The Lord Jesus Christ

PSALM 139

by Jason Moore on December 17, 2010

This PSALM was particularly convicting, and a blessing to me this morning. May it be the same for you.

Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart

TO THE CHOIRMASTER. A PSALM OF DAVID.

[139:1] O LORD, you have searched me and known me!
[2] You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
[3] You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
[4] Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O LORD, you know it altogether.
[5] You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
[6] Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.
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Outpouring of the Holy Spirit

by Paul Franco on September 20, 2010

As we study all of the bible together as a whole, we realize that the Lord carefully prepared the way for His son. And He prepared that way for over a millennium. The Lord spent nearly 1,500 years on types and shadows, sacrifices, blood, prophets, priests, redemption’s, and temples, laying that foundation, so that when He did send His Son, we would understand His coming and interpret His Word correctly. He spent many years laying this immovable foundation in the Scriptures as He pointed to Christ. The base was laid so that His incarnation would be understood, in order that we may have a context in the Old Testament to properly understand it. As we look upon the Son who shed His blood at Calvary, we can understand and appreciate the fullness of Christ’s redeeming work, our need of that work, and the efficacy of the Sons work to meet our need. The context of Old Testament Scripture helps us understand what Messiah has truly accomplished.

Liberalism has denied the Gospel because they have denied the Old Testament. They have denied the foundation of Old, that there is an offended diety whose wrath must be appeased by a blood sacrifice. Therefore they cannot properly interpret the New Testament.

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What are we doing with the Gospel? We live in a Christian land. We have the Bible in our houses. We hear of the salvation of the Gospel frequently every year. But have we received it into our hearts? Have we really obeyed it in our lives? Have we, in short, laid hold on the hope set before us, taken up the cross, and followed Christ? If not, we are far worse than the heathen, who bow down to stocks and stones. We are far more guilty than the people of Sodom and Gomorrah. They never heard the Gospel, and therefore never rejected it. But as for us, we hear the Gospel, and yet will not believe. May we search our own hearts, and take heed that we do not ruin our own souls!

~ J.C. Ryle

Expository Thoughts on the Gospels: Mark, [Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1985], 115.

Originally posted at: JC Ryle Quotes

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by J.I. Packer

In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” JOHN 3:3

Regeneration is a New Testament concept that grew, it seems, out of a parabolic picture-phrase that Jesus used to show Nicodemus the inwardness and depth of the change that even religious Jews must undergo if they were ever to see and enter the kingdom of God, and so have eternal life (John 3:3-15). Jesus pictured the change as being “born again.”

The concept is of God renovating the heart, the core of a person’s being, by implanting a new principle of desire, purpose, and action, a dispositional dynamic that finds expression in positive response to the gospel and its Christ. Jesus’ phrase “born of water and the Spirit” (John 3:5) harks back to Ezekiel 36:25-27, where God is pictured as symbolically cleansing persons from sin’s pollution (by water) and bestowing a “new heart” by putting his Spirit within them. Because this is so explicit, Jesus chides Nicodemus, “Israel’s teacher,” for not understanding how new birth happens (John 3:9-10). Jesus’ point throughout is that there is no exercise of faith in himself as the supernatural Savior, no repentance, and no true discipleship apart from this new birth.
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Regeneration

July 20, 2010

by Robert Reymond from A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith 2nd Edition Why do some people repent and respond by faith in Christ to the divine summons to faith while others do not? Concerning those who believe in Christ’s name John immediately says in John 1:13: “[These are they] who have been begotten […]

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Propitiation

June 1, 2010

Rom 3:25 “whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in […]

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Total Depravity

May 24, 2010

Objection is sometimes made to the doctrine of total depravity. If men turn away from God in anger, I can understand it. If men turn aside form God in justice, I can understand it. But when they so hate God that they will not even have his salvation, when they refuse pardon through the precious […]

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The Glory of Plodding

May 20, 2010

by Kevin DeYoung published without modification. Originally published HERE. It’s sexy among young people — my generation — to talk about ditching institutional religion and starting a revolution of real Christ-followers living in real community without the confines of church. Besides being unbiblical, such notions of churchless Christianity are unrealistic. It’s immaturity actually, like the […]

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