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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.
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
Because the gospel is the only means of salvation for a lost and dead world of sinners, it is no surprise that Satan does all he can to corrupt its purity and distract from its devastating necessity. While the gospel is corrupted through legalism (saying the ground of our acceptance with God is based on something in us) and antinomianism (which undercuts the radicalness of regeneration and the powerfully transforming nature of the gospel, and denies obedience as in any way necessary for final salvation), Satan has also effectively distracted people from the gospel by making them focus on their own goodness, religious involvement, political activism, investment in family, and other activities that may be good in themselves—even evidences of salvation in the regenerate—but which prevent people from placing unreserved trust in the blood and righteousness of Christ alone as the only ground of their acceptance by a holy God. Those distracted from the gospel often have a low view of their own depravity as well as God’s holiness. They do not see themselves in the radically corrupted, desperately sinful way the Bible depicts—and so they do not believe the gospel, in either its robust (i.e., biblical) or anemic (i.e., contemporary and American) forms are applicable or necessary. They content themselves with a moralism sourced and governed in their own autonomous reasoning, and wrap themselves in it so tightly they do not feel the flames of hell licking at its frayed edges. Read more
God has one true people. There are legitimate organizational and functional distinctions within that people (Israel, church, millennial institutions), but there is only one people who is rightly related to Him out of all the nations of men. Because the devil hates God and hates men, he is eager to counterfeit and corrupt true religion and worship. Even true Christian people can engage in this corruption, whether doctrinally or deportmentally. Read more
What do the humility and maturity to which God calls us look like? How are we to respond to the spiritually mature among us? Thankfully our Lord has not left us in the dark about either question. In the little-known believer Epaphroditus He has given us a relatable image of spiritual maturity, and our spiritually mature attitude towards those who manifest it. Read more