I’ve often said, “you don’t have to BE a new creation, you ARE a new creation”. Well, as well, you are not what you do, you are what Jesus has done for you.

 

The Death of Death

One day there will be one last funeral. And it will not be a sad one either. Everyone will be having a party. 

This will be the funeral of death, when death itself will die.

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live”  John 11:25

If you’ve made a mistake, you don’t need to argue for your own righteousness. The Gospel frees you from having to bear the burden of defending yourself. Christ took the stand in the courtroom and declared you innocent!

Paul Tripp

Throw Caution to the Wind

Understanding the Gospel, especially God’s grace, provides several benefits. Knowing that you are loved no matter what if you belong to Him, knowing that though He might discipline you, He will never be punitively angry at you (He already did that to His Son at the cross) is indeed is a deep well to drink from for all of us who live in a performance oriented world.

I was contemplating these benefits and thought I would list a few, after the jump.

Taking Part in Public Debates

Recently a friend of mine who is a pastor has been under “attack” by some theologians in the Reformed camp (of which I am a part). These theologians have been very vocal in their criticism. One in particular posted a blog post with a bunch of snide and silly questions (basically insults) and when called on it, wrote another blog post defending himself.

Those against my friend appear to be very angry. I don’t know if they are or aren’t but it appears so from the outside looking in. If this isn’t bad enough, Reformed people already have a bum rap for being arrogant and angry. This is not helping our cause.

If you understand God’s grace and His Sovereignty as these men say they do, then you don’t need to be right, and you don’t need to in control. The need to be right drives many of us to much sin.

I am not going to get into any more details here but I wanted to make an observation.