Sunday, January 18, 2009

In The Know

There are some issues that God wants us to be ‘in the know’ about. A study of these verses and the verses following might prove very fruitful and enlightening on God’s direction for us.

Spiritual Gifts:
(1 Corinthians 12:1 NKJV) Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant:

Confidence in God:
(2 Corinthians 1:8-9 NKJV) For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life. Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead.

Future Events:
(1 Thessalonians 4:13-15 NKJV) But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.

Salvation of the Jews:
(Romans 11:25 NKJV) For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.

Promises of God:
(2 Peter 3:8-9 NKJV) But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

Winning Souls:
(Romans 1:13 NKJV) Now I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that I often planned to come to you (but was hindered until now), that I might have some fruit among you also, just as among the other Gentiles.

(1 Corinthians 10:1 KJV) Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;

There is something I would like to have you “in the know” about concerning worldview and the Christian mind.

“The search for a Christian perspective on life - on our families,
our economics, our leisure activities, our sports, our attitudes to the
body and to health care, our reactions to novels and paintings, as well
as our churches and our specifically Christian activities - is not just
an academic exercise. The effort to think like a Christian is rather an
effort to take seriously the sovereignty of God over the world he created,
the lordship of Christ over the world he died to redeem, and the power
of the Holy Spirit over the world he sustains each and every moment.
From this perspective the search for a mind that truly thinks like a
Christian takes on ultimate significance, because the search for a Christian
mind is not, in the end, a search for mind but a search for God.”
Mark Noll, The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, page 253.

The assessment of any issue in our everyday walk is important. I share the above comment by Noll as an encouragement in evaluating the issues. It encourages me in my struggle and hope that I can have a Christian mind.


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