What Do Believers Mean by the Sovereignty of God?
The psalmist who wrote Psalm 147 demonstrated his settled belief in the sovereignty of God.
God only has to speak and everything happens! Right down to the cold needed to create snow, frost and crystals of ice. And then the Lord is also the one who melts them using his wind or breath. But he is not finished there. The psalmist ends his praise in stunning fashion: He declares his word... Continue Reading
God Has Destined Us for Sonship Not Employment
Yes, our God and Father has destined us for sonship and nothing can change that.
Yes, our God and Father has destined us for sonship and nothing can change that. It was done “in love,” which means, though we’ve sinned in more ways than we can count, He won’t banish us to eke out the Christian life in the servant’s quarters until we can get our act together. No, we always have a place at the family... Continue Reading
Every person who walks in every local church on every Sunday morning has a reason for doing so. No two Sundays look the same for the sheep as a whole.
What makes a local church so powerful, so revitalizing to people from all walks and seasons of life? Most certainly, it is because every local church, together as one flock, is presided over by the one Good Shepherd (John 10:11–16). As Psalm 23 famously reminds us, our Lord, as our Shepherd, is the one leading... Continue Reading
“Clothed with Splendor and Majesty”: Reflections on the Glory of the Divine King
The modesty of God in revealing his transcendent divine light by means of created heavenly lights suggests something about the final goal and end of divine revelation.
We will behold God’s glory, not by means of his created, intermediary luminaries, but in the unveiled purity of God’s own transcendent light (Rev 21:23; 22:4-5). Those who have been redeemed by the precious blood of Christ, who are being sanctified by the Holy Spirit for a holiness without which no one will see the... Continue Reading
How to Get More Out of Your Pastor’s Sermons
If you aren’t “getting anything” from the faithful preaching of God’s word, the first problem to examine is in the mirror, not the Pastor.
Your heart as you drive to Church on Sunday should be brimming with anticipation not because you expect some entertainment or life-changing emotional moment. Rather, you should be excited that God is going to teach you through your Pastor so that your life can change to better reflect Christ in the coming week. I always enjoy reading... Continue Reading
God’s Love for the Believer is as. . .
How should we think about the love of God toward us who believe, while we acknowledge the reality of sin in our lives?
When we consider the enormity of our sins, and our hearts begin to sink under the weight of a sense of the guilt that we have incurred, we must remember the eternal purposes of God in the everlasting covenant of redemption. When we begin to have hard thoughts of God, we must fix our eyes... Continue Reading
It Is Finished: Beholding the Cross of Christ from All of Scripture
The way to understand Christ’s life, death, and resurrection is to place those events in the timeline of God’s redemptive history.
As one Old Testament scholar has put it, “I like the New Testament, because it reminds me a lot of the Old Testament.” Indeed, the New Testament should remind us of the Old Testament, because every page of the New Testament (and often every paragraph) is filled with quotations, allusions, and echoes from the Old... Continue Reading
What Ever Happened to Objective Truth?
Truth has largely been replaced by pragmatism and emotionalism.
If a proclamation is made, it is either true or false. When it comes to a particular issue, there is no such thing as your truth and my truth. It’s always possible we are both wrong, of course, but we cannot both be right at the same time and in the same sense. It is... Continue Reading
Three Encouragements for a Courageous Life
In God’s wisdom, he always plants his people in fertile soil where they can live and minster with courage.
Those who fear God have no need to fear anything else. And those who walk in the fear of the Lord walk in the path of God’s favor, one that chiefly promises life everlasting (Prov. 8:32-36). The world can neither tamper nor thwart what God has promised His people. Because eternal life is ours, we... Continue Reading
5 Reasons to Read Your Bible Beyond Practical Application
Treat personal application as the only consistent outcome for your Bible reading, and you may simply miss out on these other benefits the Lord wishes for you.
Reading your Bible saturates your mind and heart in the love of God for you, which will motivate you to even greater obedience in the future. Though you may not get a nugget of practical application right now, the good news will inflame your desire for such obedience in perpetuity. I believe in practical... Continue Reading