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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.
Without question, the central fact of true Christianity is Jesus Christ—His Person and work. However, His work would be ineffectual and incomplete apart from the glories and perfection of His divinity and humanity—all that these mean and imply united together in one splendid Person with two unmingled natures. As such, the wonder of His person is on display in the first chapter of Hebrews. Written to Jewish believers tempted to forsake their sufficient Savior in the face of militant and increasing persecution, the anonymous inspired writer is used of the Holy Spirit to instruct and counsel His disciples in the perfect sufficiency of who Jesus is. To that end, the writer appeals to the highest authority he knows: For who could describe Jesus better than His own heavenly Father? Read more
In the final book of the New Testament, the ascended, reigning, and soon-coming Christ’s first order of business is to speak as Lord to His churches. He has much to say about His plans, program, and the grand storyline of Scripture and the universe—but not yet. For His bride needs to hear a word from her Husband, and indeed that word ties in neatly with what has come before it (in the Canon and in history) and what will come after it (for the church age is the inaugural part of the “last days” about which Revelation has much to say in terms of their final, complete fulfillment). As the churches embody the life and ways of His present and future kingdom, they must be careful to do this in the proper way. One of the threats to this holistic, redemptive lifestyle is to do the right things in the wrong way, for the wrong reasons. Read more
The second half of Micah chapter six is arguably one of the bleakest portions of the Bible. Functioning as the conclusion of the lawsuit which opened in chapter 1, and following immediately on the heels of the closing arguments portion of 6:1-8, verses 9-16 contain no sweetness, tenderness, or hope. There is only the unmitigated, unavoidable coming wrath of the one true God. While a difficult portion to ponder, it reminds us of the inflexible holiness of our God and causes us to look beyond these verse to the whole drama of Scripture—where alongside the promised wrath there is also assured mercy, forgiveness, and grace. Read more
In his book Christ Formed in You, Brian Hedges writes, “God’s ultimate goal is to glorify himself through transformed human beings” (193). Hedges zeroes in on a vastly important part of the ultimate program and purpose of God. God means to have a holy people, zealous for good works (Titus 2:14), and in church saints particularly He means to get a bride for His Son and a queen for the kingdom of God. Because humans are sinners, they must be radically transformed for this purpose to be realized. One of the ways this transformation happens is through the discipline of God. Broader and more all-encompassing than mere correction after sinful conduct, this discipline shapes the believer, trains him or her in comprehensive righteousness, and gives them all that is necessary to live life as God designed it. This week’s message explored the discipline of God and its relationship to our endurance in the race of faith. Read more
Jonah is one of the most beloved of children’s Sunday school stories—a veritable staple of pint-sized OT-survey, alongside the Garden of Eden and Noah’s ark. Children (and adults too) appreciate the undertones of ironic humor in the story—Jonah thought he could outrun Yahweh, so He simply sent an enormous fish to get the job done. But is Jonah about the prophet, especially his disobedience? Is it about the wretched paganism of the Ninevites? Or is it ultimately about the sovereign God, His essence of love and mercy, and His desire to extend that mercy to His rebellious creation to restore relationship with them and fulfill His plan to establish His kingdom on earth? Read more