May 22nd, 2019

Holy Spirit speaking in the Scriptures

It is 11:23 AM Wednesday late morning here in western Michigan. It is another rainy gray day. It is predicted to get sunny this afternoon. One can only hope for the sun to once again appear in the gray sky.

Carol just left to go someplace with our granddaughter Josie Joy. When Carol left I was sitting in the dining room remembering something that happened a long time ago.

This morning when Carol and I got up we went out for breakfast downtown and then we went grocery shopping. We were home around 8:30 AM from our outing. We put away the groceries and then I wrote in my paper diary. After writing in my diary I messed with our main computer for a short span of Time. After messing with our main computer I got out these books to read for morning worship-

'The Glory of God' Edited By Christopher W. Morgan & Robert A. Peterson

'The Beauty of The Lord-Theology As Aesthetics' by Jonathan King Foreword By Kevin J. VanHoozer

So the morning has gone by. I plan to do nothing today but wait for tomorrow to come my way. Last night I mainly watched a taped television show with my wife and read late into the night from a book titled, 'The Bookshop of the World: Making and Trading Books in the Dutch Golden Age' by Andrew Pettegree & Arthur der Weduwen. Carol went to bed early and I went to bed around 11:10 PM. Now it is another day in my life.

Yesterday Carol slept till 3:30 PM and got up. When she got up I was watching birds from our kitchen window. I had been reading from a book titled, 'Justification' Volume 1 by Michael Horton [New Studies In Dogmatics].

There is nothing new on my mind this morning. Carol and I did look at this morning for devotions from a book titled, 'Handbook Of Evangelical Theologians' Editor Walter A. Elwell. Carol read to me the article on the Evangelical theologian Donald G. Bloesch. We also looked at the essay in this volume on Bernard Ramm. Many years ago when I lived in California and was working at the Richmond Rescue Mission I read Ramm's book 'The Pattern of Religious Authority'. I still have this book (I have this book next to me now) and recall being blessed reading this volume.

I suppose I will close to drift into the noontime hours.
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by the power of Christ alone

It is 3:57 PM Wednesday afternoon here by Lake Michigan. The sun came out this afternoon. I have been wandering the house and reading from a book titled, 'Theoretical-Practical Theology: Prolegomena' Volume 1 by Petrus Van Mastricht Translated By Todd M. Rester Edited By Joel R. Beeke.

I did not go anywhere this afternoon. I decided to just stay home this afternoon and wait for time to go by. Nothing came in the mail for me today except a sermon booklet. I will close with a quote from the above theological work-

"Of theologians
But let us also examine theologians, and Christians, and let every person examine himself, to determine whether he is, (1) taught, not by men only, or by books, but rather by God (Gal. 1:1); (2) taught, not for disputing or discoursing, but for living; (3) for living for himself, the world, or anything else, but for God; (4) and that through Christ, that is, by the power of Christ alone. These are the chief evidences, springing from our definition of theology, of an authentic theologian or Christian. For the nature of a matter and its innate character are not more perfectly perceived from any other source than from its careful definition. . ." pg.108,109
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God as the sole object of the spiritual life

"What does living for God required? In general
First, what exactly does living for God require? Although the answer in fact extends through the whole syntagma of theology that we will expound in each of the theological heads, with God's help, nevertheless, presented in summary from it contains, first in general, the following: (1) We should establish God as the sole object of the spiritual life (Ps.16:8), that is, in every part of our life and with a singular focus we should endeavor to serve and to please God (Gal.1:10, 2 Cor 5:9) which is what it means, according to the Scriptures, to live for God. (2) We should make the will of God the sole norm of our life (1 Peter 4:2,6), for this is what it means to live according to God. (3) We should set God before us as the goal of our whole life (Phil. 1:20-21; 2 Cor 5:9). Finally. (4) we should endeavor and do all of this by the power of God. So then, as we taught above, living for God, at least generally, is nothing other than directing every act of our natural, civil, and spiritual life according to the precept of the divine Word, for the glory of God, by the power of God that is in us while we act. . ." pg. 109 Petrus Van Mastricht 'Theoretical-Practical Theology: Prolegomena' Volume 1
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the highest goal is the glory of God

"Living for God demands specifically: 1. The threefold aim
LII. Specifically, living for God demands three things. First, it demands that we set before us the proper goal of our life, that is, so that we may not run aimlessly and beat the air (1 Cor.(9:26) as an archer without a target. For the end directs the use of the means. It removes our aversion to them, or at least mitigates it, when we forget what is behind us, and are carried toward the goal that is in front of us (Phil. 3:14). Moreover, the proper goal of life has in all three parts: (1) The highest goal is the glory of God, and naturally so, because for this we were made (Isa. 43:7), for this we were remade and born again (1 Cor.6:20), and for this we are called by the gospel (Matt.5:16). Therefore, let us be carried toward this point in all our actions (1 Cor. 10:31), and willingly expend ourselves and our goods (Phil.1:10,21). (2) The intermediate goal is the salvation of our own soul most of all constrained, after the glory of God, to pursue. (3) The last goal is the advantage of our neighbor, for we are not born only for ourselves, but also for our neighbor. To this end our Savior directed himself (Matt. 18:11). To this end we should direct ourselves: that we promote the salvation of our neighbors. Let us light their way to it by the holy example of our life, and let us avoid scandals most earnestly (1 Cor. 10:32). . ." pg. 110 Petrus Van Manstricht
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