Thursday, December 3, 2009

Chapter 3- The Knowledge of God

This chapter really caught my attention. Pink writes about how this is something that we never really give much thought too, probably because of how uncomfortable it makes us feel. The fact that God knows everything everything, not just almost everything is scary. All my thoughts, all my words, all my deeds, it's overwhelming to think about but Pink does a great job of showing how an understanding of this attribute is to be applied to our lives. Enjoy these quotes.

"He is perfectly acquainted with every detail in the life of every being in heaven, in earth, and in hell."

"The apprehension of his omniscience ought to bow us in adoration before him. Yet how little do we meditate upon this Divine perfection! Is it because the very thought of it fills us with uneasiness? How solemn is this fact: nothing can be concealed from God! "For I know the things that come into your mind, every one of them" (Ezek. 11:5)."

"Here is encouragement to prayer. There is no cause for fearing that the petitions of the righteous will not be heard, or that their sighs and tears shall escape the notice of God, since he knows the thoughts and intents of the heart."

"Were it in anywise possible for something to occur apart from either the direct agency or permission of God, then that something would be independant of him, and he would at once cease to be Supreme."

"None of his decrees are left contingent either on creatures or secondary causes. There is no future event which is only a mere possibility, that is, something which may or may not come to pass: "Known unto God are all his works from the beginning" (Acts 15:18)."

"It should, however, be pointed out that neither God's knowledge nor his cognition of the future, considered simply in themselves, are causative. Nothing has ever come to pass, or ever will, merely because God knew it. The cause of all things is the will of God."

"The apprehension of God's infinite knowledge should fill the Christian with adoration. The whole of my life stood open to his view from the beginning. He foresaw my every fall, my every sin, my every backsliding; yet, nevertheless, fixed his heart upon me. Oh, how the realization of this should bow me in wonder and worship before him!"

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