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Probably the 'loudest', most direct imperative thundered forth by the voice of the crucified and risen Lord of glory - the great commission, as recorded in Matthew 28, was never once referred to or considered by those first believers to be a 'law of Christ'. They received it, believed it, lived it out and obeyed it utterly, in the power of the Promise which was sent upon them. But they never called it 'law'. Surely, that has to be significant. ... See MoreSee Less

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"When we think of Christ dying on the cross we are shown the lengths to which God’s love goes in order to win us back to Himself. We would almost think God loved us more than he loves His son. We cannot measure His love by any other standard. He is saying to us, “I love you this much.” The cross is the heart of the gospel; it makes the gospel good news. Christ died for us; He has stood in our place before God’s judgment seat; He has borne our sins. God has done something on the cross which we could never do for ourselves. But God does something to us as well as for us through the cross. He persuades us that He loves us." -Sinclair Ferguson ... See MoreSee Less

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There's a lesson here for those who twist the words of others to gain an advantage as they make much of themselves. ... See MoreSee Less

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"We must always remember that the biblical gospel does not proclaim Christ in his state of humiliation but in his state of exaltation. The gospel not only “concerns his Son who, according to the flesh was made of the seed of David” but also “who was declared [determined] to be the Son of God with power [the powerful Son of God] according to the Spirit of holiness by the resurrection from the dead” (See Romans 1:3-4). We must never, in our minds, separate “Lifted up was he to die” from “Now in heaven exalted high.” It is not Jesus dying on a cross who saves, but the Jesus who died on the cross who saves. It is the one “who was dead, but is alive.” It is “Christ HAVING BEEN CRUCIFIED.” The Savior we proclaim is one who, as the result of his victorious redemptive work, is now enthroned in majesty and glory as the embodiment of the redemptive work he has accomplished once for all. He is enthroned as the crucified one. He is “the Lamb in the center of the throne.” Randy Siever ... See MoreSee Less

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"Many believers cannot understand why the worst persecution a Christian receives is usually not from pagans but from professing Christians." John G. Reisinger ... See MoreSee Less

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If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts! Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 3:9‭-‬18 NIV
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Hey guys - do you have any suggestions on a Systematic Theology book? I know there is none specific to NCT but would you recommend Grudem or another author? ... See MoreSee Less

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The very law that prevented Israel from becoming the conduit of the promised Abrahamic blessing (the Spirit) to the Gentiles is the very law that Jesus took upon himself, alone, to fulfill, satisfy, and forever remove out of the way by nailing it to his blessed cross. ... See MoreSee Less

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"At one time we were under the yoke of the law, burdened by its demands which we could not meet and by its fearful condemnation because of our disobedience. But Christ met the demands of the law for us. He died for our disobedience and thus bore our condemnation in our place. He has 'redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us' (Gal 3:13). And now He has struck the yoke from our shoulder and set us free to stand upright. **How then can we dream of putting ourselves under the law again and submitting to its cruel yoke?**" John G. Reisinger (Studies in Galatians, p.322) (** for my emphasis)

Moe: There are some dreamers who insist on a law keeping of a different kind. The results are the same, the erosion of the saint's freedom of conscience and their ultimately slavery.
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What marked the ministry of John G. Reisinger was his willingness to embrace believers of various stripes who were genuine in their pursuit of Christ. Under his guidance we enjoyed open disagreements and healthy debate between brethren. He did not expect anyone to compromise their convictions just so we could all just get along. As the moderator of the Sound of Grace discussion list I knew better than most that he loved debate. At times he invited it. I'm tempted to say that those were the good old days within NCT. ... See MoreSee Less

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