A Sanctified SyllogismJuly 10, 2015
by David Garner
Larger than life itself, Paul’s God is a big God. The God of the prophets and apostles, in fact, created life. Creator and Redeemer, he becomes the awesome Benefactor of new life. Words fall short of the splendor. To say God is great is to call Niagara Falls a quaint and serene stream.
Small and stunned by God’s grace, the apostle inhales the air of grace and not surprisingly pens his letter on his face. Praise is befitting of the upright (cf. Psalm 33:1). Theology airs best from our knees.
Written from this posture, the epistle exhales the truth concerning history, concerning our God and his mighty plan. The purposeful backdrop and scope simply stupefy. Before a single atom of the earth existed, “before the foundation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4), God had a plan. Before creation, this divine plan stood. God’s design for the world, to borrow a common Southern expression, is older than dirt. Before time itself, the glorious plan stood on the sure foundation of divine power.
The Message of the General EpistlesJune 24, 2015
by Brandon Crowe