Ligia Bodea – Si eu am fost „Fiul risipitor” – Interviu la Inima Inchinarii

Ligia Bodea, nascuta intr-o familie cu 16 copii si crescuta in biserica, Ligia povesteste cum a fost si ea odata un „fiu risipitor” si chiar s-a confruntat su ganduri de sinucidere.

Ligia Bodea:

„Printre altele, i-am spus mamei mele: „Mama, pocainta asta am urmarit-o de cand eram copil. E buna. E chiar frumoasa. Stii? Dar, nu e pentru mine. Eu m-am gandit sa-mi traiesc viata altfel si apoi la batranete, la 60, 70 de ani sau poate chiar inainte de moarte… de ce nu? Ca sa nu fiu prea mult timp pocaita, am sa zic si eu „Doamne, iarta-ma.” O sa fie bine. Dumnezeu e bun si toate lucrurile vor fi roz.” Iti dai seama? Pentru ca sunt mama acum. ce o fi fost in inima mamei mele atunci?

Mi-a spus asa. Putine cuvinte. Mama mea este ardeleanca si vorbeste putin. Dar, cand iti spune cateva cuvinte, iti ajung direct in suflet. Mi-a spus: „Bine. Bine. Dar te-ai gandit vreodata ca s-ar putea sa nu ajungi batranetea aceea de care imi spui tu? Imi spui ca inainte de moarte, ca la batranete o sa te pocaiesti. Te-ai gandit ca s-ar putea sa n-ajungi?”

:Sa nu uiti niciodata,” mi-a zis ea. Si crede-ma ca n-am uitat, „nici macar ziua de maine nu este a ta. De unde stii ca o sa ajungi tu batraneatea sa mai spui: Doamne, iarta-ma? cum ziceai. I-am zis: „Mama, mai vedem noi de lucrurile astea. Dar, deocamdata vreau sa ma duc pe alt drum.” Si ea mi-a mai spus asa:” Sa nu uiti niciodata ca tu esti nascuta sa fi o fiica de Dumnezeu. Stii? Tu n-o sa ai fericire in viata asta decat atunci cand o sa-I slujseti lui Dumnezeu cu darul tau.” Nu intelegeam atunci, eram adolescenta. Nu stiam ce inseamna slujire. Nu stiam nici macar ce inseamna fericire. Vroiam sa o descopar. Cu toate astea, ea a ramas cu ale ei. Eu am ramas cu ale mele. Am plecat si am inceput sa cant muzica usoara….

….in fiecare seara, in mine se dadea o batalie pe care n-as vrea sa o traiasca nimeni. Erau doua voci. Era vocea constiintei mele, parca vocea lui Dumnezeu, care imi spunea mereu: Ce cauti tu acolo? Acolo nu-i locul tau. Si parca auzeam mereu cuvintele mamei mele care imi spunea: Tu esti nascuta sa fii o fiica de Dumnezeu. Darul care este in tine este de la El. Tu trebuie sa-I slujesti Lui. Si mai auzeam o voce care imi spunea: Du-te inainte. Tu nu vezi ca-i bine? In sfarsit o sa gasesti ce cauti. Si plecam, pelcam, parca impotriva vointei mele. Si mergeam si cantam niste cantece de pe buze, cu inima zdrentuita, efectiv. Si asa decurgea viata mea. De biserica, uitasem definitiv.

…pana intr-o seara cand intr-un restaurant unde cantam, intrase acel domn…

Aici, Ligia povesteste ce s-a intamplat dupa ce s-a intors intr-o Duminica la biserica si a simtit o cercetare puternica sa se intoarca din nou la Domnul- Ligia Bodea: Aici trebuie sa spun un lucru, pentru ca sunt vremuri grele si diavolul se lupta pe toate planurile cu crestinii si chiar si cu necrestinii. Chiar si cu ateii si chiar si cu cei care doar poarta numele de crestin. A venit diavolul la mine exact sub forma asta si mi-a spus asa: „Tu, tu sa te pocaiesti?Pai, uita-te la tine. Tu ai facut aia si aia. Stii ce? N-ai cum sa fii iertata. Pentru tine nu mai exista iertare. Intelegi? Dar, iti dau eu o solutie foarte buna. Iti iei viata si ai terminat-o.” Observam ca in jurul nostru se intampla asa de mult si mai ales artistii sunt predisppusi la suicid. Dar, nu numai ei, cei care sunt pur si simplu biruiti de greutatile astea ale vietii.

In momentele acelea, eu, pentru ca nu cunosteam Biblia si nu cunosteam ca sangele Domnului are aceeasi putere pe care a avut-o odata, o avea si atunci, o are si astazi. Mi-am zis: „Dar, daca chiar o fii asa?” Si chiar am inceput sa cred soapta diavolului. Si am inceput sa-mi fac planuri si sa zic: „Daca nu mai exista iertare pentru mine, ce rost are sa ma amagesc? Ce-ar fi sa-mi iau viata? Ce-ar fi sa termin cu ea si gata?” E mai simplu sa fugi de probleme cand sunt asa de multe, decat sa le rezolvi.

Si totusi, intr-o zi m-am gandit sa ma duc la mama mea. Mi-am propus eu ca ultima discutie va fi cu ea. Si daca ea nu o sa ma incurajeze si daca ea nu o sa-mi explice ca se poate sa mai fiu iertata, atunci o sa-mi iau viata si o sa o sfarsesc. Tin minte ca m-am dus la mama mea si i-am spus: „Mama, in seara asta vreau sa stam noi doua de vorba cum n-am mai stat niciodata. Mi-am ales un drum. Tu nu te-ai impotrivit. Doar mi-ai spus ca n-o sa gasesc pe drumul ala ceea ce caut eu. Mama, am primit premii, premiul intai, mereu, si mi-a placut. Am castigat bani multi si mi-a placut. Dar, tot fara ei sunt. In drumul asta am gasit si laude si aprecieri. Dar n-am gasit fericirea aia pentru care de fapt m-am dus. Mama, te rog spune-mi tu. Ai 16 copii. Pe fata ta vad mereu zambet, seninatate. Zpune-mi ce-as putea sa fac si eu sa fiu fericita? Nu-mi doresc in viata asta decat sa fiu fericita. Si apoi mai vedem noi.”

Si ea mi-a spus asa:”Tu n-ai cum sa fi fericita fara Dumnezeu. Ti-am mai spus asta.” Si i-am spus: „Mama, n-am liniste. N-am pace. Ma framanta ganduri negre. Spune-mi ce sa fac ca sa scap de ele.: Si ea mi-a spus asa: „Asta-i rezultatul rugaciunilor mele din fiecare noapte. Sa stii ca in fiecare noapte cand tu te duci sa canti acolo, eu ma pun pe genunchi sa ma rog pentru tine. Si n-am sa incetez sa fac asta pana ce Dumnezeu te va duce inapoi, acolo unde-i locul tau. Tu stii ca locul tau la orchestra, acolo unde ai crescut s-a ocupat. Dar in ochii mei si in inima mea este gol. Este gol si acum si te asteapta pe tine.” In seara aceea am inteles ca Dumnezeu mi-a vorbit subtil. Da. Locul meu e gol si inca ma mai asteapta. Deci, se poate. Mai exista o sansa. Cred ca cea mai smerita rugaciune a fost rugaciunea facuta dupa discutia cu mama mea. O rugaciune in care nu i-am spus Domnului decat atat: Doamne, eu sunt fiul cel risipitor. Eu sunt fiul acela rau despre care invatasem la biserica de atatea ori. In seara asta vreau sa vin acasa, Doamne. Te rog, iarta-ma. Atat vreau, sa simt ca ma ierti. Sa simt ca ma primesti inapoi. Asa cum era pilda aceea minunata, cu tatal care statea cu bratele deschise. Asta imi doresc sa simt, ca eu pot sa fiu iertata si ca Tu ma primesti in seara asta.”

Au fost momente atat de frumoase in rugaciunea aceea si atat de nedefinite. Nu stiu cat am stat. Nu-mi dau seama cate minute sau ore am stat acolo. Insa cand m-am ridicat de pe genunchi mi-am dat seama ca am trait cea mai frumoasa experienta cu Dumnezeu si de fapt prima experienta reala cu Dumnezeu. Am simtit ca sufletul meu nu mai are greutatile pe care le avea. Efectiv simteam niste greutati in inima, niste poveri grozave. Dintr-o data m-am simtit atat de libera, parca-mi venea sa zbor.

La minutul 28 Ligia canta cantarea „Vino inapoi”.

VIDEO by Alfa Omega TV

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!!! Soldaţi Americani cântă Trăim vremi de har ca Ilie !!! There is no God like Jehovah – sung by American soldiers

Trăim vremi de har ca Ilie,
Cuvântul divin proclamând,
Trăim iar în vremea lui Moise, profetul,
Neprihănire primind.
Deşi zi de zi încercări vin,
E foame, întuneric, război,
Rămânem un glas care strigă-n pustie:
“Pregătiţi calea Domnului Sfânt!”

/: El vine iar peste nori păşind,
Trâmbiţe vestesc, un soare strălucind,
Să-L slăvim, e-al îndurării an,
Din Sion El ne-a mântuit. : /

Sunt zilele lui Ezechiel,
Când oasele prind viaţă iar.
Sunt zilele-n care, ca David, psalmistul,
Un templu de laudă zidim.
Sunt zilele de seceriş sfânt,
Sunt holdele coapte pe câmp,
Suntem lucrătorii din via Ta, Doamne,
Cuvântul divin proclamând.

/: Nimeni nu este ca Tine.:/

Nelu Mureşan – Să invăţăm copiii noştri

Lucrurile care-i invatam pe copiii nostri- El ne-a dat o lege, ne-a dat Cuvantul si ne-a poruncit ca in legea asta, in Cuvantul lui Dumnezeu sa-i invatam. De unde ne scoatem noi principii de viata? De unde le extragem acele lucruri pe care le spunem copiilor nostri? De ce copilul stie ca nu-i bine sa fumeze, ca nu-i bine sa mearga cu nu stiu ce prieteni, ca n-ar fi bine sa injure, ca n-ar fi bine aialalta.

Nu ar trebui sa avem cuvintele Scripturii? Nu ar trebui ca copilasii nostri chiar sa stie unde scrie, asa cum invata versete. „Eu nu fac asta pentru ca Dumnezeu Tata mi-a spus mie ca daca . V-au spus parintii vostri ca daca o sa mintiti o sa sa va creasca  nasul sau v-au spus ca n-o sa va iubeasca Domnul Isus? Asa v-au spus parintii vostri, nu? Putem sa spunem multe lucruri.

Vorbeam cu un copilas saptamana trecuta si i-am spus: „Daca tu minti,…” si el a continuat, „o sa ma duc in foc.” [Avea] mai putin de 3 ani. Am spus: „Nu stiu daca chiar o sa te duci in foc, mai ales daca o sa te schimbi si n-o sa mai minti.” Am vrut sa-i spun ca Domnul nu-l iubeste si asa ceva. A zis: „Nu. Nu. Asa mi-a spus mama, ca daca o sa mint, o sa ma duc in foc.” Sa-i invatam pe copiii nostri cu cuvintele Scripturii.

El ne-a dat legea Lui, ne-a dat Cuvantul Lui. O problema avem, atunci cand nu cunoastem Biblia ca parinti. Atunci cand ca si parinti, copiii nu ne vad pe noi cu Scriptura in mina. E o problema. Atunci cand dvs., ca mame, nu sunt obisnuite fetele sa va vada ca aveti Scriptura, ca aveti Biblia dvs. Si cand merg acolo in dormitorul unde sunteti si la patul dvs., sa vada Scriptura si semnul unde ati ramas ultima data cand ati citit Scriptura. Probabil ca va vrea si fetita o Biblie si va vrea un semn de carte ca si tine. Daca-l vede pe tata ca sta linistit cu Scriptura in mana, citeste linistit Cuvantul lui Dumnezeu, isi ia incet baiatul pe genunchi si ii spune: „Hai sa citim impreuna. Hai sa vedem ce spune Dumnezeu,” se schimba lucrurile.

Sa auzi, cand vei fi batran, pe copilul tau care va ajunge predicator si sa spuna: „Daca stau aici in fata dvs. este ca imi aduc aminte de mic, cand tata ma lua langa el si ma punea sa citim impreuna Scriptura. Si de atunci m-am indragostit de Cuvantul lui Dumnezeu. Acesta ar fi un har si o liniste pentru noi, sa ne invatam copiii din Cuvantul lui Dumnezeu.

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Nu este putere in decibelii nostri, in cat de tare strigam la ei. Nu este autoritate in ceea ce sunt interdictiile noastre: „Nu-i voie aia. Nu-i asa. Nu-ti permit asta. Cu mine nu vorbesti. In casa noastra, nu, daca mai vrei sa stai in casa asta.” [In asta] nu e putere. Ii sperietura. Dar este putere si autoritate in Cuvantul lui Dumnezeu. Pentru ca nici un cuvant care vine de la Dumnezeu nu este lipsit de putere. Si spus in liniste, nu suierat printre dinti, si nu folosind Cuvantul lui Dumnezeu ca un blestem pentru neascultatorul si rebelul de asolescent, care numai ca nu-si pune coarne.

Ci cu nadejdea ca Cuvantul asta va naste credinta in ei, increzandu-ne in toata inima noastra in harul lui Dumnezeu, sa rostim cuvinte de autoritate, cuvintele Scripturii. Dumnezeu ne porunceste si ne-a dat Cuvantul Lui, Cuvantul Lui care este duh si viata, care este mai puternic decat vocea de tunet a tatalui de 40 de ani, care se uita, se incrunta si numai nu-l striveste pe adolescent. Spune, Cuvantul lui Dumnezeu este ca un ciocan care sfarma stanca. Slavit sa fie numele lui Dumnezeu.

Va urma……….

Marturia fratelui politist Simion Coras

In urma cu 20 de ani, intr-o zi, unul din prietenii mei a venit la mine si mi-a spus: „Mai Simion, am doua probleme foarte grave care ma framanta, cutare… si eu nu stiu ce sa fac prin situatia prin care trec. As vrea ca tu sa ma intelegi si daca vrei sa imi dai o mana de ajutor, asa cum poti tu. Si eu mam speriat de ce a spus el si am spus: „Mai, eu nu stiu cum sunt cu problemele acestea, dar eu ca si prieten, daca suntem prieteni, trebuie sa ne ajutam. Simt aceasta si vreau sa te ajut.” Dupa o noapte de nesomn, stateam in patul meu neadormit. Ma gandeam: cum sa fac? Cum sa-l ajut pe acest prieten? Si nedormind, m-am trezit foarte repede, la ora 2 si m-am dus pe sosea ca sa merg spre Oradea. De la mine de acasa pana la sosea erau doar 2 km, nu trebuia doar cateva minute. Dar eu am facut acest interval de timp, de 2 km,  aproape in 5 ore. Ma tot gandeam: cum sa fac? Cum sa-l ajut, cum sa rezolv problemele acestea.

Si in cele din urma, in timp ce eu ma gandeam cum voi rezolva aceste probleme a prietenului meu, din sens invers se apropie un tanar de la distanta. Vad ca vine spre mine, [m-am gandit si] zic: „Fiecare om merge la treaba lui.” Nu ma gandeam ca vine chiar la mine. Si cand a fost la o distanta foarte apropiata de mine mi-a spus: „Domnule, azi noapte am avut o revelatie in vis, precum ca, Domnul Isus mi-a spus sa vin in locul acesta, ca dvs. veti fi in locul acesta  si trebuie sa va transmit un mesaj din partea Domnului Isus Hristos. Si mi-a spus acest tanar: „Domnul Isus te iubeste foarte mult.”

Si in momentul in care eu am auzit aceste cuvinte, eu am inceput sa plang si sa ma framant. Si am plans ca si un copil mic, fara sa ma pot opri. Si el a spus asa: „Nu te necaji, ca Dumnezeu a cunoscut framantarile tale care le-ai avut in noaptea aceasta  si ti-a cunoscut lacrimile tale,” pentru ca eu eram in cercetare in momentele cand a venit el. „Dumnezeu cunoaste framantarile tale si ca inima ta e zdrobita,” si mi-a spus asa, „Ai un prieten si ai doua probleme de rezolvat pentru el. Sa nu-ti faci probleme, ca Dumnezeu se duce inaintea ta si este la locul acela. Tu, doar trebuie sa fi prezent la locul acela.”

Si in momentele acelea m-am intors framantat: de unde stie omul acela problemele mele? De unde stie el situatia mea? Si el mi-a spus asa: „Tu esti indreptat inspre o biserica. Roaga-te lui Dumnezeu sa-ti descopere biserica din care sa faci parte.” El nu mi-a spus nici X biserica, nici Y biserica. Mi-a spus doar atata: „Roaga-te lui Dumnezeu sa-ti descopere El biserica in care sa faci parte.” Eu m-am imprietenit cu toti prelatii din comuna unde eram  si m-am imprietenit cu toti preotii de o religie si de alta si incercam sa colaborez cu ei intr-un mod foarte civilizat. M-am apropiat de unii dintre ei cu gandul ca daca voi dormi in casa unui preot, Dumnezeu imi va da putere sa ma sfintesc si eu, sa stau si eu mai aproape de Dumnezeu. Daca Dumnezeu vede lucrul acesta, ca eu ma straduiesc, poate Dumnezeu ma va ajuta sa ajung si eu in Imparatia cerurilor. Mergeam de multe ori seara, nu ziua si mergeam si ma inchinam la iconitele care erau in comuna respectiva unde lucram eu si ma rugam: „Doamne, ajuta-ma.” Eram si  un om care consumam bauturi, mai aveam si alte preocupari, n-am sa le repet aici, din respect fata de Dumnezeu si de Cuvantul Lui. Dar vreau sa va spun ca eram un om care am facut toate relele, dar in momentul in care Dumnezeu m-a luminat, am inceput sa… mi-a placut mai mult de El.

SI m-am dus la preot in comuna respectiva si i-am cerut carti. Mi-a zis ca nu poate sa-mi dea aceste carti ca sunt carti sfinte. Eu am inteles. A zis, daca vreau vin la el si studiez si mai stateam pe acolo. Dar viata mea tot nu s-a schimbat. Si n-am inteles mare lucru de ce a fost asa. Am zis: „Doamne, eu ma rog.” Am inceput sa citesc toata Biblia cu luminarea aprinsa si nu s-a intamplat nimic. M-am dus odata la cineva in satul vecin, la o cunostinta, o Doamna, m-am dus la ea acasa sa cumpar 3 kg de –A zis: „Esti ceva cantor la biserica?” Am zis: „Nu, dar am nevoie. Daca aprind luminari, aprind tamaie  diavolul fuge de luminarea aprinsa. Dar el nu fugea, poate mai mult se apropia. Am vazut ca lucrurile acestea nu schimba. Am citit Biblia cu luminarile aprinse pana am ajuns la Isaia 66:3 in care scrie –

Cine înjunghie un bou ca jertfă nu este mai bun decât cel ce ucide un om; cine jertfeşte un miel este ca cel ce ar rupe gâtul unui câine; cine aduce un dar de mâncare este ca cel ce ar vărsa sânge de porc; cine arde tămâie este ca cel ce s-ar închina la idoli; toţi aceştia îşi aleg căile lor, şi sufletul lor găseşte plăcere în urâciunile lor.

Am zis: „Doamne, dar eu m-am straduit sa aprind luminari aici, sa fac o gramada de lucruri si asta e ca si cum m-as inchina la idoli? Am ajuns la Apocalipsa 3:1 îţi merge numele că trăieşti, dar eşti mort. Am zis: „Doamne, precis te referi la mine, ca viata mea nu este prea buna.Am inceput sa fac lucruri crezand ca ma voi apropia de Dumnezeu, dar tot nu m-am apropiat. Citeam Biblia si dupa ce terminam, mergeam la bufet.

Si am venit in dimineata aceea, cu acel tanar care mi-a spus asa: „Du-te ca lucrurile sunt rezolvate.” Atunci, acest baiat care a spus acest cuvant din partea lui Dumnezeu, a spus: „Aceasta descoperire a fost de la Dumnezeu. SI m-am dus cu el la Oradea, ca eram foarte framantat, eram foarte tulburat si nu stiam ce sa mai zic. Cand am ajuns la Oradea ne-am despartit. Apoi, am ajuns unde trebuia sa ajung si cele doua probleme a prietenului meu au fost rezolvate. In momentul acela am inceput sa ma framant si sa plang si am zis: „Doamne, nimeni n-a cunoscut problemele, nimeni n-a cunoscut problema mea, nimeni n-a stiut situatia prin care trec eu si totusi s-a rezolvat problema asta. Acest lucru mi-a dat de gandit si am zis: „Aici este degetul lui Dumnezeu.”

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by Biserica Peniel Vienna

Stiri: Raport oficial: monitorizarea asteroizilor periculoşi de către NASA este insuficientă şi întârziată / NASA report calls asteroid defense system a failure

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Eforturile depuse de NASA pentru a monitoriza asteroizii care ar putea să devină un pericol real pentru Terra şi pentru a elabora strategii de protecţie sunt complet insuficiente, se afirmă într-un raport oficial întocmit de inspectorul general al agenţiei americane, informează AFP.

Raportul citează cazul meteoritului cu un diametru de 18 metri pe care nimeni nu l-a văzut venind şi care a explodat în februarie 2013, la o altitudine de 23.000 de metri, deasupra oraşului Celiabinsk din Rusia, cu o putere echivalentă cu aceea deţinută de 30 de bombe atomice, spărgând geamurile clădirilor, avariind imobile şi rănind peste o mie de persoane.

Potrivit celei mai recente estimări a agenţiei spaţiale americane, în iulie 2014, există circa 11.230 de asteroizi ale căror orbite trec foarte aproape de cea a Terrei şi dintre care 862 au diametre de cel puţin 1 kilometru, precizează raportul inspectorului general al NASA.

NASA a determinat de asemenea că 1.492 dintre aceste obiecte sunt potenţial periculoase, cu orbite care trec la mai puţin de 7,4 milioane de kilometri de orbita terestră.

Citeste articolul in intregime aici – http://www.descopera.ro

ENGLISH

According to a new report, NASA’s asteroid defense system is a failure. The report was released on Sept. 15 by NASA Inspector General Paul Martin, and it points out how far behind the Near Earth Object Program is at meeting its objective. Nasa will not meet a goal ordered by Congress to find 90% of nearby and potentially dangerous asteroids larger than 460 feet (140 metres) in diameter, the agency’s inspector general said on Monday.

More recently, a fragment of an asteroid estimated to be only 59 feet (18 metres) in diameter exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia on 15 February 2013. The force of the explosion matched the energy released in 30 atomic bombs, blowing out windows and destroying buildings. More than 1,000 people were injured by flying debris. „Recent research suggests that Chelyabinsk-type events occur every 30 to 40 years,” the Office of Inspector General report said, adding that most impacts would occur in the ocean rather than in populated areas.

The report made five recommendations for beefing up Nasa’s asteroid detection efforts, including adding at least four to six employees to help manage the program and coordinating projects with other US and international agencies and with privately funded initiatives.

Nasa’s associate administrator for science, John Grunsfeld, said in a letter to Martin he expects a new NEO program to be in place by 1 September 2015.

Read the article in its entirety – http://www.theguardian.com

Theology III Lecture 01 and 02 „A Biblical Theology of Man in Ten Steps” and „The Doctrine of Man in Genesis 1-11”

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Theology III Lecture 01 „A Biblical Theology of Man in Ten Steps”

WHAT the WHOLE BIBLE says about THE DOCTRINE OF MAN

Dr. Michael Vlach

VIDEO by Joshua Crooch
„A Biblical Theology of Man in Ten Steps”
The Master’s Seminary – http://www.tms.edu/
Theological Resources – http://www.theologicalresources.org/

 

WHAT GENESIS 1-11 says about THE DOCTRINE OF MAN

Today we’re gonna be rooted in the Book of Genesis. We will camp out in Genesis 1 & 2, where I may point out some other issues regarding the doctrine of man in the first 11 chapters of Genesis. I’m a really big fan of studying Genesis 1 & 2 and then comparing that with what you see when you get to the end of all things with Revelation 20-22. Some have pointed out and I thing there’s some truth to it. In general, evangelicals are often really good at explaining Genesis 3 and the Fall, and then the solution of what Christ has done, when He came at His first coming. But, those are two parts to the story:

  1. That’s the Fall
  2. And then, you have Redemption and the Solution

There’s the Creation, but there’s also the things to come, or what we refer to as the eschatology of the restoration of all things.

I do think that the traditional understanding of the Bible storyline.

  1. Creation – Genesis 1 – 2.
  2. Fall – Genesis 3.
  3. Promise Genesis 3:15 . Protoevangelion: the promise that there’s gonna be a woman coming, who will defeat the power behind the serpent and restore the Creation. Genesis 3:15
  4. Most people would refer to the next part of the story as: Redemption. Even though that’s the most common one, I like to refer to this one as the arrival of the King. When Jesus comes, He’s proclaiming the nearness of the Kingdom and of course, since there’s two comings of Christ, the emphasis is on His role as the suffering servant, making atonement for sins. And of course, the actual Kingdom itself is established with the second coming of Christ.
  5. The last part is going to be restoration. Revelation 20-22

I was making the point that often times we are really good with the Fall, we are really good with Redemption. But, we also need to make sure we’re looking at the issue of Creation, which obviously is going to be Genesis 1 – 2.

What we’ll be doing today is focusing on the Doctrine of Man, mostly in regard to the Creation account. Now, this is a Systematic Theology class, but one of the things I like to do  when we’re looking at a specific doctrine, whether it’s the doctrine of man or even the image of God, is to see how that doctrine progresses throughout the 5 parts of the story. So, all of that to say: We need to camp out in Genesis 1 & 2 for awhile. We’re quickly gonna get to Genesis 3; that’s what the doctrine of sin and Hamartiology is all about. But, I think, as we really study Genesis 1-2, when we grasp what its saying, that will give us even more of an appreciation for the devastating aspect of the fall. When we see how God created things to be, and when we see how man throws it away, mars it and a lot of things get destroyed because of that, we realize more the devastating consequences of the Fall and of course we appreciate more what Christ does for us, because He comes to bring the restoration of all things, which obviously includes our spiritual restoration of being made right with God, but, not only that, but eventually, what He’s gonna do when He  restores all things with Creation and nature.

In light of that, let’s go ahead and look in Genesis 1.Genesis 1 is very broad because it’s talking about the Creation of the world in 6 days, and then a man ends up culminating an aspect of Creation at the end of the 6th day. There’s no doubt that the 6th day is particularly highlighted in the Creation account. I was actually reading somebody who actually did a little chart of the words that were devoted to the various days of Creation. And when you put them all together, on average, there’s about 100 more words  involved with the 6th day of Creation then there are the other days. So, it’s definitely the high point. Man comes last, on the 6th day. So, he’s the culmination of the creation. Of course, when you get to Genesis chapter 2, it’s gonna get more specific on the actual creation of man. Genesis 1 is broader, Genesis 2 ends up being more specific.

When you look at Genesis 1, and I pointed this out last time, when we read Genesis 1:26-28. As I mentioned last time, you really cannot overemphasize the significance of Genesis 1:26-28. The themes here, the truths here are strategic and will carry out through the rest of the Bible, because we see this Creator God, this King of the Universe  has created this beautiful world, and this man is created last in that, but he’s created for a purpose. So there’s all kind of rich truths in Genesis 1:26-28. If you look in verse 26, is says, „Then God said: Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness.” There’s been a lot of debate in regard to the „Let us”. I do believe that that is an indication of plurality in the godhead, and as we move out throughout the Scripture, we will see that that takes form throughout as the Trinity, of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.

If you read John chapter 1 ,it talks about „In the beginning was the Word,” in reference to Jesus. „And the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And you see that the Word was involved with Creation. So, „In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God,” so there’s God and yet you see that the Word was with God.” You are seeing plurality there. What’s significant here is – obviously, we know that there’s one God. The Scripture indicates that there’s one God. There’s plurality within the godhead. This is indicating that within God, this is very, very important, because this is going to be mirrored in His creation, that with God there is unity and diversity. Hopefully, a basic orthodox understanding of the Trinity, and basic theology proper classes affirm that. We affirm that there’s one God, but then there’s 3 persons within the one God. So is God unity or is He diversity? And the answer ends up being both. He is unity and diversity. There is one God, and yet, there is 3 persons.

As God creates man, we’re also gonna see that unity/diversity established within mankind. Because we see here that God said, „Let us make man  in our image, according to our likeness- we’ll get more into that, here, shortly. We’ll make some statements today about image and likeness. I think it will end up being the next class where we really dive more into the issue of the image of God. „God said, Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness.” Notice, „Let them rule over the fish and over the birds of the sky..” So, notice, „Let us make men,” and then, „let them rule”, because there’s gonna be a plurality to mankind. You’re gonna quickly see when you get to verse 27, that God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created them, male and female He created them. So, there’s mankind, that’s a unity, but there’s gonna be a diversity when it comes to gender. There’s gonna be male and there’s female. That’s an evidence of the unit/diversity motif.The very fact that there will be man, and that there will be specific persons, obviously starting with Adam and Eve, and then, eventually children and descendants of Adam and Eve is another example of unity and diversity within mankind.

From an apologetics level, this is getting more into apologetics. One of the things we say that’s great about the Christian worldview is that our world is full of unity and diversity. And the Christian worldview can best explain that because our God is both unity and diversity.

Coming back to Genesis 1:26 , when it says, „Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness,” we’re dealing with the issue of image there. I think Wayne Grudem has given a good definition of image. You don’t get a specific definition of image in the actual text, but, Wayne Grudem has submitted that being in the image of God means that man is somewhat like God and represents God. That doesn’t mean that man  is God ontologically. But there is a sense in which he is like Him. There is a sense in which he represents Him. I think it’s gonna be the context of Scripture that most gives us  what the image of God is and of course from our standpoint in history, we have a great advantage because when Jesus comes on the scene, He also is referred to as the perfect image of God. And so, I think, as Jesus lives His life  and we have that recorded in Scripture, we see that the way that He loved God and the way that He loved others, that it ends up being the perfect manifestation of what the image of God is supposed to look like in man. And so, we have that.

But, the image, if you look at some of the cultural issues, in regard to the image of God, in the ancient world, sometimes a leader, a pharaoh, or a king, sometimes would place an image of themselves in a particular geographical area. There would be a statue, there would be an image of the King. And that would represent the King. And that would also represent his dominion in that particular area. When people would look at that image, it would remind them of who the sovereign was and what that meant in regard to his authority in their lives.

Notes from the first 14 minutes. VIDEO  length 1 hour 38 minutes

From The Master’s Seminary – http://www.tms.edu/

Theological Resources – http://www.theologicalresources.org/

VIDEO by Joshua Crooch

The Mental Agonies Of Hell by Robert Murray M C’heyne

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Robert Murray M C’heyne: He was born at Edinburgh, was educated at the University of Edinburgh and at the Divinity Hall of his native city, where he was taught by Thomas Chalmers. He first served as an assistant to John Bonar in the parish of Larbertand Dunipace, near Falkirk, from 1835 to 1838. After this he served as minister of St. Peter’s Church (in Dundee) until his early death at the age of 29 during an epidemic of typhus.

Not long after his death, his friend Andrew Alexander Bonar edited his biography which was published with some of his manuscripts as The Memoir and Remains of the Rev. Robert Murray M’Cheyne. The book went into many editions. It has had a lasting influence on Evangelical Christianity worldwide.

In 1839, M’Cheyne and Bonar, together with two older ministers, Dr. Alexander Black and Dr. Alexander Keith, were sent to Palestine on a mission of inquiry to the condition of the Jews. Upon their return, their official report for the Board of Mission of the Church of Scotland was published as Narrative of a Visit to the Holy Land and Mission of Inquiry to the Jews. This led subsequently to the establishment of missions to the Jews by the Church of Scotland and by the Free Church of Scotland. During M’Cheyne’s absence, his place was filled by the appointment of William Chalmers Burns to preach at St. Peter’s as his assistant.

M’Cheyne was a preacher, a pastor, a poet, and wrote many letters. He was also a man of deep piety and a man of prayer. He never married, but he did have a fiancée at the time of his death, Jessie Thain, who died heartbroken.

M’Cheyne died exactly two months before the Disruption of 1843. This being so, his name was subsequently held in high honour by all the various branches ofScottish Presbyterianism, though he himself held a strong opinion against the Erastianism which led to the Disruption. Bonar records, „And when, on 7 March of the following year (i.e. 1843), the cause of the Church was finally to be pleaded at the bar of the House of Commons, I find him writing: ‘Eventful night this in the British Parliament! Once more King Jesus stands at an earthly tribunal, and they know Him not!'” (Memoir {1892 ed.}, p. 147).

M’Cheyne designed a widely used system for reading through the Bible in one year. The plan entails reading the New Testament and the Psalms through twice a year, and the Old Testament through once. This program was included (in a slightly modified form) in For the Love of God by D. A. Carson  and is recommended by several Bible publishers, such as the English Standard Version and the New English Translation

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The Mental Agonies Of Hell

FIRST, OBSERVE, the manner in which Paul sought the kingdom of heaven.

Verse 26, ‘I therefore so run not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air.

Although that Paul wrote these words he had a full assurance of heavenly love. it was many years after his conversion on his way to Damascus; and I am sure, if any one had assurance of his conversion, it was the apostle Paul —’I am in a strait betwixt the two, having a desire to depart, and be with Christ, which is far better’ (Philippians 1:23); ‘We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord'(2 Corinthians 5:28). And you remember that sweet saying: ‘There is laid up for me a crown of righteousness’ (2 Timothy 4:8). Yet for all that, Paul sought the kingdom of heaven as if he had been running a race; he was as anxious seeking it after his conversion as he had been before it. There are many people who, after conversion, sit down as if it were all over. They think they need do no more; but it was not so with Paul.

The second thing I desire you to notice from these words is, one important effort Paul made. It was this, ‘I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection! Paul had noticed that in the Grecian games the men who ran and wrestled were temperate in all things. Now Paul said this is what I will do in running my race. There are some Christians, I fear, who will not do so much for an incorruptible crown as the Grecian racer did for a corruptible one: ‘The children of this world are wiser in their generation than the children of light’ (Luke 16:8). There is too much pampering the body, and then Satan gets the advantage.

There is a third truth I wish you to notice. It is, the reason of Paul’s anxiety and care. ‘Lest that, by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.’ I have told you, brethren, already that Paul had a very clear sight of his conversion, he knew that he was in Christ, and that none could pluck him out of his hand; yet, for all that, Paul was afraid lest he should be a castaway. Paul knew that, though he was a minister, yet, if he gave way to the flesh, if he lived after the flesh, he would be a castaway. He knew that many who seemed Christ’s had yet fallen away. Judas he knew was a castaway. Paul felt that which I have sometimes expressed to you; if he lived after the flesh he would die. Paul knew quite well that there is an indissoluble connection between a wicked life and hell. And, oh! it was this that made him temperate in all things.

At present, I mean to speak to you principally on the meaning of the word, ‘castaway’. At some previous times I have spoken to you on the subject of an eternal hell — on the worm that never dies, and the fire that is never quenched; but there is one part of the subject I have passed over, namely, the mental agonies of hell, and that is a castaway. The word ‘castaway’ is supposed to be taken from workers of metals; you know there is a part of the metal which comes out of the furnace which is called dross, which is of no manner of use and is cast away. The same word is sometimes translated ‘reprobate’. Those of you in this congregation who will be cast away will be found to be but dross, ‘reprobate silver shall men call them’ (Jeremiah 6:30).

I would show you, first, that wicked men will be cast away from Christ.
It is written, ‘Depart from me ye cursed’ (Matthew 25:41) ‘who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power'(2 Thessalonians 1:9). 1 say that those in this congregation who shall be found on that day to be impenitent shall be cast away; they shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord.

Unconverted men in this world are often very near Christ Christ often comes to the door of unconverted men: ‘Behold stand at the door and knock…'(Revelation 3:20). Yea, he some times comes so near that he stretches out his hands. ‘All day long have I stretched out my hands to a disobedient and gain saying people’ (Romans 10:2 1). Yea, I believe that sometimes you feel Christ is near; I believe that sometimes you feel that Christ is knocking on your door.

But oh! it will be a change in that day. Christ will say, depart from me; Christ will no more seek your soul; Christ will no more knock at your door; Christ will no more stretch out his hands all day long to you. You will never hear his voice more calling on you to turn; you will never get one offer more of Christ; you will be cast away. Christ is the way to the Father; but the door will then be shut against you for ever am ever, and the shutting of the door will echo through all the caverns of hell.

The wicked and impenitent in this congregation will be cast away from God.
In one sense the wicked will never be away from God, because God fills heaven, earth and hell. Job says: ‘Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering’ (Job 2 6:6). And it is said in Proverbs 15: 1: ‘Hell and destruction are before the LORD.’ In one sense then, the wicked will never be away from God. It was he that kindled hell. ‘The breath of the LORD, like a stream of brimstone, doth kindle it’ (Isaiah 10:33). But still, it is true, you will be cast away from God – you will be cast away from the relative enjoyments of God.

Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever. God says to believers, ‘I will be their God, and they shall be my people’ (2 Corinthians 6:16). He said to Abraham, ‘I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward’ (Genesis 15: 1). Asaph sings, ‘God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever’ (Psalm 73:26). Ah! this is the portion of believers; we can look up to heaven, and say, ‘This God is our God, for ever and ever’ (Psalm 48:14). And God said to the Levites, ‘Thou shalt have no inheritance among them, I am thy inheritance’ (Numbers 18:20).

But that will not be the case with those in this congregation who will be cast away. You will be cast away from the fruition of God. The attributes of God will minister no joy to you. It is true, you cannot get far enough away from God now, you could not bear to be left alone with God for five minutes; but, oh! it will be hell for all that, to be separated from him. It will be the hell of hells to be separated from God.

You will not only be cast away from God, but from the favour of God. It is said, ‘In thy favour is life’. Ah! child of God, say what would you sell this favour of God for? Ah! the favour of God can lighten up the pale cheek of the dying saint with seraphic brightness, and can make him rejoice, even on the scaffold and at the stake. But, sinner, you will be cast away from the favour of God, God will send you nothing but the black cloud of his frown for ever and ever.

And you will be cast away from the blessing of God. God makes everything blessed to us. Our friends are blessed to us. Our food and our raiment are blessed by him. But he can make these things minister no blessedness, even though we be in possession of them, and this will be the case with those of you who will be cast away. God will take away all blessedness from you.

I come to show you, brethren, that the wicked will be cast away by the Spirit.
It is the Spirit that is the author of joy in the unconverted, and it is he that keeps them from sin. There are three ways by which God the Spirit keeps wicked men from sin.

He does so by ordinances. He makes them a band on their wickedness. Family worship is a great band on the wicked. The ordinance of the preached word is a great means of keeping men from open acts of wickedness. You have the terror of the law, and the sweet winning invitations of the gospel; these keep you from sin, though they may not save you.

And again, brethren, the Spirit works very much through providence. You may notice that a wicked man would go further into sin, were he not restrained by providence. God brings poverty, so that he is not able to go into those expensive vices that he would otherwise do. And God lays sickness on him, or on his child, which keeps him from sin. Now, these things are all owing to the restraining grace of God.

There is a third way, that is, by convictions. I believe there are none here who have not had some convictions of sin. Now, God makes use of these convictions in order to restrain you; he keeps you back from going into those fearful debaucheries into which you would otherwise fall. But, oh! brethren, do you remember the Scripture? ‘My Spirit shall not always strive with man’ (Genesis 6:3). He is striving with you now; but there is a time coming when he will no more strive with you; it may not be during your life, yet it will be immediately at death.

Ah! my friends, you will have no ordinances in hell; there will be no family worship in hell; there will be no singing praises in hell; there will be no preaching in hell. Some of you are weary of sermons now, but you will have none in hell; and there will be no more providences in hell; there will be no sickness in hell; and there will be no more convictions in hell; the Spirit will not strive with you in hell. Oh then, brethren, what an awful state you will be in, when the Spirit casts you away!

Read the first chapter of Romans, and see what a man becomes when God the Spirit gives him over. Think what your families would become, if the Spirit were to give them over. What a town this would be, if the Spirit were to give it over, what murders, wickedness, etc., would you hear of before tomorrow. I know a godly man in London, who, every morning, thanks God for restraining the wicked, and often at the breakfast table I have heard him say, ‘Where would we have been this morning, if God had not restrained the wicked? ‘But, oh! when you go away from this world, the Spirit will give you over to your own heart’s lusts. Then will you blaspheme God, then will you have no more any fear of losing your character. And oh! that will be misery.

‘It is an evil thing and a bitter to sin against God’ (Jeremiah 2:19). It is not only ‘evil’ but ‘bitter’. ‘The way of transgressors is hard’ (Proverbs 13:15). You say, ‘Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant’ (Proverbs 9:17). But you will find out that sin is the hardest master; it is an evil thing and a bitter. Oh you will find that the very sin you roll beneath your tongue now as a sweet morsel will yet be your curse. The lust of drink and passion will rage within you, and that for ever. All your lusts that are now pent up in that little bosom will burst out like a volcano, and there will be nothing to subdue them. Were there no lake of fire, that would be hell enough.

To be a castaway, is to be cast away from all God’s holy creatures.
Now, the state of wicked men is awful; but there are some pleasant ingredients in the cup. All God’s holy creatures are anxious about you. The angels are anxious about you. If they are present here, it is to watch if a tear fall from your eye or a prayer falter on your lips; and all redeemed men take an interest in you. We know that we were once as you are. David says, ‘Rivers of water run down mine eyes because they keep not thy law’ (Psalm 119:136). And it is the same with God’s children now. I believe there is not a child of God in this place that does not weep for you. And, my brethren, Christ has pity for men and women; and then, ministers pity you, and seek your conversion.

But, oh! how different it will be when the day of grace is over. You will be cast away by the angels, they will pity you no more; they will know that the number of the elect is sealed. The redeemed will no more pity you; they will see you enter into the eternal fire and they will not put up one prayer for you. And ministers will give up pleading for you; when Christ casts you away, we cannot hold you. When he casts you away, you will not have our invitation any more. Ali! brethren, I believe that even the devil will cast you away. Ah! it is true, he gives you now many a sweet word; he says, ‘Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.’ But oh! then the devil himself will not bear your company. You will be cast away even by your friends, if you are beside them in hell, they will cast you from them. Oh! none in heaven or in hell will pity you. This is to be lost, this is to be ‘a castaway’.

I have just one word more, it is the complete misery of the unconverted.
You will be cast away by yourself I believe this is what suicides try to do in this world; they try to cast themselves away from themselves; and therefore it is said of the damned, that they will seek death but it will flee from them.

You know, dear friends that unconverted men are often very complacent in this world. Your money gives you a great deal of pleasure; and your friends and acquaintances give you pleasure. But ah! that will not always be the case; there is a day coming when every unconverted man in this congregation would rid himself of himself if he could.

You will then understand that the law of God is unalterable; you will then understand that God and you are enemies. Your understanding will be torment to you. You will eternally hate what God loves; and eternally love what God hates. And then your conscience will be like a hungry lioness in that day. God’s vicegerent in the soul will cry out, and will not be quiet.

And, oh! my brethren, your affections that are now so pleasant to you, they will be your torment. I believe that even hell will not take affection out of your heart; but ah! that will be your torment. Often you hear a wicked man say, ‘I am a good father, I love my children’; but ah! if they are in hell, it will be your torment that you brought them there; or if they are in heaven, it will be your torment that they will have no pity for you.

And, brethren, your memory that is now so sweet to you, will be the worst of all. You will remember your scenes of sin, you will remember your misspent Sabbath, you will remember your lying lips, you will remember your minister’s voice warning and entreating you to be saved. Memory will sting like an adder.

Oh brethren, I believe you will loathe yourselves. You would try to tear that memory out of your bosom if it were possible. Oh! you will exclaim, ‘Would that that whole soul would go out of being!’This is to be lost. You will be cast away by God. You will be cast away by Christ. You will be cast away by the Spirit. You will be cast away by all God’s holy creatures, You will be cast away by devils. You will be cast away by yourself.

And now, my brethren, I would apply this to yourselves.

Those of you who are godly, learn to be as earnest as Paul was to keep under the body and bring it into subjection.

And those of you who are ungodly — those of you who are ungodly men under my ministry – oh! if I had a voice that could reach your inmost soul, I would use it. You think I am exaggerating this; but ah! you little know. ‘Who can endure the power of thy wrath?’ I have not mentioned the furnace of fire; I have not spoken of God raining snares, fire and brimstone on the wicked; but, ah! if there were no bodily agonies, what will the mental agonies of hell be? But oh! when these two meet, what will it be? Oh! what will it be to have all the wrath of God poured out on your soul and body, and yet never to annihilate you? Ah! then you will know what it is to be a castaway. Oh if you would not be a castaway, cleave close to God!

Finally, dear brothers and sisters, learn from this the love of Christ to you and me. He bore all that is contained in being a castaway, in order that we might be saved. Ah! poor sinner, Jesus is willing to rescue you. Many of you are old, many of you will die before the year is done. Come, then, to Christ, for oh! soon it will be too late! Soon the door will be shut for ever.

May God bless his own Word. Amen.
Sabbath Forenoon. — 15th January, 1842

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