God’s purpose throughout all of time has been to redeem for Himself a people that are His very own. – Alistair Begg

Posts from 2014

A Gospel Christmas (2)

And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said:

A Gospel Christmas (1)

Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favoured one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”

Living unto God

…BUT God

For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. (Romans 14:7–8)

BUT God meant it for good

The practical applications of this discovery are many. We learn that, even when others are harming us, they are, unwittingly, doing us good —and therefore we can forgive, as Joseph did! We learn that God is in control, and can be trusted even in the darkest hours. And we learn not to judge our circumstances too quickly! If Joseph had measured God’s love simply by what he could see in the here and now, he would have lost his faith long before he ever got to chapter 50!

You are Christ’s

You are his by donation, for the Father gave you to the Son; his by his bloody purchase, for he counted down the price for your redemption; his by dedication, for you have consecrated yourself to him; his by relation, for you are named by his name, and made one of his brethren and joint-heirs.

The royal decree: freedom

“Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.” (Acts 13:38-39)

This is a royal proclamation: “Let it be known to you . . . .” The King of the universe proclaims total amnesty for all his enemies through Jesus his Son.

Your Two Sons…are Mine

Ephraim and Manasseh were two sons born (in that order) to Joseph and his Egyptian wife, Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera, priest of On (Heliopolis) (Gen 41:45; 46:20).

As part-Egyptian, questions may have arisen as to their status within the covenant family. Jacob’s determination to bless the two boys bore greater significance, therefore, than might otherwise be thought. He says to Joseph “your two sons…are mine” (Gen 48:5).

At the Heart of our Reformed Worship

We all exist as humans ‘to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever’. Our entire lives are to be devoted to worshipping God with our entire heart, soul and mind (Matt 22:37). And this worship comes to its culmination when a congregation gathers publically to say, “I was glad when thy said unto me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!’” (Psa 122:1).

The Gospel is good news

The Gospel is good news, the announcement of a deliverance that has been accomplished and which we need to hear about and respond to. What are we rescued from? The “coming wrath” at the end of history (1 Thess 1:10), which is God’s wrath.
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The Church – Protestant and Reformed (3)

The Church – Protestant and Reformed The Presbyterian Church is often described by the terms Protestant and Reformed. But what are we to understand by that, and in what sense is it true of us today? The ultimate realisation of life is to live to the glory of God There were 5 solas which summed…