“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1, KJV)
A fact that is often overlooked is the realization that we carry evidence of intelligent design in our bodies. Our incredible design cries out for an even more incredible Designer.
Augustine noted: “Men go abroad to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering.”
The Apostle Paul once exclaimed: “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!” (Romans 11:33, ESV)
God’s wisdom is an attribute of his that may not receive much attention. Wisdom could be defined as knowing the best possible end and the best possible means of achieving that end.
How does an understanding of God’s wisdom impact our lives? At the very least, we should remember that God’s wisdom means that his plans cannot be improved. What he has planned is the best, even though we often do not understand his plans.
Speaking to a group of college students, Henry Drummond said:
“Gentlemen, I beseech you to seek the kingdom of God first, or not at all. I promise you a miserable time if you seek it second.”
“Nothing puts life into men like a dying Savior.”
(Charles Haddon Spurgeon)
Continuing with the subject of yesterday’s post, J.C. Ryle also wrote:
“On whom must we build our souls if we would be accepted with God? We must build on the rock, Christ. From whom must we draw that grace of the Spirit which we daily need in order to be fruitful? We must draw from the vine, Christ. To whom must we look for sympathy when earthly friends fail us or die? We must look to our elder brother, Christ. By whom must our prayers be presented, if they are to be heard on high? They must be presented by our advocate, Christ. With whom do we hope to spend the thousand years of glory, and the after eternity? With the King of kings, Christ. Surely we cannot know this Christ too well! Surely there is not a word, nor a deed, nor a day, nor a step, nor a thought in the record of His life, which ought not to be precious to us. We should labour to be familiar with every line that is written about Jesus.”
Speaking of the first four books of the New Testament (the Gospel according to Matthew, the Gospel according to Mark, the Gospel according to Luke, and the Gospel according to John), these words were written by the Bishop J.C. Ryle:
“Now the Gospels were written to make us acquainted with Christ. The Holy Ghost has told us the story of His life and death,—His sayings and His doings, four times over. Four different inspired hands have drawn the picture of the Saviour. His ways, His manners, His feelings, His wisdom, His grace, His patience, His love, His power, are graciously unfolded to us by four different witnesses. Ought not the sheep to be familiar with the Shepherd? Ought not the patient to be familiar with the Physician? Ought not the bride to be familiar with the Bridegroom? Ought not the sinner to be familiar with the Saviour? Beyond doubt it ought to be so. The Gospels were written to make men familiar with Christ, and therefore I wish men to study the Gospels.”