January 15, 2008

Resolved (Day 9)

#11 – Resolved: When I think of any theorem in divinity to be solved, immediately to do what I can towards solving it, if circumstances do not hinder it.

Churches today are full of ignorant (and when I use the word ignorant I am using it in the sense of un-educated), lazy, passive, careless people.

People who don't care to study the Bible at all. People who would rather remain ignorant of the great truths, landscapes, nuances, and contours that God has laid out for us in Scripture.

If you established grade levels for knowledge/comprehension of the Bible with conversion being kindergarten and graduate school is graduating from seminary, I would say most of our churches are reading the Bible or living the Christian life at a 3rd or 4th grade level.

Now, please hear me say this, merely reading the Bible and filling your head with the knowledge of what lies in the Bible is not equal to advancing a grade level. The comprehension and application of what is in there is what's important. Transformation matters. Education can do very little if not properly applied.

With that said, we have to want to learn. Can you imagine your child in the fourth grade announcing to you that they were comfortable with the level they had progressed to in life and they saw no need to go to school any further. Even though you could plainly see that there was so much more they needed to learn, they felt confident that they had "enough" of it to get by.

And then imagine the fact that they keep walking into the school building every day. They don't have any intention to learn, grow, develop, or progress in their knowledge, wisdom, and education. They just want to go hang out with the other kids because they don't like being alone. And then imagine the teachers allowing them to do this without challenging them.

If you can get that illustration, you've just apprehended the American church I believe.

And what Edwards is saying in this resolution is that he was resolved to try and figure out that which could not be figured out. Even though it might be a mystery of divine proportions, that was not going to stop him from applying all of his mind and effort to know as much of it as he could.

He was going to learn. He was going to reason. He was going to do his dead level best to solve the greatest being in all of existence: GOD.

Do you have that passion today? Do you really want to go after God with all you have? Do you feel that you have the Gospel figured out? Cause if you do, you may be interested to know that Peter writes the angels (after all these years) long to look into the Gospel because they haven't fully comprehended it yet. And let me say something, angels have been around a lot longer than we have and have seen a lot more than us. If the Gospel still intrigues them, it should certainly intrigue us.

This is one area where ignorance is most certainly not bliss.

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