God defines sin. The sin of man cannot defined by philosophy, by culture, not by conscience, but by the Law of God. God must speak about our condition, define it! He defines our sin and our condition before Him.
Significance. I understood from this message that in ourselves we have no significance to give to our lives, but the significance of our lives is given by Christ. We are not our own, we were bought with a price. He is giving significance to our lives.
Providence and patience. Thank you! I really needed this message! In the last 2 days I passed through a fiery furnace. I had no problems with God's sovereignty, but I asked myself if God really cares for me now. This message reassured me about His Fatherly care and wisdom and spoke to me about the need to trust in Him and to have patience under tribulations.
Great comfort. God is our Father only in Jesus Christ. Without the salvation work of Christ, we had no access, no right to come to God. We were enemies. And now God is our protective Father, working in us likeness to Christ, making us better servants in His Kingdom, to glorify Him better in our lives.
Very good study. Very good presentation of Calvin's view on preaching. Preaching is the sign of God's presence among His people. It is the instrument through which Christ rules in His church. The Word preached comes through the instrumentality of human agents, but Christ is in the faithful preaching.
Great Sermon! Jesus Christ challenged the Pharisaical "conservative" and orthodox clergy (who justly opposed the "liberal"
Sadducees) by challenging and even **deliberately offending them to their hypocritical faces**, contrary to the laws of Political Correctness, as a guest at their own dinner party. This UK preacher proves how relevant this sermon is today and how similar reproofs and charges are met with by Today's modern pastors. "Reverend Pharisee...pastor Sadducee", he says! It applies best to the modern "organized religious establishment" who make "civility" and "politeness" their own guardians to prevent their being rebuked, and the truth preached.
Could it be that this message applies very broadly to many churches and pastors in America too, and explains the deplorable condition of modern Christianity? It is like Gilbert Tennant's sermon against "An Unconverted and Unregenerate Clergy".
Could it be that similar judgment is about to face the UK and America for apostasy, as it did the Jews in 70 A.D.? The preacher considers it.
Every historic revival has always challenged the present clergy and their political correctness and professed "orthodoxy" (traditions of men).
Great Sermon! great to listen to you on this vital subject with my friend John Gillies in your home city of Glasgow. I am here for a few days during the pagan festival and will be worshipping at Partick Free Church Continuing. The Lord bless you Jim !