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Cicero: One Law for All


Cicero: One Law for All

DAILY DABBLE IN THE CLASSICS, CICERO

Cicero (106-43 BC)

In the last years of the Roman Republic, Marcus Tullius Cicero, penned his dialogue De Legibus (On the Laws). Regarding the Nature of Man, of Justice, of Right, of True Law and of the Framer and Proposer of this Law, Cicero testified:

Of all these things respecting which learned men dispute there is none more important than clearly to understand that we are born for justice, and that right is founded not in opinion but in nature. There is indeed a true law (lex), right reason, agreeing with nature and diffused among all, unchanging, everlasting, which calls to duty by commanding, deters from wrong by forbidding… It is not allowable to alter this law nor to deviate from it. Nor can it be abrogated. Nor can we be released from this law either by the senate or by the people. Nor is any person required to explain or interpret it. Nor is it one law at Rome and another at Athens, one law today and another thereafter; but the same law, everlasting and unchangeable, will bind all nations and all times; and there will be one common Lord and Ruler of all, even God, the framer and proposer of this law.


Source: Cicero. De Legibus (On the Laws) 11, 4, 10.

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WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT GOD


ABOUT GOD

There are many confused ideas about God. To many, God is nature, an idea, a good principle, even man himself. There is one true God. We declare Him much as did Paul (Acts 17:22,23).

  1. GOD IS A PERSON (GENESIS 1:1)

Know ye that the Lord he is God; it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves” (Psalm 100:3).

John 3:16 declares that God is a person. He is the supreme ruler of the universe and has life in Himself (John 5:26).

  1. GOD IS OMNIPRESENT.

He is not IN everything but He IS everywhere. I Kings 8:27: “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee.” (See: Isaiah 66:1; Psalm 139:7-10.)

  1. GOD IS OMNISCIENT. (SEE PSALM 139:11; JOB 34:21,22)

God’s omniscience enabled Him to see the end from the beginning of the world and plan for every event of time. “Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world” (Acts 15:18). God foreknew a man’s name and what he would do some 350 years before it came to pass (I Kings 13:1-3; II Kings 23:15,16).

  1. GOD IS OMNIPOTENT (MATTHEW 19:25,26)

His power is seen in creation, “Let all the earth feat the Lord, let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spoke and it was done: he commanded and it stood fast” (Psalm 33:8,9).

His power was manifest in Sodom and Gomorrah. In the flood. In Egypt.

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  1. GOD IS FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING (PSALM 90:2; ISAIAH 40:28)

(Psalm 90:2; Isaiah 40:28).

  1. GOD IS A TRIUNE BEING. (I JOHN 5:7; MATTHEW 28:19,20).

God is manifest in three ways:

    1. Spirit (John 4:24).

    2. Intelligence (Psalm 147:5).

    3. Material (John 1:14,18; Colossians 2:9).

The THREE were manifest at the baptism of Jesus (Luke 3:22; I Timothy 3:16).

  1. GOD AND OUR SALVATION.

    1. God the Father willed our salvation in eternity.

      1. In eternity He provided for our salvation (Revelations 13:8; Ephesians 1:4).

      2. In time He sent His Son to be offered (John 1:14,29).

      3. In time His Son gave His life a ransom for all (Timothy 1:5,6).

    1. The Son purchased our redemption. In eternity he accepted the role of redeemer (Revelations 13:8; I Peter 1:18-20). In time He executed the foreordained role – gave Himself for a sacrifice (Isaiah 53:3-6). In time He shed His blood (I Peter 2:24).

    1. The Holy Spirit begets our salvation through the new birth (John 3:3-7; Titus 3:5). In time He leads the lost to conviction and repentance (John 16:7-11).

    1. God Himself is our mediator (I Timothy 2:5).

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