Wednesday, July 29, 2009

What I'm Reading

I’m currently reading the book entitled Putting Amazing Back Into Grace; embracing the heart of the Gospel by Michael Horton. I consider this an essential book for all Believers because it takes you back to the Biblical foundations of what it really means to be saved by grace alone. The back cover gives an excellent summary of the book’s premise. It says, “(This book) reminds you of the Reformation's radical view of God and his saving grace, the liberating yet humbling truth that we contribute nothing to our salvation. In it, Mr. Horton makes many noteworthy points." Here are just a few excerpts.

Some argue that God created humans because he wanted to have creatures who loved Him of their own free will…Once again the Psalmist offers the Biblical answer to that central question. In the last two lines of Psalm 104:31 it states, ‘May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works.’ This is the purpose behind our creation and our daily existence. For the same reason an artist takes pleasure in his masterpiece, God takes pleasure in His works. Thus, the purpose of our creation is the pleasure of God. It is not for our happiness or pleasure that we exist, but for God’s.”

Instead of withdrawing from society, then, holiness embraces the world. Instead of viewing the world as the source of sin, we begin to recognize that the world itself is only a reflection of the brokenness we all cause. 'Christian' cars emit exhaust fumes too. Once we see that sin is not ‘out there’ but ‘in here’ we begin to lose our self-righteous distance and we can be agents of reconciliation. ‘For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.’”

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