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Here are some quotes for thought:

Your thoughts of God are too human.” – said Luther to Erasmus.

“If we think of God as if He were a mere human being like ourselves, we will not appreciate His grace very much. But if we have great thoughts of God, then it will seem marvelous to us that he would ever send His Son to die for us. The more we realize the greatness of His Person, the more we will worship Him as the God of all grace….But we must not only have great thoughts of God, we must also realize the sinfulness of man. Just as our thoughts of God tend to be human, so our thoughts of man tend to be too divine. The Bible paints a very dark picture concerning man, and if we are honest with ourselves, we will have to admit that the picture is true to life.”  -William MacDonald

Grace can not begin with us until the law has reduced us to speechless silence. – CI Scofield

When you refuse to teach on the radical depravity of men, it is an impossibility that you bring glory to God, His Cross, and His Christ because the cross of Jesus Christ and the glory thereof is most magnified when it is placed in front of the backdrop of our depravity.” – Paul Washer

If we think we are usually good, then God is usually irrelevant…Such thinking ignores the depths of sin in my own heart, and, in essence, it elevates me so that I am just a mildly flawed imitation of God rather than someone completely dependent on Him.  – Edward T. Welch

The Christian’s instincts of trust and worship are stimulated very powerfully by knowledge of the greatness of God. But this is knowledge which Christians today largely lack: and that is one reason our faith is so feeble and our worship so flabby. We are modern people, and modern people, though they cherish great thoughts of themselves, have as a rule small thoughts of God. When the person in the church, let alone the person in the street, uses the word God, the thought is rarely one of divine majesty. – JI Packer

All this talk of sin, and the disparity between us and God…isn’t to discourage us. It is to point us to the Savior. Here lies hope! Read Ephesians 2:1-10 and Romans 5: 6-8. Christ loved us and died for us even though we were ungodly, sinful, and dead in our trespasses. This is so much different than typical human love…we tend to only love people who are worthy. We tend to hide our flaws from others, for fear they may stop loving us if they found out our deepest, darkest secrets. But God knew the worst about us, and loved us anyway!  God loves us even though we are unworthy!  That is grace…and it is amazing!  It should bring us tremendous comfort and relief, as well as confidence in our Savior.

“Amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.” When I see myself as the wretch that I am compared to God, it leaves me awestruck at His mercy and grace through the Cross. It motivates me to live a life that pleases Him. Which will be the topic of the next post…How does a “God-centered” theology look as we live out the Christian life?

Final, part 3, of series.