January 28th, 2020

the life of faith

"LIII. The seventh practice concerns the use of faith, for which reason it is said that faith is at work (Gal.5:6), and that we walk by faith (2 Cor.5:7), and also live by faith (Heb.2:4; Rom.1:17; Gal.3:11; Heb. 10:38): "The life I live, I live by faith in the Son of God" (Gal.2:20). In general, this means to us nothing else than this: having received God and the Mediator, committing our whole self to them, depending on them in all necessities, and in return giving them our whole self, with all that is ours. In specific, it involves three acts, one essential act-receiving God and the Mediator, on which we spoke expressly above-and then two subsequent acts, namely, first confident dependence, and next obedient submission. (1) In dependence, in any misfortune or difficulty, whether spiritual or temporal, and especially either in an uncertain circumstance, when we lack all the supports of our trust, we walk not by sight but by faith (2 Cor.5:7). That is, we perceive clearly our own need and impotence (Luke 15:16-17), we go out of ourselves, as it were (Heb.13:13), being persuaded of the all-sufficiency, goodness, and faithfulness of God and the Savior (Phi. 4:12-13; Rom. 8:36-37). We await his help (Rom. 7:24-25) with patience, resting on (a) his all-sufficiency (Gen.17:1), by which he is a buckler and a shield (Ps. 84:11);(b) his goodness (Ex. 34:6-7), by which he who did not spare his own Son will with him graciously give us all things (Rom. 8:32); and (c) his truthfulness and faithfulness in his promises (Rom. 4:19-20; 2 Tim. 2:13).

On the other hand, (2) in obedient submission, faith lives by (a) obedience (Rom. 1:5), by which we show our faith in works (James 2:18), we walk by faith (2 Cor.5:7), not by our own impulse but by the divine command (Deut.12:32), nor by our own strength, but in the power of God (1 Cor. 15:10; Gal.2:20), urged on not by worldly desire, but by the divine promises (2 Cor. 7:1). And (b) the merit of Christ, in which all faith's works are dyed, so to speak, that they may please God (Heb. 11:6; Rom. 14:23; Heb. 10:22), and thus by a more certain faith they speed toward God." pg. 39 Petrus Van Mastricht 'Theoretical-Practical Theology-Faith in the Triune God' Volume 2
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God with respect to his essence is infinite

It is 11:01 AM late Tuesday morning here in West Michigan. It is another cold snowy winter day. This coming Saturday it will be February 1, 2020. Carol this morning was looking for plane tickets so as to fly out to Denver to visit our daughter during Spring break in March 2020. Existence keeps decaying faster and faster. We can not stop the Plan of God from being accomplished.

I got up this morning around 6:13 AM. When I got up I found my wife sitting in our living room reading her Bible. She had gotten up this morning around 4 o'clock AM. I made oatmeal for breakfast and a pot of coffee. I ate my oatmeal and then wrote in my paper diary. I spent the rest of the morning reading Volume 2 'Theoretical-Practical Theology-Faith in the Triune God' by Petrus Van Mastricht Translated By Todd M. Rester. So has gone by the morning hours.

Last night we watched television till 9 o'clock PM. Carol went to bed and I stayed up and read 'The Works of William Perkins' Volume 8 till 11 o'clock PM. Now it is another day. Carol plans to go to physical therapy soon for her bad knee. I plan to drift through this day seeking God.

I suppose I will close to wait for 12 o'clock PM to come my way. I also have been reading off and on 'The Cry Of The Owl' a crime novel by Patricia Highsmith. I did get in the mail a crime novel by Patricia Highsmith. I have these books by Highsmith plus two biographies-

'Ripley's Game' a crime novel by Patricia Highsmith

'The Talented Mr. Ripley' a crime novel by Patricia Highsmith

'Ripley Under Ground' a crime novel by Patricia Highsmith

'Ripley Under Water' a crime novel by Patricia Highsmith

'Selected Novels and Short Stories' by Patricia Highsmith

'Beautiful Shadow: A Life Of Patricia Highsmith' biography by Andrew Wilson

'The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith' biography by Joan Schenkar

Well I will close to drift. I am falling asleep. I need to feel awake when the Lord Jesus comes on the clouds of glory. There is no way of escape.

"[1] Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
[2] And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
[3] They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
[4] But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
[5] While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
[6] And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
[7] Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
[8] And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
[9] But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
[10] And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
[11] Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
[12] But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
[13] Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh." Matthew 25:1-13
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