Friday, December 31, 2010
A gospel that gets your sins forgiven but offers no power for transformation is too small.
A gospel that isolates one of the benefits of union with Christ and ignores all the others is too small.
A gospel that must be measured by your own moral conduct, social conscience, or religious experience is too small.
A gospel that rearranges the components of your life but does not put you personally in the presence of God is too small."
Fred Sanders - The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything. (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2010), 106
(HT Of First Importance)
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
The Connection Between Believing and Living
John 20:30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. I believe that this believing is aimed at Believers, those who have already begun the journey of faith. I do not believe that the Gospel of John was written to unbelievers who happened to attend church in the first century. Throughout Jesus’ disciples’ lives and throughout our lives we are constantly battling against unbelief and where that attitude takes us spiritually. When you read the Gospels, read them to benefit from them in the way they were intended. Let these narratives bolster your ability to entrust your life into God’s care through Christ and enjoy “life in his name.”
From Preaching With More Accuracy:
Christ-centered Meaning of Isaiah's Messianic Prophecy in 7:10-15
Isaiah 7:10-15 contains a well-known prophecy of our Lord Jesus Christ, the virgin-born son. Although the following phrase doesn’t get much press in several commentaries, it is significant: “when he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good.” I take this concept to be a key to understanding how our Savior would deliver us who believe (not the "when" part, but what He would do). Jesus would do what Adam could not do, what Israel could not do, and what we can’t do without a new heart--refuse the evil and choose the good. Thankfully, our Lord chose the good and refused the evil in most difficult scenarios such as in the wilderness, in Gethsemane, and ultimately on the cross! Because He did, we can have assurance that God’s people will enjoy the fulfillment of Isaiah’s wonderful prophesies. If you’re following the blog, you can see that this is another attempt to show a potential connection between the Gospel and Isaiah’s own wording in verse 15. This is one way to utilize a Christ-centered hermeneutic on a Messianic prophecy.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
It’s not just about the manger where the baby laid.
It’s not all about the angels, who sang for Him that day.
It’s not just about the shepherds or the bright and shining star.
It’s not all about the wise men, who traveled from afar.
It’s not just about the presents underneath the tree.
It’s not all about the feeling that this season brings to me.
It’s not just about coming home to be with those you love.
It’s not all about the beauty of the snow I’m dreaming of.
It’s about the cross.
It’s about my sin.
It’s about how Jesus came to be born once so that we could be born again.
It’s about God’s love nailed to a tree.
It’s about every drop of blood that flowed from Him, when it should have been me.
It’s about the stone that was rolled away
So that you and I could have eternal life today.
It’s about the cross…
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.
Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.
And I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Friday, December 17, 2010
"The Antinomian heresy is the view that the law of God revealed in the Old Testament has nothing to do with the New Testament church; that the New Testament church is a church without law, a church that lives and breathes exclusively on the basis of grace… But the New Testament is far from abolishing God’s moral law. Jesus calls his disciples to obedience. He says, ‘If you love me, you will obey what I command’ (John 14:15)."
R.C. Sproul - The Purpose of God, An Exposition of Ephesians, p. 64-65.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
John Piper - Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ p. 21
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Friday, December 03, 2010
Thursday, December 02, 2010
"I ran into some people over the weekend who are still stymied as to why a good God would allow cancer on top of my chronic pain and quadriplegia. But it's no mystery to me. “The cross God sends is a cross that He understood with His divine mind, tested with His wise justice, and weighed with His own hands to see that it be not one inch too large and not one ounce too heavy for the person to whom He has given it,” as one writer put it. The Bible puts it this way: “All this is evidence that God's judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering” (II Thessalonians 1:5). When it comes to the cross you daily bear, join me in agreeing that God's judgment is right. The cross you shoulder is not one inch too large nor one ounce too heavy, for the Lord especially hand-tailored it so that Christ's kingdom might be advanced through you. That alone is the highest of honors."
Read the entire article here.
John R. W. Stott - The Message of Galatians, page 179.