Immortal God: The Only Lawgiver and Judge

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“With God are wisdom and might;  he has counsel and understanding. -Job 12”13

For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; -Proverbs 2:6

It could be easy to forget who God really is and hear this as though He was a source of understanding and wisdom, a guru, a prophet, a wise elder. For each of us, there is someone wiser, more experienced, more knowledgeable than us who we turn to for advice or guidance, from whom we get wisdom and understanding. But these humans are just a conduit. They are not an ultimate source. They have been given more than us or they have learned it sooner than us, but wisdom and understanding do not issue from them as a primary source. Only God is the source. God does not attain wisdom and understanding, they come from him, they originate in him.

The desire to be like God, to determine good and evil from within ourselves, is the cause of all death and all chaos

Wisdom, or in other words the discernment of what is right and what is wrong, comes only from God, who determines truth and morality in his person, in his own nature, a power that belongs to him and no other

There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor? James 4:12

The desire to take this power for ourselves, the arrogance to even imagine this is possible, is the definition of foolishness. To attempt to be wise in our own eyes, to lean on our own limited understanding and hold God accountable to our judgment is the original temptation, it goes all the way back to the garden.

But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. -Genesis 3:4-6

The desire to be like God, to determine good and evil from within ourselves, to decide it for others from our own wisdom, is the cause of all death and all chaos. It is what causes man to seek to play God by claiming dominion over other one another, but no created thing can ever determine what is right or wrong. Our ability to do so is always derivative, always conditional upon what He has already commanded.

To acknowledge God as the source, the ultimate, primary, issuing source, of all wisdom, all understanding, all reality, is to fear him. It is the wisest and most rational position for any created being to assume. To deny reality itself by trying to take for ourselves a position only possible for God is truly the fullest possible expression of foolishness.

Our ability to determine good and evil is always derivative, always conditional 

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world,[g] in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. - Romans 1:18-23

posted by Daily,
November 02 18

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