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I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD. Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem. Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together: Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the LORD. Psalm 122:1-4
Speaking the Truth in Love
I wonder, if when we preach or teach or witness to others, does the love of Christ and love for sinners come through in our words and in our countenance? I am interested to know if our hearers detect from our presentation of the gospel of sovereign grace (whether in sermon or articles) the love, compassion, and pity we should feel; or do we come across as harsh, bitter, and with a critical spirit? Do we tend to take our disappointments in some and our conflicts with others into the pulpit or classroom or personal discussions and tear into everybody?
This is not the way of Christ. James said, “The wrath of man worketh NOT the righteousness of God.” It was His love that chose us, gave us repentance, and led us to faith; and if any other sinner is brought from darkness, death, and error to light, life, and truth, it will be by and through the love and grace of Christ.
We are quick to say that the whip of the law will not make a man righteous, but neither will the whip of doctrine make a man a believer.
Pastor Henry T. Mahan (Bulletin 1986)
WHAT IS THIS LIGHT?
“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5).
All the aspects of God’s character are sustained and defined by His Holiness, His Light.
God is Sovereign - The ruler and sustainer of all things.
God is Just - He will in no wise clear the guilty.
God is Love - Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins (I John 4:10).
God is Truth - He cannot lie (Heb. 6:18).
All these things are true of the character and person of God, but they hinge on His Holiness. If He were like man there would be no comfort in His sovereignty, only fear. There would be not compassion in His love, only heartache. There would be no hope in His promise, only doubt.
Brethren, God is not like us! He is perfect, Holy, and Righteous! (Num. 23:19, Psalm 135:15-18). Our God, the God of the Bible, is HOLY!
God does not do what is right, what God does is right! Holiness is a hard thing for us to put into words because it is so foreign to mankind. We must have a pure heart, a holy heart, to enter into God’s presence. (Heb. 12:14)
How is His holiness manifested and proven to us? God Almighty’s Light is revealed in and through His son, Christ Jesus!
Pastor Kevin Thacker
The Importance Of The Resurrection Of Christ
“But God raised Him from the dead” (Acts 13:30).
How important is the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ? It is all important because without His glorious resurrection and ascension to the throne of God we have no salvation from our sins (Acts 4:12; 1 Cor. 15:13-17), no Mediator between God and men (1 Tim. 2:5), no Advocate with the Father (1 John 2:1-2) and no pardon from all sin (Heb. 1:3; Rom. 4:25).
In all the preaching through the books of Acts the Apostles always declared the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ as Paul did here in Acts chapter 13. His resurrection declares unto us the validity of the gospel; without it we have no good news (Rom. 6:23; Gal. 4:4-6).
1). His resurrection is the complete and clear declaration that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the only begotten of the Father (John 1:1-14; Rom. 1:1-4).
2). His resurrection is a full declaration of the complete success of His atonement and redemption from sin (Eph. 5:25-27; Heb. 1:3; Heb. 9:11-12; 9:26; 1 Peter 1:18-20).
3). His resurrection is the guarantee of covenant mercies of the Lord Jesus Christ, that are certain and sure to all the elect of God (Acts 13:34, 48; 2 Sam. 23:4; Isa. 55:1-7; 2 Thes. 2:13-14).
4). His resurrection is the declaration of His absolute Lordship in heaven and earth (Acts 2:32-36; Rom. 14:9) “For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.”
5). His resurrection is the guarantee of our repentance, faith and our resurrection from the grave (Acts 5:29-32; John 14:19; Rev. 1:18).
True faith and true repentance are the sovereign gifts of God given to us upon the ground of His resurrection victory over sin, death, hell, the grave, the law and the devil (1 Cor. 15:57; Col. 2:13-15).
“We preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.”