Archive for August, 2008

God-centered

Posted: 08/28/2008 in Random Thoughts

God is God-centered by nature,

and Man is man-centered by his fallen nature.

The christian must be God-centered by his new nature.

-J. C. Hahne

“If the enjoyment of God Himself is not the final and best gift of love, then God is not the greatest treasure, His self-giving is not the highest mercy, the gospel is not the good news that sinners may enjoy their Maker, Christ did not suffer to bring us to God, and our souls must look beyond Him for satisfaction.”

-John Piper, God is the Gospel, pg12

God’s Love

Posted: 08/27/2008 in Random Thoughts
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I’m sure that we all know the verse from 1 John 4:19… “We love Him, because He first loved us.” Well, I’m just curious if it would also be correct to say: “God loved us, because He first loved Himself.” I’m thinking that if God is all glorious, and worthy of praise, then His love for us must be the overflow of His love for His own glory. I’ve been reading “God is the Gospel” by John Piper and this was one of my thoughts…

What do you all think?

J. C. Hahne

I figure that it’d be good from time to time to just share some great verses from the Holy Scriptures that are full of Gospel. I always say that the Gospel not only justifies us but sanctifies us as well. The Gospel keeps our hearts humble and enables us to glorify and enjoy God. It also keeps us from falling to legalistic service, and thus it’s necessary to be constantly reminded of what God has done for us. So here’s our first Gospel truth…

“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God…”

-1 Peter 3:18

“J. I. Packer once told me our view of God is like a pair of old fashioned scales. When God goes up in our estimation, we go down. Similarly, when we raise our sense of self-importance, our view of God must, to the same degree be lowered.”

-Michael Horton

Where is God on your scale? Do you outweigh Him or are you humbled by His Majesty?