You are knit together with Christ.
The Heart of the Christian Life
Scottish theologian Sinclair Ferguson once wrote that, “[union with Christ is] a doctrine which lies at the heart of the Christian life.” If there was ever a doctrine taught so profoundly in the Scriptures that believers must better see and adore, it is their union with Christ.
And yet, I find that we need a helpful understanding and a clear picture of this profound mystery that is the core of the gospel of God. First, I want us to pick up on the language of what it means to be united to Christ in the New Testament, and then I want to take you to a beautiful picture of what this looks like in the Old Testament. Continue reading “What is Union with Christ?”
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Thank You, Puritans
Not many people read the Puritans, though I am immensely thankful for the seemingly recent revival of great books (thank you Banner of Truth and Monergism.com) by who I call the “old dead guys.” There is tons of truth, deep theology, and soaring treatises on the holiness of God, communion with God, the mortification of sin, the doctrine of repentance, etc. And in all of these writings by the Puritans and men similar to them, I have noticed one very common thread: big reflections on small phrases. Continue reading “Big Reflections on Small Phrases: Recovering Meditation”
It is like the sweetness of honey that rolls over the rottenness of a cavity — the sweetness exposes my rottenness.
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The Many Medicines of the Lord
We are very much aware of the texts that speak of the meticulous and wise providences of God in brining about suffering, pain, and affliction for our good and God’s glory. And we are keenly aware (hopefully) of the footing for these precious and very great promises:
- Job 5:17-18, ““Behold, blessed is the one whom God reproves; therefore despise not the discipline of the Almighty. For he wounds, but he binds up; he shatters, but his hands heal.“
- Hosea 6:1, “Come, let us return to the LORD; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.
- Lamentations 3:31-33, “For the Lord will not cast off forever, but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love; for he does not afflict from his heart or grieve the children of men.”
- Psalm 119:71, “It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes” (see also verse 67, 75).
Continue reading “Sanctification in God’s Good Gifts”
God’s patience is his sovereign freedom to demonstrate the fullness of his character.
The entire Christian life is balanced upon this phrase “he is able.”
We are to pray that the Lord might sprinkle down and flower his glory amongst us ruined sinners in desperately sick planet.
Rest assured, your faithful preaching receives its “praise not from man, but from God”