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?”
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”
The entire Christian life is balanced upon this phrase “he is able.”
Let us look to the Scriptures, and consider.
It is never the amount or exercising of our faith, but the object of our faith.
This is fight of the Christian life: subduing what once subdued us
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The triune God rules supremely and perfectly as the happy God (cf. 1 Timothy 1:11). During his creation, everything that exists was created by him and exists by and for his will (Revelation 4:11). And all of creation was created and declared good by him (Genesis 1:31; 1 Timothy 4:4).
By his sovereign decree, the creation exists to serve one purpose: God. Psalm 119:91 says in reference to the sun and the earth, “By your appointment they stand this day, for all things are your servants.” Created things exist to serve God, and if God’s chief end is, as John Piper says, to glorify God and to enjoy himself forever (cf. Isaiah 48:9-11) then all created things exist for God.
Continue reading “Subduing and Subdued”
Though he did not commit any sins, he was sent away with a death warrant for ours; Jesus bore our punishment for us.
Private Sins, Public Shame
The producer of Gangs of New York, Harvey Weinstein, is making newspaper and media headlines. But sadly, not for another movie, but for multiple allegations and women coming forward to reveal that they have been sexually assaulted, groped, and raped by the director. According to these women, they have been asked, forced, and paid to make sexual advances or to be alone with him in hotel rooms; they have been tricked into one-on-one meetings in offices or in buildings. And in all of these horrendous and wicked acts of sexual sin, Weinstein remained in power over their word and fame as actresses. These secret sins in the hidden areas of offices, closed doors, and hotel rooms have not been exposed for what they are: disturbing acts carried out by a human being with a heart of stone, full of sexual immorality, lust, falsehood, pride, and in the place of power to abuse and shame the opposite sex in the process.
Continue reading “Weinstein, David, and the Gospel”