Set in Stone

2 Timothy 2:19   (KJV)   19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

There are argumentable teachings in the Bible—teachings that aren’t so clear; Christians interpret them differently and take positions that are often diametrically in contradiction to each other. Don’t be alarmed; none of these teachings have to do with 2 Timothy 2.19 - Set in Stonesalvation or God in His nature or being. But there are teachings set in stone. Here are two of them: God knows those who belong to Him; those who belong to Him must depart from iniquity.

We believe in the omniscience of God; He doesn’t make mistakes when it comes to who are His and who aren’t, who are saved and who are lost. His part is covered perfectly well. He’s not negligent; He’s not forgetful; He won’t have any “oops” moment. Our part is our part. Although we’ve heard it often stated: “Christianity is not about rules; it’s not about dos and don’ts; we’re not under the Law,” this doesn’t mean we’re unruly and lawless.

We have a loving relationship with our Father; we also have a very respectful relationship with our God. Our Father is our God; our God is our Father; we love Him; we fear Him. We want to do the things He wants us to do because we love Him. But I’ll be honest. In our imperfection; we don’t always do things He wants us to do; that’s when we ought to do them even when we don’t feel like doing them. It’s settled; one of the things we want to do, we ought to do, and we must do, is to depart from—turn away from iniquity, unholiness, unrighteousness, evil, or ungodliness. Yes, whether we want to or not, we must.

 

Hindsight

Genesis 45:5   (KJV)   Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.

In the common scheme of things, there were reasons to grieve and to be angry with themselves; they sold their very own young half-brother Joseph just because of their envy, jealousy, and hatred. They caused much deep and prolonged heartache to their father. genesis-45-5-hindsightNow, that brother is in a position of power to exact vengeance. Joseph literally could have ordered to have all their heads separated from their bodies. Praise God, Joseph, saw from the perspective of the supernatural.

There are many questions in life we won’t know the answers for until many years after, when events have flowed and ran its course—hindsight, that is. We may not know why some people are extra-especially drawn to us, and why to some, we’re their bête noire—people they dislike. We may not know why those who are supposed to love us hurt us, betray us, sell us out. We may not know why people are banished from our presence, why we get into accidents no matter how careful we are, why tragedy happens even to the best of us, and why seemingly good things happen to the worst of us.

But we do appreciate divine surprises; they always outdo our expectations. We see how God turns the worst of situations into the most wonderful of experiences. We’ve heard it repeatedly: God turns our tests into testimonies, our trials into triumphs, and the victim into victors. His divine maneuverings are definitely what makes for adventurous existence. His wisdom is indeed much greater than our wisdom, His thoughts much higher than our thoughts, His ways much better than our ways. We don’t always figure out the reasons for the inexplicable twists and turns that are very challenging to face, accept, and navigate. But we trust Him. He Who has given us life—both temporal and eternal loves us; He preserves us, directs us, and leads us to life’s greatest adventures. We’re not sad; we’re overjoyed; we’re not angry; we’re ecstatic.

The Real Deal

Luke 24:44   (KJV)   44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

The omniscience of God is noticeably alluded to. He can predict the end from the beginning. That’s what clearly sets Him apart as God. Yes, there’s a spirit of divination working behind many people making correct predictions, but most of their predictions are no more than just calculated and educated guesses. What makes our God awesomely luke-24-44-the-real-dealunique is His 100% accuracy in His predictions and prophecies. No one ever comes close. In His love, He shares to us slices of His knowledge and foreknowledge. He wants our paths lit well; He doesn’t want us groping lost in the dark. He reveals His will and ways to us—not all of them, but all we need to know.

The most perfect revelation of God is our precious Lord Jesus. He’s God’s perfect representation. Whoever sees Him sees the Father; that’s as perfect of a representation as perfect can be. He was God’s mouthpiece in preparing His disciples for what awaited them. He revealed His genuineness and the truths about Him to His followers. He showed them that He was the fulfillment of God’s revelations found in the Scriptures—all over the Scriptures. The affirmations, proofs, and supports aren’t from one witness; it’s from Moses, the prophets, the Psalmists, the apostles, and a lot more—many of them were eyewitnesses, their words accurately backed by a great deal of experiences.

We are extremely blessed and privileged as His people; we are helped tremendously by our infinitely more than able God. We are very limited in our perception; we operate within the limits of temporal time, matter, and space. To navigate through life, we do better when we see things from “bird’s eye view,” and more. Praise God; we have God who sees way well than birds do. Hahaha. We don’t see beyond the natural; He does. We don’t see the future, but He does. We’re limited, but He isn’t. That’s why we trust Him. That’s why we trust His Son. They’re the real deal. Case closed. We believe.