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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.
Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21
During His three-and-a-half year earthly ministry, our Lord Jesus accomplished many things. Because I believe the promised eschatological kingdom was inaugurated in our Lord’s ministry and will be fully consummated with His pre-millennial Second Advent, I also believe many of these events in some way illustrated, founded, or otherwise taught about that wonderful kingdom, of which our Lord is the rightful king. Read more
Possibly the greatest comfort to the consecrated believer is the sovereignty of God. While the mature Christian never uses His sovereignty as a denial of His use of real and necessary means to accomplish the divine will, the believer rests in the fact that it is divine omnipotence that precedes, enables, sustains, and makes effectual every effort done in the name of Christ and for the triumph of His kingdom. In many respects, you and I are like the disciples. We too have seen Christ’s goodness, sovereignty, and power, and have been awed and mystified by the endless treasures of holiness, wisdom, deity, and knowledge that reside in this Man from Galilee. And we too are called, commissioned, and enabled by Him to reach the world for His name and glory. Yet those efforts will constantly be threatened by attacks within (from our flesh, from unbelief, from the temptation to focus on our glory and abilities rather than His) and without (from the world, the devil, and the flesh of fallen people with whom we interact). Read more
As I have often emphasized in these blogs, one of the clearest realities in Scripture is that people are created to be dependent. To rule the world under the authority of God for His glory? Yes. To be channels of His authority for the advancement of His kingdom and purposes? Yes. But all of this is done while in a position of dependence on and surrender to Him as God and Lord, and done shaping the mind after and informing the thinking, will, and affections by the inerrant Word He has intended as the starting point for all our thinking. We are never to be independent from Him. Read more
The Old Testament promises in its final book that before the coming of our Lord He will send “Elijah” to initiate a New Covenant work among His people (Mal. 4:5-6). Based on how this passage is used in the NT, it appears quite obvious that John the Baptist was the initial fulfillment of this great promise—as the final OT prophet laying the foundation for the full work Christ would do in His first and second advents—yet with a future fullness to be completed in that final day of our Lord (vv. 1-3; cf. Rev. 11:1-14—while we cannot be dogmatic about the identity of these future men, I believe a strong case can be made that they are Elijah and Enoch, and that has been my own view for some years). Read more
To bring His anciently prophesied New Covenant to pass, our Lord foreordained to use the ministries and words of men He Himself would choose. Besides the men who gave these prophecies in the older Testament (Isaiah, David, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, etc.) would be their followers in the New—the apostles and prophets. The latter were initially chosen through His incarnate ministry on earth; the doctrine they taught of the Christ and His work, unfolded, expanded upon, and applied in inerrant writings from Matthew to Revelation would be the foundation stones of His inaugurated kingdom and plan. Read more