The Image of God and the Keys to Creation

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While on a recent trip to Baltimore, I checked “go to a baseball game at Camden Yards” off of my bucket list. This ballpark, the home of Major League Baseball’s Baltimore Orioles, is one of the most iconic stadiums in America. One of its unique features is a bronze statue of Baltimore native and baseball great Babe Ruth.

Ruth was raised in Baltimore and experienced a particularly harsh upbringing, and so the statue is named “Babe’s Dream” because the artist wanted to depict his dream of one day escaping his childhood and playing in the big leagues. There he stands, gazing off into the future, cleats on his feet and a bat in his hand, dreaming of the day when he will escape the shackles of his life. It’s a beautiful piece of art, really. But the sculpture is merely an image of Ruth, an inexact representation of who and what he really was. READ MORE

Spurgeon: God Devised the Plan of Salvation

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In the belly of a great fish, Jonah learned this great little bit of theology:

“Salvation is of the Lord.”
(Jonah 2:9)

On this verse, Charles Spurgeon expounds:

The plan of salvation is entirely of God. No human intellect and no created intelligence assisted God in the planning of salvation. He contrived the way, even as He Himself carried it out. The plan of salvation was devised before the existence of angels.

Before the day-star flung its ray across the darkness, when as yet the unnavigated ether had not been fanned by the wing of seraph, and when the solemnity of silence had never been disturbed by the song of angel, God had devised a way whereby He might save man, whom He foresaw would fall.

He did not create angels to consult with them. No, of Himself He did it.

We might truly ask the question, “With whom took He counsel? Who instructed Him, when He planned the great architecture of the temple of mercy? With whom took He counsel when He dug the deeps of love, that out of them there might well up springs of salvation? Who aided Him?”

None. He himself, alone, did it.

In fact, if angels had then been in existence, they could not have assisted God. For I can well suppose that if a solemn conclave of those spirits had been held, if God had put to them this question: “Man will rebel. I declare I will punish. My justice, inflexible and severe, demands that I should do so. But yet I intend to have mercy.”

If He had put the question to the celestial squadrons of mighty ones, ‘How can those things be? How can justice have its demands fulfilled, and how can mercy reign?’ the angels would have sat in silence until now. They could not have dictated the plan. It would have surpassed angelic intellect to have conceived the way whereby righteousness and peace should meet together, and judgment and mercy should kiss each other. God devised it, because without God it could not have been devised.

It is a plan too splendid to have been the product of any mind except of that mind which afterward carried it out. “Salvation” is older than creation. It is “of the Lord.”

Adapted from Charles Spurgeon’s sermon “Salvation of the Lord,” delivered on May 10, 1857. You can read this sermon and many others at Blue Letter Bible.

Introducing: New Audio Content from Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile

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The Blue Letter Bible audio commentaries get around 20,000 listens per day. The reason we offer this great listening tool is that BLB users are constantly looking for more ways to study the Bible on the go. We are encouraged by that! And so, the … READ MORE

7 Ways You Can Pray for the Persecuted

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When members of the body of Christ suffer, the whole body suffers together (1 Cor 12:26). Even if we are geographically removed from those being persecuted, we can still draw near to them spiritually: "Remember the prisoners, as though in prison … READ MORE

Have a Theology Question?

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Do you have a theology question? Perhaps you have a question about the doctrine of the Trinity? Or about the role of Satan? Or what the Bible says about heaven and hell? Or maybe you have a question related to the Bible and science? Blue … READ MORE