Listen, Day 28: 2 Corinthians 11-13 & Galatians

This is the first time we have spanned chapters from more than one book during our listening. It wasn’t nearly as disruptive as I thought it would be going from 2 Corinthians into Galatians.

Here are our end-of-week stats again. Through today and Galatians we are:

  • 70% of the way through the days (28 of 40)
  • 65% of the way through the chapters (168 of 260)
  • 1/3 of the way through the books (9 out of 27) – things will pick up here soon

Micah (got paper out again – and asked some really good questions):

  • They talked about Adam and Eve and Satan
  • It was funny when Paul said if they slap me then I can slap them
  • Paul was saying what bad happened to him
  • Why did Paul say he has to brag?
  • Paul said when he was weak he was actually strong
  • Paul was telling us that we will be weak because God was weak when he was nailed on the cross
  • How did God choose who the apostles were going to be? (Dan’l: Anyone want to tackle this one?)
  • I wonder how long it was before I was born from them
  • Paul has been talking about Timothy
  • Why was Paul calling us stupid?
  • Why does he talk about yeast and dough?
  • They said love others as much as you love yourself.


God is love

One of the books I have been reading for quite some time is J. I. Packer’s classic, Knowing God. It is taking so long because there is so much there. I mean, really, is there any way we could “know God” quickly?

Anyway, I’m in chapter 12, “The Love of God” and found this great nugget of wisdom from Dr. Packer. I hope it encourages you the way it did me when I first read it.

To say “God is light” is to imply that God’s holiness finds expression in everything that he says and does. Similarly, the statement “God is love” means that his love finds expression in everything that he says and does.

The knowledge that this is so for us personally is the supreme comfort for Christians. As believers, we find in the cross of Christ assurance that we, as individuals, are beloved of God; “the Son of God…loved me and gave himself for me” (Gal 2:20). Knowing this, we are able to apply to ourselves the promise that all things work together for good to them that love God and are called according to his purpose (Rom 8:28). Not just some things, note, but all things! Every single things that happens to us expresses God’s love to us, and comes to us for the furthering of God’s purpose for us.

Thus, so far as we are concerned, God is love to us – holy, omnipotent love – at every moment and in every event of every day’s life. Even when we cannot see the why and the wherefore of God’s dealings, we know that there is love in and behind them, and so we can rejoice always, even when, humanly speaking, things are going wrong. We know that the true story of our life, when known, will prove to be, as the hymn says, “mercy from first to last” – and we are content. (J. I. Packer, Knowing God, pp. 122-23)