Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Knowing God

From a yet to be posted entry in Paul Manuel's "What is Foremost?" sermon series:
...[V]ery little of what God does actually pertains to you. That is why David asks...
Ps 8:4a what is man that you are mindful of him...?
Nevertheless, if God is interested in you—and He is—then you should certainly be interested in Him, because the greater is your acquaintance with God, the greater will be your appreciation of God.

Sometimes, perhaps often, Christians have a small-minded approach to Bible study, treating it like a multi-vitamin. After all, Paul said...
2 Tim 3:16 All Scripture...is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
These are all various ways of applying scripture, and some people act as if the primary reason to study the Bible is to find application, something relevant to daily life.... It is not. The primary reason to study the word of God is to know the author, the person of God. Application, while important, is secondary. .... Applying scripture is relevant only for the present life; knowing God is relevant "for both the present life and the life to come" (1 Tim 4:8c). ....
This particular entry, titled "The Foremost Constellation"—about the Magi—should appear on November 19.