Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Truth In Balance, part 2

For more on the truth that God is both gloriously sovereign and gloriously separate from sin, read THIS POST from September of last year. The essay I link to there has been very helpful to me. Here's a quote to get you thinking and (hopefully) compel you to check it out:
The betrayal of Jesus by Judas was a morally evil act inspired immediately by Satan (Luke 22:3). Yet in Acts 2:23 Luke says, "This Jesus [was] delivered up according to the definite plan (boule) and foreknowledge of God." The betrayal was sin, and it involved the instrumentality of Satan; but it was part of God's ordained plan. That is, there is a sense in which God willed the delivering up of his Son, even though the act was sin.

2 comments:

Sandy said...

ok Josh, now I have MORE stuff to print off for SS class! Thanks for the link. Piper is always thought provoking. Thanks for the info on how to listen to a recent chapel service. I already downloaded it.

Josh said...

Sandy,
I really think that getting a grip on this issue is crucial to understanding the message of the Bible and worshiping God "in spirit and in truth." (as we read in the Quiet Time Diary today) If we don't understand this, suffering won't make sense and won't accomplish what God means it to accomplish in our lives. (See Rom. 8:28ff) We've got to get beyond "Bad things are from Satan and good things are from God."...But I'm preaching to the choir. You are an example to all of us of resting in the sovereign hand of our good God. I really believe that great GOOD and JOY are going to come from the pain! I am praying for it to be so.