Sermon Quotes: "To Behold His Face"

"What is being described is a situation where the fabric of society and presumably the religious life of the community are being undermined. Moral and spiritual values are at stake. The upright in heart and all that they stand for are under attack by the wicked."
Robert Davidson

"All the old certainties are gone, nothing is secure and stable; you can’t tell how things will be from one day to another-and there’s nothing you could have done about it." Alec Motyer

"More than fifty years ago the great Bible teacher Arno C. Gaebelein called this ‘the burning question of our day.’ But if that was so in 1939, when his study was copyrighted, it is a thousand times more true today. What shall we do when the laws are not upheld, when morality is undermined and evil sweeps unchecked? What shall we do when the Bible is undermined and its teachings disregarded-when even churchmen seem to support the rising tide of secularism?" James Boice

"Ours is a generation adrift on the high seas of technological innovation but bereft of rudder or compass. The religious norms, the moral beliefs, the cultural expectations that once provided some sense of order and propriety in society have all but disappeared." David Wells

"However much the world may hate and persecute us, we ought nevertheless to continue steadfast at our post…" John Calvin

"The revelation of the Name is a supreme act of God’s grace, making himself accessible and knowable, making himself Israel’s God." Richard Bauckham

"The point is that the faithful fix their confidence on the heavenly sovereign and his plans, and not on earthly, human institutions." Allen Ross

“How, then, should the love of God and the wrath of God be understood to relate to each other? One evangelical cliché has it that God hates the sin but loves the sinner. There is a small element of truth in these words: God has nothing but hate for sin, but it would be wrong to conclude that God has nothing but hate for the sinner. A difference must be maintained between God’s view of sin and his view of the sinner. Nevertheless the cliché (God hates the sin but loves the sinner) is false on the face of it and should be abandoned. Fourteen times in the first fifty psalms alone, we are told that God hates the sinner, his wrath is on the liar, and so forth. In the Bible, the wrath of God rests both on the sin (Rom. 1:18) and on the sinner (John 3:36)…Normally we do not think that a wrathful person is loving. But this is not the way it is with God. God’s wrath is not an implacable, blind rage. However emotional it may be, it is an entirely reasonable and willed response to offenses against his holiness. But his love wells up amidst his perfections and is not generated by the loveliness of the loved. Thus there is nothing intrinsically impossible about wrath and love being directed toward the same individual or people at the same time. God in his perfections must be wrathful against his rebel image-bearers, for they have offended him; God in his perfections must be loving toward his rebel image-bearers, for his is that kind of God.” D.A. Carson

“If the first line of the psalm showed where the believer’s safety lies, the last line shows where his heart should be. God as ‘refuge’ may be sought from motives that are too self-regarding; but to behold his face is a goal in which only love has any interest. The psalmists knew the experience of seeing God with the inward eye in worship (e.g. 27:4;63:2); but there is little doubt that they were led to look beyond this to an unmediated vision when they would be ransomed and awakened from death ‘to behold his face in righteousness.’” Derek Kidner