This morning I was thinking of the mindset of a child, specifically a teen-age child. His mindset and worldview is so very limited and yet he arrogantly thinks he knows it all, he knows what is best for him, he doesn’t need an adult to tell him anything.
Just walk into any book store, Barnes and Noble for instance, and consider the plethora of books and magazines on their shelves. In addition they can tap into a catalog of millions,. Can any one person know it all?
Nearly every city has its own newspaper. Books, magazines and newspapers, the stuff of life for most people of my generation. The local newspaper of the small town of 500 that I grew up near, wrote about who visited who over the week-end, about the people who met at the cemetery to celebrate Memorial Day, and of upcoming events one must be sure to attend; such as the Democrats marching down main street in support of Harry Truman. Now that last one makes me older than dirt, for sure, LOL!
If that doesn’t stretch your imagination… How about the Library of Congress? That vast collection boggles the imagination.
People have a need to know and others have a need to make known. Oh, how a person’s worldview affects his life here on earth, but not only on earth but also for all eternity. God hates pride, it is what started the archangel Lucifer on the path to destruction and those who belong to the Kingdom of darkness reflect his fallen nature. On the other hand, God loves the humble.
Corrie ten Boom, the Dutch author of “The Hiding Place”, once said that God has a “microscope and a telescope interest in us”. The creator God in His vastness, that goes beyond human thinking or understanding, has all knowledge. He knows us and, wonder of it all, loves us still. It is that love that caused Him to make a way for mankind to come to Him over the bridge of His Son’s sacrifice. John 3:16
I was just thinking of the verse found in John 21:25…”And there are also many other things which Jesus did the which, if they should be written everyone, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.”
Stretching the imagination helps to put things in perspective. How big is God? How small are human beings? Consider the vast array of books on any subject you can imagine and then consider the Apostle John’s statement above.
I have over 30 books on Heaven and Hell in my library. Several authors have spoken of seeing books of many kinds in Heaven. The most important book of all is the Book of Life. God keeps that special book for the final judgment. At that time it will be opened and if your name is not there your judgment is sealed, for all eternity you will have no part in God’s Heaven. One author called that book, “The Family Album”.
One person who was permitted to see Heaven, was taken to a huge building that housed many books, all of them with a person’s name on them. He was allowed to look at the patriarch Abraham’s book. He paged through it looking for the incident where Abraham told Sarah to say she was his sister to save his own neck from the people of the land he had run to. He was told by Jesus that He didn’t know what he was talking about. It was not in the book.
Under the Abrahamic covenant sin was removed by animal sacrifice, under the covenant in Jesus blood sin is removed by confession and receiving Jesus sacrifice as the substitute our sin. I become the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ.
A righteous man’s sin is atoned for by Jesus blood and righteousness, not his own, even the old testament saints had the opportunity to hear the gospel when Jesus went to the place called Sheol and preached to them before taking them to Heaven with Him. Psalm 68:18 Matthew 27:52-53 Luke 24:50-51 John 1:12-13 Acts 1:3; 11
Doesn’t it say in I John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”? Would it not be unjust to remember our sins, write them down in a book, only to judge something that we already repented of? Why then do we allow guilt, shame and condemnation to come upon us and torment us when sin has already been confessed and forgiven? It ought not to be. Acts 3:19 Consider the source of such torment and resist it in Jesus name. James 4:7
Before we came to this Earth, God wrote down in a book all of our days “when as yet there was none of them”. Psalm 139:16
Several people who have been to Heaven have seen “recording angels”. Everything is written down in books…according to their witness. What is written in your book? We will be judged by what is in the book. This is the works judgment for rewards not for salvation. Salvation is in the “Book of Life” and it is only through Jesus, there is no other way. Acts 4:12 Daniel 7:10
God loves us. He is for us and not against us. He truly knows what is best for us and yet has given us a free will. We can choose our path through life. Hopefully, as a child grows into a mature adult, he will also grow in humility. After all Jesus said to enter the Kingdom of Heaven you have to be like a little child. I think He means you have to be humble and trusting like a little child. There is no place for the arrogance or rebellion of the teen years there. Matthew 5:20; 7:21; 18:3
Revelation 20:12 “And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. and another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.”
Since these things be true, what manner of men must we be, living in holiness, righteousness, freedom, love, peace and joy. Amen!