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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.
Where is lasting joy to be found? As Christian people who wrestle with a fallen environment and advancing the Lord’s kingdom in the midst of His enemies (Psa. 110:1-2), we face opposition, lost opportunities, unanswered prayers, personal failure, broken relationships, unmet longings, and more. Moreover, we are often misunderstood, persecuted, foolish, prideful, and plain stupid in our attempts to further that kingdom (seeing as we are forever dealing either with someone else’s sin or our own).
What is the source of our joy? Read more
It is the Christian nature to spiritually grow. The life God imparts at regeneration pushes the believer ever onward in a continuous pursuit of greater holiness, love, and spiritual maturity. Just as a baby is born at a level of immaturity but carries within him or herself the potential for adulthood, the believer, when initially converted, is a spiritual baby but has all the necessary resources to become a flourishing spiritual giant. Of course, growth will not be had if the Christian does not pursue it! It is possible to be saved for many years and be very spiritually stunted, carrying only the most basic signs of regeneration and spiritual life. But given the right context and the right impetus to use their spiritual resources, every believer can successfully pursue spiritual maturity. Read more
Christian fellowship—whether between individual believers or the partnership between churches or other ministries for some aspect of edification or evangelism—is not an end in itself. On one level, it fulfills an aspect of God’s creation design in that it is God’s new covenant answer to the unfittingness of being alone (Gen. 2:18). But even that unfittingness is because Adam could not fulfill God’s purposes for him if he were alone! Human relationships, of any kind or degree, find their ultimate sense of place when in the context of God’s kingdom program. This is no truer than in the fellowship Christians enjoy and are exhorted to maintain. Read more
Verbal plenary inspiration (and its necessary consequence, total inerrancy) is the cornerstone of Christianity. For without a trustworthy word from God, we would not know Him, nor know of His incarnation, sinless life, substitutionary death, glorious resurrection, ascension, heavenly session, and coming kingdom. Nor would we know what those glorious truths mean for us, much less the constellation of reasons why they are necessary (our fallenness, the cursed nature of the world, satanic deception and opposition), or the high purpose for which we were created and to which God restores us through His gospel. We need God to speak, and He has spoken in written words given to His apostles and prophets for our benefit. Read more
As the Lord Jesus now reigns over His spiritual kingdom in an inauguration of the promises He will everlastingly fulfill in the millennial reign and on the new earth, He has sent His authoritative words from heaven to men that they might know what it is to properly surrender to Him as God’s installed, chosen king in the heavenly Zion (Psa. 2:6). The kingdom will one day soon come in its glorious fullness, and so Christians must speak and live as citizens of that grand reality that will fundamentally transform all things. As those who have been redeemed by God and have the promise of being on the right side of history and the judgment, Christians have every unshakeable reason to be filled with true joy regardless of their circumstances on earth. Read more