But we cannot live our lives only grieving. God does not intend us to do that. So we fix our thoughts also on Jesus’ resurrection.Read More
The ultimate aim of Jesus’ cross is not our salvation per se, but his glory. Our desires must rise higher than our own safety, and our aspiration must rise higher than our entrance to heaven. Jesus must receive glory, both now and in the future, both in our life and death.Read More
The psalmist who penned the words of Psalm 118 could only dimly understand what the Holy Spirit was inspiring and guiding him to write. So how blessed are we that we can see far clearly than he did? If so, how much more willing and eager should we be to join the psalmist, and say, “Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!” Indeed, we say, Amen and Amen!Read More
It is so easy to love the gifts more than the Giver of the gifts. How absurd is that? It makes about as much sense as a woman who loves her engagement ring more than her fiancé. We would certainly say that this is indicative of a deep problem. Sadly, however, this was the repeated fault of the Old Testament Israel.
What is wisdom? It is knowing that when our life is done and over with, the only things of our lives that will endure are what we have built upon God. How terrible it will be to see on that day that nothing we have loved and adored matter, because we have loved and adored the things that are ultimately less than nothing? And how sweet our joy and how glorious our reward will be when we see our service to God is remembered forever by him!Read More
Christmas is the season when believers and unbelievers alike speak often of joy. But it is only the believers who understand and experience this joy.Read More
Are you wise or are you a fool? How we participate in corporate and public worship of God is the answer to this important question.Read More
Q. 34. What is adoption?
A. Adoption is an act of God’s free grace, whereby we are received into the number, and have a right to all the privileges, of the sons of God.Read More
Q. 33. What is justification?
A. Justification is an act of God’s free grace, wherein he pardoneth all our sins, and accepteth us as righteous in his sight, only for the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, and received by faith alone.Read More
Q. 32. What benefits do they that are effectually called partake of in this life?
A. They that are effectually called do in this life partake of justification, adoption, and sanctification, and the several benefits which in this life do either accompany or flow from them.Read More
Q. 31. What is effectual calling?
A. Effectual calling is the work of God’s Spirit, whereby, convincing us of our sin and misery, enlightening our minds in the knowledge of Christ, and renewing our wills, he doth persuade and enable us to embrace Jesus Christ, freely offered to us in the gospel.Read More
Our salvation, then, is in the immovable hands of the Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit. God is in control. **God** brought us to faith. **God** caused us to believe. **God** holds our eternal life in his hands. Are you stronger than God? Stop dreaming! Instead, start celebrating. We cannot undo what God has done. He has made us his and we will be his. End of story.Read More
Q. 27. Wherein did Christ’s humiliation consist?
A. Christ’s humiliation consisted in his being born, and that in a low condition, made under the law, undergoing the miseries of this life, the wrath of God, and the cursed death of the cross; in being buried, and continuing under the power of death for a time.Read More