“Every Christian is a Theologian”

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The Bible makes it very clear that every true believer is a theologian; that is, he’s a student of Theology, a true child of God (John 17:3). However, he is must be either a growing one (2 Peter 3:18), or a lazy one (Hebrews 5:12-14).

Now, lazy theologians are often heard uttering staements like the following, “Oh, I am not a theologian, my faith is just a simple one.” Supposedly, on the face of it, this type of argumentation appears to be stock full of humility, but when it’s tested by Scripture, it falls apart at the seams (Hosea 4:6)! Why? Because it tries to make noble that which the apostle Peter so seriously warned against, when he said, “...the unstable and untaught distort, ...the Scriptures to their own destruction” (2 Peter 3:16). Such individuals are content to merely profess Christianity, rather than evidence a vital and intimate walk with the living God (1 Peter 2:2). They love literature that promotes carnal Christianity, and “Chicken Soup for the perpetually-backslidden soul.”  However, Christians that are growing at something significantly more than a microscopic snail’s pace, are hungry students of God (Philippians 3:10). The hallmark of such believers is that they experience their theology (John 14:1). They see doctrine and devotion as being inseparable friends and are thereby determined to live experiential Christian lives (Rom 6:17-18). Subsequently, they learn to discover deeper truths from God’s Word, which assists them in their daily walk with the Lord. Soon afterward, formerly unknown or untouchable doctrines like God’s eternal decree (Ephesians 1:11), common grace (Matt 5:43-45), and especially, that wonderful doctrine of God’s providence (Ecclesiastes 3:1-14), become some of their most treasured possessions. In fact, the latter, God’s providence, becomes to them possibly the most practical for living their daily Christian life! Further, they learn that “providence” means, “to see beforehand.” In our lives we plan beforehand, but cannot see what lies around the corner. God, however, has planned everything for His creation, and because he is absolutely sovereign, everything will come to pass just as He has planned (Isaiah 46:9-10). Therefore, they view theology as highly practical. and the doctrine of providence in particular, as most helpful in understanding the world around them. Dear friends, let us never forget that we worship the only true and living God, who is simultaneously transcendent (above His world) and immanent (intimately involved with His world). And, our only proper response to Him - is Worship! O that we may we be found tomorrow morning in a Church that offers Him true worship, “…in spirit, and in truth” (John 4:24)!!

 

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