God is the guardian of our life, we may safely rely on his providence; nay, we
do him injustice, if we do not entrust to him our life, which he is pleased to
take under his charge. Christ takes a general view of the providence of God as
extending to all creatures, and thus argues from the greater to the less, that
we are upheld by his special protection. There is hardly any thing of less
value thansparrows,(fortwowere thensold
for a farthing,or, as Luke states it, five for two farthings,) and yet God
has his eye upon them to protect them, so that nothing happens to them by
chance. Would He who is careful about thesparrowsdisregard the life of men? John Calvin on
In as much as we may tend to think of Matthew, Mark, Luke
& John as four individual authors (and they are). They all speak the same
language of faith in the risen Christ, Jesus the son of God, The Alpha &
Omega. As the wind moves the trees so the Holy Spirit moves His subjects.John 3:1-21.
Art often falls short in conveying depth of meaning. Yes you
could stand in front of an image & subjectify your thoughts all day &
still walk away no closer to the truth.
Escher for all his skill, insight & renown hardly gets
us closer to the angel vs demon dynamic that alludes to infinity. The demons look like bats & the
angels look like ballerina’s & round & round we go on the two dimensional plane.
In one way it is very clever visually & mathematically
& I get the light contrasting starkly against the dark which I take to be a
type of spiritual symbolism. But even Satan & his workers masquerade as
angels of light & only Scripture can truly convey the data in a form for
our hearts & minds to contemplate.2 Cor 11:1-15.
Scripture alone (Sola Scriptura)
The inerrant Scripture (the Bible) is the sole source of
written divine revelation, which alone can bind the conscience. The Bible alone
teaches all that is necessary for our salvation from sin and is the standard by
which all Christian behaviour must be measured. It is denied that any creed,
council or individual may bind a Christian's conscience, that the Holy Spirit
speaks independently of or contrary to what is set forth in the Bible, or that
personal spiritual experience can ever be a vehicle of revelation. http://www.theopedia.com/five-solas
The Bible reveals another dimension to life & influence.
Here & there multi spirits & demons are actively engaged in a battle. Ghost
busters gets it horribly wrong when it introduces the idea that humans in &
of themselves can outwit or exercise power over such beings. Only the authority
of Jesus can truly confront & overpower dark forces inspired by evil. Matt
4:1-11.Matt 28:16-20.Planes, dimensions & positioning systems don’t give us
all the data, there is a lot more going on than meets the eye.
not a sit back & relax God has got it covered faith in the sense that
Christians can just do as they please. While it is true that Calvinists should
rest in the finished work of Christ, beginning to end, the Holy Spirit, after
illuminating the dark heart then begins to shape & conform the transformed
human into a restored & changed person. Reforming, reforming &
reforming in the ups & down of living for Jesus in all that they do. It is
no longer they that liveth, but Christ that liveth in them.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves,
it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s
handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in
advance for us to do.
Lord’s Day 32
86. Q. Since, then, we are delivered from our misery by grace alone,
through Christ, without any merit of ours, why must we yet do good works?
A. Because Christ, having redeemed us by his blood, also renews us by his Holy
Spirit after his own image, that with our whole life we may show ourselves
thankful to God for his benefits, and that he may be praised by us; then, also,
that each of us may be assured in himself of his faith by the fruits thereof,
and that by our godly walk our neighbors also may be won for Christ.
Some more images from February. Usually I enjoy walking through the bush near where my son trains with his soccer team, but this time I was continually attacked by mosquito's. The image of the goldfish & lorikeets eating watermelon are from today, we also put out an ice brick for them to be near...it was hot as & some offical temperatures were broken in selected suburbs & towns,but as far as I am aware people were not dropping dead in the streets as has been reported in newspapers from the 1800's here in Australia.
Time & again we are told that animals evolved from
lesser evolved things in the hierarchy of deep time & blind chance. Genetic
discrimination off-loading junk as a more supreme being more ably suited sets
its foot or fin or whatever onto the face of the earth.
More often than not we are given dubious debatable relics
from the not so distant past with a great lack of transition fossils to support the case. More
recently we have been told that elephants losing their tusks are evidence of
evolution when in fact it is not.
It is not science that makes evolution tick, but tricky
stories that confound & confuse.
God has given us truth that we may not be led astray by lies
& deceitful assumptions. One of the big themes or isms of the modern world is that
truth is relative & it’s OK. But truth is not relative & will always be
It has been a hot summer & mostly dry, many that I have
spoken to agree including oldies that have been around for a while. There is also more heat on the way according to the forecasts
which have been pretty accurate of late. When it gets this hot, every now &
then hell gets a mention. Not surprising in one way & we do have a natural tendency
to exaggerate, simplify or get pedantic about things in a scissors, paper, rock
The dynamic of hell however goes further than a momentary
sense of hellishness. Hell is unquenchable, eternal & the reserved home of
the devil & all who believe His lie & reject salvation in Christ alone. Every fragment of God’s goodness &
mercy will be gone for ever.
So as much as we simplify, exaggerate & get pedantic, we
should also get our bearings & the true measure of things lest we go round & round in circles. Only in God can
we truly keep things real. Luke 16:19-31.
Prov 3:5-6. Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.