What is Biblical Repentance? | John MacArthur

from Grace to You.org

Repentance is no more a meritorious work than its counterpart, faith. It is an inward response. Genuine repentance pleads with the Lord to forgive and deliver from the burden of sin and the fear of judgment and hell. It is the attitude of the publican who, fearful of even looking toward heaven, smote his breast and cried, “God, be merciful to me, the sinner!” (Luke 18:13). Repentance is not merely behavior reform. But because true repentance involves a change of heart and purpose, it inevitably results in a change of behavior.

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Dont Lose the Gospel | Tom Ascol

from Founders.org

I am preaching through the pastoral letters and when I recently began 2 Timothy I was reminded of the concern that Paul expresses about how the gospel will be handled after his death. He not only emphasizes the importance and centrality of the gospel—which he does in all his letters, but he also issues warnings that indicate he is concerned that the gospel might be lost—not in the world, primarily—but in the church.

This is evident in the specific instructions Paul give to Timothy, beginning in the first chapter. Consider his admonitions in 2 Timothy 1:8-14:

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God’s Sovereignty and Our Responsibility | Derek Thomas

frm Ligonier.org

God is sovereign in creation, providence, redemption, and judgment. That is a central assertion of Christian belief and especially in Reformed theology. God is King and Lord of all. To put this another way: nothing happens without God’s willing it to happen, willing it to happen before it happens, and willing it to happen in the way that it happens. Put this way, it seems to say something that is expressly Reformed in doctrine. But at its heart, it is saying nothing different from the assertion of the Nicene Creed: “I believe in God, the Father Almighty.” To say that God is sovereign is to express His almightiness in every area.

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The Crucifixion and Death of Christ

Luke 23:26 And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus. 27 And there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who were mourning and lamenting for him. 28 But turning to them Jesus said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren and the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ 30 Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ 31 For if they do these things when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?”

32 Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. 33 And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”[a] And they cast lots to divide his garments. 35 And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” 36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine 37 and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38 There was also an inscription over him,[b] “This is the King of the Jews.”

39 One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him,[c] saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

44 It was now about the sixth hour,[d] and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour,[e] 45 while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. 47 Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!” 48 And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts. 49 And all his acquaintances and the women who had followed him from Galilee stood at a distance watching these things.

Footnotes:
Luke 23:34 Some manuscripts omit the sentence And Jesus… what they do
Luke 23:38 Some manuscripts add in letters of Greek and Latin and Hebrew
Luke 23:39 Or blasphemed him
Luke 23:44 That is, noon
Luke 23:44 That is, 3 p.m.
Luke 23:54 Greek was dawning

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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Jeremiah 6 | Return to the Ancient Paths

Flee for safety, O people of Benjamin,
from the midst of Jerusalem!
Blow the trumpet in Tekoa,
and raise a signal on Beth-haccherem,
for disaster looms out of the north,
and great destruction.
2
The lovely and delicately bred I will destroy,
the daughter of Zion.[a]
3
Shepherds with their flocks shall come against her;
they shall pitch their tents around her;
they shall pasture, each in his place.
4
“Prepare war against her;
arise, and let us attack at noon!
Woe to us, for the day declines,
for the shadows of evening lengthen!
5
Arise, and let us attack by night
and destroy her palaces!”

6
For thus says the Lord of hosts:
“Cut down her trees;
cast up a siege mound against Jerusalem.
This is the city that must be punished;
there is nothing but oppression within her. Read More »