Ignites my spirit. It reminds me that my brain and mind and imagination are all so puny. That He is so much bigger, that He has great and mighty things to do in our lives, in our hearts, to reveal before our eyes -- things which we have never seen or heard of or experienced. Things which we could not possibly know. Does that now move you towards Him? You who are tired and weary, rest and know that tasks are not nearly as important as your soul!
Rest and feel relief in it. Leave the laundry, the dishes, the last to-do list. It won't mind. English Revised Version Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and will shew thee great things, and difficult, which thou knowest not. Webster's Bible Translation Call to me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. World English Bible Call to me, and I will answer you, and will show you great things, and difficult, which you don't know. Young's Literal Translation Call unto Me, and I do answer thee, yea, I declare to thee great and fenced things -- thou hast not known them.
Psalm Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor Me. I will deliver and honor him. Isaiah You have heard these things; look at them all. Will you not acknowledge it?
“Great and mighty things which thou knowest not” [?]
From now on I will tell you of new things, hidden things unknown to you. Isaiah Let the wicked man forsake his own way and the unrighteous man his own thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that He may have compassion, and to our God, for He will freely pardon. You have made the heavens and earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too difficult for You! Is anything too difficult for Me? I should doubt your claim to be a child of God. We never introduce any subject, we leave him to do that, because he is the Pope of our circle. He hates Popery, of course; two Popes cannot agree; so, naturally, he has a very strong objection to the Pope of Rome.
He himself knows all things. You utter a sentiment; he tells you directly that it is not sound; he knows, of course. You talk about a matter of experience; but he says, "That is not the experience of the living child of God. Bring him in, his vote is the casting vote, which it were almost profane to controvert. He is King, Lords, and Commons, all rolled into one; he makes the laws, and he fulfils them.
He is, in his own sphere, the Autocrat of all Christians. Now, God's children belong to a very different order of beings from this very respectable and very venerable individual; they do not know everything, and they do not pretend to be full of all knowledge.
One of the best of them, whose name was Paul, said, "Not as though I have already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark or the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
I have discovered my own ignorance more than ever this last year. When I first came, I thought myself competent to give a decisive opinion upon every subject; now, I am obliged to weigh everything before I am able to state anything positively.
Jeremiah “Call to me and I will answer”: Translation, Meaning, Context
My own ignorance has been discovered. We may think, when we first join the church, "We know almost everything. By-and-by, we find a friend who attends an Episcapal church, where he hears the gospel very plainly preached by a very earnest clergyman, and we say we think there is something good in the Episcopalians; and the longer we live, the more we find that there is something good in all; and that, after all, we do not know so much as we thought we did, and that our church, though it seemed to be the very model of perfection, is found to be full of infirmities, as well as any other church, and it is not exactly the Church after all.
I repeat, then, the assertion that is implied in the text, that we have, all of us, a certain amount of ignorance and imperfection; for if we knew all things, we should have no necessity for this promise, that God would show us great and mighty things, which we do not know.
That, as we are still imperfect, and growing in our knowledge, this promise is exceedingly precious to us. I can scarcely think that I have any person here of that particular clique, who fancy they know everything. If I have, I would say a word to him. There is a certain body of excellent men, who call themselves "God's dear people! If they were to be given away, they would be scarcely worth having.
They are God's dear people. They hear their minister preach a sermon, made up of the extract of gall and bitterness, and that just pleases them. His people rejoice in that kind of talk, and say that he is a faithful minister. They tell you to go to "Little Bethel," "Rehoboth," or "Bethesda," because there is no truth anywhere else. It is only there that the truth is to be had, and all other congregations are schismatics, whom it is their duty to denounce and persecute with the utmost rigour of the gospel, and you are aware that the utmost rigour of the gospel is worse than the utmost rigour of the law.
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The rigour of the gospel is more intolerable than even the rule of Draco himself; for those pensions exclude, denounce, and condemn every man who is not to the very turn of a hair's breadth in conformity with their views. To every such person we say, "Dear brother, you are very wise! All hail to you! We will put you in the chair as the marvellous Doctor of Divinity.
You are the man, wisdom will die with you; and, while we humbly bow at your feet, we are obliged to say that you do not know everything yet; there are a few things that need to be revealed even to you; and while we keep ourselves at a respectful distance from anything like your superior knowledge, we are compelled to think that you have not yet attained unto perfection, and we cannot admit that you are the only man in all the world who understands and knows the gospel.
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Gill, and that excellent confessor, John Calvin, I will soon cut them up root and branch. Gill, I am not ashamed to endorse his views even now, and to subscribe to the doctrinal statements that John Calvin uttered. However, I soon began to find out that there was a good deal to be said, after all, concerning some matters that Dr.
Gill and John Calvin did not mention, and I found at I was obliged somewhat to stretch my charity, and to take to my heart some brethren who did not quite see all things which those enlightened men saw. And, moreover, I found out that I did not know everything, and that I had a good deal stall to learn, and I find the same thing every day.
I hope at all times to hold firmly all the truth I have received. I intend to grasp tightly with one hand the truths I have already learned, and to keep the other hand wide opera to take in the things I do not yet know. Perhaps I have some young man here who has a notion that some minister has got all the truth, or that he himself has embraced all the truth. Now, young man, there are a great many things that you do not know; there are some doctrines you do not understand.
If you will wait a little while, and study your Bible more, you will go down on your knees, and say, "Lord, I never knew my own ignorance much as I do now; wilt thou teach me thy truth?
Let us not be discouraged. In answer to our prayer, God will show us "great and mighty things" which we do not know now. You are a Christian, yet you do not comprehend the doctrine of election, or the doctrine of effectual calling puzzles you. You are a Churchman, perhaps, yet you do not know anything about these things. You are like a man I met once in a railway carriage. You ought to be turned out of the Church if you do not believe the Articles.
They ought to take me, and give me a first-rate living, the make me one of their bishops; for I have read the Articles, and studied them. No person has a right to say he is a Churchman, till he has read the Prayer-book.
You have no right to say you are Wesleyan till you have read Wesley's sermons; and you have no right to y you are a Calvinist till you have red what Calvin believed; and you have no right to say you are a Christian till you have read your Bible, for the Bible is the standard of Christian faith and practice; and when you come to read your Bibles, you will find this one thing out, that your own little views were not quite so wide as the Bible, after all; and you will have to say, "Lord, show me great and mighty things, which I know not not.
I would not belong to any one of these denominations, for all the land that is beneath the sky, if I had to endorse all that is held by them. I believe we are all right in a great many of our doctrines, but that we all have something yet to learn. The doctrine of "man's responsibility" is not to be denied, nor the doctrine of "God's sovereignty" to be disputed.