April 19th, 2020

the counsel of redemption

"In the second place, there is contained in the counsel of redemption the achievement of that whole salvation which God wants to grant to His elect. In the plan of redemption, not only persons who are to inherit eternal salvation are indicated, but the Mediator who will prepare this salvation for them is also pointed out. To this extent Christ Himself can be called the object of God's election. Naturally He can be called this not in the sense that He, like the members of His church, was elected to come up out of a condition of sin and misery into a state of redemption and salvation. But He can be called that in this other meaning that He who was the Mediator of the creation would also be the Mediator of the re-creation, and would bring it about entirely by His passion and death. That is why He is called the servant of the Lord, the elect of God (Isa. 42ff. and Matt.12:18). As Mediator He is subordinate to the Father and obedient to Him. He has a command and a work to fulfill which the Father has assigned to Him. And as the reward for His finished work He receives His own glory, the salvation of His people, and the highest might in heaven and on earth." Herman Bavinck pg. 249 'The Wonderful Works of God'
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the comfort of election

"We are convinced of this comfort of election even more when we remember that the counsel of God is a work of His mind not merely, but also of His will, is not a though merely which belongs to the realm of eternity but also an almighty power which realizes itself in time. So it is with all God's excellences and perfections: they are not passive, silent attributes, but are almighty powers, full of life and action. Every attribute is His being. When God is called the Righteous and the Holy, this implies that He reveals Himself as such also, and that He bears His justice in upon this world and the consciences of men and maintains it there. When He is called Love the implication is not merely that in Christ He looks upon us with approbation, but also that He manifests that love and pours it into our hearts through the Holy Spirit. When He calls Himself our Father, this carries with it also the implication that He regenerates us, adopts us as children, and by His Spirit testifies with our spirit that we are His children. When He makes Himself known as the Gracious and Merciful One, He does not merely say it, but demonstrates it also by in very fact forgiving our sins and comforting us in all afflictions. Just so, too, when Scripture speaks to us of the counsel of God, it thereby proclaims to us that God Himself executes that counsel and fully actualizes it. The counsel of redemption itself is a work of God in eternity, but as such it is also the principle, the motivating power, and the guarantee of the work of redemption in time. Therefore, regardless of what may happen with the world, with mankind, or with ourselves, the ever-wise counsel of God will forever stand and forever remain active. Nothing can ever deflect His high decision: it will remain from generation to generation. There is no ground whatsoever for discouragement or despair. Everything certainly shall be as God in His wisdom and love determined it. His almighty and gracious will is the guarantee of the redemption of mankind and the rescue of the world. In the great afflictions our hearts therefore remain at peace in the Lord." pg. 252 Herman Bavinck 'The Wonderful Works of God'
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life is nothing other than a short and vain battle with death

It is 12:06 PM Sunday afternoon in the days of the plague. Today the sun is shining, which is a blessing. It seems when the sun is shining pain in my hands and arms do not feel so intense/just a dull constant bothersome pain.

I got up this morning around 7 o'clock AM. I got up to face what I face every day. I found Carol reading her Bible in the living room. I got a bottle cold water and sat across from my wife to wake up to another day/the beginning of a new week/we are coming to the end of April 2020. What a month this has been for America and the whole wide world! After I woke up I had breakfast and then I messed with our main computer. After messing with our main computer I wrote in my paper diary and read till Noontime from a book titled, 'The Wonderful Works of God' by Herman Bavinck. Not much else to report this afternoon.

Last night Carol went to bed early and I stayed up and read before going to bed from novel titled, 'Temptation' by Janos Szekely Translated By Mark Baczoni. I also read yesterday from these novels, 'The Sot-Weed Factor' a novel by John Barth and 'The Lucky Star' a novel by William T. Vollmann.

Do not know what I will get into this afternoon. I should go for a walk someplace while the sun is still visible in the sky.

I will close to feel dead to the world.

6 L.M. B. Beddome
The Wisdom and Knowledge of God. Ps. 139
1 God’s ways are just, his counsels wise;
No darkness can prevent his eyes;
No thought can fly, nor thing can move,
Unknown to him that sits above.

2 He in the thickest darkness dwells;
Performs his works, the cause conceals;
But though his methods are unknown,
Judgment and truth support his throne.

3 In heaven, and earth, and air, and seas,
He executes his firm decrees;
And by his saints it stands confessed,
That what he does is ever best.

4 Wait, then, my soul, submissive wait,
Prostrate before his awful seat;
And, ‘midst the terrors of his rod,
Trust in a wise and gracious God.
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The Non-Fiction Book Tag Part 1

The Non-fiction Book Tag Part 1

1. What subject or area of non-fiction did you being with? Biography, Science, Economics, Archaeology, Anthropology, Math etc.etc.? Was there a specific event, person or book that set you on your path?


'The Exposition Of Hebrews' by A. W. Pink

'Temptation' a novel by Janos Szekely Translated By Mark Baczoni

'The Wonderful Works Of God: Instruction in the Christian Religion according to the Reformed Confession' by Herman Bavinck

Life Story


2. Where did you get your first books from to feed your new passion – was it a Library, borrow from friends/family or purchasing?Did you have any guidance from anyone?

3. Is your first love still the love of your non-fiction reading life or was it a gateway to other subject(s) that took over as number one?

4. Did you pursue any of your interests with formal education at University level? If so, what level did you finish and was it the experience you had hoped for and expected? Have you made it your profession?

5. If you have maintained that first interest all of your life do you feel you should have pursued other interest or subjects?

6. Are you now a specialist and read only within one area of non-fiction or do you branch out? Do you read fiction? If so, what genre do you turn to when you want something lighter/different to read?

7. If you are a specialist or not do you prefer academic studies, general works or scholarly but not overly academic?

8. Do you collect books in your area of interest(s),or do you read and pass the books on/sell or borrow almost exclusively from a library? If you do collect do you prefer hard cover or paperback? – Do they need to be first editions and in fine condition or are you happy with an ex-library copy and/or underlining in them?

9. Do you read/collect exclusively newer publications or do you enjoy reading what writers had to say on your subject in the past as well? What is the oldest book you have (either original edition or a reprint of an older work)?

10. What was the most you have ever paid for a book in your main area of interest? Was it new or used?

11. Tag away.
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