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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.
What do the humility and maturity to which God calls us look like? How are we to respond to the spiritually mature among us? Thankfully our Lord has not left us in the dark about either question. In the little-known believer Epaphroditus He has given us a relatable image of spiritual maturity, and our spiritually mature attitude towards those who manifest it. Read more
As Christian people grow in their knowledge of and love for Christ, their passion to serve Him—to obediently and faithfully do all they can to advance His kingdom program to its glorious completion—will grow as well, as will their effectiveness. However, it is no secret that this advancement is challenging, dangerous, often creates conflict with the unsaved and even other Christians, and—when one realizes that advancement is both the larger context in which progressive sanctification is set, and that our level of sanctification impacts our effectiveness and fruitfulness in that advancement—is either helped or hindered by our own growth in holiness and grace. Read more
Part of discipleship is imitation. Ideally (and biblically), this will be an informed imitation, in that it will not merely be done in an unthinking, assuming way “because I said so.” Proper discipleship includes biblical, theological, cultural, and philosophical reasoning for the pattern is explained and defended. But informed or not, part of discipleship is the molding of the student to become like the teacher. As such, in the school of Christ, it is an immense help to pattern ourselves after human examples who exemplify aspects of the life of faith and holy virtue we wish to cultivate (are not these and a thousand other aspects of the Christian life learned by emulation, by doing? What book can teach you to pray better than watching the example of a seasoned believer?). Read more
Galatians is Paul’s magnum opus—second only to Romans—on the gospel. While Romans gives more of a big-picture examination of the gospel and its implications (and even then taking several chapters to explain in detail the doctrine of justification), Galatians is unique in that it is a sustained attack on any notion of corrupting the gospel through meritorious human works. While Paul was firmly committed to a final judgment of all people, at which believers would be acquitted (or “justified”) with their obedient lives as the crowning, utterly necessary evidence of their union with Christ, he was equally committed to the ground of our justification being ever and only the blood and righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the instrument of our justification being faith alone apart from works. Defending this, of course, is the context and purpose of the book of Galatians. To use John MacArthur’s outline of Galatians, chapters 1 and 2 concern the preacher of justification, where Paul ably defends his apostleship, so that he can speak on behalf of Christ with His full authority about His gospel. Chapters 3 and 4 detail the principles of justification. They answer the question, What is the gospel? Finally, chapters 5 and 6 concern the privileges of justification—what God has done for us in saving us, and how we are invited by our Savior to live in light of His gift of free grace. Read more
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