The Limitless Nature of God’s Grace – God’s grace is limitless and sufficient for all things.

Perhaps the hardest word in the entire New Testament to wrap our minds around is the infinitely wide one-syllable word grace. Defining it is not the problem. Succinctly put, grace is unmerited favor. Confining it is where we get into trouble. The truth is, we who are in Christ Jesus do not have a single challenge, need, temptation, desire, craving, conflict, sacrifice, gifting, relationship, or task where grace is limited. Further, there is no opportunity, opposition, action, or occupation where grace is ineffective. No category exists where grace is ill fit. No tank is big enough to leave grace in short supply. 
 
Grace is the divine means by which God makes Himself everything we need to utterly abound (2 Cor. 9:8). It is the medicine that heals our bitterness (Hebrews 12:15). It is the floor where fallen people can come to their feet and stand (Rom. 5:2). It is substance. It is sufficiency. It is joy and felicity. And here, in 2 Timothy 2:1, grace is strength. 
 
Paul used a vigorous word to express his command. To “be strong,” a present passive imperative, implies that Timothy was to keep on being empowered by God (2 Timothy 4:17; Eph 6:10; Phil 4:13; 1 Tim 1:12, where the same Greek word is used). The command demanded Timothy’s continuous active cooperation with God.
 
The quarry from which Timothy was to mine such strength was God’s grace made available in Christ Jesus.

Our tendency is to treat grace like an antibiotic. The moment we feel better, we twist the cap on tight and close the medicine cabinet on the divine supply. Soon we’re just getting by instead of abounding, and soon after that we’re drowning.

Our tendency is to treat grace like an antibiotic. The moment we feel better, we twist the cap on tight and close the medicine cabinet on the divine supply. Soon we’re just getting by instead of abounding, and soon after that we’re drowning. We can’t live like overcomers if we act under-graced. God’s astonishing favor is meant to run like a river through every artery of our lives, but, by His sovereign plan, His unhindered access requires a cooperative process. Life is hard. Trying to be strong apart from the grace that is in Christ Jesus can be as great a tragedy as the catalyst of our need. 
 
God specializes in granting strength in that exact area of weakness. Pause long enough to ask Him for a gush of grace from the endless spring of His provision. You have a provider who wants you to be more than a survivor. You’ve been entrusted with inexhaustible truth and supernatural gifting but all within the confines of borrowed time. Our days are short. Our lists are long. We need divine supply.

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A Christian mind? Mind of Christ – Apologetics about Christian mind – Renewing of your mind

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind (Romans 12:2)

‘Christianity is anti-science!’ That’s the story in much of the media and ‘educratic’ establishment anyway. But an increasing number of historians have shown that Christian principles were responsible for immense scientific and social advances. One recent book argued that the main contribution of Christianity was reason.1 This should not be surprising, since Jesus is called the logos, and His ‘greatest commandment’ included ‘loving God with all your … mind’ (Matthew 22:36–38)! 2

 

However, much of the Church in the West does not exactly ‘have the mind of Christ’ (1 Corinthians 2:16). Instead, many church members have fallen for the trap of ‘don’t mix religion and politics/science’.3 That is, rather than Christians having the mind of Christ all the time, this is reserved for Church; the rest of the week, their thinking (outside the areas of faith and morality) is hard to distinguish from that of atheists. The result has not been removal of religion, but the replacement of the Christian religion with the atheistic one. And more and more, atheists are trying to remove all Christian influence from the public eye.

We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5)

How can this be fought? By Christians realizing that the Christian mind and the non-Christian mind think about foundational things in diametrically opposed ways, or have different ‘worldviews’. While this term can be a cliché, Creation magazine has always been designed to strengthen the Christian worldview. And this means being ready to ‘give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have’ (1 Peter 3:15) and to ‘destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ’ (2 Corinthians 10:5).

In this issue, we have an interview with a leading expert on the Christian worldview, philosopher Dr Darrell Fur­gason (pp. 52–55). Even while the media elite were infatuated with the brutal atheistic Soviet Union , Dr Furgason was astute enough to identify Islam as an even bigger danger.

Our other interview is with brain expert Dr Peter Line (pp. 20–25), who informs us of the incredible complexity of the organ in our skulls. This is crucial in the battle of the minds, since it concerns whether a mind can even exist! That is, if our thoughts were merely the accidental by-product of the movement of atoms in our brains, then that would be true of the thoughts of atheists as well. But then their thoughts about atheism would also be the result of random motions of atoms, so why should anyone trust them to be true? Evolution would select for survival advantage, not truth.

A well-equipped Christian mind should also be prepared to answer the challenges of the day. Every issue of Creation magazine stays up-to-date in this way. For example, ‘radiocarbon dating disproves the biblical timescale’; no, it is rather a mortal enemy of billions of years (pp. 26–27). ‘Experiments have shown how life could have formed itself’; see how real chemistry refutes this pipe-dream (pp. 41–43). ‘Genesis comes from pagan myths’; see how the design of the Ark points to Genesis as the origin and the myths as the distortion (pp. 12–17). Conversely, we point out the tragic losses to the Church from those who never had a Christian mind despite a church upbringing, e.g. Raymond Dart, who wrongly thought that he had found the ‘missing link’ (pp. 36–40).

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