Take Up and Read! But First, Go Buy a Book…

@ Tolle Lege! A Canonical Perspective. Here’s my good friend, Rob Kashow, who’s got the greatest deals on the web for theology books, etc.:

Good news and bad news.

The bad news is that I’m very bummed because I have to sell all my books to pay my bills and stay afloat. Preparing for a future ministry in academia is not fun sometimes and can often be disheartening. Nonetheless, that leaves you all with GREAT news because I’m selling my books at the cheapest price possible.

After going through book by book on http://www.bestbookdeal.com, I have undercut all of the cheapest prices. I’m offering remarkable deals on all my books. If you find it cheaper on the internet, I will likely match it.

You can find him and his book sale here

Tolle Lege!

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Propitiation: Only One Reason?

Propitiation, then, means that Christ has satisfied the holy wrath of God through His payment for sin. There was only one reason for Him to do this: He loves us.

The Search for Significance, by Robert S. McGee

Was there only one reason why Christ was put forward to be the propitiation for  our sins? If there is more than one reason, which one does the apostle Paul give?

“God put [Christ Jesus] forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” (Romans 3.25-26)

Yes, the Father deeply loves those for whom he sent his one and only Son to die. And, yes, Jesus deeply loves those for whom he became their propitiation. However, God also passionately loves his own righteousness so much that he displayed it in Christ’s being a propitiation on the cross, in a way that magnifies himself as just and the justifier of those who love Jesus.

GOD loves you in the way that shows he loves himself. Any other love is idolatry.

Augustine: On Friendship

…We could talk and laugh together and exchange small acts of kindness. We could join in the pleasure that books can give. We could be grave or [happy] together. If we sometimes disagreed, it was without spite, as a man might differ with himself, and the rare occasions of dispute were the very spice to season our usual accord. Each of us had something to learn from the others and something to teach in return. If any were away, we missed them with regret and gladly welcomed them when they came home. Such things as these are heartfelt tokens of affection between friends. They are signs to be read on the face and in the eyes, spoken by the tongue and displayed in countless acts of kindness. They can kindle a blaze to melt our hearts and weld them into one.

This what we cherish in friendship, and we cherish it so dearly that in conscience we feel guilty if we do not return love for love, asking no more of our friends than these expressions of goodwill. This is why we mourn their death, which shrouds us in sorrow and turns joy into bitterness, so that the heart is drenched in tears and life becomes a living death because a friend is lost. Blessed are those who love you, O God, and love their friends in you and their enemies for your sake. They alone will never lose those who are dear to them, for they love them in one who is never lost, in God, our God who made heaven and earth and fills them with his presence, because by filling them he made them. No one can lose you, my God, unless he forsakes you. And if he forsakes you, where is he to go? If he abandons your love, his only refuge is your wrath. Wherever he turns, he will find your law to punish them, for your law is the truth and the truth is yourself.

Augustine, The Confessions [BOOK IV]

I Sing the Almighty Power of God

“There’s not a plant or flow’r below but makes your glories known,

and clouds arise and tempests blow by order from your throne; 

while all that borrows life from you is ever in your care,

and everywhere that man can be, you, God, are present there.”

 

Isaac Watts, I Sing the Almighty Power of God