if anyone thirsts

thirst, is not the lack or absence of water in the body.  the lack or absence of water in the body, is dehydration.  thirst, is the lack or absence of water in the body, that you have been made sensible of.  it is your awareness — your sense experience — of that lack, that constitutes thirst.

the lack or absence of God in the soul, is not thirst.  thirst, is the lack or absence of God in the soul, that you have been made sensible of.  it is your awareness — your sense experience — of that absence of God, that constitutes thirst.

men have drowned in their own ways and means, trying to quench this thirst, to no real satisfaction.  accumulating wealth cannot satisfy the thirst of the soul.  indulging in what one’s wealth can afford in carnal bodily pleasures, worldly comforts, and earthly conveniences, cannot give the soul its true satisfaction.  knowledge and learning can neither fill this want; nor can mere religion; nor absolute power.

jesus said, “if anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink; he who believes in me, out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.”  simple faith and child-like trust in jesus, the son of God and saviour of the world — this alone, can give the soul, real lasting satisfaction.  faith, is a personal reliance on jesus, based upon who he is and what he has done, according to the written record, the scriptures or the bible.

none but christ can satisfy any man’s soul-thirst.  putting your faith in jesus, is like buying, without money, as the scripture says, “ho! everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come buy and eat. yes, come, buy wine and milk, without money, and without price.”

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most insatiable

you can only fill your appetite to a certain limit.  eating twice the normal capacity of your stomach, if you are not a voracious eater, will already fill you.  four times your capacity and you might find it difficult to breathe, being so full.  and ten times its normal capacity, and (you feel) your stomach might burst (if it actually doesn’t).

our bodies can only take so much… and no more.  more only proves to be a painful punishment.  people can only have so much sexual pleasure, sleeping pleasure, drinking pleasure, sporting pleasure, etc. — the limits are no more than 10 times a person’s capacity for his bodily appetite, before clear signs of pain, bodily failure, weakness and fatigue, sets in.

but man’s pride and arrogance knows no limits, and sees no bounds.  hate spawns a thousand thoughts.  you can hate a person so much you would kill him, over and over again in your thoughts.  envy gnaws at your gut, morning till evening, and will never give you rest.  your spirit can never have its fill of these strong lusts.

but the greatest manifestation of man’s pride and arrogance, is his refusal to recognize God, as God, and submit to his authority.  it is man’s rebellion against his maker, that is most insatiable.  your refusal to obey the gospel, and submit to God’s terms of peace, through faith in christ, is the highest form your pride and arrogance takes.

it is one’s “self” — that has unseated God from his throne in man’s soul — who is God’s greatest rival.  one’s “self” has become one’s god, and all your appetites and strong lusts only feed your insatiable rebellion; and become mere slaves to your “self”.

christ says, “if anyone will follow me, let him deny himself.”

atheism: a willful and deliberate act

the real problem with atheists, is that their denial of the existence of God, is willful and deliberate, being contrary to nature and reason.  nature clearly manifests the glory of God: reason — rightly used — clearly understands this to be the case.  it is when willful blindness takes over a man that he confesses himself to be an atheist.  this is the solemn proclamation of the scripture.

the witness of God is shown to man: it is external and without (outside) himself.

what is shown to man is spoken in the scripture in this manner, “for since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead,” rom.1.20.  the whole creation, the visible universe, the sun, moon, and stars; the mountains and the seas; everything that is made, bear witness to the awesome power, the inscrutable wisdom, the manifold goodness, and the glorious Godhead of God the creator.  nature manifests the glory of God.  according to the text, “his invisible attributes are clearly seen,”  by the things that are made.

but the case is not readily so, because the text tells us that this is so only, “being understood.”  the rational faculty of thought and understanding is critically involved in seeing the invisible attributes of God — from what is presently visible of the things that are made — which were at work in the creation of the world.  the right and proper use of one’s rational faculties — the mind, the understanding — inevitably brings a man to the conclusion that there is a God of power, wisdom, goodness, and love.

to deny this conclusion is a willful and deliberate act — which is not a product of upright human reason understanding nature, but — of a perverse and reprobate mind.

restored

humanity will be restored.  it will be brought back to its perfect form.  not the original humanity in which adam, the first man, was created; but that in which, the second adam, jesus christ, was, with the perfect righteousness of God himself.  the righteousness that adam had was mutable, but that which jesus christ has is immutable, being the very righteousness of God — the righteousness of God apart from the law, (rom.3.21.)  there will be new heavens and a new earth where righteousness dwells.  this is the promise of God, who cannot lie.

God has begun the restoration of humanity, in jesus christ.  the fall of man was a fall into sin and unrighteousness.  the restoration of man… in righteousness.

jesus fulfilled the righteous requirements of the law of God.  by his own perfect obedience to the law, he has accomplished human righteousness, and made it possible for man (again) to stand righteous in the sight of God and his holy law — for those who will trust in him.  by his death on the cross, he has suffered the penalty due to man’s sin, i.e., death, equivalent to eternal death, under the unbending justice of God — for those who will believe on him.

the work of restoration has begun.  God has sent his regenerating Spirit into the hearts of those who believe, and by his powerful influence, changes them, conforming them to the image of the Son.  everything else will follow suit, beginning with the children of God.

humanity will be restored, with finality and completeness, when jesus returns, at the last day.  all things redeemed will become new.

this is my certain hope.

i’m not here

we have all lied some time in our lives.  i have lied.  and one of the most common lies that we have spoken, is designed to avoid another person whom we do not wish to see, or whom we wish would not see us.  it’s a lie, with an accomplice.

“tell him (or her), i’m not here,” is the most common form this lie takes.  either the unwelcome person is at the door, knocking; or on the phone asking to speak with you.  there are a lot of reasons (maybe you just don’t like the person) you don’t want the person to know that you’re home, (or wherever it is you are when the unwelcome person looks for you,) but the best and most convenient way to get rid of him (or her) is to tell a lie.  of course, you yourself cannot tell the person, “oh, i’m not here,” unless it was a phone call, and you have an answering machine, with such a recorded message.

it is a lie, and all lies are lies, however small the lie is.  it is not the truth — it will never be the truth, flip it backward, around, or sideways.

all things seem to go well, until your son or daughter — or whoever it was you’ve used as an accomplice before — makes you the accomplice, and tells you, “please tell him (or her), i’m not here.”

“oh no, that’s wrong!” you protest.  now, it becomes wrong!