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Living in Light of Two Ages

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Sunday
Sep142008

Who Said That?

"Amillennialism is the greatest heresy in the history of the Christian church. . . . It is the big lie."

Leave your guess in the comments section below.  Please no google searches or cheating.

Sunday
Sep142008

"A Transgressor of the Law" -- James 2:1-13

Here's the fourth in our current sermon series on the Epistle of James

http://links.christreformed.org/realaudio/KR20080914-James.mp3


Thursday
Sep112008

The Canons of Dort, Second Head of Doctrine, Article Four

Article 4: Reasons for This Infinite Value

This death is of such great value and worth for the reason that the person who suffered it is--as was necessary to be our Savior--not only a true and perfectly holy man, but also the only begotten Son of God, of the same eternal and infinite essence with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Another reason is that this death was accompanied by the experience of God's anger and curse, which we by our sins had fully deserved.
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At this point, it is vital to state with some precision what was only implied in the earlier articles.  The reason why Jesus’ death can satisfy God’s justice and anger toward our sin, is that Jesus is the God-man who suffers and dies for us, and in our place.  Jesus can identify with us, and our sin can be imputed to him since he is one of us in every respect.  As true man and the Second Adam, Jesus Christ comes to stand in our place as our representative before God, just as did Adam.  But unlike Adam, Jesus Christ passed the test, and endured all temptation without sin. 

Since Jesus Christ is also God in human flesh, his death alone is sufficient to bear the Holy God’s wrath in such a way as to satisfy his justice.  As we have seen, this is what Scripture means when Paul says, “he became a curse for us.”  This is what Peter is proclaiming in his first epistle when he writes, “knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. . . . He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” (1 Peter 1:18-19; 2:24). 

This simply means that Jesus Christ bore in his own body the penalty of the curse due us for our own sins.  Because he is truly God, his sacrifice alone is sufficient for to satisfy God’s justice so that our sins are forgiven.  Because Jesus is truly human, he can die for us and in our place.  This then is the heart of the biblical teaching about the death of Christ—Christ dying for us and in our place to satisfy the justice of God.  This is what the famous doctrine of the “substitutionary atonement” is all about.

It is God’s love for his fallen creatures and his mercy towards his elect which motivates him to send Christ to do what is necessary so that we might be saved.  Let us not make the mistake of “neutering God” by making him all love while forgetting the part about him hating all sin.  For even the words “God is love,” are meaningless apart from the death of Christ, where we see the second person of the Holy Trinity, having taken to himself a true human nature, suffering unspeakable agony so that God’s anger toward us is turned away. 

It is in the cross that we see both the love and the justice of God.  Neither is sacrificed, and through Christ’s death, God’s elect are delivered from the guilt and power of sin.

Wednesday
Sep102008

"Classic Reformed Theology" -- A New Series of Books

If you haven't seen this yet, be sure to check out Scott Clark's recent announcement regarding a new series of texts entitled "Classic Reformed Theology."

Richard Muller says of this series,

This is an important project that promises to make available in good editions and translations as series of eminent works of Reformed theology from the era of orthodoxy. These volumes will offer students of the Reformed tradition an invaluable resource and will hopefully stimulate interest in the highly refined and carefully defined thought of an era that was formative of the Reformed faith and that assured its intellectual and spiritual vitality for later generations.

More information on the series can be found on Scott's blog
Click here: Classic Reformed Theology Volume One: William Ames, Sketch of the Christian’s Catechism « Heidelblog

The first volume (Ames' Sketch of the Christian Catechism) can be ordered here.  Click here: Reformation Heritage Books

Scott's been pretty coy about subsequent volumes, but lets hope one of them is the Leiden Synopsis!
Wednesday
Sep102008

"A Righteousness for Everyone Who Believes" -- Romans 9:30-10:13

The Twenty-Sixth in a Series of Sermons on Paul's Epistle to the Romans

In order to answer the question, “why is it that Israel is under God’s judgment, even though the gospel went to Israel first and only then to the Gentiles?”  Paul has pointed out that God is working out his mysterious purposes through the election of a believing remnant (“true Israel”) chosen from among the whole of Israel (“all Israel,” cf. Romans 9:6).  The apostle will now address Israel’s responsibility for rejecting her own Messiah, despite God’s sovereign and merciful purposes.  Paul will then draw a sharp contrast between two kinds of righteousness (a justifying righteousness that is by faith), and human righteousness based on works (which condemns).

The main issue with which Paul must deal is Israel’s present condition of unbelief (apistis).  In Romans 9:6-29, Paul emphasized God’s sovereignty in showing mercy to all those whom he wills in order to explain why there is a believing remnant of elect Jews (true Israel) with the larger body, national Israel.  But now Paul will demonstrate that Israel’s unbelief stems from her own unwillingness to believe.  As John Murray once put it:  “The emphasis upon the sovereign will of God in the preceding verses does not eliminate human responsibility, nor is the one incompatible with the other.”  The reason that all Israel does not believe that Jesus is the promised Messiah is because the people of Israel do not want to believe that Jesus is the Messiah!  Instead, Paul’s own beloved people tragically sought righteousness through works of law flowing from a zeal not based upon knowledge. 

As Paul has made plain, only those chosen by God and called to faith through the gospel, believe the promise.  Those not chosen, willingly remain in their sins, counting upon the supposed righteousness of their own good works to justify them on the last day.  Ironically, however, the godless Gentiles embraced the gospel because of God’s mercy, even as the believing remnant among Israel has done so.  But sadly, “all Israel” does not believe and as Paul continues to flesh out the fact that while Israel received all of the blessings described earlier in the chapter (vv. 4-5), the nation as a whole stands condemned and under God’s curse.  As Paul sees it, Israel, not God, is to blame.

To read the rest of this sermon, click here  

Tuesday
Sep092008

Americans Are Clueless About Evangelicals and Other Interesting Stuff from Around the Web

Since it is now commonplace that evangelicals themselves can't tell us what they believe, why should we be surprised that Americans in general don't know what evangelicals believe.  Why is there so much animosity toward them?  Why do words like "idiot" and "nutcase" appear in the public's responses to questions about evangelicalism.  Bill Hybels' and Rick Warren's theological chicks are now coming home to roost.  Click here: Americans have difficulty defining 'evangelical' (OneNewsNow.com)

I'm a "two-kingdoms" guy.  While I love the spirit of it, this is not what we are getting at when we insist that in addition to being Americans, we are also citizens of heaven.  Click here: TaxProf Blog: Heaven Can Wait ... But the IRS Won't 

More sad proof that libertarian Joe Farah's Worldnet Daily is rapidly becoming the National Enquirer of conservative/evangelical news websites.  Farah himself endorses this video which will tell the viewer the date when Jesus is coming back.  The Old Testament feasts are the key.  We've never heard this before . . .  Christian eschatology apart from Christ . . .  I'll save you the effort--don't make any big plans in the Fall for the next couple of years. Click here: Want to know day of Jesus' return?

Here's yet another reason to be very excited about the release of the ESV Study Bible in October.  Click here: Between Two Worlds: ESV Study Bible: The Bible and World Religions, and An Interview with Harold Netland

Tuesday
Sep092008

Mike Horton and R. C. Sproul on Video

If you haven't seen this yet, be sure to check it out.  Mike interviews R. C. Sproul about the state of American evangelicalism.  It is a great interview!

Click here: The White Horse Inn: Know What You Believe & Why You Believe It

Monday
Sep082008

Christian "Pick-Up" Lines and other Stuff from Around the Web

Christian singles can have a rough time, but this is not helping!  How about this dud of a line to strike up a conversation with someone of the opposite sex:  'I didn't believe in predestination until tonight."  That's about as lame as it gets.  Using such a bone-headed pick-up line probably should be grounds for church discipline!  But then there's this one:  "Let me sell you an indulgence - it's a sin to look as good as you."  Ugh . . .  Click here: Christians learn the art of dating - Telegraph 

That didn't take long!  An evangelical publisher (Zondervan) already has a Palin biography in the works.  The speed at which Christian publishers can crank stuff out is absolutely amazing to me!  Click here: Christian Book Publisher to Release Palin Tome - America’s Election HQ

Archaeologists have found several additional sections of the ancient walls of Jerusalem.  Important stuff.  But why does the story show pictures of beer bottles and an old shoe?  At first glance, you might think they were David's and Solomon's.  You'll be disappointed if you read the whole story. Click here: FOXNews.com - Archaeologists Uncover Jerusalem's Ancient Walls - Science News | Science & Technology | Technology

More evidence cats are trying to take over . . .  Now, the nasty little critters are engaged in voter fraud.  Click here: Voter registration mailing misguided - Cleveland.com

Monday
Sep082008

A New Horton Book! No, Not That One . . . Another One!

Except for a few Presbyterians and Roman Catholics, most people's eyes glaze over when you even mention ecclesiology.  The fourth volume in Michael Horton's "Covenant" series ("People and Place") is soon to be released.  Although this volume deals with ecclesiology, it is not what you think . . .

I've read the draft, and this is yet another profound and important book.  In an eye-opening way, Mike discusses the doctrine of our Lord's ascension, especially in its relation to word and sacrament.  Mike also interacts in some detail with recent Roman and Orthodox ecclesiologies.

This one is must reading.  It should be released any time.  Get yours now!  Click here: Amazon.com: People and Place: A Covenant Ecclesiology: Michael S. Horton: Books

Sunday
Sep072008

Who Said That?

“Ruth turns to Naomi and says `I shall not leave thee.' She makes her statement to this woman…that sounds somewhat, somewhere in between poetry, intimacy, and borders on lesbianism. People don’t even know how to explain what Ruth said to Naomi. It makes them uncomfortable. They’re afraid to talk about it. They don’t want to teach on it. Same thing with David and Jonathan…where there were same-sex relationships getting too close, people don’t even know what to say.”

You know how this works!  Please leave your guess in the comments section below.  No cheating or google searches.