Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Problem is Not Ultimately Behavior it is Desire

Matthew 15:16-18--And he [Jesus] said, “Are you also still without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled? But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.

I love theology. I love gaining insight drawn out of the truth of God's word that points to his attributes and glory. I love seeing how all of the doctrines of Scripture find their home in God's creation and redemption of both humanity and the cosmos through his Son, who is also an accurate depiction of the Father, as the book of Hebrews says, “he is radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature” (Heb. 1:3). But it is also apparent to me that I am not a neutral observer of God's acts and words in history but a needy recipient of his work. Mike Horton puts it aptly, “What happens for us is the basis for what happens to us and in us.” We are actors in God's divine drama culminating in the redemption and rule of the cosmos through Christ.