I’ve just finished our study on Romans 12:3 for this coming Sunday. Wow! Each and every week I am overwhelmed by God’s goodness and the rich lessons He is teaching me as I study His Word. This Sunday’s lesson is called, “Thoughts That Lead to Godly Living.” I’m writing this today to get you to think about something before Sunday rolls around. Here it is. Are you ready? What do you see? Do you see Anthropocentrically or Theocentrically? Don’t let those two big words confuse you or cause you to shy away from the question. I want you to take our your dictionary, Google those two words, or easier still, I’ve linked them to the dictionary for you so just click on the word and you’ll learn something new. After you learn the definition then answer the question again. I found a quote from my favorite preacher, Pastor Spurgeon, to give a little hint at why the answer to the question makes all the difference in the world as to what you see. I hope to see you Sunday.
Just as the earth is not the centre of the universe, so man is not the grandest of all beings. God has been pleased highly to exalt man; but we must remember how the psalmist speaks of him: ?When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; what is man, that thou art mindful of him; and the son of man, that thou visitest him?? In another place, David says, ?Lord, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him! Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.? Man cannot be the centre of the theological universe, he is altogether too insignificant a being to occupy such a position, and the scheme of redemption must exist for some other end than that of merely making man happy, or even of making him holy. The salvation of man must surely be first of all for the glory of God; and you have discovered the right form of Christian doctrine when you have found the system that has God in the centre, ruling and controlling according to the good pleasure of his will. Do not dwarf man so as to make it appear that God has no care for him; for if you do that, you slander God. Give to man the position that God has assigned to him; by doing so, you will have a system of theology in which all the truths of revelation and experience will move in glorious order and harmony around the great central orb, the Divine Sovereign Ruler of the universe, God over all, blessed for ever. (Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Lectures to my Students.)
Where our “thinking” begins makes all the difference in how we experience and understand life. Not just “theologically,” but experientially. He is the beginning and the end. He is not only the “First Cause,” but the “Final Answer.” I hope you will make plans to be with us on Sunday so that we can huddle around God’s Word and learn together.
In His Steps,