O God, stamp eternity on my eyeballs…
Salvation in Full Color (Supposition)
January 13, 2011Posted by on
There is a powerful relationship between what a person
1) thinks (views) of GOD,
2) thinks (views) of himself,
3) thinks of sin, and,
4) thinks of salvation.
1) A Right View of GOD
Many tolerate a wrong view which is radically lower than how He reveals Himself to us in His scriptures. GOD describes Himself as,
“I am that I am” (Exodus 3:14),
“I change not” (Malachi 3:6),
“I am Holy” (1 Peter 1:16),
“I fill Heaven and earth” (Jeremiah 23:24),
“I will do all my pleasure” (Isaiah 46:10),
“I know thy works” (Revelation 2:2), and
“I will ease Me of mine adversaries” (Isaiah 1:24).
He never portrays Himself as soft on sin, loving those who are perpetually unrepentant, or compares Himself to man or insist that our thoughts are His. GOD insists on our need for Him, that we conform to His ways and is as full of indignation towards sinners as the days of Noah and the flood which destroyed all of mankind.
The meek and gentle Jesus is just the same in Matthew 23:23-33, Matthew 11:21-24.
2) A Right View of Self
A wrong view of GOD elicits a wrong view of self. Every person who maintains a view of GOD as is set forth in the Bible is forced into a correspondingly low view of self. There is no other way. If GOD is, in fact, ultimately high, lofty, exalted then we are low, humble and shaded in comparison. Only what He provides is good enough. No man can be great in his own eyes when his own eyes are fixed on the high and lofty one, whose name is holy. Conversely, a degraded view of GOD promotes an inordinately high view of self – pride. There is no motivation for humility in this regard. Great and heinous sins spring from this pride. “There is no Fear of GOD before their eyes…”(Romans 3:18).
Pride is both the “breeder sin”, as suggested above and the “barrier sin”. It constructs insurmountable walls between prideful man and prideful man, prideful man and humble saints and prideful man and The Holy GOD (Point 3 and 4 to be continued…).
(Please note that this is a summary of the actual writings of Richard Owen Roberts from the book Salvation in Full Color. I am merely trying to build the case for this glorious yet forgotten and neglected doctrine of Salvation that Dear Richard Owen Roberts is asserting in this book.)