OMNISCIENCE: GOD SEES AND KNOWS

Hey everyone! How are you? I hope all is well!

So here we are continuing our discussion on J.I. Packer’s Concise Theology.

Understanding basic theological truths is important in the life of the believer. Again I reiterate what J.I Packer says,

theology is for doxology and devotion—that is, the praise of God and the practice of godliness. “

OMNISCIENCE

GOD SEES AND KNOWS

The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.

PROVERBS 15:3

Omniscient is a word that means “knowing everything.” Scripture declares that God’s eyes run everywhere (Job 24:23; Pss. 33:13-15, 139:13-16; Prov. 15:3; Jer. 16:17; Heb. 4:13). He searches all hearts and observes everyone’s ways (1 Sam. 16:7; 1 Kings 8:39; 1 Chron. 28:9; Ps. 139:1-6, 23; Jer. 17:10; Luke 16:15; Rom. 8:27; Rev. 2:23)—in other words, he knows everything about everything and everybody all the time. Also, he knows the future no less than the past and the present, and possible events that never happen no less than the actual events that do (1 Sam. 23:9-13; 2 Kings 13:19; Ps. 81:14-15; Isa. 48:18). Nor does he have to “access” information about things, as a computer might retrieve a file; all his knowledge is always immediately and directly before his mind. Bible writers stand in awe of the capacity of God’s mind in this regard (Pss. 139:1-6; 147:5; Isa. 40:13-14, 28; cf. Rom. 11:33-36).

God’s knowledge is linked with his sovereignty: he knows each thing, both in itself and in relation to all other things, because he created it, sustains it, and now makes it function every moment according to his plan for it (Eph. 1:11). The idea that God could know, and foreknow, everything without controlling everything seems not only unscriptural but nonsensical.

To the Christian believer, knowledge of God’s omni~science brings the assurance that he has not been forgotten, but is being and will be cared for according to God’s promise (Isa. 40:27-31). To anyone who is not a Christian, however, the truth of God’s universal knowledge must bring dread, for it comes as a reminder that one cannot hide either oneself or one’s sins from God’s view (Pss. 139:7-12; 94:1-11; John 1:1-12).

Source: Packer, J. I. Concise Theology: A Guide to Historic Christian Beliefs. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House, 1993.

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Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez

Gloria in Excelsis Deo! (Glory to God in the highest!)

Hey everyone! I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas! I hope you have a very joyful time with your family remembering the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Glory to God in the highest!

31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

Luke 1:31–33 (ESV)

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Another one of my favorite Christmas songs.

Traditional French Carol

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests. (Luke 2:14)

As vast numbers of angels swiftly descended toward earth through the star sprinkled sky, the leading angel halted them with a sign. They hovered with folded wings over a silent field near Bethlehem. “There they are,” said the leading angel, “the humble shepherds who have been chosen by God to receive our message. It will be the most wonderful news that mortal man has ever received. Are you ready with your great angelic chorus?”

The leading angel drifted slightly downward so that he could be seen by the shepherds below. They were terrified! Each one of them covered his face in the brilliance of the light but earnestly listened with awe as the vision before them began to speak in their own language:

“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.”

Instantly surrounding the angel was the brilliant heavenly host, and echoing through the sky was the most beautiful singing that the shepherds had ever heard, exulting and praising God for the long-awaited gift of His Son. They made haste to see the Savior with their own eyes.

The Bible teaches that angels are the ministering servants of God and that they are continually being sent to help and protect us, the heirs of salvation. Certainly their most important task, however, was this momentous occasion announcing Christ’s arrival on earth!

Although little is known of its origins, this inspiring 18th century French carol has become a universal favorite.

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Angels We Have Heard On High

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plains
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains

Gloria in Excelsis Deo
Gloria in Excelsis Deo

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song

Gloria in Excelsis Deo
Gloria in Excelsis Deo

Come to Bethlehem and see
Him whose birth the angels sing
Come adore on bended knee
Christ our Lord, the new born King

Gloria in Excelsis Deo
Gloria in Excelsis Deo
Gloria in Excelsis Deo
Gloria in Excelsis Deo

Source: Osbeck, Kenneth W. Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1996.

Lyrics from http://www.songonlyrics.com/chris-tomlin-angels-we-have-heard-on-high-lyrics

Chris Tomlin- Glory In The Highest.

Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez

O HOLY NIGHT

Hey everyone! Merry Christmas! I hope you have a very joyful time with your family remembering the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

As we enter Christmas Eve here is an appropriate Christmas song to sing to and rejoice in.

O HOLY NIGHT

The words and lyrics of the old carol ‘O Holy Night’ were written by Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure in 1847. Cappeau was a wine seller by trade but was asked by the parish priest to write a poem for Christmas. He obliged and wrote the beautiful words of the hymn. He then realised that it should have music to accompany the words and he approached his friend Adolphe Charles Adams(1803-1856).

He agreed and the music for the poem was therefore composed by Adolphe Charles Adams. Adolphe had attended the Paris conservatoire and forged a brilliant career as a composer. It was translated into English by John Sullivan Dwight (1812-1893).

The text reflects on the birth of Jesus and of mankind’s redemption.

Intro:

O holy night, the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks, a new and glorious morn
Fall on your knees, oh hear the angel voices
O night divine
O night when Christ was born
O night divine, O night, O night divine

Verse 3:
Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love, and His gospel is peace
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His name all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we
Let all within us praise His holy name
Christ is the Lord, O praise His name forever
His power and glory ever more proclaim
His power and glory ever more proclaim

Fall on your knees, oh hear the angel voices
O night divine
O night when Christ was born
O night divine, O night, O night divine

Source: Lyrics from http://www.songs-lyrics.net/so-chris-tomlin-lyrics-glory-in-the-highest-christmas-songs-of-worship-lyrics-o-holy-night-lyrics-lxsccxpe.html

Chris Tomlin Glory In The Highest.

Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez

AWAY IN A MANGER

Hey everyone! How are you doing? I hope all is well!

Today I want to share another one of my favorite Christmas songs.

AWAY IN A MANGER

Source unknown (stanzas 1, 2), John Thomas McFarland, 1851–1913 (stanza 3)

And she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped Him in cloths and placed Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:7)

No Christmas song is more loved than this tender children’s carol. With its simply worded expression of love for the Lord Jesus and trust in His faithful care, the hymn appeals to young and old alike. It is usually one of the first Christmas songs learned in early childhood; yet its pleasing melody and gentle message preserve it in our affections all through life.

For some time “Away in the Manger” was titled “Luther’s Cradle Hymn.” It was thought to have been written by Martin Luther for his own children and then passed on by German mothers. Modern research discounts this claim, however. Stanzas one and two first appeared in the Little Children’s Book, published in Philadelphia in 1885. The third verse was written by a Methodist minister, Dr. John T. McFarland, in the early 1900’s when an additional stanza for this carol was desired for use at a church children’s day program.

How important it is that we take time to help our children see beyond the glitter of the Christmas season and teach them the true meaning of Christ’s birth. The most thrilling story ever known to man began in Bethlehem at Christmas.

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed, the little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head; the stars in the sky looked down where He lay, the little Lord Jesus, asleep an the hay.

The cattle are lowing; the Baby awakes, but little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes; I love Thee, Lord Jesus! look down from the sky, and stay by my cradle till morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay close by me forever, and love me, I pray; bless all the dear children in Thy tender care, and fit us for heaven, to live with Thee there.

For Today: Matthew 8:20; Mark 10:13–16; Luke 2:12, 16

Use this season to enjoy times of family worship. Include the reading of the Christmas story—Luke 2:1–20 (perhaps from different versions), share personal insights from the story, dramatize the various events, sing and play the carols, pray together, and discuss how the family could share their joy with others.

Source: Osbeck, Kenneth W. Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1996.

Casting Crowns Peace On Earth

Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!

Kevin Nunez

Open Air Preaching Times Square, NY (2010)

Hey everyone! How are you? I hope all is well!

I have video content on my video cam of evangelism and open air preaching that I had not uploaded to my computer and here is one of the videos on there from Repent and Witness Evangelism Camp with CHANGE Collegian Network.

Let us briefly observe the parable of the sower today.

Then Jesus said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

Mark 4:9 NIV

He that has ears … – This expression is frequently used by Christ. It is a proverbial expression, implying that the highest attention should be given to what was spoken. When the gospel is preached the ears of the hearers should be attentive to what is being said.

4:1-20 This parable contained instruction so important, that all capable of hearing were bound to attend to it. There are many things we are concerned to know; and if we understand not the plain truths of the gospel, how shall we learn those more difficult! It will help us to value the privileges we enjoy as disciples of Christ, if we seriously consider the deplorable state of all who have not such privileges. In the great field of the church, the word of God is dispensed to all. Of the many that hear the word of the gospel, but few receive it, so as to bring forth fruit. Many are much affected with the word for the present, who yet receive no abiding benefit. The word does not leave abiding impressions upon the minds of men, because their hearts are not duly disposed to receive it. The devil is very busy about careless hearers, as the fowls of the air go about the seed that lies above ground. Many continue in a barren, false profession, and go down to hell. Impressions that are not deep, will not last. Many do not mind heart-work, without which religion is nothing. Others are hindered from profiting by the word of God, by abundance of the world. And those who have but little of the world, may yet be ruined by indulging the body. God expects and requires fruit from those who enjoy the gospel, a temper of mind and Christian graces daily exercised, Christian duties duly performed. Let us look to the Lord, that by his new-creating grace our hearts may become good ground, and that the good seed of the word may produce in our lives those good words and works which are through Jesus Christ, to the praise and glory of God the Father. 

Source: Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

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I want you to notice at 1:36 the opposition to the preaching of the gospel by a guy who is shouting, “Satan!”
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Also, notice in 4:09 how a lady attentively is listening to the preaching of the gospel, amen! Along with the crowd of people all around hearing the gospel be preached.
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To the glory of God!
Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!
Kevin Nunez