Saturday, September 27, 2014

God Thinking LXI - Good Theology 1

"You are the handiwork of God.  You and everything made that is made was made by God.

The Apostle John said it like this:
John 1:1-3
1.  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
 2.  The same was in the beginning with God.
 3.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.  I believe the Word.

The Apostle Paul said it like this:
Colossians 1:16-17
16.  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
 17.  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  I believe the Word.

The writer of Hebrews puts it like this.
Hebrews 1:1-2
 1.  God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
 2.  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
Note: This may come as news to you since for centuries our pastors and priests have been teaching that theology is for the learned; for those in seminary or those studying for the priesthood, pastorate or the rabbinical life. This of course is false. Good theology is the distribution of the knowledge of God from God, by the indwelling Holy Spirit directly into your soul, (the inner man) without the need to pass through some form of dilution or distillation.  

It is not and never has been necessary to go through a mediator to find, apprehend and know God.  That in no way makes light of the true ministerial profession which is to facilitate the believer with information that can assist their journey, nothing more and nothing less.  Most of the added two-cents of extra-biblical teaching, denominational polity and inter-faith arrangements benefit only the business of providing spiritual direction, but in every way take from the true essence of a genuine natural relationship with Christ found by the searching of the inner man for his creator.  

Anything, anyone, any religious philosophy, any denominational bent that keeps you from daily progress (the progress of feeling secure and in a right relationship with God) should be replaced with real personal devotion to the things of God found in the scriptures. Is there one thing that fits that criteria in your life? Dump it.  

If you can't walk away from even one thing that is keeping you from a deep and personal relationship with God, how can you overcome the multitude of pressures that come your way every day that are designed to steer you away from God?  You can't.  You have got to start somewhere. Today is a good day for just such a cause.

Because you are the handiwork of God, the solutions to all of your problems, situations and circumstances are theological in nature.

Theo comes from the Greek word 'Theos', which means 'of God' or 'from God' or 'by God', and logical from the Greek word 'Logos', which means 'to speak', or 'spoken', i. e., Theological: That which is spoken of, from or by God.

Excerpt from God Thinking LXI - Good Theology by Keith C. Powell Copyright 2014

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