My name is Mike. 26. INTP. Student of Psychology, mental health counseling to be specific. I live in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago.
With no way to choose God
Chosen without condition
Among the undeserving few
Overcome by grace
Covered now and forever
I am the lead vocalist/lyricist of Afterimage. We play melodic death metal.
Revelation 5:9: The worshipers in heaven sing to Jesus, “Worthy are you … for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation”
Mark 10:45: “the Son of Man came … to give his life as a ransom for many”
John 11:52: Jesus died “to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad”
Jesus died not only to make a bonafide offer of salvation to all people indefinitely, but to actually secure the salvation of a definite group: his sheep, his bride, his people, the many, the children.
"The monastics essentially said, “There is an evil world out there, and the way to fight evil is to separate from it.” But monasteries failed because they forgot to focus on the evil inside every monk who entered their walls."
"Whoever has understood himself to be in the deep, cries out, groans, sighs, until he be delivered from the deep, and come unto Him who sits above all the deeps….For they are very deep in the deep, who do not even cry from the deep."
For God knows the plans He has for you, not to harm you but to prosper you, plans to put you through fire and trials and tribulations and sharpening and perfecting and spiritual surgery and maybe read the book of Jeremiah and the entire Bible before building a whole theology on a single verse.
"That is always the way with a truly healthy Christian; God’s grace is externally manifested. There is the inner life within, it is active, and by and by when it is in a right state, it saturates everything. You talk with the gracious man, he cannot help talking about Christ; you go into his house, you will soon see that a Christian lives there; you notice his actions and you will soon see he has been with Jesus. He is so full of sap [Psalm 104:16] that the sap must come out. He has so much of the divine life within, that the holy oil and divine balsam must flow from him."