If you knew that a jigsaw puzzle had many pieces missing, you wouldn’t even make the attempt to put it together. It is thrown in the trash. The problem is that mankind in its thinking has said that without God, there are not any missing pieces!
It’s clear that the New Testament speaks of believers as assured, confident of their position in Christ, full of joy – even in the most dire of circumstances, suffering and persecution – and very far from being wretched, doubting and lacking assurance.
Jesus, as God, was over the law, but as a man, He humbled Himself and put Himself under His own law. He did so for the sake of those under the law and its condemnation. Jesus was David’s Seed and He kept the law and demonstrated a perfect righteousness and it has been imputed to every believer to redeem us from the curse of the law.
All of God’s glorious provision, every spiritual blessing, is poured through Christ into you. Our growth comes from God as we walk through our days clinging to Christ, believing, understanding, and embracing the gospel message. I pray that you can see how powerful and perfect and precious is God’s glorious provision for you in Christ Jesus.
Believe the Gospel message, that for Christ’s sake, you are eternally liberated from curse and condemnation. Listen no longer to the accusations of Satan, the world, or your own consciences. Enjoy the fruit of the suretyship of your great representative. Live in peace, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Repentance is a relational turn from darkness to light. Almost half of the time, it is connected with receiving the Holy Spirit – again a highly relational concept in terms of salvation, for the Spirit is the promised gift from God, who bonds believers to God by a relational union.
The Proverbs were written within the context of the law (old covenant). It was a physical covenant to regulate the way of life of a physical people, and with it came physical promises that God would bless or curse them physically according to their obedience or disobedience (cf. Lev 26; Deut 28).
That covenant theology needs correction, modification, and explanation, even recasting, has been admitted by some Reformed teachers, John Murray for one. I would go further. Recasting? Rejecting, more like.
There is no distinction of race in the church of Jesus Christ. It does not matter whether you are poor and a slave or rich enough to be free. It matters not whether you are male or female. There is no difference in your relationship to God.
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