November 13th, 2015

redemptive history culminating in a final eschatological release and restoration

It is in the stream of life 9:58 AM Friday morning. It is a cold windy gray day here by Lake Michigan. It might snow this afternoon.

I am still struggling to wake up to this day. I woke up at 7:33 AM this morning, immediately I got dressed and took Rudy to get groomed. When I got back it was 8:05 AM and I made oatmeal for breakfast. Carol had been up since 5:25 AM this morning. I ate my oatmeal messing with our main computer. After messing with our main computer I wrote in my paper diary. I figure I write a thousand words a day in my online diaries and paper diary. I wonder how many words I have spoken in my life time. We are going to be judged for our words on the Last Day.

As I was writing in my diary Brother Tim called and we talked for awhile. The other day it was Tim's birthday, he is now 66 years old. I plan to pick Tim up before getting Rudy at the groomer's at Noon. Tim and I will visit the Salvation Army thrift store before getting Rudy.

I have been reading these books lately-

"Hidden But Now Revealed: A Biblical Theology of Mystery" by G. K. Beale & Benjamin L. Gladd

"A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding Of The Old Testament In The New" by G. K. Beale

"From Creation to New Creation: Biblical Theology and Exegesis" Essays In Honor Of G. K. Beale Editors Daniel M. Gurtner & Benjamin L. Gladd

Last night I watched television with my wife. When Carol went to bed I turned off the TV and read late into the night New Testament Theology. Now it is another day to get ready to go the New Creation.

There is not much else to communicate right now. I am feeling out of it, so I will close to wait for the End.

"[1] This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
[2] That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
[3] Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
[4] And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
[5] For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
[6] Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
[7] But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
[8] But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
[9] The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
[10] But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
[11] Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
[12] Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
[13] Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." Second Peter 3:1-13
  • Current Music
    Tim Hecker 'Radio Amor'

the secret history of the world

It is in the holy flow of Created Time 1:13 PM Friday afternoon. It rained ice pellets this afternoon/hail stones. Winter is quickly approaching.

I picked up these used books while out this morning-

"The Secret History Of The World As Laid Down By The Secret Societies" by Mark Booth

"The Gate" biography by Francois Bizot
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2003/jan/12/biography.highereducation

"The Night Of The Gun: A Reporter Investigates The Darkest Story Of His Life. His Own" Memoir by David Carr
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=93513913

"Selkirk's Island: The True and Strange Adventures of the Real Robinson Crusoe" by Diana Souhami

"Psyche" A Novel Of The Young Freud by Peter Michalos

"Art and Lies: A Piece For Three Voices And A Bawd" fiction by Jeanette Winterson (This is a hardback edition whereas I have already an old paperback edition-this hardback edition is in excellent condition.)

"Dust To Dust" A Memoir by Benjamin Busch

Haunted" Tales of the Grotesque by Joyce Carol Oates

"The Maytrees" A Novel by Annie Dillard

I have no plans for the rest of the day. I am going to close to make a fresh of coffee and then sit in silence. I do not know where my head is today. All I know for sure is we are all going into the Eternal State.

"[21] And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
[22] And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
[23] And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
[24] And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
[25] And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
[26] And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.
[27] And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life." Rev. 21:21-27
  • Current Music
    Tim Hecker 'Harmony In Ultraviolet'

under the shadow of eternity

It is in the flow of time Now 4:20 PM Friday afternoon. I am down in the lower level messing with one of my lap top computers. I came down here to write and drink coffee. Carol got home from her outing with girlfriends around 3:50 PM and went to bed for a nap. When she got home I was sitting in our dining room reading one of my Bible's and reading a Puritan reprint titled, "Instructions About Heartwork" by Richard Alleine. I tend to read books when I feel at peace reading them. I do not force myself to read a book. I tend to read many different kinds of books at a time. I do not think one has to finish a book. I also do not believe just because you buy a book means you have to read it right away. Some books I buy I am sure I will never read, but it is enjoyable for me to just look at new used books and wonder what is inside them that is unknown/unseen to my intellect/imagination.

I wanted to quote something I read this afternoon in the book, "Instructions About Heartwork" by Richard Alleine, because it is good solid gospel preaching. Many years ago when I first came to Saving Faith I sat under preaching that was very shallow. What drew me immediately to the 17th century English Puritans was how they preached the Gospel of God/the glorious gospel of Christ. Sad to know solid biblical gospel preaching is rare today in the church world.

"QUESTION. What is it to keep the heart?
ANSWER. Keeping our soul presupposes recovering them out of their lost state. The devil has the keeping of sinners' souls while they are sinners; and the first work they are to do in order to keep their souls is to get them back out of the devil's hands. "That they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil" (2 Timothy 2:26). Here I shall show you three things:
1. The souls of all men are naturally lost.
2. Men's souls are not so lost here that they are irrecoverable.
3. Man's first care must be to recover his lost soul.

1. The souls of all men are naturally are lost. It may be said of every sinner, as the father of the prodigal said of him in Luke 15:32, "This my son was lost." Fathers, you may say of every child you have, while they are in their natural state, "My son is lost; my child is a lost child." Yea, and you may say the same of yourselves, while in your sins, "My own soul is a lost soul." And whether you will say it or not, I must say to every one of you, fathers and children who are yet in your sins, "You are lost souls." As Christ came Himself, so He has sent us, in His name, to seek and to save those who are lost (Luke 19:10). What is it to be lost? Why, it is the same as to be damned. That is how the word is used in 2 Corinthians 4:3: "If our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost," to those who are damned, that is, in a state of damnation. Oh, tremble sinners, tremble all you who are yet in your sins! What will you tremble at, if not at being damned. The Word calls every one of you who is not in Christ reprobates from God. 2 Corinthians 13:5: "Know you not that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?" Is Christ in you? Are you a convert to Christ? No? Then you are a reprobate from God; you are a damned, lost soul. If you live and die in this state you are in at present, you are eternally lost. What can it mean, you sinners, that you are so much at ease, so much at rest in your state of sin? It is nothing to be damned? Is it nothing to be reprobates? Oh, think what it will be to be found to be reprobates? Oh, think what it will be to be found to be reprobates at the judgment, and then to have the sentence of reprobation pronounced upon you! Why, surely, sinners, the very next misery to that is to be in a state of reprobation. Take this as your portion from the Lord, every unconverted one of you. "Oh, what shall I do! I am a lost child, I am a lost soul; woe is me! I am undone, a son of perdition and an heir of damnation. What is it to me that I have kept my body in good condition, that I am in good health? What is it to me that I have kept my estate, and have not been such a prodigal of what I have-my house, my lands, and my money-what is it that I have kept my credit and my friends? Oh, my soul, my poor soul is lost! And what good shall my estate, my health, my credit, my friends, or my life do to me?". . ." pg. 29,30 Richard Alleine
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glorious gospel of the blessed God

It is in the flow this evening 6:41 PM Friday night. I came down here in the lower level of our house to escape the News about the terrorist attacks in Paris, France. The world is filled with terrorists.

I came down here to get out of our library these books to look at this evening-

"A New Heaven and a New Earth: Reclaiming Biblical Eschatology" by J. Richard Middleton

"Handbook on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament: Exegesis And Interpretation" by G. K. Beale

"The Love of God: A Canonical Model" by John C. Peckham

Earlier this afternoon I was looking at a book titled, "The Precious Things of God" by Octavius Winslow and read this which was a blessing to me-

"We are conducted to another view in the progress of our subject, illustrating the preciousness of God's Word. We refer to its gospel announcements . In this light, we cannot conceive of a more costly, precious blessing than the Word of God. The GOSPEL is the most valuable treasure the believer possesses. Everything else is shadowy, chimerical, transitory, passing away. Nothing is real, nothing substantial, nothing satisfying and abiding, save the "glorious gospel of the blessed God." It is the glorious gospel, because it is replete with real glory,-it reveals a glorious God,-it makes known a glorious Saviour,-it proclaims a glorious salvation,- and it unvails the hope of a glorious immortality. And all other glory in comparison of the "glorious gospel of the blessed God" is a visionary and fleeting as a midnight dream. Nowhere does Jehovah appear so glorious as in the gospel of His grace. There He is revealed as a sin-forgiving God; there He is mirrored forth as a "just God and a Saviour;" there He is portrayed as a reconciled God in Christ; and there He is represented as standing in the relation, and exercising the love, of a-FATHER. O glorious gospel that presents such a view of God to the sinner's believing eyes! "God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself." What declaration can more clearly indicate the love of God to us, as moving, originating cause of our salvation, than this?. . ." pg. 255,256 Octavius Winslow
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