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 →
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Ro. 5:8).
Today, I thought I should share how the LORD opened my eyes to His glorious grace in Christ. I was nine years old. I remember vividly what happened. I picked up a small gospel tract in my Dad’s study. My father is a Gospel Minister as well. He has been since before I was born. So being born in a pastor’s home, the seed of the Gospel was planted in my heart from a very young age. I loved going to church with my parents every Sunday and at any other time there was something going on at the church. I loved the daily family times of prayer which we used to have as a family throughout all the years, I was growing up at home. I loved to pray! I loved the Word of God! I loved the church! For the most part, I was a good kid (not perfect by any stretch of imagination). I was doing well in school and was well-behaved at home most of the time. Continue reading →
The following post is from a piece written by Matthew Mead in his book, The Almost Christian, 1661 on The Unchangeable Method of God in dealing with sinners and drawing them to Himself in Christ. Be blessed!
“I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:32. That is—such as see themselves as sinners, and thereby in a lost condition. “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10
God will have the soul truly sensible of the bitterness of sin—before it shall taste the sweetness of mercy. The plough of conviction must go deep, and make deep furrows in the heart, before God will sow the precious seed of grace there—so that it may have depth of earth to grow in. Continue reading →
So you still want to become like Christ? That’s great! There is no nobler pursuit for a Christian than this. In fact, I would be so bold as to say, that this is the ultimate end of the work of redemption which the LORD God has accomplished in our place through the life, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ to the glory of His Name. This is the end for which He saved us – namely, that we might become like Christ. This is and has always been the LORD’s purpose for His children from all eternity. Continue reading →
Charles Spurgeon on Matthew 8:11:“And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.”
Oh! I love God’s “shalls” and “wills.” There is nothing comparable to them. Let a man say “shall,” what is it good for? “I will,” says man, and he never performs; “I shall,” says he, and he breaks his promise. But it is never so with God’s “shalls.” If he says “shall,” it shall be; when he says “will,” it will be. Now he has said here, “many shall come.”
The devil says “they shall not come;” but “they shall come.” Their sins say “you can’t come;” God says “you shall come.” You, yourselves, say, “you won’t come;” God says “you shall come.” Continue reading →