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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.
We are saved to worship. Indeed, in His well-known evangelism of the woman at the well, does not our Lord tell her, “The true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers” (John 4:23)? God’s plan from all eternity has been an earthly kingdom of sanctified worshipers, submitted to His rule and rightly relating to, representing, and ruling for Him. While this mission was not derailed by the Fall and while it will be ultimately (and gloriously) successful, this does not mean there are no obstacles, failures, or attempts to short-circuit. The fallen human heart, through irrevocably designed to worship, refuses to worship the true God, or else attempts to worship Him in an unauthorized way. If worship is designed as allegiance to or yieldedness to an ultimate authority, then virtually every sin, area of bondage, foolish decision, and expression of carnality can be traced to false worship. Read more
Undoubtedly, our greatest spiritual example apart from the Lord Jesus Christ is the Apostle Paul. Indeed, under inspiration he tells us more than once to imitate him as he imitates Christ (e.g., 1 Cor. 11:1). This is because the Lord intends the sinner Paul to be a most fitting example to other sinners for how to live the Christian life! Certainly, understanding the Lord Jesus lived as He did not out of His deity but His utter dependence on the Spirit is encouraging to us, and shows that a holy life is most attainable if we depend on the Lord’s power. However, Jesus had no sin nature with which to contend, so His trust in His Father and dependence on the Spirit experienced no hindrances, interruptions, or setbacks. This is why, I think, the Lord has written the Scripture to include other sinners as our examples of fruitful Christian living. Read more
That God requires comprehensive sanctification of His people is not a surprise to those familiar with the New Testament. That it filters down into every detail and whim of the heart, mouth, and mind, however, may. Some sins are more calculated and deliberate, others are the result of a series of compromises with the flesh, and some, especially those of the tongue and certain emotional sins, are what we might call “reflexive.” That is, they require almost no premeditation and can appear instantaneous, unchosen, and in a sense unintentional. But they are still rebellion against the moral will of God and must be mortified and repented of like anything else. Read more
God created us for His glory (Isa. 43:7), and the surest way to bring Him glory is through consistent and joyful holiness. In many churches today justification—God’s free declaration of righteousness based on union with Christ through faith alone—and glorification—the accomplishment of our salvation in the future by resurrection into a perfect, sinless body on the new earth—are celebrated, but sanctification is not only not celebrated, it is often ignored or downplayed. But because God saves us through sanctification (2 Thess. 2:13) as the pathway we walk from justification to eternal glory, we cannot afford to under-emphasize, ignore, or twist it. Read more
Knowing that God calls His people to humility can create tension within the souls of those same people. Do we not all long for glory, for significance, for the sense that our lives and existence have effectually, decisively impacted and altered the world? Yet how do we square this desire with the call to humility, self-sacrifice, and daily death? First, God commends those who seek for glory, honor and immortality by bestowing upon them eternal life on the last day (Romans 2:7). Why? Because it is in the context and goal of “perseverance in doing good.” God’s people persevere in obedience because they seek these things. Second, our prayers are effectual for the accomplishing of divine ends (James 4:2). Piper has well said that God does things He would not have done if we had not prayed. Third, Christians have the responsibility to be “workers together with God” for the furtherance of His program—advancing His kingdom rule and winning people to it (1 Cor. 3:9; 9:19-27). All of these things involve real, valid human choices, and mean that our choices change history and the world. Yet, they are hand-in-glove with humility because God is the One at work in our godly choices, enabling them and making them effectual (Phil. 2:12-13); we can do nothing of ourselves (John 15:3), for the grace of God is at work in us (1 Cor. 15:10). These things do not happen because we are powerful. They happen because God graciously includes sinful men and women in His perfect plan! God fulfills our good desires and longings for His glory because He is the One who shaped our hearts to long for those very things (2 Thess. 1:11-12). Read more