Doctrine (Page 9)
When Jesus returns, God’s judgment will come. But it will pass over us, because Jesus’ blood has been shed to atone for our sins. So what does a present day Jewish Passover meal have to do with all this? Would it help Christians to see one? Does it contain some deep truths that will deepen our understanding of what Christ has done?
Prayer is an immense privilege. I’m sure that most folk who aren’t Christian assume that they can approach God when they are in trouble and, hopefully, he will hear and answer their prayers. But would he? Can a holy God be approached by a person in their sins?
These things are real. God really is holy. We really are unholy. Our unholiness really must be dealt with for a holy God to remain dwelling with his unholy people.
Rev Martin Pakula writes, “I’m sure if I asked most Christians what the Day of Atonement was about that they would answer that it is about the forgiveness of sins. Basically, I would have to disagree!”
OT people were saved by faith in God. They believed God’s word as much as was revealed to them, and knew their own sinfulness. In fact, the reason they would carry out the sacrifices, and the reason they would do all the things God told them to do was an outworking of an inward faith. It was not to…
“…dare any man say that the Christian religion is not true, when we know for a certainty that Christ died and rose again from the dead?” C.H. Spurgeon
I acquired a Kindle this past Spring. It has been one of the best technology purchases I’ve made in recent years – not so much because of the technology, but because it has opened the door to the writings of men of God. I have loaded the works of men like Bunyan, G.K. Chesterson, John Calvin, D.A.Carson, John Owen, Charels Stanley, Wayne Gruden, Martin Luther,…
“…there are many ways in which the faith of Christ may be marred and spoiled, without being positively denied. And here we venture to think is the very reason that so much religion called Christian, is not truly Evangelical. The Gospel in fact is a most curiously and delicately compounded medicine, and a medicine that is very easily spoiled.” Rev. J. C. Ryle D.D.…
The doctrine of the Final Judgment is a doctrine we should learn and teach. But not simply for head knowledge. Rather, we are looking for heart transformation. In this life.
God has every right to abandon us all to our own demise and eternal destruction, for none of us deserved more. But He hasn’t. Despite our sinful ways, God chose to do what none of us deserved… to reach out in love and save us.