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go ahead and grab your bibles turn to romans chapter 11. if you don’t have a bible there’s a hard cover one right in front of you if you use that bible you can find the passenger page 920 if you don’t have a bible you’re free to take that one with you this morning before we get started i just want to say thank you to all of you who were praying and encouraging our family as we were up for jackie’s surgery this past week um just wanted to update you since we prayed for it last sunday so so we’re here she’s here new heart valve in place um and so we’re just praying now going forward that the valve works the way it’s supposed to and she starts feeling better because of that so we just want to say thank you for your prayers support calls texts all of that over the last week or so so the lord is good and you know the story so we’re thankful to be in this place um with the new valve there now we’re gonna start off um a little bit differently this morning so what we’re gonna do in just a minute i’m gonna have you close your eyes and we’re gonna spend 30 seconds in silence which weirds us out i know 30 seconds in silence but you’re going to be thinking about something a question that i’m going to ask okay so we’re trying to get rid of the visual stimuli and all the distractions so go ahead and close your eyes i will keep track of the time it’s going to feel like eternity i will keep track of 30 seconds this is what i want you to think of okay who is god go ahead

okay you can open your eyes if your neighbors still got their eyes closed give a little elbow all right are we good all right welcome back what came to your mind who is god what came into my did you think about his grace his love his forgiveness his faithfulness did you think about maybe an answer to prayer that you had recently did you think is god even there i don’t know what came into your mind but what i do know according to aw tozer is that what comes into our mind when we think about god is the most important thing about us what comes to mind when we think about god is the most important thing about us and here’s the reality no matter what you thought of in those 30 seconds which was not long no matter what you thought of in those 30 seconds it was too small okay your view of god was too small in that time and if i gave you more time if i gave you the whole day i still know that no matter what you tell me your view of god would still be too small so if you’re here this morning you you don’t have a personal relationship with god like you’re just kind of checking this whole thing out or you’ve been following jesus for decades we are all in the same place because we all have a small view of god if you are a child a teenager an adult a ministry leader an elder or the person preaching right now your view of god is too small that’s the main point for this morning we’re going to say it over and over again your view of god will always be too small aren’t we in church though like don’t we gather because we sing these truths about who god is like we just did we say the nice thing creed we give money to this god yes and your view is tilled too small listen to what ray ortland says you and i have never once in all our lives had even a single thought about god that matched the true magnitude of his glory our thoughts about god are like a child sketching out a copy of a rembrandt

this truth is what’s called the incomprehensibility of god okay the incomprehensibility of god that’s we’re going to look at this morning we can think about god we should think about god tozer says we learn a lot about us if we what we say when we think about god but to grasp everything there is to know about god is impossible it’s impossible to know everything to grasp everything comprehend everything about god it is impossible and the danger for us this morning is that we think we have god figured out in some area of our life we box god in somehow some way and we we do this because if god works outside of our box we deny it reject it or try and justify it

that’s how we know we’ve got this box that we built around we tried to fit god inside of it there’s popular phrases out there my god would never do that are you sure my god would never say this is that true or is it a box that we’re creating around god our worship is stunted when our view of god stops growing okay or maybe you say i’ll believe in god if he does x y or z it’s a box that we’re creating so the incomprehensibility god why even talk about this then seems kind of pointless to waste breath of something that we cannot do but let me quote tozer again in his classic book the pursuit of god part of his introduction he says something i pray is really encouraging to us this morning that what i’m saying is actually encouraging okay so listen to what he says is he’s introducing the book that he is writing he says nothing here is new except in the sense that it is a discovery which my own heart has made of spiritual realities most delightful and wonderful to me others before me have gone much farther into these holy mysteries than i have done but if my fire is not large it is yet real and there may be those who can light their candle at its flame so a small view of god is still a real view of god or it can be and that’s what he’s saying here maybe maybe it’s not as large as somebody else’s but it is real and hopefully somebody can light their candle at its flame so my hope this morning is that the small view of god that we have is real and it can ignite in us and others a passion to pursue god more and more and so we’re going to jump head first here into romans 11 which means we need to do a little bit of a flyover because we have not been in romans now shane did this because he was in romans 5 a couple weeks ago so he did a little bit of an intro into those first five chapters but we’re going to go a little bit longer for the first 11 chapters so i’m going to oversimplify things i’m going to try to give us some sort of an outline from romans 1 to this point that we come today because we have to know this in order to make sense of romans 11 33-36 so there is a good great powerful creating god that’s what paul says and he’s made each one of us all of humanity and humanity is in trouble okay all have sinned and fall short of the glory of god every single one of us because we’ve chosen to rebel against that good great powerful creating god and god is just and you would think that he could get rid of us or should get rid of us which is true except that romans 5 when shane was here a couple weeks ago was telling us that because he loved us he died for us ungodly rebellious sinners he still died for us because he loves us and then once we confess that we proclaim that we have the holy spirit indwell us we probably proclaim proclaim it to others through the baptism and say we are not ashamed of this good news we find out we’re sons and daughters adopted into the family of god and then we live our lives fighting sin killing sin in our life walking away from it and following jesus pursuing holiness and all this good news is for all jews and gentiles everybody is welcome into the family of god if we place our trust in him so that’s a snapshot real quick overview of romans 1 through 11. and paul the apostle paul is the one writing this amazing story he’s writing the story of god that’s what he’s doing in these first 11 chapters and all he can do at this point is break out into praise when he thinks back in all that god has done and that’s what brings us to romans 11 33-36 and our outline is pretty simple this morning we’re going to look at the incomprehensible god we’re going to look at finite man and then look at the worshipful response we are called to have so what i want to do is i want to read all these verses and then we’re going to go through and take them section by section so let’s read romans 11 33-36

oh the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of god how unsearchable his judgments and his past beyond tracing out who has known the mind of the lord or who has been his counselor who has ever given to god that god should repay them for from him and through him and for him are all things to him be the glory forever amen so my purpose this morning what i hope you leave with is that you know that god’s incomprehensibility and your finitude should lead you to worship to lead you to moments like this that paul had in this letter so let’s look first the incomprehensible god let me read that verse 33 again oh the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of god how unsearchable his judgments and his past beyond tracing out so the character of god is on full display here like in throughout romans and even here what we see is god’s wisdom and his knowledge and his sovereignty and his justice and his holiness and on and on we can go now the word incomprehensibility isn’t mentioned here it’s not used but look at the three words that kind of say oh this is what that means this is the incomprehensible god three words depth unsearchable and beyond in your translations maybe you have um inscrutable or unfathomable but the point is depth unsearchable and beyond when you use those words there’s a reason to say this is this is too much we can’t do this we can’t go deep enough and that’s what paul is doing here saying this is the incomprehensible god now if you picked even just one attribute say you picked one attribute of guidance i’m going to devote my life to this attribute to studying it to knowing it you still would not exhaust it it is incomprehensible so let alone all of who god is if you study you could always study more you can always go deeper and then as soon as you think maybe i have god figured out i know what god is going to do he goes and does something that you weren’t expecting listen to isaiah 55 which caitlyn read for us this morning because this is a verse we probably quote quite a bit and circumstances seem a little bit beyond us he says for my thoughts are not your thoughts neither are your ways my ways declares the lord as the heavens are higher than the earth so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts we would expect this from a god who is incomprehensible so to see how unsearchable and beyond god is paul looks at his wisdom and his knowledge here and that’s what paul’s doing throughout romans as he’s telling the story of god but if we look back just at chapters 9 through 11 because again i don’t want to jump into this passage without looking at that the immediate context before this is 9 through 11 and if you know anything about romans 9 through 11 they are highly debated passages in the church there are some difficult things here as far as the relationship with israel what the future is for israel the gentile and israel relationship and so it is a difficult passage so paul is walking through all of that he gets to this point says oh the depth of the wisdom and knowledge of god so what is happening here paul is answering a question for his jewish readers is god faithful that’s what he’s doing in nine through eleven he’s just trying to answer the question is god faithful is he going to fulfill his promises to us okay is he going to fulfill his promises i don’t think the question is asked because they really doubt whether god can it’s more looking at israel’s history and say they are an undeserving people they continue to reject and have unbelief in their hearts and so will god come through and paul over and over again in these chapters says yes he will fulfill his promise and he does that by quoting old testament right so they can go back and they can say yes he said this and he is going to do this but then he adds something else this plan is not just for israel it’s for the gentiles as well it’s for the non-jews the plan has always been for the entire world so here’s a snapshot of what paul says in these verses which is so focused on israel as he’s just kind of putting these things in here about the gentiles so in chapter 9 he says the gentiles with the jews are objects of mercy who are prepared in advance for glory he says they have obtained a righteousness that is by faith in chapter 10 he says there’s no difference between jew and gentile the same lord as the lord of all and richly blesses those who call on him and the gentiles have been grafted in chapter 11 into the family of god so paul a jew himself right a pharisee knows the old testament knows the promises of god is there saying yes god will fulfill his promises to you but guess what he’s bringing other people into this the gentiles are also included in god’s plan so paul’s expression of praise here in this passage is looking at the amazing story of god and saying god has been faithful to generation after generation after generation of israelites and he’s including this whole new people into this bringing them into this story and saving them as well and so as he’s telling this story it’s just welling up inside of him and he says i don’t understand it i can’t grasp it or comprehend how god has done this how he’s brought us to this point it is deep it is unsearchable it is beyond tracing out in other words what paul is saying here is no one but god would write this story okay no one would but god would write this story in this way because his thoughts are not our thoughts and his ways are not our ways and so what paul says is basically the gospel doesn’t make sense to us in our finite minds because we wouldn’t write the story in this way paul says that in first corinthians what does he say we preach christ crucified it’s a stumbling block to jews in foolishness to gentiles but to those whom god has called both the jews and greeks christ the power of god and the wisdom of god so again he’s saying it doesn’t make sense to us in our finite minds we wouldn’t write the story but guess what our thoughts are not his thoughts our ways are not his ways this is god’s story this is the purpose this is what he’s been doing all along for the israelites and the gentiles and so as you step back and you think about what paul is doing what he’s experiencing this moment and he worships god and just says thank you for including everyone in this story through jesus christ now i don’t know how many times you’ve read this book i’m not sure how many times you’ve read gospel passages and you know the story and you’ve been to christmas and you’ve been to eastern so you kind of know these things but i want you to think about it it’s kind of like if you’ve ever watched the movie inception or or any movie that talks about time travel because everyone talks about time travel differently so it’s really confusing right if you watch a movie like that and you get to the end you think that everything is going to be wrapped up real nice so you can kind of explain it and then the movie ends you’re like i don’t know what i just saw or or the type of movie that your brain hurts while you’re watching this you just want to turn on the comedy so you don’t have to think because it hurts and then you go watch the movie again you see different things but you’re not quite sure if that all matches up and you’re like am i just interpreting things wrong and then you think about what god is doing here what paul is doing looking back in history says oh i’m reading this i’m understanding this and then ah i have more questions and i have answers that’s what i’ve been like in movies and that’s sometimes how i come to this where i’m reading it’s like oh okay that makes sense and it’s like oh no but what about that and i have more questions then i have answers sometimes as i continue to dig and dig because it’s deep it’s unsearchable it’s beyond

paul takes it one step further look at verse 36 he says you don’t think he’s incomprehensible now you will for from him and through him and for him are all things so try to comprehend these truths in in that simple sentence there everything is from him so before creation the only thing existing was god the triune god father son and spirit nothing else was there he was never created himself so the whole idea of creation was god’s idea so everything is from him try and comprehend that all right try and comprehend that then everything’s through him god is the only one who has truly created anything ever like we think we’re creative but we’re really just taking all the things that god created and moving it around and putting it together differently and creating he spoke things into existence he spoke matter into existence nothing was there and then it was there try to comprehend what that’s like and then for him everything is for him everything is for his glory everything should be worshiping him everything should be leaning and pointing towards him so how is your view of god is it growing i hope so it’s still too small so let’s keep moving paul shows the chasm between who god is and who humanity is by asking a couple questions look at verses 34 and 35 as we look at finite man who has known the mind of the lord or who has been his counselor who has ever given to god that god should repay them so these two questions are taken from the old testament from isaiah and from job to men who experienced the incomprehensibility of god through experiences encounters with god so isaiah a prophet of god and as merit showed us last week as he talked about isaiah 6 this is the encounter that isaiah has in the throne room of god and he’s exposed to the holiness of god now isaiah is ministering to people who will be exiled and he wants to remind the people in isaiah 40 he wants to bring comfort he wants to remind them of who god is what god’s plan is what he’s doing he wants to make sure they understand that this god is like no other and so in isaiah 40 i just want to read from where these this these questions are taken or these questions taken that paul uses but just listen to isaiah 40. who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand or with the breath of his hand marked off the heavens who has held the dust of the earth in a basket or weighed the mountains of the scales in the hills in a balance who can fathom the spirit of the lord or instruct the lord as his counselor whom did the lord consult to enlighten him and who taught him the right way who was it that taught him knowledge or showed him the path of understanding as you read that as you hear that that should knock us down a few notches right to think measure the waters in the hollow of his hand

that’s hard to comprehend so who are we to question god who are we to bring counsel to god and then job a man who suffered all sorts of trials had all sorts of questions for god on his suffering like why is this happening and then his friends come and his friends try to give some advice and they kind of have these theological debates and perspectives on who god is and why job is suffering and this goes on for 37 chapters if you ever read the book you’re like guys stop talking

37 chapters then god speaks in chapter 38 and he goes to job and he says this who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge brace yourself like a man i will question you and you shall answer me

that’s terrifying

god comes up and says i will question question you and you will answer me god then goes on to just basically ask a bunch of questions and say a bunch of things that say i am god i am like no one else this is what i did this is what i’m doing this is what i know is happening right now and then job responds this is what he says i am unworthy how can i reply to you i put my hand over my mouth i spoke once but i have no answer twice but i will say no more god’s not done though he keeps going he he continues to go on and say this is who i am this is what i’m doing he declares his greatness and then job replies once more saying i know that you can do all things no purpose of yours can be thwarted you asked who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge surely i spoke of things i did not understand things too wonderful for me to know this is job coming to terms with the fact that god is incomprehensible he’s beyond tracy now he is unsearchable and what’s amazing though is he knows it’s not necessary and not possible to know everything there is no about god and yet he can still know him right he’s incomprehensible but he is knowable that’s what isaiah job and paul understood as finite creatures following an infinite god trying to grasp all this and comprehend as much as they can they saw their smallness they saw their limitations and they verbalized that truth they recognized what moses said in psalm 90 he says we may have 70 or 80 years and in comparison he says this about god before the mountains were born you brought forth the whole world from everlasting to everlasting you are god they had the right perspective understanding their limitations and who they are as finite men before an infinite and incomprehensible god now when you think about these questions like have you ever had a five-year-old question you

have you heard a five-year-old give you advice or say dad you’re doing something wrong

i have routinely this week

have you ever had a newlywed couple that’s really in love you know weeks months into this marriage think that they can offer some advice to seasoned veterans marriages for decades i have heard these types of things i’ve got some advice for you and if you can help yourself from laughing at the newlywed couple you may smile and nod and think you have no idea what’s in store or maybe it’s that new young hot shot that your business just hired who comes in and says we’re doing everything wrong we need to do this we need to do that we need to change everything and you just say you need to sit down and know your place right

if you think about it that’s exactly how we come to god

got some advice for you so i’m gonna i’m gonna pray it but this is what i think you should do like i have wisdom to share i have experience i think this is the way that things should happen and maybe we don’t say it but we certainly think it because we start to question god why would you do it this way put our hand over our mouth we speak too soon we don’t have the knowledge and the understanding that god does if only god knew my situation and what i’m experiencing here he would think this way

but here’s the thing about those examples sometimes the five-year-old is right

in my home he’s sometimes right

sometimes the newlywed couple is right and sometimes a young kid is right but guess what those are finite people talking to other finite people

god will never look at us and say i think you’re right thanks for giving me that perspective

the eternal god thank you for your 37 years of experience kyle

for showing me the way that i should do things like that’s never going to happen i can’t offer him anything any counsel he won’t learn a thing from me that’s the point but like job’s friends we can just say this is what i think and we can question god the other thing that we see with job in this question is god isn’t in anyone’s debt he doesn’t owe anyone anything that’s one of the biggest differences between christianity god of the bible and other religions and other faiths other myths that are out there is that god owes you something you do something for him to he has to do something back so the whole life your whole life is is kind of trying to figure out what does god owe me now what can i do to make sure that he is in my debt and what we have here is he is never in our debt there isn’t a cosmic white board that god’s trying to see who he needs to catch up

to we are completely dependent on him he is not dependent on us at all when we come face to face with god’s incomprehensibility and our finitude we can say with the psalmist in 139 verse 6 such knowledge is too wonderful for me too lofty for me to attain it’s too wonderful i don’t understand and the other thing we learned i mentioned already that job and isaiah and paul teach us is that this incomprehensible god is knowable

god speaks to isaiah and job and paul

so matthew barrett says it this way god may be incomprehensible but he is not unknowable any doubt is removed the moment

the moment god opens his mouth he wants us to know him he knows we can’t figure it all out but he wants us to know him so he gave us this the incomprehensible god said i will write down my words for us and then i will send my living word my son jesus christ what does colossians say that he is the image of the invisible god that the fullness of deity dwells in him hebrews says in the last in these days he has spoken through his son he is the exact representation of his being if we want to know god we know his son we look to jesus praise god that he doesn’t require our complete comprehension of him in order to get into heaven because then that’s bad news for us the finite trying to explain the infinite cannot happen paul’s been trying his hardest in all these chapters to say this is who god is this is what he’s like this is what he’s doing but he knows that he can’t tell us everything it’s not possible for it for finite rebellious sinners to know the infinite god and everything there is to know about him but he tells us the good news in romans 10. it’s not about comprehension and knowing everything there’s no about god it’s this if you declare with your mouth that jesus is lord and believe in your heart to god raise him from the dead you will be saved he goes on to say everyone who calls in the name of the lord will be saved it isn’t full comprehension it isn’t knowing all the answers thank god it isn’t we’re saved by trust in him

that’s all it takes so is your view of god growing

doesn’t it make sense why paul would break into praise at this point he’s overwhelmed by the truth of god and the story of his salvation his view of god is growing even as he writes and i hope yours is growing too so what we learned from paul here is that theology leads us to worship that’s the last point there look at what our worshipful response should be in verse 36 just the last sentence there to him be the glory forever amen that’s it that’s what all this is leading towards to him be the glory forever i’m sure you’ve had some good news before that you wanted to share with someone you’ve had those emotions welling up in you and you just can’t wait to get it out and so paul with all the words and the phrases and the arguments and the paragraphs that he’s putting together has led to these life-changing truths and on as he’s writing it just overflows into this letter you know we get to see a lot of what paul wrote but i think there are some other things probably like as he journaled just even what would his journal be like just praises of god understanding that understanding who god is and trying to comprehend that and just overflowing into praise

has anyone ever felt that the bible is boring

we could raise our hands here how many of you thought the bible is boring at some point okay thank you how many of you have thought theology is boring like going to a theology course or something like that is boring right these things happen but guess what it’s not because they are boring we need to point the finger at us it’s not god it’s us and how our heart and how we come to these words because we can come to romans 1 through 11 here and read this and think it’s boring depending on how we’re approaching it or we can say this is the story of god and he has brought me in and it’s life-changing it’s life-changing i’ve heard from people too many times it’s dry to me i had one person say i read the bible through once why do i need to do it again

and we can just go through the motions and i get that but we have to say there’s something there why did paul have this response in this way

because he knew that this god didn’t owe us anything didn’t owe us anything yet he gave us everything so theology leads to worship there is no such thing as boring theology if we think so again we got to point the finger at us so how can we make sure we have a worshipful response like paul did we embrace the truth that our view of god is small embrace that truth okay so here’s how i want to say it as we close expect that your view of god will always be too small expect it when you wake up in the morning expect it because the other temptation is to say i have god figured out so expect that your view of god is too small as you head into the day that’s not a bad thing we’re talking about an incomprehensible god and finite minds if we expect that our view of god will always be too small that means we will never ever stop pursuing him because there’s depth he’s unsearchable he’s beyond tracing out so there’s more and there’s more and there’s more so why is it good to embrace a small view of god we’ve got five quick things expect that your view of god will always be too small and it will drive you number one to prayer and to the word

because if you pick up this book every time expecting that your view of god is too small there is more to learn there’s more to know there’s more to understand there’s more to experience and so you open this with that expectation that i want my view of god to grow more and more

and he’s made himself known and then for prayer your prayers will get bigger and bigger and more and more bold that’s how you’ll pray as you get to know god more and you see what he does in your life the second thing expected your view of god will always be too small and it will lead you to know jesus more and more because if we want to know god we look to jesus if we want to look more like jesus we have to continue to look at him and what he does and what he says and bring that into our life through the spirit and to live it out expect that your view of god will always be too small and it will grow your trust in and obedience of god okay you will continue to walk and trust you have to because you can’t comprehend everything i know a lot of times we want to we want to know all the facts we want to get everything laid out there before we make a decision

we never go into that in our walk with christ saying i got it all figured out it’s step of trust and it’s going to take that initial one and then ones every single day after that so if we expect that our view god is always too small we’ll continue to trust in and walk with him each and every day and take those steps and then we will obey him because we will say i don’t need to know all the reasons why you’ve told me to do this i’m just gonna listen and i’m gonna take the step and i’m gonna obey and trust and we’ll grow more and more last week merit showed us from first peter 1 that we are called to be holy because god is holy and he said but it’s not about perfection for us because perfection was one on the cross through christ we’re not going to be perfect so what is it it’s progress it’s moving forward and it’s the same idea here if we know god and we’re growing in our understanding of who god is if our comprehension is growing then we’re going to see progress in our trust we’re going to see progress in our obedience it’s not knowing the full depths of everything there is to know about god it’s just running to him every day and trusting that he will show us more and more of who he is fourth one expect that your view of god will always be too small and it will deepen your understanding of the gospel if you’re in this word and you’re honest and you’re confessing each and every day god will show you how deep your sin goes and at the same time you will see the holiness of god growing and when that happens the cross gets bigger okay the cross gets bigger because we start to see who we are apart from christ and who he is in his holiness and the cross gets bigger and we understand and appreciate the gospel more and more and finally expect that your view of god will always be too small and it will keep you humble it’ll keep you humble if you’re here this morning you still have questions you still have doubts you don’t know what all this means let me just tell you every single person in here has questions still

no one in here can understand god completely exhaustively the difference is are you willing to submit and say i don’t need to know all of it i just need to know him just need to know jesus and i just need to follow and trust him because that’s what we have done if you’re in christ it’s just saying i don’t know everything but he does and he’s made himself known to me so that i can respond and follow him and i do have some homework for you guys today

the homework is pretty simple i want you to go home today tomorrow i want you to think about god just by yourself with the word open and i want you to jot down what the spirit does in your heart and how he leads you to worship pick a psalm pick a gospel passage pick any passage you want and read it and study it and pray over it and then see how the spirit leads you to worship like paul does here and i want you to write that down and then hopefully in five years you look at that and you read it and you say oh my goodness my view of god was so small

and then you write more and then 20 years down the road you find that one you say oh my goodness my view of god was so small then another 10 years and you keep saying that over and over again but guess what every time you do you see your view of god growing growing growing and you see that in your trust of him you see that in your obedience of him you see it how you talk to other people how you interact with them how you love

that’s when we know we’re growing because we will see jesus face to face and i would like to know as much about jesus when i get to that point as i can i want there to be a near a smaller gap between what i don’t know what i do know about him and that starts now each and every day so i want to start off again as i did at the beginning with some time of silence but this time it’s going to be in confession okay so i’m going to ask if everybody could because i’m going to we’re going to do this i’m going to confess i’m going to try and lead you in some of this and then we’re going to move into our time of prayer and singing so let’s close our eyes if you’re here this morning and any of these apply to you just confess it in your heart before the lord because he knows it but he wants us to respond he wants to hear it from us so maybe this morning you just simply need to confess that your view of god is too small

or maybe you need to confess that you have boxed god in

maybe you need to confess that you find the bible and theology boring

confess that you’ve been trying to convince god to do things your way

confess you are stagnant in your growth you’ve not been viewed you’ve not been growing your view of god

with your eyes closed just hear these words this morning as you confess those things before the lord to the incomprehensible god i want you to hear these words from romans 10 this morning i hope you rest in them i hope you’re encouraged by them the word is near you it is in your mouth and in your heart that is the message concerning faith that we proclaim if you declare with your mouth that jesus is lord and believe in your heart that god raised him from the dead you will be saved for is with your heart that you believe and are justified and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved as scripture says anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame there is no difference between jew and gentile the same lord is lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him for everyone who calls on the name of the lord will be saved let’s pray lord we

we come before you thankful for the assurance of your word

that in understanding our small view of you the fact that we cannot comprehend everything there is to know about you we can read those words because you have made yourself known to us

we will never know everything there is to know and that’s a good thing because you are an incomprehensible god and you love us and you’ve called us to trust you and to follow you

and all we need to do is turn turn and trust in you help us to see help us to understand more and more of you so that we see our view of you growing but help us and never be content with what we know today help us to pursue you more and more because we want that view of you to grow we want others to see that if our fire is not yet large it is real we want others in our family in our community in our church in our workplace to see that fire and they can ignite their candle at its flame and pursue you as well

you are deep unsearchable and beyond and yet you are knowable and you’ve made a way for us to be saved and we praise you for that this morning we love you and we pray this in jesus name amen

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