Great Quotes

CHBC: This Sunday, August 4, 2012 we will be hearing from Revelation 6:1-8, “Jesus Christ: the Author of Calamity.” Due to time constraints, I cannot include all the quotes that I would have liked to have included. Here are a few quotes that did not make the cut, but are worth your time.

They (men) suppose that His omnipotence is such an idle fiction that Satan is thwarting His designs on every side. They think that if He has formed any plan or purpose at all, then it must be like theirs, constantly subject to change. They openly declare that whatever power He possesses must be restricted, lest He invade the citadel of man’s ‘free will’ and reduce Him to a ‘machine.’ They lower the all-efficacious Atonement, which has actually redeemed everyone for whom it was made, to a mere ‘remedy,’ which sin-sick souls may use if they feel disposed to … The ‘god’ of this twentieth century no more resembles the Supreme Sovereign of Holy Writ than does the dim flickering of a candle the glory of the midday sun … A ‘god’ whose will is resisted, whose designs are frustrated, whose purpose is checkmated, possess not title to Deity, and so far from being a fit object of worship, merits naught but contempt.” (A.W. Pink, The Attributes of God)

Charles Haddon Spurgeon in a sermon on Matthew 24:15 said, “There is no attribute more comforting to His children than that of God’s sovereignty. Under the most adverse circumstance, in the most severe trials, they believe that Sovereignty has ordained their afflictions, that Sovereignty overrules them, and that Sovereignty will sanctify them all. There is nothing for which the children ought more earnestly to content than the doctrine of their Master over all of creation—the Kingship of God over all the works of His own hands—the Throne of God and His right to sit upon that Throne. On the one hand, there is no doctrine more hated by worldlings, no truth of which they have made such a football, as the great, stupendous, but yet most certain doctrine of the Sovereignty of the infinite Jehovah. Men will allow God to be everywhere except on His throne. They will allow Him to be in His workshop to fashion worlds and make stars. They will allow Him to be in His almonry to dispense His alms and bestow His bounties. They will allow Him to sustain the earth and bear up the pillars thereof, or light the lamps of heaven, or rule the waves of the ever-moving ocean; but when God ascends His throne, His creatures gnash their teeth. And we proclaim an enthroned God, and His right to do as He will with His own, to dispose of His creatures as He thinks well, without consulting them in the matter; then it is that we are hissed and execrated, and then it is that men turn a deaf ear to us, for God on His throne is not the God they love. But it is God upon His throne that we love to preach. It is God upon His throne whom we trust.”

Now for something different … lol. As you know, I have been driving home the point that we must understand that we are dealing with apocalyptic literature. The Book of Revelation must be interpreted inside of its own genre. Therefore, we must be reminded again and again that we are dealing with highly metaphorical language. And here is why.

Stephen Asma in his short, satirical, and somewhat hilarious book (if you can laugh at yourself), How To Survive the Apocalypse, states “The first horseman arrives when Jesus, who’s morphed into a lamb at this point, breaks the first seal on a giant end-of-the-world book (Rev. 6:1-8).” It’s not clear how he actually breaks the seal, since ungulates (lambs) don’t have hands. One suspects that the lamb will have to chew it off or nudge it off with its nose, and that means extra time for your get away. The awkward scene of a lamb-Jesus chewing off a book seal might draw you in, but don’t tarry–the horsemen are quick to follow.”

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