Tom has most recently served as the Professor of Historical Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He previously taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he was Professor of Church History and Chair of the Department of Church History. Prior to that, he taught at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. Along with numerous journal articles and scholarly papers, Dr. Nettles is the author and editor of fifteen books. Among his books are By His Grace and For His Glory; Baptists and the Bible, James Petigru Boyce: A Southern Baptist Statesman, and Living by Revealed Truth: The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles H. Spurgeon.
1 Peter 2:24). Beyond the giving of meaning, however, in God’s gracious revelation, we do not know the end of any of the things that occur. But this quest for meaning in itself, though it fell short of Solomon’s hope, nevertheless yielded important fruit. One must not look to the nature of the things that happen to a person in this life as that which distinguishes between the righteous and the unrighteous, the loved and the hated. These events will have different effects on the mind and spirit of those whom God has distinguished by grace or reprobation, but in the present appearance of the events themselves, they appear the same in this life
Philippians 4:10-20, provides a notable and edifying contrast to the mesmerizing greed of the man pictured by Solomon. “I have learned in whatever situation I am in, therewith to be content. . . . I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. . . . I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacr5ifice acceptable and pleasing to God.”