David Cook: Romans 1 — 150th Celebration
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David Cook: Romans 8 — Bible Exposition Wednesday 1 July
David Cook: Romans 12 — Bible Exposition Thursday 2 July
I came across this picture recently of a tattoo a man had put on his shin, just below his knee. While the picture itself is quite pretty the message made my heart sink. If you look closely you’ll see that he has put on an upside down cross the words, “I will never fall to my knees.” What does it mean? Well, more than just some general act of rebellion or defiance it seems pretty clear that it’s an intentional and targeted response against the words of the apostle Paul in Philippians where he says of the Lord Jesus, “Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Phil 1:9-11.
The incredible truth the Bible proclaims about the future is that one day every knee will bow – whether they want too or not – and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Some will bow willingly, whereas others will be made to bend their knees in acknowledgement of the truth as to whom Jesus is. But make no mistake, we all will kneel.
May your response to Jesus personally be humble and joyful. And may God use us as church to bring others to a similar point of recognition. For everyone is going to kneel – the only question is, will it be as His enemy or as His friend?
The Presbyterian Church of Australia in NSW (PCNSW) is part of Christ’s wider universal Church throughout the world.
We are Protestant, Evangelical and Reformed.
We believe that there is One God who is the Creator and Judge of the world. In the fullness of time He has revealed Himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The umbrella organisation for the 300 Presbyterian churches throughout NSW and the ACT based in Sydney’s Surry Hills, we proclaim the Gospel of God and serve the community through:
• local church congregations and home mission stations,
• theological and Christian education,
• our bi-monthly congregational magazine, The Pulse;
• Nursing Homes, Hostels and other Aged Care Ministries,
• Youth Work, Counselling, Child and Family Services,
• University Work and Chaplains,
• Presbyterian Women’s Association;
• and other specific ministries.