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Happy Reformation Day 2013

October 31, 2013 5 comments

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Happy Reformation Day!

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A Brief Catechism of Bible Doctrine-2-God

October 31, 2013 1 comment

God

 

1. Who is God?

He is the Maker and Supreme Ruler of all things, and the greatest and best of beings.

2. Is there but one God?

There is but one God.

3. For what purpose did He create all things?

That He might show forth his glory.

4. Does He not also delight in the happiness and goodness of His creatures?

Yes; and these ends are secured by the display of His glory.

5. How did He make the worlds?

He made them out of nothing.

6. Of what did He make man?

He formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.

7. What may we learn from these acts of creation?

That He is a being of boundless power, wisdom and goodness.

8. Has He all other perfections?

Yes; he has every perfection, and to an equally boundless extent.

What is due to this glorious Being?

The supreme love and obedience of all his creatures.

 

James P. Boyce-A Brief Catechism of Bible Doctrine

Question 43-Puritan Catechism

October 31, 2013 1 comment

Spurgeon 1Q. What is required in the first commandment?

A. The first commandment requires us to know (1 Chronicles 28:9) and acknowledge God to be the only true God, and our God, (Deuteronomy 26:17) and to worship and glorify him accordingly. (Matthew 4:10)

Charles Haddon Spurgeon-A Puritan Catechism

Redeeming Blood

October 30, 2013 4 comments

The Wednesday Word: Redeeming Blood

 

Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

 

Redemption in the ancient world was not a religious idea, but rather a commercial one. Redemption was a term that specifically dealt with the act of buying a slave from the slave market in order to give him freedom. The term used for ‘redemption’ in our text is ‘apolytrōsis’, which carries with it a notion of liberation by the paying of a price. Christ’s amazing blood was the price paid, and it liberated us from the destruction of guilt and wrath.

To further understand biblical redemption, we should look at three other words associated with it in the New Testament. These words show us 3 distinct aspects of this great truth. The three words are,

1) Agorazo

This is a word which describes a purchase made. The Lord Jesus Christ went into the slave market of this world and bought and paid for us. Someone asks, “What did He use for currency?” That’s an excellent question. It finds its answer in 1 Peter 1:18-19 which says, “Forasmuch as you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:”

Furthermore, in Hebrews 9:12 we read, “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.” Again in 1 Corinthians 7:23 we read, “You are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.” What wonderful news this is for all of God’s children. We have been bought by saving blood. Christ’s blood is the currency of redemption. It has never suffered devaluation, and it never will.

2) Exagorazo

Our second word is Exagorazo. Notice how this is basically the same word as ‘Agorazo‘. It’s agorazo with an ‘ex’ in front of it. ‘Ex’ means ‘out of’ or ‘out from’. Think of the word Exit—it’s the way out. So when this term Exagorazo is used, it means that not only were we purchased by blood but that we have been taken out of circulation and are no longer for sale. This is excellent. Such is the power of the blood that it has purchased us and taken out of the marketplace. We are bought with a price and thus removed from the control of both Satan and Sin. “(Galatians 3:13, Galatians 4:5).

3) Lutroo

This third word means to ransom, loose or to set free by paying a price. We have been bought—that’s good news, we have been brought out of the slave market of sin and death … that’s better. But now we discover that the blood has ransomed and freed us to live for Christ. That’s the best! We read in Titus 2:14 “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem (lutroo) us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” (See also 1 Peter 1:18, Ephesians 1:7)

What a wonderful Saviour! What a mighty redemption! The term ‘Saved’ has become outmoded in many Christian circles. We are told it is an old fashioned word that puts people off. Such thinking is so very wrong. When we consider the redemption in Christ Jesus and see that it was His own blood that bought and paid for us, and see that He has taken us out of the market place of death and then see that he has set us free, we begin to realise that there is no better word to describe all of this than ‘Saved’. Here’s a hymn that sums it all up:

 

“Thank God I am free, free, free

From this world of sin,

I’ve been bought by the blood of Jesus,

And I’ve been born again

Hallelujah I’m saved, saved, saved

By His wonderful grace

The blood has been poured out,

He has brought me out

And shown me the way.”

 

And that’s the Gospel Truth

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Confession statement 50

Published in 1646

The Text used: There has been some updating of Old English words but otherwise no changes have been made to the original texts.

CONFESSION OF FAITH of seven congregations or churches of Christ in London. which are commonly, but unjustly, called Anabaptists; published for the vindication of the truth and information of the ignorant; likewise for the taking off those aspersions which are frequently, both in pulpit and print, unjustly cast upon them. Printed in London, Anno 1646.

L IT is lawful for a Christian to be a magistrate or civil officer; and also it is lawful to take an oath, so it be in truth, and in judgment, and in righteousness, for confirmation of truth, and ending of all strife; and that by wrath and vain oaths the Lord is provoked and this land mourns.

Acts 8:38, 10:1,2,35; Rom.16:23; Deut.6:13; Rom.1:9; 2 Cor. 10:11; Jer.4:2; Heb.6:16.

The First London Baptist Confession 1644/46 

The authority of scripture came not from the Church, but from the Spirit of God

October 30, 2013 1 comment

calvin.jpg_7MA21605611-0015The authority of Scripture derived not from men, but from the Spirit of God. Objection, That Scripture depends on the decision of the Church.

Refutation,

I. The truth of God would thus be subjected to the will of man.

II. It is insulting to the Holy Spirit.

III. It establishes a tyranny in the Church.

IV. It forms a mass of errors.

V. It subverts conscience.

VI. It exposes our faith to the scoffs of the profane.

 

1. Before proceeding farther, it seems proper to make some observations on the authority of Scripture, in order that our minds may not only be prepared to receive it with reverence, but be divested of all doubt.

When that which professes to be the Word of God is acknowledged to be so, no person, unless devoid of common sense and the feelings of a man, will have the desperate hardihood to refuse credit to the speaker. But since no daily responses are given from heaven, and the Scriptures are the only records in which God has been pleased to consign his truth to perpetual remembrance, the full authority which they ought to possess with the faithful is not recognized, unless they are believed to have come from heaven, as directly as if God had been heard giving utterance to them. This subject well deserves to be treated more at large, and pondered more accurately. But my readers will pardon me for having more regard to what my plan admits than to what the extent of this topic requires.

A most pernicious error has very generally prevailed; viz., that Scripture is of importance only in so far as conceded to it by the suffrage of the Church; as if the eternal and inviolable truth of God could depend on the will of men. With great insult to the Holy Spirit, it is asked, who can assure us that the Scriptures proceeded from God; who guarantee that they have come down safe and unimpaired to our times; who persuade us that this book is to be received with reverence, and that one expunged from the list, did not the Church regulate all these things with certainty? On the determination of the Church, therefore, it is said, depend both the reverence which is due to Scripture, and the books which are to be admitted into the canon. Thus profane men, seeking, under the pretext of the Church, to introduce unbridled tyranny, care not in what absurdities they entangle themselves and others, provided they extort from the simple this one acknowledgment, viz., that there is nothing which the Church cannot do. But what is to become of miserable consciences in quest of some solid assurance of eternal life, if all the promises with regard to it have no better support than man’s judgment? On being told so, will they cease to doubt and tremble? On the other hand, to what jeers of the wicked is our faith subjected — into how great suspicion is it brought with all, if believed to have only a precarious authority lent to it by the good will of men?

John Calvin-Institutes of the Christian Religion-Book I-Chapter 7-Henry Beveridge Translation

Let no man, under pretense of “rightly dividing the word,” to cut you off from, or rob you of God’s promises

October 29, 2013 1 comment

Arthur PinkCommenting on this scripture, “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1, Pink states:

Now observe very particularly what the Holy Spirit says through Paul concerning those Old Testament promises. First, he says to the New Testament saints, “Having these promises.” He declared that those ancient promises are theirs: that they have a personal interest in them and title to them. That they were theirs not merely in hope, but in hand. Theirs to make full use of, to feed upon and enjoy, to delight in and give God thanks for the same. Since Christ Himself be ours, all things are ours (1 Corinthians 3:22,23). Oh, Christian reader, suffer no man, under pretense of “rightly dividing the word,” to cut you off from, to rob you of any of “the exceeding great and precious promises” of your Father (2 Peter 1:4). If he is content to confine himself unto a few of the New Testament Epistles, let him do so—that is his loss. But allow him not to confine you to so narrow a compass. Second, we are hereby taught to use those promises as motives and incentives to the cultivation of personal piety, in the private work of mortification and the positive duty of practical sanctification.

Arthur W. Pink The Application of Scriptures-A Study of Dispensationalism