I suppose this is essentially a modern fulfillment of the biblical principle “your sins will find you out . . ."
The deal is all of Christ for all your nothing.
Biblical theology shows us that this covenant was superseded in a way we couldn’t imagine.
While fullness is treasured up in Christ, it is not said to be treasured up in the doctrines of Christ.
I said to my friend, “Look, I could put a sword to a person’s throat and make him at least a sufficiently good Muslim.” He agreed that that was true.
Here are 4 ways ordinary evangelicals like you and me sometimes fall prey to a kind of prosperity gospel in our thinking.
The "leadoff hitter" of Western lit carries the responsibility of setting the tone for all future literature. And does it ever.
Without the gospel all riches is poverty.
The wicked are "living the dream."
Without proper study of God, we cannot know what will please Him or how to best worship him.
A classical Christian understanding of God’s immutability would maintain that God cannot – and need not! – change even by a divine decision to alter himself.
Why is it essential the church utilize biblical theology to help interpret the Scriptures? There are at least three reasons . . .
Whereas egalitarianism tries to redress real problems by taking away the principle of male headship altogether, complementarianism does so by radically redefining it in light of the gospel.
Laypeople have no biblical warrant to leave the duty of doctrine up to pastors and professors alone.
If people were basically good, Jesus would have had no need to talk of the necessity of repentance for all to avoid perishing.
Culture will shift, our feelings will shift, and human opinion will shift. But truth will not.
Years are short to the happy and healthy; but thirty-eight years of disease must have dragged a very weary length along the life of the poor impotent man.
We understand that the One who cut his covenant with the people of Israel is the One who raised our Savior from the dead. He is the unchanging, holy, and eternal God of heaven and earth. So shouldn’t Achan have received some grace?
There is a gospel spring beneath the deathly depravity of Judges 19.
When critics say, "Jesus never mentioned" such-and-such, remember that the word of God is not divided against itself.
Now this is proof that Christ is God, the Word and Power of God . . .
"Would I know the fullness and completeness of the salvation God has provided for sinners? Where shall I see it most distinctly?"
Believing, teaching, and defending the truth should be a priority for every Christian.
The rainbow symbolizes the gospel, for God has "laid down his bow." To turn it into a symbol of pride, then, is sadly and truly to test God into taking it up again, to invite his wrath.
The abundance of God comes in part in this life, but in fullness only later.
God has done his mightiest works by the meanest instruments: that is a fact most true of all God’s works—Peter the fisherman at Pentecost, Luther the humble monk at the Reformation, Whitefield the potboy of the Old Bell Inn at Gloucester in the time of the last century’s revival; and so it must be to the end.
The good news the Lord Jesus Christ is God’s response to the bad news of eternal punishment for personal sin.
Some helpful links defining and explaining the importance of gospel-centrality for the church.
Jesus promised that we would be baptized by the Holy Spirit. What on earth can that mean?
Biblically speaking, what can we learn about pharisaical behavior?
It stands, then, that if Jesus was not raised, Christ’s sacrifice was deficient, that Jesus’ blood was somehow insufficient to pay the full penalty for sin.
What does it actually feel like to find our identity in Christ in real time and amidst genuine struggle? I was thinking about this the other idea day and jotted down 5 initial thoughts . . .
We ask Joe Thorn, "What does it mean to experience the Trinity?"
Even if your earthly father was a failure, here you come to experience fatherly love in its ideal. Here is a Father who has committed himself to provide for us, his children, in exactly every way we need, and he has promised to direct our every step for our good and his glory.
Eternal love moved the heart of Jesus to relinquish… heaven for earth;
a diadem for a cross;
the robe of divine majesty for the garment of our nature;
by taking upon Himself the leprosy of our sin.
Oh, the infinite love of Christ!
What a boundless, fathomless ocean!
Ask the ransomed of the Lord, whose chains He has dissolved, whose dungeon He…
We must be careful that we don’t gauge the Spirit’s effectiveness in our church based on how many people feel a certain way.
I've finally come to terms with it. I'm getting a tattoo. But not just yet.
Will you take my Master's house on a lease for all eternity, with nothing to pay for it, nothing but the ground-rent of loving and serving him forever?
No, Victoria Osteen is not exactly right when she says we ought to do good for ourselves instead of for God, but neither is she totally wrong. She's derailed and in the ditch, but the right track is in eyesight.
Osteen is not totally wrong, because walking with God is a—let the reader understand—happy thing. It's a different kind of happy, to be sure. But it's…
Salvation by Christ's work is a gift of grace received through faith. This salvation is total (Romans 8:30) and we see its totality in John 6.
Union with Christ is an abiding reality.
When both our justification and our new life are found in Jesus Christ, then this burdensome, disingenuous Christianity is replaced by Spirit-empowered gratitude.
I have discovered that there is quite a massive chasm between trusting God to do and trusting God to be. So what's the difference?
In the doctrine of the Trinity, the church is given a pattern for unity and participation in mission.
When we orient our lives toward God, doing all “to the praise of his glory,” we reap the benefits of all of the spiritual blessings promised to us before the foundation of the world.
Paul had the cross for his philosophy, the cross for his tradition, the cross for his gospel, the cross for his glory, and nothing else.
"He is, after all, the one about whom the book was written."
Someday, Jesus the Redeemer will return to redeem everything. Fully. Completely. Eternally.
Hellfire and brimstone preaching will not suffice, but neither will a mushy Christianity.