God Died on the Cross
“O Love divine, what has thou done! The immortal God hath died for me!”
When theologians get hold of stark, paradoxical statements like “God died,” they have an instinct to clarify what is being said. They do not want to remove the shock or the force (that would be very bad theology), but they do want to make sure that the true paradox rather than something else is being communicated. They want to rule... Continue Reading
That’s Not Christian Liberty, That’s Immaturity!
“…Christian freedom is, in all its parts, a spiritual thing."
The Reformers talked about Christian liberty in terms of the gospel, that our consciences are free from the terrors of the law because Christ obeyed in our place and paid for all our sins. Justification by faith alone is very closely related to Christian liberty! Christian liberty is one of those great biblical truths the... Continue Reading
How Can We Take the Lord’s Supper in a Worthy Manner? (Guest Post by John Calvin)
"How shall we, who are devoid of all good, polluted by sin, and half dead, worthily eat the body of the Lord?"
Let us remember that this sacred feast is medicine to the sick, comfort to the sinner, and bounty to the poor. To the healthy, the righteous, and the rich (if any could be found) the Lord’s Supper would be of no value. For Christ is given us for food in the Supper, and we perceive... Continue Reading
The Most Amazing Thing About The Amazing Resurrection Of Jesus
What Jesus said to Lazarus, he says to all who place their faith in him: “Sinner, come forth from your grave and let me take your place.”
Jesus is taking the place of his friend, the underserving sinner. He is unleashing Lazarus from the grip of death by taking his place, right down to the details of his binding burial clothes. He did this for Lazarus, upon whom was the odor of death, and he did it for all those who, now... Continue Reading
That Dreadful Cup and Our Faithful Savior
We would be well-served to consider what was at the heart of the cross.
On the cross Jesus suffered and endured the full weight of God’s holy anger. He took the full weight of an eternal hell compressed and tamped down. Jesus proclaimed upon his last breath, “It is finished.” (John 19:31) What is finished? Among other things, he finished his work of satisfying the wrath of God. He... Continue Reading
God Loves Us Enough to Disappoint Us
What if God, in my season of waiting, is trying to show me that I am not powerful enough to do this on my own?
What I mean is, God often wants to give us something greater than we can see. He often wants to teach us through our trials, instead of making our life trial-free. He wants to bring us to the end of ourselves, so that we will stop trying to earn our righteousness. He wants to undo... Continue Reading
“Biased Facts,” Objective Reality, The Reformation, And The Resurrection
Objective reality can be hidden, distorted, and suppressed for a time but not for ever. The truth will out.
There was no doubt among the authorities and the soldiers as to the facts, as to what had happened. Jesus was raised from the dead, just as he had promised. The authorities had to lie about what had happened because it had happened. Had Jesus’ corpse been stolen it would have turned up. It is... Continue Reading
Are We Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing?
It’s time to tell the old, old story once again–the story of sin atoned for, wrath appeased, heaven secured, and death conquered. No gimmicks, no trinkets, no goofy skits and video clips.
Holy Week is a check-up for the Church. To use a tag line that’s already overused, if your core message for this week is something other than “Christ died for our sins,” you’re doing Christianity wrong. If you want to preach about gender equality or social justice or progressive dispensationalism or the extra Calvinisticum, do... Continue Reading
Grace That Is Greater Than All Our Sin
As believers we have all the forgiveness we will ever need.
God’s grace is greater than all our sin: His grace does not encourage us to sin. His grace does not excuse our sin. His grace educates our minds and hearts in regards to that which our Heavenly Father hates and that which he deems to be good, wise, and pleasing. God’s grace does excite our hearts and gives us a holy passion to glorify and... Continue Reading
Anxiety: My Thorn In My Flesh
The struggle with anxiety is something that many, many people have in common.
You are not a bad Christian because you struggle with anxiety and/or depression. Many strong believers have struggled before: Charles Spurgeon, Martin Luther, John Calvin, to name a few. While we shouldn’t ignore our feelings and intuition, we need to remember that our anxious feelings lie to us. You are not a weak person because... Continue Reading