Wednesday, August 29, 2007

in a nutshell

Do you know the Gospel in a nutshell? Sometimes I use a set of colors for the illustration.





And he is holy, perfectly holy. But consider this: if he were all mercy, where would the justice be? If he were all righteous, where would the love be? How can these seemingly opposing attributes coexist? And why is that a problem for us?













There are other elements of the Christian faith that are important, but I would say this is the most essential foundation of what Jesus Christ's followers are proclaiming. That is where I am coming from. That is what I represent. And I can't make anybody change, but I would love to see as many as possible loving God the same way.


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For more about saving faith, see my post called wheelbarrow


You will find an alternative view of death at dead bird


Craver Vii said...

Yes, I know that some do not accept the Bible as proof of anything. Still, I hope to go back and add links with verses, so as to show this is not all just something I made up.

spaghettipie said...

Craver, I love coming here and being both intellectually and spiritually challenged. Your posts are timely, as I have recently been thinking about my times of doubting Christianity, because sometimes it feels like we believe some strange things! What I always come back to is the basic truth you've outlined here. I cling to that truth. I remember my personal experiences in seeing that truth lived out in my life (and the lives of others). And He draws me back into deeper relationship with Him because of it.

david mcmahon said...

G'day Craver,

My Mum was a Sunday School teacher and a very wise woman.

Love your analogy of colour, mate



Cuckoo said...

Loved the analysis very much. very thought provoking.

BTW, you are tagged. You must have guessed it from my previous post. Ain't you ?

Pls check my blog & I would appreciate if you do this one. Wanted some people with matured thinking to do this one.

Craver Vii said...

The links are up now. I put them there, to prove that this is not simply my opinion, but that these ideas are coming from the written word of God.

Craver Vii said...

Keep clinging, Spaghettipie. When God's truth seems strange, it's because, on the highway of life, compared to God, everybody else is driving on the wrong side of the road. :-)

In one way or another, we are ALL a peculiar people.

The Lord bless you mum David for her service. The teacher always gets more out of their prepared lessons than their students.

Mature, Cuckoo? Are you calling me old?? (Just kidding.) I'll be checking for that link a little later, Friend.

Jen2 said...

Refreshing post. You've put into words the heart of many who adore Christ for who he is.

As Jonathan Edwards spoke of - light and heat.
If what we know of Him in the mind, does not cause us to love him truly with the heart - we can know that we have not truly come to know him.

"Taste and see the goodness of the Lord."

GREAT post Brethren!!!

mommanator said...

The color thing confused me at first because I am used to other colors to explain the salvation of Jesus Christ, but see where you are coming from.
Did enjoy the scripture references as White confused me a bit. I added a word- silly me.

Martin Stickland said...

What have you done Craver???

Can you come and collect all your so called buddies you left at my house, they are driving me crazy!!!

donsands said...

Nice. Good Scripture.

There's a huge difference in just believeing in Christ, and calling on Him.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Amen. I would add that Jesus's salvation impacts all of creation as in creation-fall-redemption-new creation. So we end up in Jesus in the coming of the kingdom of God being a part of the new creation projects, of course each a new creation in Jesus ourselves. This new creation project projects itself into all of human culture and life, though we also know that only when Jesus returns will this new creation project be complete in covering everything and from there going on in a living, dynamic way, even as it does so now.

But yes, it must begin with each one of us through what Jesus has done for us. Amen to that, and may many more of us find our true humanity and identity in Jesus.

Halfmom, AKA, Susan said...

Just saying hello since I didn't really get to talk to you or Mrs Craver today!

Anonymous said...

GReat way of putting things. Using colors also acts as in rememberance.

Pete Juvinall said...

The green still continues to amaze me; that I have a God who corrects and teaches and transforms my dark heart is wonderful :).

david mcmahon said...

Hope you had a great Labor Day weekend and that we see some updates soon!

Craver Vii said...

And I hope you had a wonderful Father's Day, David! I linked to your "what makes me happy, from my common grace (luvely gardens) post because it seemed to fit the theme nicely.

There were lots of good eats this weekend. We had sunny days throughout. Surprisingly, I didn't fry my brains out, in the late summer's heat. But alas, now I'm back at the office and there us much work to ketchup on. I'm feeling a little dry on ideas, but I'll see what I can mustard, okay? Maybe I'll use Cuckoo's tag. She grilled me with fourteen questions.

L.L. Barkat said...

Diamonds. Grace is hard, but it sure is beautiful.

Even So... said...

With all those colors, I guess you could call it the Rainbow of Redemption...