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Who is a True Prophet of God?(26)

September 30th, 2009
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Scripture of the Day: Romans 11:36

For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen (NIV)

When we look at Paul’s discussion in Romans 9-11 and read “‘It is not the natural children who are God’s children, but it is the children of promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring” we see that the working out of God’s promises is progressive. It keeps widening.

Understanding of prophecy should show the progress of redemption as the Lord fulfills his promises increasingly more.

So their word invites our listening into the prophetic speech in a new context -the context of our time and space. How is God progressively expanding his purpose in our age? How greater is our understanding of the inclusive nature of what God is doing?

The prophets bore witness in their different ways to the grandeur of God’s redemption as well as to the wisdom of God in working out his promises.

The prophets called on their contemporaries to look to the Lord for the fulfillment of the promises and to submit to the freedom of God in working out his promises.

And this will not be closed within the boundaries of our group. That concept actually localises God’s purpose into our experience rather than expand it.

Jesus message is continuous with that of Moses and the prophets in his insistence on how the kingdom of God is unlike the expectations of humans. So we should be open to the unexpected.

Only open hearts, in submission to God’s freedom to work out his promises, could hear Jesus and the unexpected kingdom he represented. So it is today.

This is God centred, not human need centred. It is not my generation centred as if God must do things in my time or because I feel I have a special warning ministry.

From him: God in his freedom has the established the purpose of the creation

Through him: God in his freedom makes all things possible through his power and intervention his way.

To him: God in his freedom is bringing his whole creation back to him, for him to love, dwell with and to share his life.

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Who is a True Prophet of God? (25)

September 28th, 2009
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Scripture of the Day: Romans 11:34

“Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?”
(NIV)

 The prophetic word is eschatological in nature. It involves a plan and purpose which will culminate in the last things.

The prophets expected the radical transformation of this world, including a new humanity and a new covenant. The prophets challenged and still invite us to interpret the present in the light of the hope of a new age, to which God’s revelation witnesses.

OT eschatology opens up the plan of God, as revealed through God’s servants the prophets.Interpretation of the prophets should never close the prophetic word by a method of interpretation that restricts the freedom of God to human interpretation. 

In other words, the prophets open up the future as a working out of God’s plan in human history. It involves a submission to the freedom of God to do it his way, in his time. It is acknowledging that God is free from our thoughts and preconceptions. He can do whatever he likes, when ever he likes, in a totally unexpected way.

‘Look, you scoffers, wonder and perish, for I am going to do something in your days that you would never believe, even if someone told you’” (Acts 13:41)

Beware of the person who says he does know the mind of the Lord. Or who feels that God responds to him.

God is God and we are mere creatures.

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Who is a True Prophet of God? (24)

September 27th, 2009
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Scripture of the Day: Romans 11:33-36

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!
“Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?”
“Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay him?”
For from him and through him and to him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen. (
NIV)

The context to Paul’s statement is the conclusion to Romans 9-11. Paul in these chapters is seeking to answer the dilemma of Israel:
It is not as if God’s word had failed” when referring to Israel in the divine plan and under God’s sovereignty. The issue is raised because on the surface it would appear to be so.

The very discussion over three chapters shows the complexity, mystery and the unsearchability of God’s judgments. And yet we can be assured his promises will be fulfilled.

We will look at some principles to guide our approach to all the prophecy that exists in the OT and NT.

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