Posted: 27 Feb 2016 09:57 AM PST
There are some qualities, characteristics or perfections that only God possesses—we call them God’s incommunicable attributes.
First, only God is absolutely independent. Some have wondered where God came from. That is actually a foolish question, because God does not come from anywhere or anyone—He is. God’s existence or being does not depend on anything outside of Himself. “Neither is He worshipped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, seeing He giveth to all life, and breath and all things” (Acts 17:25). No creature can give God anything, or add anything to Him. How different God is from us—we depend on Him for everything, whether we admit that or not!
Second, only God is absolutely one or simple. There are not many gods, but one, true, living and ever blessed God. God is not a complicated being made up of parts. He is a perfectly harmonious being; there are no contradictions, conflicts or divisions in Him. Therefore, all God’s attributes are one in Him. God’s attributes do not conflict with one another, so, for example, His mercy never contradicts His justice. How different God is from us—we are so conflicted that we do not even know our own minds!
Third, God is infinite, which means that God is not limited. This is true in two respects—time and space. God is eternal, which means that He has neither beginning or ending. Time has no effect upon God—He created time, and He is outside of time as the Eternal One. “I am the first, and I am the last, and beside me there is no God” (Isaiah 44:6). “From everlasting to everlasting, thou art God” (Psalm 90:2). God is also omnipresent, which means that He fills heaven and earth and the whole universe with the whole of His being. There is nowhere, where God is not. We are limited by time and space.
Fourth, God is immutable, which means He cannot change. God does not develop, change or become different from what He always is, simply because He is perfect. Because God is unchangeable, His will or purpose never changes, but is eternally the same. “I am the LORD, I change not” (Malachi 3:6).
Fifth, God is omniscient, which means that God knows all things. His perfect knowledge includes all past, present and future realities. “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it” (Psalm 139:6). How glorious is God, whose knowledge is infinite!
Sixth, and finally, God is omnipotent or all-powerful. God’s omnipotence is His might or His ability to do all things that He wills to do. By His omnipotence, God created all things. By that same power, He upholds all things, and rules over all things. Mighty king Nebuchadnezzar was forced to confess God’s omnipotence: “And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and He doeth according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, What doest thou?” (Daniel 4:35). Another word for God’s omnipotence is His sovereignty, which means that He exercises the power and authority of a king. One who depends on His creatures, or who cannot fulfill all His will with His creation, is not the God that dwells in the heavens.
This is the God whom we confess and worship. He is incomparable in His Majesty and glory. He is infinitely above the creature. He is able to save from the lowest misery. Happy is the man whose God is the Lord!
The idea that all children dying in infancy go straight to heaven has no Biblical basis. Certain Scriptural facts must be remembered as we contemplate the fate of dying babies:
- Every human being is conceived and born in sin bearing the guilt of Adam and deserving eternal death (Psalm 51:5).
- God as sovereign, elects and reprobates before the world was formed and before babies are born (Romans 9:11). Hence there are elect and reprobate infants.
- God as the potter has the right over the clay (human beings) (Romans 9:21).
Thus when we read Psalm 137:9 of the children of pagans being dashed against stones or in Numbers 16:27ff of the babies of Korah, Dathan and Abiram going alive down to the pit of hell we need to remember the above.
Listen to Professor Emeritus Herman Hanko:
“The objection is still raised that the Psalm speaks of Babylon’s “little ones.” Is not that cruel and heartless and beyond the bounds of decency that little ones were smashed against the stones? Again, such an objection is really made against God. I have difficulty understanding why people find this incomprehensible. While I write this the dead bodies of babies are being dug out of the ruins left from a terrible earthquake in Pakistan, and many babies were recently buried beneath a mudslide in Guatemala. Earthquakes and mudslides are God’s judgment. God is angry with the sins of this world. He comes in judgment to avenge His own holiness.
We ought to remember that all are guilty of Adam’s sin, including babies who are conceived and born in sin (Ps. 51:5). We all, including our children, deserve God’s judgments. God Himself has said in His holy law that He visits the iniquity of the fathers upon the children (Ex. 20:5). God executes His own judgments against the wicked and their seed. Is it worse when God uses the Medes to dash Babylon’s little children against a stone than that God uses a hurricane to kill little children in New Orleans? How can that be?
But let us who know God remember His holiness and bow in fear and awe before Him who always judges righteously. And let us remember that we and our children deserve such judgments ourselves, for such self-knowledge will bring us to our knees in repentance and confession. And let us remember the riches of God’s mercy in delivering us and our children from such awful judgments, for what we deserve Christ bore in our place. That will put in our hearts the fear and praise of the God who has graciously delivered us.” Prof. Hanko (Covenant Reformed News Nov.2005)
And infant baptism saves no infant, it is merely a sign given to infants of believing parents that their child is born into the sphere of the covenant and that if they are elect they will inherit all the promises of salvation.
Worldliness or love of the world.
Key text: I John 2:15-16.
Rev. Martyn McGeown, Limerick Reformed fellowship.
“Love of the world is probably the number one reason for apostasy in the Christian church today. Remember Demas” (II Tim.4:10).
The world is the system, unified, organised and arranged in hostility against God. The world of fallen men and the created order under the power of Satan.
Our senses serve as vehicles by which the world entices us to sin using our lusts (burning inordinate desires). Each one of us has different predispositions to lust. The world says, “I will satisfy you.” The pride of life is wicked self-sufficiency, no need for God, live for yourself (indeed all sinful lusts are at heart self-indulgence, love of self).
Worldliness is, “an attitude of the heart in which it is fascinated, excited and bewitched by those things which gratify the sinful lusts, and a giving over of oneself to serve those things instead of God.”
Worldliness may be different for different people. It is not taking pleasure in the good gifts of this life (Eccles. 3:13, I Tim.4:4-5, 6:17). Love of the world and love of the Father are incompatible.
Symptoms of it: less time for God and his worship, worldly companionship, or join a false church. “The false church is the world with a religious mask.” On judgment day the world-ling will confess, “I loved the world rather than the creator.” Spiritual pleasures belong to God’s people forevermore.
Listen to message here: Recording
The New Creation
|There will be no:||Hence:|
|Sin||No confession, no apologies, no crime, no locks required, no weapons.|
|Disease or Death||No pain, doctors, hospitals, graveyards, cremations, funeral parlours.|
|Weather||No cyclones, hurricanes, droughts, tsunamis, famines, floods.|
|Earth upheavals||No earthquakes|
|Sun||No sunburn, sun-cream.|
Can you add anything or correct anything??
The sovereignty of God is not a secondary doctrine that is relegated to an obscure corner in the Bible. Rather, this truth is the very bedrock doctrine of all Scripture. This is the Mount Everest of biblical teaching, the towering truth that transcends all theology. From its opening verse, the Bible asserts in no uncertain terms that God is and that God reigns. In other words, He is God—not merely in name, but in full reality. God does as He pleases, when He pleases, where He… pleases, how He pleases, and with whom He pleases in saving undeserving sinners. All other doctrines of the Christian faith must be brought into alignment with this keystone truth.
The sovereignty of God is the free exercise of His supreme authority in executing and administrating His eternal purposes. God must be sovereign if He is to be truly God. A god who is not sovereign is not God at all. Such is an imposter, an idol, a mere caricature formed in man’s fallen imagination. A god who is less than fully sovereign is not worthy of our worship, much less our witness. But the Bible proclaims for all to hear that “the Lord reigns” (Ps. 93:1). God is exactly who Scripture declares He is. He is the sovereign Lord of heaven and earth, whose supreme authority is over all. This is the main premise of Scripture.
Nowhere is God’s sovereignty more clearly demonstrated than in His salvation of the lost. God is free to bestow His saving mercy on whom He pleases. God says, “I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy” (Ex. 33:19b; Rom. 9:15). He is not obligated to extend His grace to any undeserving sinner. If He were to choose to save none, He would remain perfectly just. He might determine to save a few and still be absolutely holy. Or He could choose to save all. But God is sovereign, and that means He is entirely free to bestow His grace however He will—whether on none, few, or all.
From beginning to end, salvation is of God and, ultimately, for God. The apostle Paul writes, “From him and through him and to him are all things” (Rom. 11:36). In this comprehensive verse, God is declared to be the divine source, the determinative means, and the designated end of all things. This is most true in salvation. According to this text, every aspect of the operation of saving grace is God-initiated, God-directed, and God-glorifying. Every dimension of salvation is from Him, through Him, and to Him. This is to say, salvation originates from His sovereign will, proceeds through His sovereign activity, and leads to His sovereign glory.~ Steven Lawson..
Hosea and God’s Covenant
Sung Psalm 103:2-8 (mercy)
Read Hosea 1
Israel made sinful covenants (Hosea 12:1) with neighbouring pagan states like Assyria and Egypt which were geopolitical treaties nothing like God’s covenant (I Kings 17).
They also made a deceitful covenant (Hosea 10:4) perhaps with idols or between them, God and the king, or again with other nations.
Use of covenant words in Hosea:
- Negation of the covenant and covenant blessing (innumerable seed): 1:9-10 where the Jews are rejected BUT the gentiles would come in to NT church (Gen.17:2, 32:12, John 11:52).
- No mercy shown (1:6-7) quoted in Romans 9:23-26 in context of election and reprobation. You cannot divorce covenant from election.
- Covenant pronouns (not comprehensive): (1:7, 4:12, 7:10) “their God” historically (they were in the sphere of the covenant), “thy God” (9:1,12:6,13:4,14:1), “his Lord” (12:14), “her God” (13:16), “my God –i.e. Hosea’s (9:8), “my people” (4:12, 6:11), “husband” (3:16). The covenant name of God throughout Scripture is JEHOVAH and he saves by the Lord JEHOVAH SALVATION namely Jesus Christ.
Peter wrote (II Peter 3:15 and 16) about Paul that some people that are unstable wrest or wrestle (his words), as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. Paul wrote some things “hard to be understood,” to be sure. But that does not take away from the fact that what he has written, he has written “according to the wisdom given unto him” by God, with the result that “all his epistles” are included in the Bible along with “the other scriptures.” All in all, there can be no doubt that like the Lord Jesus, the apostles regarded both the Old Testament Scriptures and the New Testament Scriptures as the Word of God—the Word of God in the words of men. Paul writes in II Thessalonians
3:14 and 15, “And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him,hat he may be ashamed. Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.” Clearly, the apostle’s instruction to the church here is based on Paul’s conviction that the words that came from his pen were the very Word of God.
Hence “I suffer not a woman to teach” (I Timothy 2:12) stands for all time, it was not just chauvinistic Paul writing for the first century….AND homosexuality practiced is a gross sin and judgment upon men and women that excludes them from the kingdom of God (I Cor.6:9).
Wake up Church of Scotland and other apostatising denominations!
Are you looking for the truth about life and death and eternity? Look no further than the Bible.
How do I know the Bible is true and the word of God?
- It precisely describes and explains life as I find it in the world.
- It is historically accurate as archaeology has shown.
- The evidence for a historical Christ and his resurrection is irrefutable.
- Millions of lives have been radically changed by it’s power—people given new hearts and made Christ-like.
- God answers my prayers daily.
- It repeatedly claims to be the word of God (II Timothy 3:16).
- It is authoritative, unified and has one subject throughout, namely Christ.
- It is replete with fulfilled prophecy.
- It has stood the test of time.
- Christ said the Scripture cannot be broken and it was authoritative in his life (Matthew 4).
- Christ often stated that the word of his Father was truth and eternal. He believed the accounts of creation, the flood, Sodom and Gomorrah and Jonah.
- Jesus’ and the apostles’ miracles attested their authenticity.
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Britain’s weather especially in winter is not conducive to athletic performances. The cold and wet mean muscles are stiff and pull easily and the wind may be against you! Indoor running, jumping and throwing is a special treat sadly not open to all except those near a centre. The track is banked and you get a great thrill running hard round the bend leaning over and then coming slightly downhill onto the strait. Because the bends on the 200m track are tighter than an outdoor 400m track times for all distances are slower. Here is the Glasgow centre.
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Glasgow has the Emirates Stadium, Ireland has the Athlone Institute of Technology, England has Lee Valley and Birmingham and Wales has the Cardiff Track. The best Northern Ireland can boast is a 60m track at Jordanstown, University of Ulster.