The Son of the Most High, the Messiah, will rule forever, with a Kingdom that will never, never end.
Christmas is celebrated in America as a holiday when a god-like figure (Santa Claus) brings presents for all of the children of the earth. Do you see what has happened? We have been given another definition.
I become easily discouraged under the weight of my fight against sin, but then I’m reminded of Paul…
That is why the Reformation was full of committed pastors and theologians who proclaimed that the salvation of the elect was soli Deo gloria: to the glory of God alone.
Through Christ alone, we are given eternal life and will never perish. We who are truly a part of the elect are unable to be snatched out of Jesus’s hand, nor the Father’s hand.
The purpose of sola gratia was to draw the attention away from ourselves, and to realize that it was only through God’s sovereign grace that anyone can be saved.
Faith is how we are justified and faith comes from hearing the word of Christ. Faith is not something innate within us but is rather a gift from God to us.
We should all want each and every person we meet to be saved and come to a knowledge of Jesus Christ. This cannot, however, be the goal of our ministry.
There is a virus that has infected the Church. It is a disease that gets to the heart of all manner of unchristian thinking.