Daily Light – Sept 26, 2017

Your daily goal:

Philippians 3:14  “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   

(Monday-Friday, from my morning quiet time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day.  Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)

Today’s Daily Light:

Continuing:  In order to have a better view and understanding of the accurate doctrine of our Christian faith…let’s work through the fundamental ‘catechisms’

(We will provide one, or a couple of Catechisms each day for approximately 2 weeks.   The ‘comments’ are from John Piper.  Take time in your own study to review the scripture verses that are provided within each question ‘so that’ you can establish your understanding based on the truth of the word of God.)

QUESTION 3: HOW DO WE KNOW THERE IS A GOD?

Answer: The light of nature in man, and the works of God, plainly declares that there is a God; but his word and Spirit only, do effectually reveal him unto us for our salvation.

Scripture: Romans 1:18-20; Psalm 19:1-2; 2 Timothy 3:15; 1 Corinthians 1:21-24; 2:9, 10; Matthew 11:27.

Comment: The question distinguishes two kinds of knowledge: one is natural and comes from conscience (“the light of nature in

man”) and from the works of God in nature; the other is spiritual or saving, and comes from the recognition of the true value of God and the beauty of his character. Natural knowledge is possessed by all people and thus makes all people accountable to honor and thank God. Spiritual knowledge is possessed only by those whose natural blindness has been overcome by the Spirit of God. (1 Cor. 2:14-16). Our children must come to see the difference between these lest they think they are saved by much natural knowledge about God—which the devils also have James 2:19).
 
My comment:   The human distinction…the capacity/ability that humans possess…that is distinct/peculiar to humans…is the ‘spirit’ of a man that resides inside our being/body.   I like to see it/say it as “we have some of the Father’s D.N.A. inside us…we are not Spirit…He alone is Spirit…but He gave us some of what He is ‘so that’ we can ‘know’ Him.  Not just know about Him…no.  But to ‘know’ him at the deepest level of knowing…through objective awareness ‘in’ our spirit.   1 John 4:13 says “We know that we live in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.”

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