Same Old New Stuff

I'm somewhat obsessed with reinventing the wheel.

Now, I know "somewhat obsessed" makes no sense, but let's let that slide.

Some people like to take things apart to figure out how they work.  I usually attempt to build something from scratch, without having taken it apart before, just to see if I can develop the workings myself.  If I can come up with a new way of doing things or a new perspective, then bonus points for me.

While this can be quite educational, and sometimes fun, it's slow.  I'm not going to live long enough to rediscover everything that people have refined over the centuries in just one field, let alone in every area of my interest.

So I swallow my pride and learn from the masters.  At least, I do that when I get some wisdom.

Did I say wisdom?  Here's some wisdom:
Is there a thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been long ago, in the ages which were before us.  (Ecclesiastes 1:10)

Here's the picture:  I'm reading the Word of God and I realize something new.  I connect something new.  I haven't heard or read this thought before.

Well, for starters, I didn't figure it out.  God showed it to me, because I couldn't have got it without Him:
Now the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him; and he cannot know them, because they are spiritually judged.   (I Corinthians 2:14)

Then I do some reading and talking and find out this "surprising fact":
Nearly every real Christian has been here before.  The peak I just climbed to is covered with footprints!

Why?  Simple:  They were following the same God up the hill as I am.  :)

So, we don't (and we'd better not try to) make new spiritual "content".  But God can:
Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.   (Isaiah 42:9)

Yet, if He tells us before He makes them happen, He already had them in mind:
...knowing that ye were redeemed ... with ... the blood of Christ: who was foreknown indeed before the foundation of the world, but was manifested at the end of times for your sake.   (from 1 Peter 1:18-20, emphasis mine)

So, there's nothing new to say here.  No bonus points for me on this blog.  I may (and hope I will) give a fresh perspective or shine light on an overlooked, forgotten subject.  But, then again, when we're talking about the things of God, the fresh perspective, the light, must come from the Holy Spirit.

...but as it is written, Things which eye saw not, and ear heard not, And which entered not into the heart of man, Whatsoever things God prepared for them that love him.  But unto us God revealed them through the Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.  For who among men knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of the man, which is in him? even so the things of God none knoweth, save the Spirit of God.  But we received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is from God; that we might know the things that were freely given to us of God.   (I Corinthians 2:9-12)

Folks, it's all in Him.  It's all in the Bible.  We've just got to ask Him to show us.  And my Father's got even more new stuff up His sleeve that He'll be showing me well after I'm dead and gone, and raised, and living with Him forever-and-ever-amen-again:
...that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.   (Ephesians 2:7)

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1   Ian Larkin on Friday, June 1, 2012 at 11:26:17 AM

Scott, you need to clean up this post (or at least clarify it some).

God makes lots of new things, and He does a lot of revealing of hidden things, but I don't see Him adding "spiritual content" to what He has done already.  Jesus lived, died, rose, and sent the Holy Spirit -- and God has not found out that His plan was insufficient!  God has revealed many things about His plan through Peter, James, Paul, and other people, but He has not needed to add content.  Galatians 1:8.

2   Scott Larkin on Friday, June 8, 2012 at 07:11:00 PM

Ian, you're right - I wasn't clear, and left out a bunch of things that I needed to have said.  By using the phrase "spiritual content," I was trying to poke a little fun at the modern overuse of the word "content" as synonymous with "information" or "creative ideas."  Before my quote of Isaiah 42:9, I said "but God can create new spiritual content," and although I did try to clear that up by showing how He already had everything in mind, it could be taken to say that God can make a new gospel, or new truth.  But He doesn't change, and He doesn't need to.

In a nutshell, what I really ought to have said:
We humans are always trying to make a new philosophy, new "ethics," or "new truth," but when you boil it down, it's just a bunch of regurgitated, rearranged old stuff.  The only way we'll ever find anything truly new is by getting a new life - through the old, timeless, eternal Word of God.  That's the great irony I wanted to capture.



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