Romans

I act the miracle

by Jason Moore on March 2, 2011

John Piper writes,

When it comes to killing my sin I don’t wait for the miracle, I Act the Miracle.

Acting a miracle is different from working a miracle. If Jesus tells a paralyzed man to get up, and he gets up, Jesus works a miracle. But if I am the paralyzed man and Jesus tells me to get up, and I obey and get up, I act the miracle. If I am dead Lazarus and Jesus commands me to get up, and I obey, Jesus works the miracle, I act the miracle.

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Under Sin

by Paul Franco on May 7, 2010

What is meant by apostle Paul’s words “both Jews and Greeks are all under sin” (Romans 3:9)?

The definition of sin, is a departure in behavior from Gods standard of uprightness or an act of disobedience to Gods divine law.

Paul is personifying sin in this statement as he refers to it as a living force which exerts itself over us, and guarantees that we will sin and disobey God. A grave error most Christians make today, is to short hand and understand “under sin” to take on the meaning of being guilty and condemned before God. This is a critical deviation from the truth and brings about numerous problems in ones theology. Of course the Gospel teaches that everyone sins and stands guilty and condemned in the sight of a Holy and Righteous God, but that is not principally what it means to be under sin.

To be “under sin” means that a person is influenced and controlled by sin. An outstanding illustration of this is to think of it in these terms, all objects in the universe that have any mass whether it is as large as a planet or as small as an electron are under the influence and control of gravity. In like manner, every human being is under the influence and control of sin.
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God’s Absolute Sovereignty

by Jason Moore on October 27, 2009

No doctrine is more despised by the natural mind than the truth that God is absolutely sovereign. Human pride loathes the suggestion that God orders everything, controls everything, rules over everything. T he carnal mind, burning with enmity against God, abhors the biblical teaching that nothing comes to pass except according to His eternal decrees. Most of all, the flesh hates the notion that salvation is entirely God’s work. If God chose who would be saved, and if His choice was settled before the foundation of the world, then believers deserve no credit for their salvation.

But that is, after all, precisely what Scripture teaches. Even faith is God’s gracious gift to His elect. Jesus said, “No one can come to Me, unless it has been granted him from the Father” (John 6:65). “Nor does anyone know the Father, except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him” (Matt. 11:27). Therefore no one who is saved has anything to boast about (cf Eph. 2:8, 9). “Salvation is from the Lord” (Jonah 2:9).

The doctrine of divine election is explicitly taught throughout Scripture. For example, in the New Testament epistles alone, we learn that all believers are “chosen of God” (Titus 1:1). We were “predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will” (Eph. 1:11, emphasis added). “He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world … He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will” (vv. 4, 5). We “are called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son … and whom He predestined, these He also called; and whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified” (Rom. 8:28-30).
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