Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A quote worth our cogitation...

In Donald Bloech's fantastic God the Almighty: Power, Wisdom, Holiness, and Love, he writes,

"God has new experiences, but they do not so much enrich his being or add to his perfection as bring out the perfection that he already possesses."

Theologically, we know that God does not change and that His plans and purposes are eternal. But that does not mean he is some inept father unaware or unconcerned about his children at play or in the throes of suffering. God is not aloof or absent to creation. He really does experience things with spiritual beings, human persons, created species, and the like.


The LORD experiences these things in His unique God-like way, and then He acts (a free act, done in love, never by compulsion). And when He acts, his eternal, unchanging perfections are on display for anyone willing to look, notice, and admire. God was perfect prior to sending Jesus to die on the cross for human sin, but through seeing and experiencing our experience of sin, God chose to bring out His perfections in the glorious gift of Jesus' life and death. He is the powerful Father who sees all that His children face and not for one second keeps from them exactly what they need. Your experiences today are seen by Father, and His unchanging perfection remains our unchanging hope.

Glory to God--"God has new experiences, but they do not so much enrich his being or add to his perfection as bring out the perfection that he already possesses."

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