An Interview with the Apostle Paul on True Righteousness

Thanks for joining me today, as I interview the Apostle Paul again to help us better understand Philippians 3. Let’s get started.Paul, thanks for joining me again. Can you tell me why you wrote Philippians 3:2-17? To write the same things to the Philippians is no trouble to me and was safe for them. Okay, well I love a good review, too! Any other reasons you wrote this section you’d like to mention? [I want them to] look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. Paul, you are fired up! Why? … Continue reading An Interview with the Apostle Paul on True Righteousness

Who Is This King?

Brandon Levering, looking to the Sermon on the Mount, gives an answer: In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus is portrayed to us as a new Moses, who comes out of the wilderness and ascends the mountain (5:1-2) to give God’s instruction. Jesus came not to relax or remove the Law, but to fulfill it (5:17-20). And yet, Jesus is more than a new Moses, for he speaks with the authority of God himself (cf. 7:28-29). He is no mere prophet shouting, “Thus says the Lord.” Rather, Jesus says, “You have heard it said before…but I say to you” (e.g. 5:21-22). Throughout … Continue reading Who Is This King?

A Prayer for Christmas Morning

Father in Heaven, We thank you for Christmas, and we thank you for gifts, good food, and family fun. But while these things are nice things, they cannot do any ultimate good to us because they cannot take away our sins. What is ultimate is that your Word, the eternal Christ, took on flesh in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. He emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. He was found in human form in a manger, such a lowly birthplace for a King. Yet he did not remain a … Continue reading A Prayer for Christmas Morning

Plead with God the Merit and Righteousness of Jesus Christ

Another gospel-centered prayer. This time from Matthew Henry. The merit and righteousness of my Lord Jesus Christ, which I rely upon as my main plea in my petition for the pardon of sin. I know that as you are gracious and merciful, so you are the righteous God who loves righteous deeds, and will by no means clear the guilty. I cannot say, “Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything,” for I am like one who is unclean, and all my righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. But Jesus Christ has become to me righteousness from … Continue reading Plead with God the Merit and Righteousness of Jesus Christ

Morning Prayer

Here is a prayer I wrote that I will start to pray each morning to remind myself of the gospel.  It is a prayer that I’m sure will change slightly over time and it is not meant as a “be all, end all” prayer. It is also not meant to produce “religious gibberish” that is merely repeated with the mouth and not meant in the heart.  It is meant as a template, if you will, so that my mind and heart get into the daily (hourly?) rhythm of confessing Christ as my sole righteousness. Please feel free to pass this … Continue reading Morning Prayer

Why is it important to understand the difference between justification and sanctification?

And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works:  “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered;  blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.” (Romans 4:5-8) Justification involves God forgiving sin. Some would argue that it does not, but without the forgiveness of sin, we cannot be made right with God. In Paul’s magnificent treatment of this … Continue reading Why is it important to understand the difference between justification and sanctification?