Theology 101: God is God and I am not

12 Jan

“In a culture such as ours that values independent thinking and autonomy, it is often difficult for people to acknowledge the most basic principle of Theology 101: God is God and I am not. By virtue of the fact that he is the creator of the universe and all life within it, and in his ongoing role in sustaining all he has created, God’s authority extends to the spiritual and moral universe in which human beings live. John’s implicit claim that it is God himself who defines spiritual light and darkness is perhaps the foremost principle that seekers and converts to Christianity need to embrace. God is entitled to set the standards for human life and to judge each person according to those standards, whether or not they recognize his existence or authority. My role as a creature of God is to bend my will to his, to walk in the light as he has defined it, and to live with the moral consequences of my decisions. Without that fundamental understanding of God’s sovereign right over all human beings, one cannot truly know God, accept Christ, or have a mature spiritual nature.”

Karen H. Jobes, in Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament: 1, 2, & 3 John

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Posted by on January 12, 2017 in 1 John, Quotes, Theology


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