Saturday, 27 February 2010

Repent Again Now

Piper exhorts Christians not to sin against grace:

Thursday, 18 February 2010

At the Cross...

We see God’s sovereignty—reigning with absolute control over humanity’s greatest sin.

We see God’s purpose—making known the mystery of His will prepared before time.

We see God’s plan—to unite all things, on heaven and on earth, in Him.

We see God’s judgment—requiring recompense for guilt.

We see God’s holiness—demanding the perfect sacrifice.

We see God’s power—crushing the Son of God according to the purpose of His will.

We see God’s wrath—punishing the wretchedness of sin.

We see God’s sorrow—wailing as only a forsaken son can.

We see God’s mystery—the Son, as God, separated from the Father, committing His Spirit to God.

We see God’s compassion—pleading to the Father to forgive the ignorant.

We see God’s gift—His one and only Son, bruised and broken on our behalf.

We see God’s mercy—making unrighteous sinners righteous.

We see God’s love—Christ dying for sinners.

We see God’s rescue operation—delivering us from the domain of darkness to the kingdom of His Son.

We see God’s proposal—pledging Himself to His bride forever.

We see God’s revelation—the Word of God speaking His last so He might speak on behalf of many.

We see God’s victory—disarming His enemies, putting them to shame, and triumphing over them.

We see God’s glory—the name of the Father being magnified for the sake of all peoples.

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Pursuing God as the Greatest Delight

Reading through Augustine's Confessions is a great way to see how to relate to God. The whole book is written like a prayer in the third person- it's a demonstration of how to pour out your heart to the Lord.

Below is a quote where Augustine explains that sin is neglecting the higher good (God), while giving preference to inferior delights. (Maybe C. S. Lewis was thinking of this part of the Confessions when writing The Weight of Glory).

'The life that we live here has its own peculiar attractiveness, and allure all its own, especially in its harmony with the rest of the creation. The bond of human friendship has a sweetness of its own, binding many souls together as one. Yet because of these things we value, sin is committed. We have an inordinate preference for these things of a lower order while neglecting the better and the higher good. We neglect You, Lord God- Your truth, and Your law.

While these inferior things we value have their delights, none are equal to You. For in You, O God, the righteous delight and You are the sweetness of the upright in heart.'