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This week the weblog is sponsored by Heritage School & Seminary and the put up is written by Dr. Stephen Yuille, Vice President of Lecturers and Educational Dean of the School.

Its my pleasure and privilege to serve at Heritage School & Seminary in Canada. In my position, I get requested plenty of questionsinside and out of doors the classroom. Amongst them are some good ones and never so good ones, some fascinating ones and never so fascinating ones. However just lately I used to be requested a query that gave me pause. What’s your primary want for college students at Heritage? I rapidly mentioned one thing about cultivating an unshakeable conviction in regards to the authority of Scripture, the sufficiency of Christ, and the centrality of the gospel, and adopted it up with some comment about coaching women and men for all times and ministry. However I wasnt very glad with my reply, and Ive since given it some thought. Heres the place Ive landed: My primary want for college students at Heritage is that they may know the blessed God. Thats it.

We stay in a world thats unable to fulfill our deepest longing. It provides innumerable gizmos and devices and different mind-numbing distractions. It provides excessive sports activities, digital actuality, and actuality TV. It provides amusements upon amusements. Accompanying all of those provides are guarantees of happiness, however the world fails to ship on its guarantees. Why? God has put eternity into mans coronary heart (Ecclesiastes 3:11). We all know theres extra to this life than the fabric, temporal, and trivial. For most individuals, nonetheless, their notion of life by no means extends past their quick pursuit of earthly comforts. No reality grips them; no trigger conjures up them, and no function motivates them. Their life is one extended yawn. Consciously or not, theyve fallen prey to Macbeths delusion: Lifes however a strolling shadow, a poor participant, that struts and frets his hour upon thestage, after which is heard no extra; it’s a story instructed by an fool, filled with sound and fury,signifying nothing.i

In a phrase, blessedness proves elusive for most individuals as a result of they dont know the place its discovered. They equate it with externals akin to possessions, experiences, or relationships. However heres what escapes them: blessedness isnt present in altering situations and circumstances however in an unchanging God. Because the psalmist declares, Blessed are you, O LORD (Psalm 119:12). God is His personal blessedness as a result of Hes adequate and glad in Himself. Does He want us? Does He acquire something from us? No. Our impact upon God is that of a snowball hurled on the blazing solar.

However heres the marvel of wonders: though God is adequate and glad in Himself, and stands in no want of us, He willingly imparts His blessedness to us, making us glad within the enjoyment of Him. That is the sum and substance of all the guarantees: I shall be their God, they usually shall be my folks (Jeremiah 31:33). We discover in Him all we may ever need. Hes the dearest love, surest buddy, highest honour, best magnificence, and fullest pleasure. Hes all-powerful in His energy, unsearchable in His knowledge and inconceivable in His grace. Our information of this blessed God diffuses into our soul a satisfying peace on this life and a tantalizing style of what awaits us in glory.

At one level in The Silver Chair, C. S. Lewis describes Jill, parched with thirst, strolling in a forest. She hears the effervescent of a stream. As she attracts close to, she sees a terrifying lion, standing between her and the stream. At that second, Jill is arrested by holiness. She begins to again away, however the lion beckons her to come back ahead: If youre thirsty, come and drink. Jill may be very thirsty, however the lion is simply too terrifying. I dare not come and drink, she whispers. The lion declares, Then you’ll die of thirst. Jill replies, I suppose I’ll go and search for one other stream. To her shock, the lion declares, There isn’t a different stream!ii

God alone is blessedness, and that is what Christ has bought for us. For Christ additionally suffered as soon as for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he may convey us to God (1 Peter 3:18). Once we come to this blessed God by way of Christ, He turns into ours. His energy is ours to guard us; His knowledge to direct us; His mercy to pity us; His grace to pardon us; His like to refresh us; His pleasure to fulfill us.

Blessed are the folks whose God is the lord (Psalm 144:15). I cant consider a higher intention for a Christian school or seminary than in search of to domesticate the information of this God. As a matter of truth, I cant consider a higher intention for the church. Because the catechism expressed it so properly centuries in the past: What’s mans chief finish? Mans chief finish is to glorify God and revel in Him without end.iii

Positioned in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, Heritage School & Seminary is dedicated to producing a deep information of God for the nice of the church and the unfold of the gospel from coast to coast to coast in Canada and world wide. To study extra about Heritage or to use to the school or seminary for Fall 2020 go to DiscoverHeritage.ca.

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