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Because of the glorious Lord Jesus Christ, true life now—and eternal life forever—is yours to know and enjoy. What the Scripture reveals about Him is worth more than all knowledge, all riches, and all happiness in this world.
The creation intent of God is to have a race of embodied worshipers on a glorious earth heavy with the fruits of God-centered human endeavor, produced by righteous men and women who worship Him, represent Him, and rule for Him in every area of life. The Fall did not overturn or halt this intent; rather, in the providence of God it drew it to unparalleled heights. In this age, the seed of the new humanity—chosen from among all the nations of men—is the church. Because we are the new humanity, it is our duty to live up to the demands and delights of God ordained at creation, in the specific context and application of the New Covenant (wherein we have the power to do so!). Read more
God created humanity not merely in, but as His image—to rightly represent, relate to, and rule for Him over the world He had made. This image is the opportunity and divine intention to exercise His authority over His world for the furtherance of His program. With the fall into depravity, our ability to function as God’s image was severely corrupted, though not entirely lost. When God saves sinners, He begins transforming their character to once again reflect His image, that His authority might be restored to them to properly rule His world and fulfill His program. While this intention will not be completed until the future kingdom, the more we reflect our Lord’s perfect character the more we will be able to cooperate with Him effectively for the furtherance of His purposes and the recovery of our lost destiny. Read more
Fallen human nature wishes to avoid many things it deems undesirable. Besides general pain, arguably the most pressing of these is guilt. We do not like feeling guilty or condemned. Of course, many times we can be made to feel guilty illegitimately—whether by our own warped standard of righteousness that expect more of us than God does, or by the legalistic, simplistic demands of others. But the emotional sensation is such that regardless of its legitimacy, the human heart recoils from it and wants to do as much as it can to avoid feeling it. Rationalization, justification, anger, and simple avoidance are all tactic we use to not feel guilt. Read more
In the Scripture, the Christian life either as a whole or in some individual aspect is described as fruit on a vine (Jn. 15:1-11), sheep who follow their shepherd (Jn. 10:1-10), spiritual marriage (Rom. 7:1-3; 2 Cor. 10:2), birth into a family (1 Pet. 1:22-23), a body under the rule of a head (1 Cor. 12:12-27), persevering in doing good (Rom. 2:6), spiritual resurrection (Rom. 6:4), being taught by God (Eph. 4:21), walking in the light (1 Jn. 1:7), walking in the truth (3 Jn. 4), being kept for Jesus Christ and at the same time keeping ourselves in the love of God (Jude 1, 21), and walking on a narrow way while doing the will of God (Matt. 7:14, 21). Unsurprisingly, then, the Christian life is also described frequently as running a race, with the expectation that we finish well, and that without running well nor finishing well we will not win the prize of eternal life (1 Cor. 9:24-27; cf. James 1:12). Read more
Among other things, salvation gives us a radical transformation and shift in values and priorities. This is, of course, because regeneration gives us a new nature with new desires, longings, perspective, and worldview. As such, we value and prioritize differently than a lost person, because we “recognize no one according to the flesh” (2 Cor. 5:16). In Philippians 3, Paul is our illustration of this reality, as he describes how his conversion made him the kind of person who treasures Jesus over all. This saving treasuring of Christ brings with it any blessings, four of which Paul describes in this passage. Read more