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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.
The prophet Micah serves as the divinely-ordained prosecutor in God’s case against Judah, several decades prior to its fall to Babylon in 722 B.C. The people have rebelled against their covenant Lord, and after multiplied years and generations with no repentance, judgment is imminent. Interspersed with previous chapters of laying out God’s charges against the nation are promises of future glory and grace to be received upon Messiah’s return to set up His millennial kingdom. Chapter six featured the closing arguments and the verdict, while the first seven verses of this chapter describe the immediate results of the judgment (God’s curse of futility on all aspects of national, cultural, and personal life).
The present section of this chapter is heavy on hope, detailing the future reversal of Israel’s judgments under the rule of the coming King. The passage falls into two sections—Micah’s prayer for hope and God’s gracious response to him. Read more
In a fallen world, any number of things can go horribly wrong. Drunk drivers come out of nowhere, mow down a newly married couple, and walk away without a scratch. Cancer exists. Greedy executives embezzle money and plummet whole companies (and workers) into ruin. Terrorists slaughter innocent people. An entire back market exists on the internet for every kind of ghastly and unspeakable sexual proclivity. People are murdered by cold-hearted thugs who “just wanted to see what it feels like.” And lesser matters—broken-down cars, student loan debt, marital squabbles, monthly bills—weigh on millions of people, causing sleepless nights and snippy conversations.
All of these situations and untold thousands (millions?) more are a direct result of living in a cursed environment, and all of them are causes for a universal besetting sin: Worry. Worry is a weighing down with concern or anxiety to the point of distraction. And because it is distracting, it siphons focus and energy from the good work we would do for our risen Lord (cf. Acts 20:19a; 1 Cor. 15:58; Tit. 3:14). Our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, who came into the world to redeem sinful men and inaugurate His eschatological rule over a fallen world and take back what is rightfully His as both God and divinely-promised human king, gave the Sermon on the Mount to outline the character and ways of His present and future kingdom. Because worry is the antithesis to the faith He demands of His people, and the faith through which He works and extends His program in the world, it is not surprising He spends much time in the Sermon taking from us every possible avenue we have to engage in worry. In Matthew 6:24-34, Jesus gives five reasons believers can and must be free from worry. Read more
A key struggle for new believers (and some not so new) is with assurance of salvation. How can we know that we are indeed the Lord’s people, kept safe in His almighty hands, and can be confident of entering heaven as a redeemed and justified saint when we die or the Lord returns? The Lord both commands and deeply desires, from the depths of His heart, for us to know we are His (cf. 2 Pet. 1:10; 1 Jn. 5:13). If we do not know we are God’s children, our work for Him will be poorer than it would otherwise be, as we will lack the confidence and Spirit-bestowed empowerment to make great sacrifices and endure much pain in the way of love for Him, His truth, and other people. The fruit we long to see will then be atrophied, and our struggle with assurance will only be increased. Read more
Since Eden, fallen humanity and Satan have been locked into a “long war against God.” The desire for self-rule and autonomy, over against submission to the revealed Word and will of God, predominates. The desire to be as gods, instead of listening to the true and loving words of the only true God, is thoroughly ingrained in every human and demonic soul. It is for that reason Paul notes as a mark of regeneration—and the new creation, the new order which is the vantage point of the believer and of which his regenerate spirit is the down payment—whether we evaluate Christ and others according to the Spirit, not the flesh (2 Cor. 5:16). On the new earth, we will see Jesus fully for who He is—as utterly lovely, glorious, precious, majestic, awesome, and matchless. Read more
Jay Adams has noted that people are created to need counsel. The only issue is whose we will listen to. Since our federal head, Adam, listened to Satan’s counsel in the Garden instead of God’s, and sinned by believing and obeying it, we have inherited not only a cursed world but a fallen disposition that repudiates the will, Word, and ways of God. But the regenerate soul has an irresistible attraction to these things, because the believer has been given the life of God. These things, along with an enduring attachment to the people of God, are a divinely-appointed means to the growth and perseverance of the believer in the faith. Because we have the remnants of our flesh, we will always find it difficult to listen to God’s wisdom revealed in the Word, but it is the only way to stay on the pathway to Heaven and experience the fullness of His blessing in this life. In a new year, it is always good to begin by being reminded of our need to exercise responsibility and persevere in our loyalty to and pursuit of the wisdom and understanding God provides in the Scripture. This week’s message was a sobering and encouraging challenge to do just that. Read more