Becoming a Priest of Nature

B. M. Palmer has a great thought in his first chapter of his Theology of Prayer. He writes, ““Upon this soul is stamped the seal of divine attributes. In his intelligence man dimly reflects the divine wisdom; in his affections, the divine benevolence; in his conscience, the divine rectitude; in his will, the divine power. Such a being can find his true sphere only in God. All these endowments point to that august source from which they are derived, as the only goal to which they aspire; and the comprehensive act in which they all embark is the homage of an intelligent and eternal worship. To this end was man invested with ‘dominion over the works of God’s hands,’ that, as the priest of nature, he might walk through the aisles of her vast cathedral, and lead the whole choir of earth in chants of thanksgiving and joy. It is his office to gather the inarticulate praises of this dumb world into his censer, investing them with his own intelligence and thought, and lighting them at the fire of his own devotion; and then, as the voice of nature, to pour the flood of praise forever upon Him who has created all for His glory.”

May we continually look for more incense to put in our censers to offer to the One who made us for His glory.

Contempt for Marriage, Infanticide and Moral Disintegration

I read a quote from David L. Breed’s A History of the Preparation of the World For Christ, and I could not help but see the parallels to this world and particularly America. Although he makes a distinction between infanticide and killing of the unborn in this quote, the only difference really is the location of the infant as outside or inside the womb.

Writing in 1893 Breed says, “Marriage had fallen into deeper and deeper contempt. The freedom of single life was preferred by both sexes. Seneca went so far as to affirm that marriage was only contracted in order that adultery might afford additional charm, and declared that whoever had no love affairs was to be despised. Unnatural vices prevailed . . . In such a state of society, even if marriages were celebrated, the children were few in number. They were not welcomed when they appeared. As there was no sense of the sacredness of human life infanticide was commonly practiced. The destruction of unborn children was even more practised [sic] than infanticide, and not only did moral disintegration ensue in the destruction of family life, but the very foundations of the state were undermined in the decrease of the native population.” David R. Breed, quoted in the Undercover Revolution by Iain Murray, Banner of Truth Publishers

May God open our eyes and help us to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to this world sick with sin. May He give us grace to live blamelessly and innocently as children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom we appear as lights in the world.

The Names of Jesus Christ

“The very sound of His name gladdens the hearts of them that believe. He is called by a variety of names, to set forth that variety of excellencies which meet in Him.” John Fawcett, Christ Precious

He is the Advocate (1 John 2:1)

He is the Almighty (Rev 1:8)

He is Alpha & Omega (Rev 1:8)

He is the Amen (Rev 3:14)

He is the Angel of the Covenant (Mal 3:1)

He is the Apostle and High Priest of Our Profession (Heb 3:1)

He is the Author and Finisher of our Faith (Heb 12:1-2)

He is the Author of Life (Acts 3:15)

He is the Author of Salvation (Heb 2:10)

He is the Beginning and the End (Rev 22:13)

He is the Beloved of God (Eph 1:6)

He is the Branch (Isa 4:2; Zech 3:8)

He is the Bread of God (John 6:33)

He is the Bread of Life (John 6:35, 48)

He is the Bridegroom (Luke 5:34)

He is the Bright Morning Star (Rev 22:16)

He is a Carpenter (Mark 6:3)

He is the Chief Cornerstone (Eph 2:20; 1 Peter 2:6)

He is the Chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:4)

He is the Christ (Matt 1:1)

He is the Creator of All Things (Col 1:16-17; John 1:3)

He is the Dayspring (Luke 1:78) “Sunrise”

He is the Door (John 10:9)

He is Faithful (Rev 19:11)

He is the faithful Witness (Rev 1:5)

He is the Father of Eternity (Isa 9:6) “Eternal Father”

He is the First and Last (Rev 1:17, 22:13)

He is the Firstborn from the dead (Rev 1:5)

He is the Firstborn over all creation (Col 1:15)

He is God (Hebrews 1:8)

He is the Great God (Titus 2:13)

He is the Good Shepherd (John 10:11, 14)

He is the Great Shepherd (Heb 13:20)

He is the Head of the Church (Eph 1:22)

He is the Heir of all things (Heb 1:2)

He is the High Priest (Heb 4:15)

He is the Holy One (Acts 3:14)

He is the “I AM” (John 8:58; Ex 3:14-15)

He is the Image of the Invisible God (Heb 1:2)

He is Immanuel (Matt 1:23) “God with us”

He is the Judge of every man (Acts 10:42)

He is the Just One (Acts 7:52) “righteous”

He is the King of the Ages (1 Timothy 1:17) “King eternal”

He is the King of Kings (Rev 19:16)

He is the King of the Jews (Matt 27:37)

He is the Lamb of God (John 1:29)

He is the Life (John 14:6)

He is the Light of the World (John 8:12; 9:5; 12:46)

He is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Rev 5:5)

He is the Lord (John 13:13)

He is the Lord of All (Acts 10:36)

He is the Lord of Glory (1 Cor 2:8)

He is the Lord of lords (1 Tim 6:15; Rev 19:16)

He is a Man of Sorrows (Isa 53:3)

He is the Mediator between God and man (1 Tim 2:5)

He is the Messenger/Angel of the Covenant (Mal 3:1)

He is the Messiah (John 1:41) “Anointed One”

He is the Mighty God (Isa 9:6)

He is the Nazarene (Matt 2:23)

He is the Only Begotten Son (John 3:16; 1 John 4:9)

He is our Passover (1 Cor 5:7)

He is the Prince of Peace (Isa 9:6)

He is the Prophet (Deut 18:18; John 6:14; 7:40)

He is the Propitiation for our sins (1 John 2:1)

He is our Ransom (1 Tim 2:6)

He is the Redeemer (Isa 44:6)

He is the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25)

He is the Righteous (1 John 2:1)

He is the Rock (1 Cor 10:4)

He is the Root and Offspring of David (Rev 22:16)

He is the Savior (Luke 2:11; Acts 5:31, 13:23; Titus 2:13)

He is the Seed of the Woman (Gen 3:15)

He is the Seed of Abraham (Gal 3:16, 19)

He is the Servant (Acts 4:30)

He is the Shepherd and Overseer of our Souls (1 Peter 2:25)

He is the Son of the Blessed (Mark 14:62)

He is the Son of David (Matthew 1:1, 9:27, 12:23)

He is the Son of God (Mark 1:1)

He is the Son of the Highest (Luke 1:32)

He is the Son of Man (Matt 20:28)

He is the Son of Mary (Mark 6:3)

He is the Teacher (John 13:13)

He is the Truth (John 14:6)

He is True (Rev 19:11)

He is the True Light (John 1:9)

He is the True Vine (John 15:1)

He is the The Way (John 14:6)

He is the Wisdom (1 Cor. 1:24, 30)

He is the Wonderful Counselor (Isa 9:6)

He is the Word of God (John 1:1)

He is Yahweh (John 12:37-41; Isa 6:1-13)

The “Grandeur of Missionary Labors”

What am I living for?  That is what this quote from Charles Hodge in its context has always challenged me to consider. He had listened to William Carey’s companion William Ward speak at Princeton Seminary. The next day he remarked, “I never felt the importance and grandeur of missionary labors as I did last evening.  I could not help looking around the congregation and asking myself, “What are these people living for?”  Granting that each should attain his most elevated object, what would it all amount to?  Then, looking at these men in India, giving the Bible to so many millions, which I know can never be in vain, I see them opening a perennial fountain, which, when they are dead for ages, will still afford eternal life to millions.”  Princeton Seminary, vol. 2, 140

May God give us grace to live and give His eternal truth to those who have not heard it.