Gone, But Still Applicable | Jon Cardwell

In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away. Hebrews 8:13

It has been said by some, “Since the new covenant has been instituted by Christ, the civil and ceremonial laws of the Mosaic covenant have been abolished.” Have they? That’s not what our text says. The apostle tells us the old covenant is obsolete. The English words “obsolete” and “old” are translated from the Greek root word παλαιοω (palaioo). This word means “worn out” or “declared to be obsolete.” It doesn’t mean it has been completely eliminated, abolished or replaced. To replace it altogether actually would be antinomianism, a false doctrine. If Jesus fulfilled the law by His perfect sacrifice (Heb 5:9) and by His perfect priesthood (Heb 7:28), the law is not eliminated it but elevated. Read More »

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Altogether Desireable | Jon Cardwell

From the daily email devotional by Pastor Jon Cardwell:

Blessed Monday to you! Today is April 30, 2018.

Here’s my devotional thought pulled from one of today’s portions of R. M. M’Cheyne’s “Daily Bread” Bible Reading Calendar.

His mouth is most sweet, and he is altogether desirable. Song of Solomon 5:16

Isaiah describes the Lord Jesus’ physical appearance as plain and unimpressive: “he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him” (Isaiah 53:2). Yet, to His beloved bride, the church, Jesus is altogether lovely.

Jesus is pure in righteousness, red by His shed blood in sacrifice, and holy, separate and distinguishable from any other (Song 5:10). He leads His people while upon His throne in heaven and the beauty of His provision is found in the supply of God, just as Elijah was fed by the ravens at the brook (Song 5:11; 1 Ki 17:4-6). Jesus, the Prince of Peace, views His kingdom from heaven above and sends forth the Holy Spirit to minister to His people, with abounding promises, which are precisely crafted as a jeweler setting precious gems (Song 5:12). Christ’s presence is a sweet fragrance; moreover, His words are beautiful to behold and powerfully sweet when understood, especially as it pertains to His atoning death (Song 5:13). Every action of Christ is ordained in heaven, both precious and beautiful; and His humanity is pure and glorious (Song 5:14). The Lord’s walk and stance is unwavering and ordained in heaven; and His glorious presence hovers high above all men, providing shade and repose for His people and resources for His people to further the kingdom (Song 5:15). The words of Jesus are the most savory, moreover, the scriptures reveal His beauty and majesty (Song 5:16).

Christ is our beloved Savior,
Not beautiful by sight;
Yet, in Spirit, His beauty’s more
Lofty than highest height.

Jesus, very God, yet human;
Describ’d in heav’nly song,
Reveal’d in holy acumen
To those, in Him belong.

With love in Christ by God’s grace,

Jon

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The Purpose of Christ | Jon Cardwell

from Sovereign Grace Baptist Church Anniston, Alabama

Here’s my devotional thought pulled from one of today’s portions of R. M. M’Cheyne’s “Daily Bread” Bible Reading Calendar.

THE PURPOSE OF CHRIST- by Jon Cardwell

“For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth….”. John 18:37
Jesus Christ is King of kings. Pilate asked Him straight out and Jesus confessed, “You said it. I am a king” (John 18:37). The reason He was born was to set up His kingdom, thus fulfilling God’s prophecy in Eden for He is the Seed of the woman (Gen 3:15). His kingdom was a kingdom of truth, for He is the Christ foretold to come, fulfilling all prophecies concerning God’s plans and purposes in and through Him (John 5:39).

Moreover, the method by which Jesus would establish His kingdom was through the Roman cross upon which He would be sentenced. This was the purpose for which He was born for it must be God incarnate who dwelt among sinful men to speak the words of heaven and point to the glory of God. This was the purpose for which He came for it must be a holy, perfect, sinless Man who lays down His life as a willing sacrifice to save sinners from the wretchedness of their fallen condition.

The Christ, as merely king, apart from the cross is damnable foolishness, yet this is what a corrupt world craves. This is what a sinful people savor. This is what the God-hating, Christ-rejecting world lusts after. They want Jesus Christ on man’s terms and not on God’s, whose terms are holiness, righteousness, and obedience. The fallen world loathes a bloody cross; they despise God’s judgment; they hate God’s sovereignty, desiring reward from God rather than reverence for God.

Yet, when the truth of God’s Christ shines through the darkness of our wretched lives, His death and suffering is revealed to our veiled hearts and blinded eyes and dead souls— and we see the glory of God’s incredible sacrifice in offering the most supreme treasure the universe can ever know: Jesus Christ, God’s only Son.

When Pontius Pilate ask’d the Lord
Of His kingly state;
Then Jesus spoke by God’s true Word,
Which evil men do hate.

With love in Christ Jesus, by God’s amazing grace,

Jon

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The Just Judgment of a Righteous God | Jon Cardwell

from Preaching Christ Crucified

“But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile” (Romans 2:8-9). The judgment of those who are not in Christ, who have not been redeemed by His atoning Sacrifice, who have not been forgiven by the shedding of His precious blood, who have not been declared righteous by the imputation of His perfect life, will be condemned for every idle word, every idolatrous thought, every impure motive, every insidious action.

“For there is no respect of persons with God” (Romans 2:11). God will judge all: the righteous in Christ and the wicked in sin, without partiality and in absolute perfection because He is unchangeable in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth.

– See more at: http://preachingchristcrucified.com/2013/02/judgment-righteous-god/

God gave them up | Jon Cardwell

from Preaching Christ Crucified.com

As sinful, wicked, unbelieving men deserted God, God deserted them. God “gave them up” is a term used in Romans chapter 1, in verses 24, 26 and 28. Preaching Christ Crucified continues its series through Paul’s epistle to the Romans.

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