Friday, May 30, 2014

+DEV+ Life through Theology

Date: May 30, 2014 1:02 AM
Topic: +DEV+  Life through Theology

Life through Theology

"For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him." John 17:2

Scripture Focus: John 17, 18

Many Christians think theology (the study of God) is just for pastors and scholars. They think it is some lofty way to think about God with little practical value for the rest of us. Nothing is farther from the truth! Sound, Bible-based theology becomes beneficial to our everyday lives not in the facts we may accumulate, but when what we learn about God inspires us to worship and love Him more. When we know what we believe, it shapes who we are and how we behave day in and day out. Consider the rich theology in today's verse. 

The Father gave the Son authority over all people, and He gave the Son the authority to give eternal life to those whom the Father particularly gave Him (John 17:2, 20). Paul expands on this by saying that God was working this salvation for us in eternity past, for "He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight" and has given us the Holy Spirit as a promise of His continued work in us (Ephesians 1:4,13). That's good theology!

Insight: Theology, done rightly, always leads us to worship the Lord, either for who He is or for what  He has done.

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