For this Purpose I Raised You Up

When we read God's statement in scripture where he says, "For this very purpose I have raised you up," commonplace religion has conditioned us always to expect the reason to be something positive for the person addressed. Perhaps God raised this person up to save a group of people from genocide, like Esther. Maybe God raised this … Continue reading For this Purpose I Raised You Up

Consider Yourself Dead to Sin

We have already given too much of our lives doing things godless people do. It is time we consider ourselves dead to sin (Romans 6:11). We were born in iniquity. Adam's sin brought condemnation to us all (Romans 5:8), and before we complain that we should not be condemned for Adam's transgression, let us be sure that we have done … Continue reading Consider Yourself Dead to Sin

Circumcision was a Matter of the Heart

It does not matter if we follow all the rituals of Christianity perfectly; if the sinfulness of our hearts has not been cut off, our condemnation is justified. We cannot be children of God outwardly only. A child of God is one inwardly. Paul tells the Romans this very truth. He says, "For no one is a Jew … Continue reading Circumcision was a Matter of the Heart

The Letter Kills, but the Spirit Gives Life

The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. (2 Cor. 3:6) The law of God is holy and just and good; it is inexorable, and we have fallen under its just condemnation. That is at the bottom of what Paul means by the “the letter kills.’ He does not mean that attention to pedantic details shrivels … Continue reading The Letter Kills, but the Spirit Gives Life

Christian, All These Things Are For You

How many whose eye traces this page, it may be whose tears dampen it, whose sighs breathe over it, whose prayers hallow it, may be wading in deep waters, may be drinking bitter cups, and are ready to exclaim, “All these things are against me!” Oh no, beloved of God, all these things are for you!

Dirty Sheep or Dirty Swine?

You may know a sheep from a swine, when both have fallen into the same mire, and are, in fact, so bemired, that neither by coat nor color can the one be distinguished from the other. How then distinguish them? Nothing more easy! The sheep, a type of the godly, strives and struggles to get … Continue reading Dirty Sheep or Dirty Swine?

Understanding Justification: The Necessity of Double Imputation

The Illustration His mom had laid out the situation. The room was to be clean by 4:00 p.m. If he completed the job on time, his mom would buy him movie tickets so he could go out with his friends. If he did not finish on time, he would be grounded for a week. At 4:00 … Continue reading Understanding Justification: The Necessity of Double Imputation