If we are to be with the holy, pure God, we cannot waltz into his presence as we are.
When we know Christ, we get wisdom—and anyone willing to repent of their sin and trust Christ can get in on this.
We think comparison makes us winners. But in God’s eyes, it proves we’re losers because it proves we’re self-justifiers, unwilling to trust his justification by Christ.
As it always is with God, we get more than we deserve.
If you throw yourself upon God, no matter how far the fall or how great the impact, he will always catch you in the arms of Jesus.
Without neglecting the work of Christ in his earthly life, on the cross, and in the resurrection, Ortlund shows the value of the heavenly intercession of Jesus for us right now.
When your sin puts you in the depths of despair, and you have no way out on your own, there is a God above who rules and reigns and forgives and saves.
I treat God like a teenager does a parent, recognizing his presence but longing for him to leave me alone, for crying out loud.
God is not calling perfect people to be His ambassadors in this world.
Jesus knew the Bible, and he used David's words to foretell the kind of battle he came to fight and the kind of victory he came to win.