This God is a sovereign, creator God, who is worthy of our worship and glory, above every other god and any man-made idols, and holy and righteous in everything He does.
When we fail to heed sound teaching, we listen to whatever doctrine is most appealing at the time. This teaching may sound good, but it will ultimately lead to destruction.
The first step to discerning sound theology is being with God. You cannot truly know Him by reading what others have to say about Him. The result would be as if you studied a foreign culture instead of visiting it. You might know lots of facts about the culture, but until you have lived in it and experienced it, you do not truly know it.
Perspicuity (PER-spi-ku-i-tee) simply means that something is free from obscurity and easy to understand; it is the comprehensibility of clear expression. To say the Bible is perspicuous is to say that its truths are clear, accessible, and available.
We also know that Scripture trains us to become more like God, so that we can display His righteousness despite our unrighteousness. However, the words that come between the teaching and training—reproof and correction—are what prove if we are, in fact, teachable and trainable.
When reading the Bible, I am often tempted to do this very thing—take the easy truths and leave behind the ones that are harder to handle. This buffet-style mentality must be forsaken when we come to the pages of Scripture.
The last several months have convinced me that this is indeed a worthwhile project simply because God is worthy of my praise. I forget this incredible fact too often, so let me say it again: God is infinitely worthy of my praise.
I desire to write about theology, not because I have a burning desire to write but because I see how vitally important having a right understanding of God and His Word is to us as a united group of believers.
Like a soldier, sharpening the edges of his sword in preparation for battle, we must sharpen our minds and shape our hearts for obedience to the greatest commandment. This is why I am writing for Thinking & Theology: I desire for us to love God supremely with all that we are.
God will sanctify me. He will grow me to become more like Him, so others will know of His greatness; “he will surely do it.” This will happen in the believer’s life because HE is faithful.