Monthly Archives: February 2010

Mortification and Sanctification Working Together

Jerry Bridges reflection on Ephesians 4:22-24:

I like to think of this twofold approach of ‘puuting off’ and ‘putting on’ as represented by the two blades of a pair of scissors.  We readily recognize that a single scissors blade is useless as far as doing the job for which it was designed.  The two blades must be joined together at the pivot point and must work in conjunction with each other to be effective.  The scissors illustrate a spiritual principle: We must work simultaneously at putting off the characteristics of our old selves and putting on the characterisitics of the new selves.  One without the other is not effective.

…to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:22-24).

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Posted by on February 11, 2010 in Uncategorized



The Most Theological Music…

I recently traveled to Washington, DC to participate in a Capitol Hill Baptist Church weekender.  While there I met a man named Shai Linne.  From Philadelphia, Shai Linne writes and sings Christian Rap.  For some time I have listened to the few songs posted on Myspace.  They are all excellent.  I just downloaded the full album Atonement from Itunes and it blows my mind just how good this entire album is.

Hands down it is the most theologically centered music of my generation. Its theological depth is also unmatched in this generation.  I absolutely love his works.  Check him out at myspace.  You can sample all his works on Itunes.

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Posted by on February 10, 2010 in Uncategorized


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What accounts for Jesus’ fear in the Garden?

The answer is Propitiation…Jesus bore the wrath of God and punishment of all the sinners who would ever turn to him in repentance and faith.

How should we explain Jesus’ belief in the necessity of his death?  How should we account for the fact that what drove him on throughout his public ministry, as all four Gospels testify, was the conviction that he had to be killed?  And how should we explain the fact that, whereas martyrs like Stephen faced death with joy, and even Socrates, the pagan philosopher, drank his hemlock and died without tremor, Jesus, the perfect servant of God, who had never before showed the least fear of man or pain or loss, manifested in Gethsemane what looked like blue funk, and on the cross declared himself God-forsaken? “Never man feared death like this man,” commented Luther.  Why?  What did it mean?

…if we relate the facts in question to the apostolic teaching about propitiation, all becomes plain at once. “May we not urge,” asks James Denny, “that these experiences of deadly fear and of desertion are of one piece with the fact that in his death and in the agony of the garden through which he accepted that death as the cup which his Father gave him to drink, Jesus was taking upon him the burden of the world’s sin, consenting to be, and actually being, numbered with the transgressors?” (The Death of Christ, 1911 ed., p. 46).

Had Paul or John been asked this question, there is no doubt what they would have answered.  It was because Jesus was to be made sin, and bear God’s judgment on sin, that he trembled in the garden, and because he was actually bearing that judgment that he declared himself forsaken of God on the cross.  The driving force in Jesus’ life was his resolve to be “obedient to death–even death on a cross” (Phil 2:8), and the unique dreadfulness of his death lies in the fact that he tasted on Calvary the wrath of God which was our due, so making propitiation for our sins.

Centuries before, Isaiah had spelled it out: “We considered him striken by God….The punishment that brought us peace was upon him….The LORD has laid on him the inquity of us all….For the transgression of my people he was stricken….It was the LORD’s will to crush him…the LORD makes his life a guilt offering” (Is 53:4-10).

Taken from Knowing God by J. I. Packer, pp. 192-194.

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Posted by on February 5, 2010 in Uncategorized


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Sovereign Grace Music & Book Sale

Sovereign Grace Ministries’ February Sale is back!  Books, CD’s, & Downloads are $7, $6, and $5 respectively.  Check it out.  Thank you Sovereign Grace.

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Posted by on February 4, 2010 in Uncategorized


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Tim Tebow’s Critics are Intolerant

So writes Sally Jenkins today in the Washington Post.  Although Jenkins is pro-choice, she writes fairly and intelligently about the hoopla surrounding the Super Bowl Ad starring Pam and Tim Tebow.  Here is a taste of Jenkins article:

Tebow’s 30-second ad hasn’t even run yet, but it already has provoked “The National Organization for Women Who Only Think Like Us” to reveal something important about themselves: They aren’t actually “pro-choice” so much as they are pro-abortion. Pam Tebow has a genuine pro-choice story to tell. She got pregnant in 1987, post-Roe v. Wade, and while on a Christian mission in the Philippines, she contracted a tropical ailment. Doctors advised her the pregnancy could be dangerous, but she exercised her freedom of choice and now, 20-some years later, the outcome of that choice is her beauteous Heisman Trophy winner son, a chaste, proselytizing evangelical.

Pam Tebow and her son feel good enough about that choice to want to tell people about it. Only, NOW says they shouldn’t be allowed to. Apparently NOW feels this commercial is an inappropriate message for America to see for 30 seconds, but women in bikinis selling beer is the right one. I would like to meet the genius at NOW who made that decision. On second thought, no, I wouldn’t.

HT: Tim Challies

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Posted by on February 2, 2010 in Uncategorized


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In your Midst, the King is Present

When Jesus of Nazareth entered into Jerusalem riding on a colt, he was coming into the city of David as a King.  Palm branches were waived and cloaks were spread before him.  Praises were shouted by his disciples. 

I wonder how many participated that day with the entrance of God’s King into God’s city?  Maybe 200 or 400?

I can’t imagine the emotions that overcame Jesus that day.  Luke 19 records that he wept upon seeing Jerusalem for they did not receive him as their King.

However, I do know that another coronation day is coming where the multitudes of those who praise Jesus will be without number.

Remember, when you go to worship corporately with other saints this Lord’s Day, the King is on his heavenly throne and he sees and hears your praises.  So praise him as if you had a front row seat at his coronation day.

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Posted by on February 1, 2010 in Uncategorized