Before God

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2004 - 210 pages
Many Christians today have experienced a loss of enormous significance -- they no longer understand their daily lives to be lived "before God." This timely work traces the development and implications of this loss and argues for its recovery.

In comparing contemporary Christians with believers of previous eras, author George Stroup sees an "eclipse" of life lived before God. This eclipse is tragic because the Bible presupposes human life as a daily, personal relationship with God. Stroup here offers help by exploring anew the biblical view that Jesus Christ models most clearly what life lived before God and neighbor looks like. He then suggests that describing Christian life as "gratitude naturally evokes a sense of life lived before God. The book concludes by examining whether life before God requires a sense of God's presence -- and whether it is possible to live before God even in those times when he seems to be absent.

Offering thought-provoking analysis of modern faith and sound direction for spiritual renewal, "Before God is perfect for churches, study groups, pastors, and individuals pursuing genuine discipleship.

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The "before" of this title is not temporal but spatial. Stroup (theology, Columbia Theological Seminary, GA) argues that "human beings are created to live before the face of and in the sight of God ... Read full review

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Contents

Beforeness
1
Beforeness in the Bible
4
Theology before God
9
Beforeness
15
The Eclipse of Beforeness
24
Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
35
Christ and Adam
37
Jesus before God
40
Parables of Grace
111
The Contours of Gods Grace
114
Christian Freedom
129
Salvation
136
Gratitude
141
Ingratitude
147
Gratitude as Obedience
150
Giving Thanks
155

Jesus before Neighbor
52
Dying before God
60
Without Sin
66
Sin
69
The Loss of Life before God
75
Sin and the Law
80
The Forms of Sin
83
Idolatry
89
SelfDeception
92
The Paradoxes of Sin
97
Sin Guilt and Confession
101
Grace
105
Grateful Worship
162
The Ministry of Reconciliation
168
Presence Absence and Beforeness
173
Beforeness Hiddenness and Absence
175
Beforeness and Presence
180
Spiritual Presence
187
Practicing Life before God
192
Name Index
203
Subject Index
205
Scripture Index
207
Copyright

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Page 41 - Art Thou He that cometh or look we for another? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Go your way and tell John the things which ye do hear and see : the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up and the poor have good tidings preached to them : and blessed is he whosoever shall find none occasion of stumbling in Me.
Page 55 - Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us?
Page 9 - After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice, "Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.
Page 69 - For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge.
Page 35 - For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are— yet was without sin.
Page 50 - I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.
Page 124 - The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
Page 123 - and He shouldn't have done it. He thrown everything off balance. If He did what He said, then it's nothing for you to do but throw away everything and follow Him, and if He didn't, then it's nothing for you to do but enjoy the few minutes you got left the best way you can — by killing somebody or burning down his house or doing some other meanness to him. No pleasure but meanness," he said and his voice had become almost a snarl.
Page 21 - You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.

About the author (2004)

George W. Stroup is J. B. Green Professor of Theology at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia. His other books include Jesus Christ for Today.

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