It’s another lunch day and as interesting as life would have it, whilst yesterday’s lunch-mate was my colleague, this round was with Chris, my TEE classmate. Whilst yesterday’s lunch-topic was theology, this round was biblical studies.
Chris owns UBSD Distribution, a book distribution company, and I just picked up from him a copy of Alister McGrath’s Christian Theology. It’s about time since I have ordered it quite a few months ago and what more, my assignments on Christian Theology will be due in no time!
Other than conversing about the papers we took, we talked about our experience in researching, getting materials, the encounters we had with the different lecturers; we also asked the whys and wherefores of studying and going the scholarly route of our Christian walk with God.
At times when we face the frustrations of cracking our heads to understand the theological and biblical mysteries, cracking our budget to get more books and burning dry our midnight oil to complete the assignments, not to mention sacrificing the little time we have with our family as a result, we do wonder what for.
But it is a sacrifice some of us are willing to make, especially if we preach and teach the Word. If we look at the diagrams I have created below, it is pretty clear that it is pertinent we expand what we know about what we belief, in the right way and in the right mind.
My favourite verse on this is definitely and always will be 2 Tim 2:7, “Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything. ” To gain understanding, we must first consider it, grapple with it, wrestle with it and agonise over it. It takes time and it takes considerable effort but it is well worth it. Imagine the size of the green-box you will bring to heaven!
These verses I found in 2 Peter is very timely. The green-box seems to be in v.11!
2 Peter 1:4-11
4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. 5 Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, 6 and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, 7 and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. 8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins. 10 Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; 11 for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.
I have yet to study these verses to find out more of its gems and treasures of truth. Now I will have something to work on … on top of a whole of other “somethings” that is, but work on it I will.
p/s it was not planned but looks like it is a good week with 3 "good" posts in a row! That is something worth celebrating for. Hallelujah!