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Due to the substantial blogging deficit facing Americans today, I thought it proper to at least update you on a few things.

I’ve gained maybe 5 pounds, I’m only on my 5th book, still don’t have a motorcycle, and my days seem busier than ever. BUT, I have gotten my spending under control (somewhat) and school is doing a fine job at kicking my butt. I still plan to go to Boyce, but I’m still learning. God is still good (duh) and is still sovereign (duh).

“How anybody walks through this devil-ruled world without a sword in their hand is beyond me.”

-John Piper

If then there is something in me that may please you, may it be my consistency. My God, our Saviour, who remains from the beginning of the age, and shall even beyond it’s time, draws me toward this character. My promise is to be consistent in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against these, we know, there is no law, nor is there, or ever will be, anything that might hinder this.

As I lay in my bed Saturday night, listening to the shuffling of my highly inebriated aunt and my slightly less intoxicated mother, father, another aunt, and my uncle as they belt out (sometimes quite literally) unharmonious symphonies of their favorite songs from their youth a million years ago, I began to think about my life. 

I quickly found myself assuming total sympathy and regard for my state. I have it the hardest. I’m broke. I’m sick. I’m lonely. Because I am first-person limited, it was easy to slip into the state of mind that I am the most important person in the world, nay, the universe. 

Beware of this, little children, lest you truly believe it and fall in love with yourself, which could be dangerous.

Perhaps the best argument (I’ve heard) for the deity of Jesus is that of the necessity of the Trinity.

Therefore as God with perfect clearness, fullness and strength, understands Himself, views His own essence (in which there is no distinction of substance and act but which is wholly substance and wholly act), that idea which God hath of Himself is absolutely Himself. This representation of the Divine nature and essence is the Divine nature and essence again: so that by God’s thinking of the Deity must certainly be generated. Hereby there is another person begotten, there is another Infinite Eternal Almighty and most holy and the same God, the very same Divine nature. 

And this Person is the second person in the Trinity, the Only Begotten and dearly Beloved Son of God; He is the eternal, necessary, perfect, substantial and personal idea which God hath of Himself; and that it is so seems to me to be abundantly confirmed by the Word of God.

The Godhead being thus begotten by God’s loving an idea of Himself and shewing forth in a distinct subsistence or person in that idea, there proceeds a most pure act, and an infinitely holy and sacred energy arises between the Father and Son in mutually loving and delighting in each other, for their love and joy is mutual, (Prov. 8:30) “I was daily His delight rejoicing always before Him.” This is the eternal and most perfect and essential act of the Divine nature, wherein the Godhead acts to an infinite degree and in the most perfect manner possible. The Deity becomes all act, the Divine essence itself flows out and is as it were breathed forth in love and joy. So that the Godhead therein stands forth in yet another manner of subsistence, and there proceeds the third Person in the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, viz., the Deity in act, for there is no other act but the act of the will.

He must be triune! Therefore, we must have another embodiment of God’s essence (His virtue, nature, attributes, etc.), which, by the aid of many sources (historical, archaeological, etc.), we can reason to be Jesus.

 

Check out these works on the Trinity:

Jonathan Edward’s Unpublished Essay on the Trinity (which I quoted above) FREE!!!
C.S. Lewis’s Beyond Personality
Daniel Fuller’s The Unity of the Bible (Which, in one chapter, often quotes both authors) 

I’ve spent $200 on gas, $400 on useless, unecessary, miscellanious items, and over $500 on food (this includes starbucks, too). That’s about half of my income. And that’s a sin.

As I’m reading through the wanderings of Israel in the Old Testament and, subsequently, God’s dealings with them, I am struck with a sense with which I am at a loss to both control and explain. Get this: I find myself, at often times, siding with the Jews! I want to defend them, justify their ignorance, and even accuse God! I am in no state to be doing so, but I can’t shake the fact that God could kill a generation for their rebellion against entering a piece of land and not think it to be a little extreme (I know, I know. I’ve read Romans 9:10). Obedience to an all-powerful, all-knowing, even all-loving God is crucial, but what I know of grace, tells me that I have it good. It also tells me that I am (or think I am) taking advantage of God’s goodness. I’m reminded of Paul’s words in Romans 6:1. 

I think God is about to show me something big…

It takes continual repentance on my part and I must preach the gospel to myself everyday, because by the time I fall asleep tonight, I will have already forgotten it.

This book is the epitimy of Romans 1:18-32