Oh, the bitter shame and sorrow,
That a time could ever be,
When I let the Saviour’s pity
Plead in vain, and proudly answered–
“All of self, and none of Thee.”
Yet He found me; I beheld Him
Bleeding on the cursed tree;
Heard Him pray, “Forgive them, Father,”
And my wistful heart said faintly–
“Some of self, and some of Thee.”
Day by day His tender mercy,
Healing, helping, full and free,
Sweet and strong, and ah? so patient,
Brought me lower while I whispered–
“Less of Self, and more of Thee.”
Higher than the highest heavens,
Deeper than the deepest sea,
Lord, Thy love at last hath conquered:
Grant me now my soul’s petition–
“None of self, and all of Thee”
Author: Theodore Monod
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Yesterday, I talked about the fact that Jesus came into this world to “save His people from their sins” and yet people would rather be saved from everything else except their sins. The reason for this is that many people do not sin as man’s greatest problem. But as D. A. Carson points out,
If God had perceived that our greatest need was economic, he would have sent an economist. If he had perceived that our greatest need was entertainment, he would have sent us a comedian or an artist. If God had perceived that our greatest need was political stability, he would have sent us a politician. If he had perceived that our greatest need was health, he would have sent us a doctor. But he perceived that our greatest need involved our sin, our alienation from him, our profound rebellion, our death; and he sent us a Savior.
Today, I would like to discuss the subject of Man in Sin. What does the Bible mean when it says that man is a sinner? I would like to share five things in response to this question based on the teaching of the Bible. Continue reading
“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21 ESV)
Isn’t it interesting that people want to be saved from everything else but their sins? Yet, this is the very reason for which Jesus Christ came. He came “to save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). But no, people want to be saved from financial difficulties, marital difficulties, anxieties regarding the future, etc, but NOT from sin. Some who profess to be Christians might religiously say that they want to be saved from the consequences of sin. They would love to keep their sins as long as they don’t have to face the consequences of their sins – as long as they can be guaranteed a “FREE PASS” to heaven, they would be quite happy to keep their sins. But Matthew is telling us in the passage quoted above that Jesus came into the world for the specific purpose of saving His people from their sins. He is the “Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). “He appeared to take away sins, and in Him there is no sin” (1 John 5:3). Continue reading
What a wonderful day this has been! I praise the LORD God for sustaining me through it all. Was a bit unsure how things would go today with all the preaching that I had to do, but I praise Him for giving me His grace and strength to sustain me through it all! Many thanks to everyone who was praying for/with me over the weekend as I was preparing to preach the Word of God today. May the LORD richly bless you! Tomorrow (Monday, September 9, 2013), I will be teaching my first Perspectives class, part of a 15-week course which our congregation is hosting for the first time. Will be giving a 2 hour lecture entitled, “The Living God is a Missionary God.” Looking forward to it – but I would like to ask for your prayers once again in these three specific ways:
1. Pray that the LORD will be glorified in all that happens in tomorrow’s class and throughout the next 15 weeks as we run this course.
2. Pray for the LORD’s blessing and anointing on all the lectures who will be teaching this course over these 15 weeks.
3. Pray for the LORD’s blessing and anointing on all the students who will be taking the class (don’t have the precise # yet) – but pray with me that this will prove to be a life transforming course.
Above all, please join me in giving thanks to the LORD God for giving our small congregation the opportunity to host this course – and for allowing me the opportunity to teach the first class! It’s truly all of grace and totally undeserved! Will give you an update on this tomorrow, Lord willing! To God be the glory!!
“When God calls a man or woman His calling never leave that person where they found him. If the calling God speaks to you and calls you and you try and stand still, you will not be standing still, you will be going backwards. You will fall on you will either believe and obey or you will be making a forlorn attempt to stand still – you will discover that you are going in the opposite direction.” – Alistair Begg.
Listen to Alistair Begg speaking about this in his message entitled, Grace and Forgiveness.
I found this message from Alistair Begg very encouraging and true to God’s Word. How wonderful it is to know that the LORD calls even those who are outcasts, despised and rejected and transforms them into holy vessels for the Master’s use. Praise be to His holy Name!
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones makes such great and helpful remarks on preaching the gospel in his comments on Romans 6:
. . . If it is true that where sin abounded grace has much more abounded, well then, ‘shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound yet further?’
First of all, let me make a comment, to me a very important and vital comment. The true preaching of the gospel of salvation by grace alone always leads to the possibility of this charge being brought against it. There is no better test as to whether a man is really preaching the New Testament gospel of salvation than this, that some people might misunderstand it and misinterpret it to mean that it really amounts to this, that because you are saved by grace alone it does not matter at all what you do; you can go on sinning as much as you like because it will redound all the more to the glory of grace. If my preaching and presentation of the gospel of salvation does not expose it to that misunderstanding, then it is not the gospel. Let me show you what I mean.
If a man preaches justification by works, no one would ever raise this question. If a man’s preaching is, ‘If you want to be Christians, and if you want to go to heaven, you must stop committing sins, you must take up good works, and if you do so regularly and constantly, and do not fail to keep on at it, you will make yourselves Christians, you will reconcile yourselves to God and you will go to heaven’. Obviously a man who preaches in that strain would never be liable to this misunderstanding. Nobody would say to such a man, ‘Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?’, because the man’s whole emphasis is just this, that if you go on sinning you are certain to be damned, and only if you stop sinning can you save yourselves. So that misunderstanding could never arise . . . . . .
Nobody has ever brought this charge against the Church of Rome, but it was brought frequently against Martin Luther; indeed that was precisely what the Church of Rome said about the preaching of Martin Luther. They said, ‘This man who was a priest has changed the doctrine in order to justify his own marriage and his own lust’, and so on. ‘This man’, they said, ‘is an antinomian; and that is heresy.’ That is the very charge they brought against him. It was also brought George Whitfield two hundred years ago. It is the charge that formal dead Christianity – if there is such a thing – has always brought against this startling, staggering message, that God ‘justifies the ungodly’ . . .
That is my comment and it is a very important comment for preachers. I would say to all preachers: If your preaching of salvation has not been misunderstood in that way, then you had better examine your sermons again, and you had better make sure that you are really preaching the salvation that is offered in the New Testament to the ungodly, the sinner, to those who are dead in trespasses and sins, to those who are enemies of God. There is this kind of dangerous element about the true presentation of the doctrine of salvation.
This is from Lloyd-Jones commentary on Romans 6, pp 8-9