Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Trinity: Mystery and Priority

From The Good News We Almost Forgot by Kevin DeYoung:

Augustine once commented about the Trinity that "in no other subject is error more dangerous, or inquiry more laborious, or the discovery of truth more profitable."  More recently, Sinclair Ferguson has reflected on "the rather obvious thought that when his disciples were about to have the world collapse in on them, our Lord spent so much time in the Upper Room speaking to them about the mystery of the Trinity.  If anything could underline the necessity of Trinitarianism for practical Christianity, that must surely be it!"

One of the many reasons the Trinity matters is because the love and relationship we find in Christian community flows out of the constant and eternal relationship the Father, Son and Holy Spirit experience; the perfect love shared by the Trinity can be modeled and experienced by those in fellowship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Keep To The Standard

The Word of God is our standard, and we must always guard against listening to the inclination of our own hearts or even what we believe to be new revelation that would specify a course of action clearly contrary to Scripture:

Nothing is more dangerous than seeking supposed special "revelations" that will apparently justify us in evading the clear commandments of God. ~excerpted from And He Gave Pastors

Monday, July 15, 2013

Progress In Holiness

Time for action!  Sometimes (maybe most of the time!) our Christian walk feels more like a fight or struggle, and indeed that is what it is because of sin that wars against us.  Paul urged the Ephesians to stand firm in the full armor of God, and John Owen gives a brief and vivid illustration of this warfare in The Mortification of Sin:
Let not man think he makes any progress in holiness, who walks not over the necks of his lusts.  He, who doth not kill sin in his way, takes no steps towards his journey's end.

Monday, July 8, 2013

My Manifesto

In his book A Gospel Primer for Christians, Milton Vincent makes the following declaration:

Boldness is critical.  Without boldness, my life story will be one of the great deeds left undone, victories left unwon, petitions left unprayed, and timely words unsaid.  If I wish to live only a pathetically small portion of the life God has prepared for me, then I need no boldness.  But if I want my life to bloom full and loom large for the glory of God, then I must have boldness - and nothing so nourishes boldness in me like the gospel! 
Let's live close to the Gospel, and let's live boldly!