Lessons from the Law: The Sacrificial System

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Can you imagine having to kill an animal every time you sinned? Each angry word, impatient attitude, selfish action. Every time you worried. Every time a lustful thought, a jealous thought, a prideful thought entered your mind. Every time you put something else before God in your heart.

One of the most prominent features of the Old Testament law is the sacrificial system, taking up a good portion of the beginning of Leviticus as well as some scattered passages elsewhere. It can be difficult to read through all the specific requirements for offerings, when to sacrifice a goat and when to sacrifice a dove, and which parts of the animal to burn, and on and on.

But this is meant to make us realize how much more difficult it would have been to actually carry out these instructions, and to point forward to the One who released us from this burden once and for all.

The Sacrificial System

In Israel, overseeing offerings was one of the most important duties of the priests. Offerings were given for many occasions, such as festivals and the Sabbath (Numbers 28-29), but especially to atone for sin.

What did this offering look like?

It always required the shedding of blood, unless the guilty person could not afford an animal (Leviticus 5:11-13).

It had to be done in a particular way, with the help of a priest.

It was temporary, a way to atone for one particular sin. Therefore, it had to be repeated over and over, and could never fully remove the reality of sin from the life of the Israelites.

(If you want to read more about it, look at Leviticus 4-6.)

The Depth of Our Need

So why did God give us all of this incredibly detailed information about the Israelites’ sacrifices if he doesn’t expect us to sacrifice in this way ourselves?

To show us how desperately we needed Christ.

Here’s the thing: all of the sacrifices of the Old Testament had to be without blemish, that is, as perfect as possible, the best of what the guilty person had.

“When any one of the house of Israel…presents a burnt offering as his offering…if it is to be accepted for you it shall be a male without blemish, of the bulls or the sheep or the goats. You shall not offer anything that has a blemish, for it will not be acceptable for you.” (Leviticus 22:18-20)

Lame animals? Not acceptable. Sick animals? Not acceptable. Injured animals? Not acceptable. God would only accept the best of the best.

That’s bad news for us. Because the sacrificial system was not meant to be permanent; it was meant to point forward to a time when our debt could be settled for good, when our sin could be paid for permanently. And the only kind of permanent sacrifice God would accept was going to have be the best of the best, perfect.

Who was there in the world who could meet those standards? None of us could. The Bible is very clear that every single human being is sinful. There was no way for us to save ourselves.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

The Glory of Easter

Once we see the complex demands of the Old Testament sacrificial system, we see our great need, and we see the glory of Christ’s death and resurrection, the only thing that could permanently pay for our sin.

None of us could meet God’s sacrificial standards, so Christ came and met those standards. All of us are sinful, but Christ lived a life without sin. We couldn’t save ourselves, so Christ came and saved us, because he loved us too much to leave us where we were. 

See, that Romans passage goes on. It doesn’t leave it at that horrible truth.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.” (Romans 3:23-25)

The writer of Hebrews explores the idea of Christ as the final sacrifice:

“But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come…he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption…indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins…

“For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come…it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near…for it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins…

“But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God…for by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.”

(excerpted from Hebrews 9-10; I highly recommend reading both those chapters in their complete form, as they pull this idea together very well)

This is why God gave us all the details of the sacrificial system for sin. He wanted us to see the absolute necessity of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, and how glorious those truths are.

Because it is glorious. Christ, in one final sacrifice, did what centuries of animal sacrifices could not do.  He came, died, and rose, and in doing that he paid it all. 

That’s what we celebrate tomorrow, Easter Sunday.

love, grace

What do you think? Have you looked at the sacrificial system this way before? Are there other passages in the Bible you can think of that complement the ones I shared? Tell me in the comments! 

Read more:

Advent Reflections, part 4: Love

A Day of Rest, Joy, and Worship

Why Be Good if Jesus Died?

Lessons from the Law: Don’t Ignore the Old Testament!

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What Bible verses do you see quoted most often?

John 3:16, perhaps. Psalm 23. Jeremiah 29:11. 1 Corinthians 13. I’m sure many others come to mind, verses that every Christian falls back on. And it’s true that those verses are the Word of God, wonderful, beautiful, and greatly encouraging in hard times.

But you know what else is also the wonderful, beautiful Word of God?

Exodus. Leviticus. Numbers. Deuteronomy.

If you cringed as you read that, this series is for you.

Why Read the Old Testament?

Many Christians dread reading the Old Testament, especially those first few books that are full of Israel’s laws. So we float around in the New Testament, with maybe some Psalms thrown in for good measure, and somehow never get around to truly reading and understanding the Law.

It’s true that Jesus fulfilled the law of Israel, that we are under a new covenant after his death and resurrection. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t important for us anymore.

As I read through the law at the beginning of this year, I tried to come to it with an open mind, and God taught me so many amazing things because of that. The purpose of this series is to share them with you, to help you see the purpose of the Law and its place in the Bible.

Because nothing in the Bible is junk. God gave the entire Bible to us, every single word, for a reason. It is ALL meant to encourage, convict, instruct. I want to fall in love with the entire Bible, and I want you to fall in love with it too.

What We’ll Learn

Over the course of the next few months, we’ll learn about:

The Old Testament sacrificial system and how it points to Jesus

The cleansing laws and how they point to Jesus

Worship in the Old Testament and what we can learn from it

Equality in the law and how amazing it is

How to get started reading the law for yourself

I hope you’re as excited for this series as I am! I can’t wait to share the things I learned as I read through the law, especially Exodus and Leviticus, and to explore how this often-ignored part of the Bible is full of wonderful truth.

love, grace

What do you think? Do you avoid reading the Old Testament? What has God taught you from the law books? Is there anything you want me to cover that wasn’t listed above? Let me know in the comments! 

Read more:

How I Enjoyed Reading Deuteronomy

24 Resolution Ideas for Christian Teens

How to Take Sermon Notes

Why I’m Not Dating in High School, part 1: God’s Purpose for Romance

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Going into high school, I had no strong convictions about dating. I was wavering on the edge of truth, trying to convince myself that it was okay to date, you know, as long as he was a Christian and we stayed pure.

Then I read a book called I Kissed Dating Goodbye. Maybe you’ve heard of it. It presented a new philosophy of romance for the Christian young person in a thoughtful, honest way, and I was convinced. While I don’t necessarily follow all of the specifics the book laid out, the principles led me to decide, purposefully, that I would not date at all during high school.

The question is debatable, and choosing not to date in a public-school atmosphere for four years is hard! But there are very good reasons for my decision and I want to share them with you in a series that will go through January and February.

We’ll start by looking at the most fundamental reason: God’s purpose for romance, dating, and marriage. To do that we have to go way back to the first married couple of the Bible.

What is the Purpose of Romance?

As we see in Genesis, God designed human beings for romance. His design of marriage was a lasting, exclusive covenant between one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24), a design that was played out between Adam and Eve, the first husband and wife.

So what is the purpose of marriage? Primarily, to provide companionship. Eve was created so that Adam would have a helper, someone to live life with (Genesis 2:18). Humans are relational, and God gave us marriage as a way to have a deep relationship with one other person, a companion for us in the daily walk of life.

The other reason God created marriage is to have a model of His love for His people (Ephesians 5:25-26). The ideal loving, selfless relationship between husband and wife is the model for how much Christ loved us, that He came and died for our salvation. His love for us is pure, spotless, and beautiful.

Unfortunately, marriage has been marred by the fall in many ways, but the ultimate goal still stands, and as Christians we have the opportunity to pursue that goal despite the way the world has twisted it.

What is the Purpose of Dating?

With that foundation in mind, we can see more clearly the purpose of dating (or courting, if you choose to call it that). It is important to note that dating is a modern concept; there are many ways that people have found their spouse over the course of human history, some better than others, but there is not one perfect way to go about finding a husband or wife.

But that is what dating is: seeking a potential husband or wife. The goal of dating, courting, or whatever else you call it is to get to know someone better and see if they are the person God wants you to spend your life with in a marriage relationship.

Casual dating results in constantly giving your heart away to someone who is only in your life for a little while. We are called to date purposefully, seeking a partner in life, not for momentary fulfillment. Dating is not an end in itself; it is a means to a greater end. 

This is why I choose not to date in high school. I am not going to be ready for marriage anytime soon, and so getting involved in a relationship now would have no purpose to glorify God. All it would do is distract me, complicate my emotions, and add anxiety to my life.

Dating “just for fun” is not God’s best for us; we should always seek relationships intentionally, looking towards marriage and the future, and not just fun in the moment.

Have you been in a relationship before, and what wisdom can you share from that? Do you agree with me? Why or why not? Are you excited for this series? Tell me in the comments! 

love, grace

Boundaries, Rebellion, and “Living on the Edge”

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In today’s culture, especially among teens, people often have the following attitude.

How much can I get away with before I get caught?

How disrespectful can I get before I get called out?

How far can I go before I wreck my life?

We won’t talk about how destructive this attitude is in general, as that’s a conversation for another day. What I want to talk about now is the problem that surfaces when we apply this attitude to our Christian life.

It’s a principal called maximal righteousness vs. minimal righteousness. 

(I’m not entirely sure where I heard this terminology for the first time. I’m pretty sure I didn’t make it up.)

The question for us, as Christians, should not be “How far can I go before it counts as sin?” This is only striving for minimal righteousness. 

Minimal righteousness is the kind of life that only seeks to know where the absolute limits are, to live on the edge between God’s standards and the world’s culture. In minimal righteousness, the only thing that matters is where the loopholes and the absolute boundary line are. And that is not how God calls us to live.

What is the alternative? Living a life of maximal righteousness. In maximal righteousness, the question is “How much can I live to glorify God?” To live a life of maximal righteousness is to live a life that seeks to glorify God in every way, to stay as far away from the edge as possible, to be completely separate from the world’s culture.

This applies to everything we do. I’ve heard it most applied to dating and purity (not “how far can we go?” but rather “how pure can we stay?”). It can apply to lots of other things as well: how you treat your family, friends, teachers, etc., how diligent you are at your schoolwork…

This is the righteousness that God calls us to.

It’s important to remember, though, that this does not mean striving for perfection on our own. What I’m talking about is the mindset we have as we go about our lives, not actually living our lives perfectly in maximal righteousness all the time.

Remember that we do not have to do this on our own: not cultivate the mindset, not live a perfect life, none of it. God works in us; without the Holy Spirit, we would be lost. Pray that God would help you to live in maximal righteousness, that he would change your heart and attitude.

Pray that He would enable you to reject the cultural rebellion of pushing boundaries and instead choose to go beyond what is required in order to do what is fully right.

love, grace

10 Verses to Encourage You This School Year

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For our last installment in the back-to-school series, I want to leave you with some passages from the Bible that I hope will encourage you and strengthen you for whatever you face this school year.

I could talk about God’s love and faithfulness all day and night, but the Bible obviously says it better than I can. So here are ten of my favorite verses for encouragement and strength.

“For it is You who light my lamp; the Lord my God lightens my darkness. For by You I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall. This God – His way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; He is a shield for all those who take refuge in Him.”

-Psalm 18:28-30

“Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb.

Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.

Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.

-Psalm 37:1-6

“Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength; He makes my feet like the deer’s; He makes me tread on my high places.”

-Habakkuk 3:17-19

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

-Matthew 11:28-30

“And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious about how you should defend yourself or what you should say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”

-Luke 8:11-12

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.”

-John 10:27-29

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

-John 14:26-27

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

-Romans 5:1-5

“…in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

-Romans 8:37-39

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”

-1 Corinthians 10:13

I hope you have a wonderful school year and I know God has many wonderful things in store for your life! Don’t ever forget His promises as you go about your daily calling.

What are some of your favorite Bible verses for encouragement? 

love, grace

Why Do We Dress Modestly?

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This is part 3 of my modesty series. Read part 1 here and part 2 here.

The original version of this post appeared on my first blog, Me, You, and God.

Now that we are firmly rooted in the truth about what modesty is and how the Bible addresses it, it’s time to look at the practical motivations for dressing modestly.

If “the Bible says so” isn’t enough of a motivation for you, here are two practical reasons that modesty is important:

1. It shows the world that we are different.

A major part of bringing glory to God is paying attention to how people perceive us on a regular basis. Witnessing opportunities can open up naturally if the unbelievers around you recognize that you are living differently than the rest of the people they see every day.

And what is one of the biggest factors they will look at? How you dress. Clothes can be a pretty obvious sign of a person’s values, or at least they tend to be seen that way. So be careful! The clothes you wear will give people a certain impression of you.

When our peers, teachers, and other people around us see that we do not wear the short shorts and low-cut tops that the other girls wear, it demonstrates to them that we have been changed and are attempting to live a God-honoring life.

2. It helps others with temptation.

This is the reason most often talked about; when we dress in a way that is immodest, it makes it very hard for our brothers in Christ to avoid sinful thoughts and actions.

“But their sin is not my problem,” you might say. “Their issues shouldn’t dictate what I wear.”

But consider this: a life glorifying to God is a life spent serving others with love, even when it might mean being inconvenienced ourselves. That principle of service doesn’t suddenly not apply when it comes to dressing modestly.

If dressing modestly is something we can do to help the guys around us, we should do it, not grudgingly, but cheerfully and with an attitude of service and love.


What do you think? Are these good reasons for dressing modestly? Do you have other reasons that motivate you? What questions about modesty do you want me to address at some point in the series? Tell me in the comments below! 

love, grace

Coming soon: A belated April Review; I can’t believe I forgot to put that up on Saturday. I was agonizing over a blog post topic and it completely slipped my mind that it was the perfect time for a Month in Review. Oops!


What is Modesty?

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This is part 2 of my modesty series. Read part 1, about the Biblical foundation for modesty, here.

When someone says the word “modesty”, we usually immediately think about the clothes. That’s understandable; usually, Christians focus on that in discussions of modesty.

But I don’t think we should stop there, or even start there. The deeper meaning modesty holds can shed some light on why we dress the way we do and why modesty is such a valued trait according to the Bible.

I want to talk about that today, instead of starting with the clothes, so that we are once again building a foundational understanding of what modesty means before getting into the practical side of it.

Modesty: A Dictionary Definition

The dictionary definition of modesty barely mentions clothes. I looked it up on Merriam-Webster, and here is what I found:


1: freedom from conceit or vanity

2: propriety in dress, speech, or conduct

*propriety: being proper or suitable

Yes, “dress” is mentioned in the second definition, but it’s not the focus of what the word really means. Let’s talk about both of these definitions a little bit.

Modesty: Freedom from Conceit

The first definition of modesty is “freedom from conceit or vanity”. In this sense, modesty is basically another word for humility, or the counting of others as more important than yourself.

I wrote a blog post on this subject a while back that you can check out for a more detailed discussion of what Biblical humility really looks like. But for now, here is a quick summary:

  • Christ is the ultimate example for us. He made Himself nothing despite being the actual Son of God.
  • Humility does not equal insecurity; it is, in fact the opposite. In the words of C.S. Lewis,  “True humility is not thinking less of yourself. It is thinking of yourself less.”
  • True humility means being others-focused.
  • The root of humility is found in regular confession of sin; when we recognize that we are sinners, we have no reason to think that we are better than other people.

Modesty is another word that can be used in the place of humility. It has slightly different connotations, but Biblical humility and Biblical modesty involve some of the same things. Essentially, it means being focused on other people and avoiding sinful pride.

Modesty: Propriety in All Things

The other definition of modesty is “propriety in dress, speech, or conduct”. This definition is where we get our ideas about modesty in relation to clothing.

Propriety, or proper behavior, is essentially acting in a way that is appropriate to the situation.

  • Dressing in an appropriate way (covering ourselves however much is necessary for the situation)
  • Speaking in an appropriate way (keeping our words respectful and loving)
  • Acting in an appropriate way (making sure we are setting a good example and living how God wants us to)

These can look different in different situations; the idea of propriety is that you are living “suitably”. What is a suitable tone of voice when talking to a friend is very different from when you are talking to a teacher. You won’t dress quite the same at the beach as you would at a church service. And so on.

Basically, we are living out the verse in Proverbs 31:

“Strength and dignity are her clothing.”

Acting with propriety is acting with dignity. When we take care to conduct ourselves in a way that presents a good impression, we are being witnesses of Christ. That is what modesty is about.


What do you think? Were you familiar with these definitions of modesty? Are there other ways the word is used that you can think of? What questions about modesty do you have that I can answer later on in the series?

love, grace


Modesty According to the Bible

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Hey guys! Before we get into today’s post…I’m so sorry for my extended absence last week. On Saturday I was in Nashville with my chorus, so that was planned, but I can’t for the life of me remember why I didn’t post on Tuesday. I just looked at my comments section again, and I have so many that I didn’t reply to. I read them all, I promise! But last week was a little crazy, so if I didn’t respond to you, that’s why. I’m trying to get back into the groove of things now.

My post introducing the series on modesty got such a positive response, so I’m glad you are all interested in this topic! Onwards!

Modesty is a topic that has been written about a lot. People have a lot to say about it. But before we get into my personal beliefs, opinions, and tips about the subject, we need to have a firm foundation in what the Bible says about modesty.

There are two main truths from the Bible that we need to remember as we go about this study:

1. Modesty is an outward expression of inward godliness. 

I desire then that in every place…women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness-with good works.

-1 Timothy 2:8-10

This is probably the most famous verse about modesty. The thing we should take away from this verse is not that we are not allowed to braid our hair or wear jewelry. What we should take away from this verse is that we are called to dress in a way that demonstrates our godliness to the world. 

When we are Christians, we express our change of heart outwardly toward others. This verse’s main point is that good works are our ultimate witness. If our clothes are distracting from our words and actions actions, we are not displaying modesty. If our clothes are contradicting our words and actions, we are not displaying modesty.

2. Modesty is not an expression of shame, but rather of pride and dignity in the Lord. 

The most common misconception the world has about modesty is that when we are modest, it means we are ashamed of our bodies. This could not be further from the truth!

Take a look at these verses:

Strength and dignity are her clothing…

-Proverbs 31:25a

The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body…Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ…your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God…you are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

-1 Corinthians 6:13b-20

Modesty is the very opposite of shame. As Christians, everything about us belongs to God, including our body. It is a temple, God’s instrument to use for His work in the world.

Because of that, we should honor our bodies. They are beautiful and precious, created by God. And because we honor our bodies, we do not share them with everyone who wants to look. We are careful that we do not expose ourselves, but rather that we maintain our dignity and honor by dressing in a way that reflects who we are on the inside.

That is the foundation of Biblical modesty. 


What do you think? Did you like this post? Are you excited for the rest of the series? What questions do you have about modesty that I should answer at some point during the series? Let me know in the comments!

♥ love, grace ♥




C.S. Lewis: God Outside of Time

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Today I return with another installment of “Mind-Blowing Theology From C.S. Lewis”. (Who knows how many more of these there will be at some point in the future? Someone could potentially have a whole blog about C.S. Lewis’s theology…)

On Saturday, I shared an illustration from Mere Christianity that really helped me understand the doctrine of the Trinity.

Today, I want to share another chapter from the book that left me completely mind-boggled and in awe. It was something that had never even crossed my mind before.

This mind-blowing chapter is Chapter 3, “Time and Beyond Time”, in the final section of the book. In this chapter, C.S. Lewis addresses the question of how in the world God can hear all of the prayers in the world at once.

First, an important note that Lewis makes: This idea “is a ‘Christian idea’ in the sense that great and wise Christians have held it and there is nothing in it contrary to Christianity. But it is not in the Bible or any of the creeds. You can be a perfectly good Christian without accepting it, or indeed without thinking of the matter at all”.

And now, on to the chapter.

(C.S. Lewis can say it much better than I can, so if this post is a little quote-heavy, that’s why. )

He starts by identifying the problem:

A man put it to me by saying, ‘I can believe in God…but what I cannot swallow is the idea of him attending to several million human beings who are all addressing Him at the same moment’…what is really at the back of this difficulty is the idea of God having to fit too many things into one moment of time. 

But…is God in time at all? Just because all we know is a life moment by moment, does that mean that is how all things are?

C.S. Lewis thinks not.

Almost certainly God is not in Time. His life does not consist of moments following one another. If a million people are praying to Him at ten-thirty tonight, He need not listen to them all in that one little snippet which we call ten-thirty. Ten-thirty…is always the Present for Him.

STOP. Don’t continue reading this post. Read that quote several more times. Then think about it for at least one or two minutes before you continue. Mull over it. The more you think about it, the more it will blow your mind.

Now. Promise me you thought about that a little bit. If you’re more confused than anything, Lewis uses two illustrations that might help you. The second one especially helped me.

The first is that of an author writing a novel.

I write ‘Mary laid down her work; next moment came a knock at the door!’ For Mary, who has to live in the imaginary time of my story, there is no interval between putting down the work and hearing the knock. But I, who am Mary’s maker, do not live in that imaginary time at all. Between writing the first half of that sentence and the second, I might sit for three hours and think steadily about Mary…the hours I spent in doing so would not appear in Mary’s time (the time inside the story) at all.

The second illustration is what really made this concept click in my mind.

If you picture Time as a straight line along which we have to travel, then you must picture God as the whole page on which the line is drawn. We come to the parts of the line one by one: we have to leave A behind before we get to B, and cannot reach C until we leave B behind. God, from above or outside or all round, contains the whole line, and sees it all.

In other words, “with Him it is, so to speak, still 1920 and already 1960”. (remember that this book was written in 1952.)


Here’s one more way of putting it:

…what we call ‘tomorrow’ is visible to Him in just the same way as what we call ‘today’. All the days are ‘Now’ for Him. He does not remember you doing things yesterday; He simply sees you doing them, because, though you have lost yesterday, He has not. He does not ‘foresee’ you doing things tomorrow; He simply sees you doing them: because, though tomorrow is not yet there for you, it is for Him…He knows your tomorrow’s actions…because He is already in tomorrow and can simply watch you…the moment at which you have done it is already ‘Now’ for Him.

This is the one of those things that just gets more amazing and weird and cool the more you think about it. It was all I could think about for about twenty minutes after I read this chapter.  It’s so cool!!!

What do you think? Do you find this as cool as I do? Does it blow your mind?? Tell me in the comments below!!

♥ love, grace ♥


The Trinity According to C.S. Lewis

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C.S. Lewis is the master of theological illustrations.

I’ve been reading Mere Christianity at the suggestion of my blogger friend, a fellow Grace. It’s really a fabulous book that should be required reading for every Christian. Lewis does a wonderful job of explaining the basic beliefs of Christianity, the moral life of a Christian, and some more complicated theology, all in a concise and entertaining way.

The theological illustration he uses that I want to share relates to the doctrine of the Trinity. This is notoriously a hard doctrine to grasp, but the way Lewis explains it really helps me.

This is in the last section (“Beyond Personality”), in chapter 2 (“The Three-Personal God”).

Lewis first discusses the idea of dimensions; how one dimension involves only straight lines, two dimensions involves a figure that is made up of straight lines, and three dimensions involves a solid body that is made up of figures.

In a two-dimensional world, you still get straight lines, but many lines make one figure. In a three-dimensional world…many figures make one solid body. In other words, as you advance to more real and more complicated levels, you do not leave behind you the things you found on the simpler levels: you still have them, but combined in new ways – in ways you could not imagine if you knew only the simpler levels.

MerChristianity, 161-162

He then goes on to apply this illustration to the Trinity.

“The human level is a simple and rather empty level. On the human level one person is one being, and any two persons are two separate beings – just as, in two dimensions…one square is one figure, and any two squares are two separate figures. On the Divine level you still find personalities; but up there you find them combined in new ways which we, who do not live on that level, cannot imagine…you find a being who is three Persons while remaining one Being, just as a cube is six squares while remaining one cube.” 

Mere Christianity, 162

Isn’t this a genius way of explaining it? I feel like it would work well for explaining the Trinity to young children and unbelievers/new Christians, but it also really helped me think about the Trinity in a new way.

The Trinity tends to be one of those doctrines that people who have grown up in Christian families just take for granted and never really take the time to think about, maybe because it just seems too complicated. This chapter, though, explained it in a way that really clicked in my head, so I wanted to share it with you.

We obviously won’t be able to imagine it clearly, but, in Lewis’s words, “we can get a sort of faint notion of it” (162). And it’s important to be able to understand these theological doctrines as much as our human brains possibly can.

I’ll be sharing another really cool theological tidbit from Mere Christianity on Tuesday (it realllly blew my mind), but I think this is enough to process and mull over for now!

What do you think? Do you find this illustration helpful or interesting? Are there other ways that you have heard the Trinity explained that you think are helpful? Who else loves C.S. Lewis? 🙂 Tell me in the comments below! 

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