“Oh, the unspeakable greatness of that exchange,—the Sinless One is condemned, and he who is guilty goes free; the Blessing bears the curse, and the cursed is brought into blessing; the Life dies, and the dead live; the Glory is whelmed in darkness, and he who knew nothing but confusion of face is clothed with glory.” Trailady

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Saturday, December 29, 2007

The knowledge of the Holy One

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the Holy is understanding.” (Prov. 9:10).

Do we seek knowledge and wisdom and understanding? Who doesn’t? Do we seek that trust which rests in confidence that we haven’t built up our lives upon a mountain of lies?

I invite you to consider the God of righteousness and love. Consider Him whose chief desire is to love and be loved by His vast intelligent creation. And consider Him who ever maintains His Law of righteousness and cannot allow the infinitesimally least deviation from it without bringing to His heart the infinitesimally greatest grief and pain.

An interesting statement in the book, The Creator and the Cosmos, by Hugh Ross:

Unless the number of electrons is equivalent to the number of protons to an accuracy of one part in 10[to the 37th power], or better, electromagnetic forces in the universe would have so overcome gravitational forces that galaxies, stars, and planets never would have formed.

One part in 10[to the 37th power] is such an incredibly sensitive balance that it is hard to visualize. The following analogy might help: Cover the entire North American continent with dimes all the way up to the moon, a height of about 239,000 miles…Next, pile dimes from here to the moon on a billion other continents the same size as North America. Paint one dime red and mix it into the billions of piles of dimes. Blindfold a friend and ask him to pick out one dime. The odds that he will pick the red dime are one in 10[to the 37th power]. And this is only one of the parameters that is so delicately balanced to allow life to form.”

“Other delicate balances exist as well,” adds Clifford Goldstein in the book, Life without limits, “with variables even more unforgiving than the one above (ratios such as 1: 10[to the 40th power] or 1: 10[to the 60th power])—relationships that demand a precision far beyond what most human-made science would dare dream of achieving.”

Then he makes this comparison:

…God… who, as He created the universe with physical laws, also endowed it with moral ones….
Suppose, for instance, that God’s moral laws were just as precise, just as finely tuned, as His physical ones? Consider that such transcendent morality was just as unyielding, just as intolerant of deviation or violation, as the physical constants mentioned above? It’s one thing to have a physical law precise to 10[to the 60th power]. But could you imagine a moral law with a margin of error just as refined?

This illustrates the statement of Job. “Behold, He putteth no trust in His saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in His sight.” (Job 5:15). The precision and glory of the heavens do not even approach His expectations and example. “And I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.” (Rev. 20:11).

And yet, His infinite grace is equally ready and generously doled out as inexhaustibly as is His own demanding righteousness and perfect obedience to His moral Law.

Who could last a nano-second in His presence without His mercy extended to that person? How could He ever have His kingdom, His children, throughout the immensity of creation, whom He loves and whose love He craves, if He did not constantly and forever and ever and ever overlook their ineptness at His standard of infinite perfection ?

So I extrapolate that God’s balance of justice and His mercy is more fine-tuned than are His physical laws governing the cosmos—that He deviates from His balance of truth and grace toward us not less than 1: 10[to the 100th power]. That makes them pretty much set in granite.

So God is approachable, but that kind of holiness requires an intercessor. And we have one and always have had one. “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,” “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” (1 Tim. 2:5;Rev. 13:8).

“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Heb. 4:14-16).

“Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption,” “that no flesh should glory in His presence.” (1Cor. 1:30,29). With Jesus we get the whole package, holiness and a wisdom founded on love—complete redemption in Him. He will bring us all the way to salvation, where we will want to obey, and where righteousness will be pleasant to the soul.

“When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee.” (Prov. 2:10,11).


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