Monday, January 6, 2014

Reconciling the Rock of Eternity with the Sands of Time

“And I will establish My covenant with you, and you shall know (understand and realize) that I am the Lord, that you may [earnestly] remember and be ashamed and confounded and never open your mouth again because of your shame, when I have forgiven you all that you have done, says the Lord God” (Ezekiel 16:62-63 Amp.).

Diplomacy is too often conciliatory, too often compromising down to attempts to move immovable foundational truths.  Yet, just as the apostle Paul tried to be all things to all men (so he might win them), and just as art is still science (but more), and law still obligatory (but more), so the superstructure building of love cannot withstand the contrary environment it is expressed in if it is built on anything other than the sure ground of the Word of God, Jesus Christ. 

Though it is impossible to not have an opinion or to speculate or to have a working theory about all things, inclusive of religion and theological ideas, these opinions, speculations, and theories are nothing more than grains of sand, tiny and numerous rocks all congregated together, which even in their tremendous unity does not a solid rock make.  At best, sand can be placed in sandbags and temporarily hold back rising tides of disasters, but once again, not a solid rock or permanent barrier against disasters do they make.  

At best they are, even in unity, nothing more than shifting sands, and unworthy of supporting anything as a foundation upon which to build something concrete.  At best sand can be melted down by extreme heat and fashioned into translucent images by the mere breath of a glass-smith blowing out fragile figurines.  We grains of sand, even unified, and salted by fire, are nothing more than fragile, threadbare, and decorative.

Even Solomon in all his glory, described as having breadth of mind like sand on the seashore, only touches the margin of the sea, something God holds in the hollow of His hand.  Something greater than Solomon is here; something greater than Jesus Christ and His apostles is being made ready today, but it will never be made outside the margin of His foundational footprint in breadth or weightiness.

The superstructure of love which covers a multitude of sin and towers over all understanding is firmly built upon the solid bedrock of every jot and tittle of God’s Holy word, the Logos, the Bible, the sixty six books in order from Genesis to Revelation.  All Rhema wording, all prophecy spoken through human lips, must be plumb-lined to the cornerstone, and held to the margins of the foundational footprint.

Though human unity reaches the sky, and optimism the stars; though our voice be one in melodious harmony or many in discordant cacophony, God is greater than all of us together, like a boulder is to a grain of sand (individually) and to grains of sand (corporately).  Neither I, nor all my brethren together, inclusive of every insight, every wonderful revelation (and even bad ones for that matter), every opinion, knows enough of the truth to honestly be dogmatic.

Yes, we all have evidence; we have FAITH; but the greatest of these is love (which wraps around all people and sin without placating or agreeing with anything but God’s love for them).  We are bought with a price, and new covenant of grace or not, we need to ever be in remembrance of how God forgave us.

AND because of this (God forgiving us), we ought NEVER TO OPEN OUR MOUTHS AGAIN BECAUSE OF THE SHAME we should never forget (grace and being the righteousness of God in Christ notwithstanding).  Yes, I said it: NEVER FORGET THE SHAME.

Not so that the tongues of hell's fire might perpetually lick up at us and keep us in constant condemnation, but that our works might no longer be based on our merits, but on the grace He showed us. REPENTANCE IS STILL THE FOUNDATION UPON WHICH A CHRISTIAN LIFE IS BUILT.

We are no longer entitled to our opinions. We have changed our minds (the essence of what repentance means) and we are now, yes, every one of us, prophets declaring only what He thinks.  Anything more or less is adding and detracting from the truth and is therefore only shifting sand and fragile glass.  The Rock is eternal; sand is but a moment.