Scripture is clear in teaching that we are not all journeying toward God–some having found Him, others still seeking. Instead, Scripture presents us as needing to have our hearts replaced, our minds transformed, our spirits given life. We can do none of this for ourselves. The change each human needs, regardless of how we may outwardly appear, is so radical, so near our roots, that only God can bring it about. We need God to convert us…I fear that one of the results of misunderstanding the Bible’s teaching on conversion may well be that evangelical churches are full of people … Continue reading The Importance of Conversion in the Church
I’m starting an in-depth study of Romans, so throughout this year as I work through the book I’ll post some of my notes here on the blog. Here are some thoughts from Romans 1:3-4: Paul says that the gospel of God is directly “concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord.” The gospel is never removed from the person and work of Jesus Christ. Paul does not give a … Continue reading Jesus: Son of God, Son of Man
Early this morning, a friend texted me and asked a question about 2 Peter 3:18: “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” His question boiled down to: “How do you grow in grace?” I gave him an answer you’ll read below, and then he asked, “How do you keep from getting puffed up with knowledge.” My answer? I haven’t figured that out yet, other than begging God for mercy. It is so easy for me to think theoretically and … Continue reading Growing in grace and knowledge is easier said than done.
By Philip Bliss (1873) Free from the law, O happy condition, Jesus has bled and there is remission, Cursed by the law and bruised by the fall, Grace hath redeemed us once for all. Chorus Once for all, O sinner, receive it, Once for all, O brother, believe it; Cling to the cross, the burden will fall, Christ hath redeemed us once for all. Now we are free, there’s no condemnation, Jesus provides a perfect salvation. “Come unto Me,” O hear His sweet call, Come, and He saves us once for all. “Children of God,” O glorious calling, Surely His … Continue reading “Once for All (Free from the Law)”
As I read Isaiah 45:1-13, there is one, single, consistent, mind-numbing, eternity-changing, thought: God equips, empowers, and energizes even those who do not know him as Lord and Savior in order to accomplish his majestic purposes. I ask, “Why does he do this?” The answer comes in verses 5-6: So that everyone, from east to west, may know that Yahweh is God, and that there is no other. Truly our God’s mind and will is unsearchable and inscrutable. How awesome are his ways! Continue reading God is Always Behind the Scenes.