The Covenant of Grace Identical in both Old and New TestamentsWilhelmus à BrakelThe Christian’s Reasonable ServiceVol. 1, pp. 451-457The Covenant of Grace Identical in both Old and New Testaments Question
We go to the market square to be judged. We encourage listeners to look, listen, consider, reflect, contemplate and … judge. Christ Jesus said, recorded in Matthew 12:37, “by your words you will be judged”. So we call upon Fringe goers to pause, listen and judge. Take into consideration the narrative, the method, passion of delivery, his, as the Army would say, ‘appearance and bearing’. When you are done, make a judgement.
Ah my dear, I hear you say, we are not supposed to judge. By judging we are breaking the cardinal sin, “thou shalt no judge”. Firstly, that verse is addressing hypocrisy, those who accuse others when they are guilty of committing the same felonies, and secondly, John 7:24, instructs us to judge with righteous judgement. Consider, how could you get through your day without judging? If you see someone destitute you may judge him or her worthy of a share of your plenty, if you see a violent drunk you may judge it sensible to avoid them, if you meet someone with views you consider reprehensible you may judge them worthy of your disdain.
The preacher is not the judge. He is not the accuser or the one who condemns. He is there to herald a warning, he arrives as an ambassador with news that despite the gavel having been dropped clemency is still available. Mercy abounds. He informs of the conclusion of the forensic investigation, the trial completion, evidence presented and judgement pronounced. The hearing did not go well for humanity. It found that the blood of Adam is in all, Romans 5:12 and that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, Romans 3:23. It transpires that none is righteous, not one, Romans 3:10. To put it succinctly, we are rotten to the core. The sentence is just, it is reasonable and fair. It is eternal damnation for wilful treason against the eternal Creator.
However, there is good news for terms of clemency have been offered but … they are brutal terms. The Son must die. He must bear the full and perfect wrath of the Father poured out on him for the sins His people. In so doing He satisfies justice, makes propitiation for the otherwise guilty, delivering them from bondage, vindicating, and declaring them innocent. We go out to declare the wonderful Christian doctrine of justification, ‘just-as-I-never-sinned’: 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ took the punishment that His people deserve for their rebellion. We go out to herald this amazing, bewildering, even perplexing news that while we were still rebels, Christ died for the ungodly!, Romans 5:8.
How are these terms secured? They can’t be! There is nothing you can do. No act of contrition or act of faith will buy you this free gift of grace. It cannot be sought, it cannot be bought. It must be received in total surrender to the King. You will die to self that you may receive life. And in your subjection to the will of the Holy Spirit you will be clay in the potter’s hand, Isaiah 64:8. By turning with your heart and mind, with an humble and contrite spirit, confessing your wretchedness and believing upon the Lord Jesus you may have life and life in abundance, John 10:10.
24 Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgement.”
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Hope you all are well! You may be wondering what we’ve been up to since we returned from our mission, about a month ago! Don’t worry, we have been running (well…slow running for Rachel) around like crazy!
After a mission, you suddenly become very popular and receive invitations to give report-backs at churches, small groups, and radio stations, so John especially has been kept very busy with that, preaching a few times, and giving multiple presentations.
HERE! is the link to our radio interview, where we spoke about our experiences in Zambia, Tanzania, and Namibia!
John has not only been preaching at our home church, but also spoke at 2 missions conferences. One was here in Cape Town, and he encouraged the pastors and leaders there with a thought-provoking exhortation about the message of a missionary. He expounded upon Colossians 1:28-29, challenging the congregation about what they know about…
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Marketing executives, adulterous wives, manipulative girlfriends, and prostitutes all know the power of sex. Sexual autonomy is cherished and raises passions high when it is threatened. Many religious system has codified sexual self control in the form of abstinence as the pinnacle of spiritual purity, a celibate priestly class in the Roman system being an example. It is no wonder findings such as reported here are suppressed:
What are the “autographs” of Scripture? If we don’t have the original writings how can I be certain I have the Word of God? Should I learn the original languages? What is textual criticism? What are some different theories of translation? What rights do I have as a Christian? These are some of the important questions we answer on today’s episode. Join Kyle, Nathan, Shawn, and Joel as we discuss the sufficiency of the Bible from Westminster Confession of Faith 1.8:
The Old Testament in Hebrew (which was the native language of the people of God of old), and the New Testament in Greek (which, at the time of the writing of it, was most generally known to the nations), being immediately inspired by God, and, by His singular care and providence, kept pure in all ages, are therefore authentical; so as, in all controversies of religion, the Church is…
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Introducing the brand new podcast “The Jerusalem Chamber.” Coming in February 2017!
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