Jonathan Edwards’ Resolutions – #11

Resolved, When I think of any theorem in divinity to be solved, immediately to do what I can towards solving it, if circumstances do not hinder.

One point I want to make very clear from the outset of this post is that not only does the Bible provide everything we need to lead a godly life, surrendered to Him; not only does it address everything we need to tackle life’s tough situations; but better than all of it God is not hiding it from us!

Sometimes we seem, myself included, to get caught up in the idea that there are Truths in the Bible which God doesn’t want us to figure out. God has made them clear to us, we sometimes simply need the willingness to pursue them and address the scriptures: “you have been acquainted with (the scriptures), which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” [2 Timothy 3:15] , also there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries [Daniel 2:28].

We have boundless resources of information, but our most significant source is the Bible. It is the affirmed Word of God and it alone has definitive power–breathed out by the Holy Spirit–to edify, redeem, and sanctify our lives and the lives of others, but if we don’t know it–and, inherently, the Truths it addresses–we will be falling short from the intention God has for it. Let us not simply know Truths in part, but know them well, that we may speak to them.

One last point I want to make is that we need to be intentional to pursue the answers to these “theorems” through investigating the Bible as our main source. The internet is a great tool, don’t get me wrong, but if we are finding other people’s opinions on various biblical content, rather than addressing and assessing it ourselves, through our own investigation and contemplation of the Word of God through the Spirit of God, we will be cutting the Gospel and it’s power in our lives short. This verse in particular comes to mind: “(they are) always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth” [2 Timothy 3:7]. We can fill our heads with so much knowledge, but if we are learning apart from Christ, apart from the Words which bring everlasting life, then while the things we are learning may be inherently good and well-intended, we are not receiving the best God has in mind for us.

So please, hear my point here, investigate the scriptures, dissect Truths, but do so with the Bible as the source and other resources as the compliment, not the other way around, and understand that the biblical Truths revealed all throughout scripture is beneficial for implementation in our lives in every circumstance. I’ll leave you with this verse:

“All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work” [2 Timothy 3:16-17].

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