so fitted and prepared for Christ, then, the Spirit of God reveals and offers the Lord Jesus Christ in the promise of the Gospel as a better Husband to him. Now the blessed Spirit comes and does as Abraham's servant did, who was sent to take a wife for Isaac. He told Rebekah of his master's greatness, of his flocks and his herds, his silver and his gold, his men-servants and his maid-servants, and withal, that he had given all to Isaac; so the Spirit of God now sets before the soul the riches and greatness, the beauty and the excellency of the Lord Jesus Christ. He tells them what a full, what a sweet, what a rich, what an amiable one He is and, withal, tenders him to His embraces; He reveals and offers Him to him as one full of grace and truth, as one that has all fullness dwelling in Him, all fullness of life and peace, of righteousness and salvation, as One every way able to save him to the very utmost, which is that which Christ calls His "convincing the world of righteousness." He reveals and offers Him to him in the transcendent beauty, excellency, and amiableness of His person on the one hand, and in the glorious fullness, largeness and sufficiency of His grace and righteousness on the other hand. Thus, I say, He reveals and offers unto the soul, opens His glory, and causes it to shine before him so that now the soul sees in Christ that fullness, that beauty, that love, that amiableness, that sweetness which he never saw before.
Now the soul, as those, "behold His glory, as the glory of the only begotten Son, full of grace and truth"; yea, not only does He thus reveal Christ unto the soul, but fixes the soul's eye upon Him. He makes him to pore and gaze upon Christ as the most excellent and amiable object, and as one infinitely needful for him, and this is called "a seeing of the Son," and that in order to believing; "whosoever seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, shall have everlasting life." . . ." pg. 36,37 THE BEST MATCH by Edward Pearse
It is in the flow of existence 7:38 AM Tuesday morning. It is in the 60's outside this morning and it is a damp gray day. Once again we are suppose to have rain today. It was predicted to rain yesterday, but it did not rain. All we can do is wait and see what develops.
I got up around 6:15 AM this morning. I made myself a pot of coffee and then messed with our main computer. After messing with our computer I wrote in my paper diary and then made a small pot of oatmeal. This morning I meet with my friend Tim for breakfast around 9 o'clock AM.
I have been seeking to read these books for morning worship lately.
"Sanctification: Explorations In Theology And Practice" Edited By Kelly M. Kapic
"Paul's Divine Christology" by Chris Tilling
"Becoming the Gospel: Paul, Participation, and Mission" by Michael J. Gorman
"Galatians And Christian Theology: Justification, the Gospel, and Ethics in Paul's Letter" Edited By Mark W. Elliott, Scott J. Hafemann, N. T. Wright And John Frederick
Yesterday morning I read for devotions, "Sanctification: Explorations In Theology And Practice" Edited By Kelly M.
Last night I wrote in LJ and read "Unpacking The Boxes: A Memoir of a Life in Poetry" by Donald Hall.
One thing I have noticed lately is how many Americans hate biblical Christianity. We are truly in the Last Days.
Well I will close to seek the Lord. God is absolutely sovereign.
" Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.
 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:
 To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?
 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ." 2 Corinthians 2:14-17
music: Paradise Lost 'The Plague Within'
- Music:Paradise Lost 'The Plague Within'
It is late and I need to go to bed since it is my bed time. I am writing myself a note to remind myself to write tomorrow when I have time to explain what it is stupid statement to say that the apostle Paul's view on homosexuality was not the views of the Lord Jesus Christ (who were both Jews steeped in Old Testament ethics/Torah). There is no conflict between the teachings of the Jesus Christ and the apostle Paul. Well more tomorrow on this topic. "But we know that the law is good if uses it lawfully, knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for foricators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjuries, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust" 1 Tim. 1:8-11
I am down in the lower level looking at my New Testament commentaries on the First Epistle to the Corinthians. Today I commented on someones LJ blog and quoted these verses showing that the Bible condemns homosexuality. "I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people" 1 Corinth. 5:9; "Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God" 1 Corinthians 6:9-11.
Now what bothers me is that the person wrote that I had misinterpreted these verses from First Corinthians. That really upset me because in my library I have these commentaries on First Corinthians who all agree with me or what these verses teach about homosexuality. I also know there are people who profess to be Christians who ignore these verses. Sad to know there are professing Christians who do not hold to the authority of God's Word the Bible when it comes to ethics/Christian behavior.
I will mention the books I looked at or have in my library on First Corinthians or Christian reference books on word studies on homosexuality.
1. "Dictionary of New Theology" Volume 2 Editor Colin Brown pg. 569-671 word study on the NT Greek word male homosexual, pederast, sodomite
2. "Exegetical Dictionary Of The New Testament" Volume 1 pg. 158 "male homosexual referring to a male who engages in sexual activity with men or boys: 1 Cor. 6:9; 1 Tim. 1:10
3. "Linguistic Key To The Greek New Testament" pg. 402 1 Corinth. 6:9 "a male who has sexual relations with a male, homosexual. The Jewish punishment for the sin of homosexuality was stoning".
4. "1 Corinthians" [The NIV Application Commentary] by Craig Blomberg. I will quote Blomberg's comments on 1 Corinth 6:9-10 "By far the biggest controversy surrounding the vice list of verses 9-10 has to do with the two words for homosexual offenders. As in Romans 1:24-27, homo-and homosexual sins are paired in a way that suggests that neither is any better or any worse than the other. One can scarcely use these verses to claim that no one can simultaneously be a Christian and engage in homosexual actions unless one is prepared to say the same thing of one who commits adultery or exhibits greed! But in each of these instances true Christians should acknowledge their behavior as sinful and try to change it. Persistent rebellion increasing calls into question any prior profession of faith. The Romans chapter 1 passage also makes plain that Paul treats male and female homosexuals offenders alike, even if only men are mentioned here." pg. 121( Read more...Collapse )