“God is good…all the time, and all the time…God is good.” This refrain is commonly spoken by Christians. Though it is easy to remember and simple to say, it actually is a proclamation of deep and profound truth. It would do us well to consider the statement so that we understand truly what we are saying.
In the last two verses of Ephesians 3, Paul closes his prayer for the Ephesians with a simple and yet profound doxology – a word of praise about, and to, God Himself. These verses serve as a sort of “hinge” for the whole letter. In light of everything Paul has been describing for his readers, he cannot help but explode into praise to the One who has made all of this possible. And even as he praises God, he also paves the way for the practical instructions that will occupy the last half of this letter. By praising God, he encourages his readers to do the same, and then he spends the rest of the book telling them how to do that.
As we are considering the “attributes” of God, we come now to the concept of “truthfulness”. Put simply, the Bible is abundantly clear that God is truth and that God speaks truth. There is never a moment in which God is false or incorrect, and because of that, He stands as the ultimate source and standard of all truth.
Over the last few weeks, we have continued walking through the Gospel According to Mark by looking at the rejection of Jesus in Nazareth (notes and audio here), the sending out of the 12 apostles on their first “mission trip” (notes and audio here), and the recounting of John the Baptist’s murder (notes and audio here). Considered together, all three sections give an interesting glimpse into the life of Christ and his followers.
We have also continued our journey through Revelation by looking at chapters 13-14. Together, these chapters give us a glimpse behind the “curtain” of life into the deeper realities which will drive the events of this world at the end. Ultimately, God’s people will be spared – though they will suffer greatly at Satan’s hands, and God’s enemies will be destroyed. Notes and audio can be found here for chapter 13 and here for chapter 14.
We also celebrated our 7-year anniversary by looking at the Bible’s answer to two essential questions: What is the Church? And why is she here? Notes and audio can be found here.