Luther’s Discoveries Nov22

Luther’s Discoveries...

The false gospel for Luther mixed the Law and the Gospel. To preach righteousness and holiness is to “hate and condemn as evil and demonic the righteousness of Christ.” This means that sin isn’t just vice, ruled and promoted by the dark devil, but also seemingly virtuous morality, ruled and promoted by the white devil–the real devil transformed into an angel of light.

Of Wisdom Nov21

Of Wisdom

Godliness, holiness, sanctification is not best pursued or expressed in a monastery (isolation), away from the mess of others. A monastery is tempting because we think that if I could just get away from other people, then I could pursue godliness. A monastery is attractive because we are deceived about our problem.

The Bible: The Promise of the Holy Spirit Nov20

The Bible: The Promi...

As the Apostle Paul wrote, the Spirit produces fruit (Gal 5:22-23) in those who belong to Christ Jesus. In the new covenant, the Spirit works within us mightily to bring into reality what the law covenant never could—people who desire to please God from their inner beings.

The All Body Ministry Nov19

The All Body Ministr...

For all practical purposes the overwhelming majority of believers act as though this priesthood of new covenant saints is the priesthood of no believers. It happens by default, by a failure to cultivate the biblical priesthood of all believers. But, in effect, we end up with a priesthood of no believers.

Galatians 5:13-18 Nov18

Galatians 5:13-18

The law does not empower you to overcome the desires of the flesh. The Spirit – and the liberating truth of sonship – provides motivation against sin. It is the grace that God has freed us; it is the love of God poured out in our hearts by the Spirit, whereby we cry out, “Abba, Father,” that moves us with a strong desire to please our heavenly Father.

1 Peter 2:13-17 (IV) Nov17

1 Peter 2:13-17 (IV)

Peter emphasises that by going on to say: “not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God”. You see, the freedom that we have in Christ does not mean that we are free to do evil; it does mean that we are free to serve God.

Krummacher: The Way to the Cross Nov16

Krummacher: The Way ...

The act of delivering over the accused has taken place; Jesus is now in the hands of his enemies, like a lamb amid wolves, or a dove in the claws of the vulture. How was David in the right when he said, “I will rather fall into the hand of the Lord, than into the hands of man.”

Heartfelt Knowledge Nov15

Heartfelt Knowledge

What is the point of knowledge? Should we seek as much knowledge as possible? Is knowing an end in itself, so that we should seek to know as much as possible? Even if the content seems insignificant to us? Or is knowledge mainly functional—a benefit directed by particular needs?

As God’s Chosen Ones Nov14

As God’s Chosen Ones...

Holy means that you have been set apart, consecrated, made distinct. You are not any longer a common vessel. Because of what Christ has done you are holy. You are a glorious vessel, rescued from the trash heap and set apart to God for His use. You are living stone in the temple of God. You have been cleansed and made fit for the King.

The Bible: The Promise of the New Covenant Nov13

The Bible: The Promi...

The Lord presents the new covenant in stark contrast with the covenant made with Israel at Sinai. “No longer will….” There will be a different kind of people and a resultant change in ministry. The new covenant is: given without conditions, written on the hearts of the people, and is grounded in God’s overflowing grace.