Saturday, April 26, 2014

Excellencies of God - growing closer through the study of a catechism

Lately, some pretty good reading is motivating me to a deeper study of God's attributes.   Christians lack an understanding of the basics these days.   They show a disregard for the Scriptures and an ignorance of the God they claim is their Lord.   I am lazy and out of practice on many of the disciplines necessary to avoid sin and live a holy life.  We all need prayer and meditation in our lives to combat the flesh and strengthen our walk in Christ.   A great place to start in getting back in spiritual shape is in working through a catechism.   Catechisms are instructions on basic truths meant to help us memorize  and become familiar with what we should believe.   The aim is to grow in knowledge of God, Jesus Christ, and obedience to the Truths of His Word.   I just want to be close to God, to know him and to love him.   Like any relationship such as a marriage you don't get close without talking and studying one another.   Intimacy comes at a price and by spending time together.   Same with a relationship with Christ.   I must spend time in prayer and studying Him to become closer and know Him better.   

God is the creator and sustainer of everyone and everything.   He is eternal, infinite, and unchangeable in His power and perfection, goodness and glory, wisdom, justice,  and truth.   Nothing happens except through him and by His will.   New City Catechism

Whatsoever God is, he is infinitely so: he is infinite Wisdom, infinite Goodness, infinite Knowledge, infinite Power, infinitely mounted above the excellencies of creatures: as easy to be known that he is, as impossible to be comprehended what he is.  Conceive of him as excellent, without any imperfection; a Spirit without parts; great without quantity; perfect without quality; everywhere without place; powerful without members; understanding without ignorance; wise without reasoning; light without darkness; infinitely more excelling the beauty of all creatures, than the light in the sun, pure and unviolated, exceeds the spendor or the sun dispersed and divided through a cloudy and misty air: and when you have risen to the highest, conceive him yet infinitely above all you can conceive of spirit, and acknowledge the infirmity of your own minds.  And whatsoever conception comes into your minds, say, This is not God; God is more than this:  if I could conceive him, he were not God; for God is incomprehensibly above whatsoever I can say, whatsoever I can think and conceive of him.  Stephen Charnock  from The Existence and Attributes of God