Friday, December 11, 2015

The Christian must think God's thoughts after Him

The Christian must think God's thoughts after Him;
"So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, 'If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free'” (John 8:31-32).
"Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise,
And apply your mind to my knowledge; For it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, That they may be ready on your lips. So that your trust may be in the Lord, I have taught you today, even you. Have I not written to you excellent things Of counsels and knowledge, To make you know the certainty of the words of truth That you may correctly answer him who sent you?" (Proverbs 22:17-21).
Do not add to His thoughts the vain philosophies of man's wisdom.
It is grievous error and a foolish enterprise to try and add to His thoughts the vain philosophies of man's wisdom when in the Lord Jesus Christ ". . . are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Colossians 2:3) and "In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men" (John 1:4).
Yet so many try to add to His thoughts the vain philosophies of man. But it is impossible because the wisdom of God and the wisdom of man are diametrically opposed to one another and cannot be reconciled;
"Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God. But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, 'Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord'" (1 Corinthians 1:20-31).

1 comment:

Matthew said...

"A theologian’s sole responsibility is to think God’s thoughts after him and to reproduce the unity that is objectively present in the thoughts of God and has been recorded for the eye of faith in Scripture."~Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics