Whoah!

Every now and then, I read something that makes me go… whoah!…in a good way. Here’s something from the great Jim McGuiggan that gave me that reaction. Those of you know Jim, know that he is very much a grace guy…but he’s also a wrath guy. He’s a God guy. That’s what makes his sermons and writings so wonderful. Here’s Jim on a bit of a wrath day…though he would say, as Barth did…that God’s wrath is the back side of God’s grace.

Is
the modern situation bad, as it was in Jeremiah’s day? And what should
our response be in the face of all this? Judah’s response is remarkable
(4:29-31)! Panic is everywhere and instead of submissively going out to
face the deserved judgment of God (as Jeremiah will later urge), Judah
dolls herself up like a brazen hooker and goes out to face the
invaders. No wonder God said: “I’m tired of changing my mind! This time
I’ll do it!”

No
claim to apostolic authority, no claim to prophetic giftedness or
special election or obvious “success” is a substitute for knowing God.
To the people we know where his chosen God had this to
say (9:23-24): “Do not let the wise boast in their wisdom, do not let
the mighty boast in their might, do not let the wealthy boast in their
wealth; but let those who boast boast in this, that they understand and
know me, that I am the Lord; I act with steadfast love, justice and
righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight.” To some
Jesus said something alarming (Matthew 7:23). "Your miracles, your
prophecies, your good works, your orthodoxy, your…mean nothing to me.
Leave! I never knew you."

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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