The Quotable Round-Up #74

tpn6bjcHowdy to all! I hope you’re having a great day as you dive in this brand new collection of quotes! This time we are featuring quotes from the book “What is Predestination? Radio Addresses on the Election of God’s People” by J. Gresham Machen. And as always if you got stoked with these quotes, please get the books at your nearest Christian bookstore or on Amazon.

“Just because we do not know what the reason is for God’s choice of some and his passing by of others, that does not mean that there is no reason. As a matter of fact, there is without doubt an altogether good and sufficient reason. We can be perfectly sure of that. God never acts in arbitrary fashion; he acts always in accordance with infinite wisdom; all his acts are directed to infinitely high and worthy ends. We must just trust him for that. We do not know why God has acted thus and not otherwise, but we know the One who knows and we rest in his infinite justice and goodness and wisdom.” — J. Gresham Machen, “What is Predestination? Radio Addresses on the Election of God’s People” #gospel #salvation #reformed #calvinism #jgreshammachen #sovereignity

“Salvation, therefore, does not depend ultimately upon any act of the human will, even the act of faith in Jesus Christ. Faith itself is induced, in those who are saved in accordance with the eternal purpose of God. They are not predestinated to salvation because they believe, but they are enabled to believe because they are predestinated.” — J. Gresham Machen, “What is Predestination? Radio Addresses on the Election of God’s People” #gospel #salvation #reformed #calvinism #jgreshammachen #sovereignity

“Little hope have we, my friends, if our salvation depends upon ourselves; but the salvation of which the Bible speaks is rooted in the eternal counsel of God. There is no break and no possibility of break in the mighty working out of God’s eternal plan.” — J. Gresham Machen, “What is Predestination? Radio Addresses on the Election of God’s People” #gospel #salvation #reformed #calvinism #jgreshammachen #sovereignity

“All men deserving of God’s wrath and curse, some men, and these not more deserving of God’s favor than others, saved by his mysterious grace—these things are indeed at the heart of the Bible. Obscure them in the interests of human merit or human pride and you have substituted man’s wisdom for the Word of God.” — J. Gresham Machen, “What is Predestination? Radio Addresses on the Election of God’s People” #gospel #salvation #reformed #calvinism #jgreshammachen #sovereignity

“What a comfort it is to know that salvation depends solely upon God’s mysterious grace! We all deserved to perish in our sins, and so did all those to whom we preach. But God’s grace is wonderful. He has in his eternal plan a people chosen for his name. Happy are we if we are God’s instruments in gathering into his kingdom any of those who from all eternity belong to him.”
— J. Gresham Machen, “What is Predestination? Radio Addresses on the Election of God’s People”
#gospel #salvation #reformed #calvinism #jgreshammachen #sovereignity

“Did he create and order the universe because of some purpose found in the universe itself? Surely not. That would make the world an end in itself; it would elevate it to a position that belongs only to God. No, the creation of the world must have had as its purpose something that existed before the world was. But God himself is all that existed before the world was. Therefore, the purpose of the world must be found in God.”– J. Gresham Machen, “What is Predestination? Radio Addresses on the Election of God’s People”
#gospel #salvation #reformed #calvinism #jgreshammachen #sovereignity

“I do not mean that when God wills to do something we can always see what the end is. On the contrary, in countless cases, we can only see that it is his will, and that should be enough for us. We are sure that whatever he does is done with a holy purpose. The purpose is often hidden in the mystery of the divine wisdom. For us to refuse to bow to God’s will just because we do not know what his purpose is—that is the very height of irreligion. It is the sin of all sins; it is to pit our ignorance against his infinite wisdom and knowledge; it is rebellion and pride and madness. May God save us all from such a sin as that.” — J. Gresham Machen, “What is Predestination? Radio Addresses on the Election of God’s People”
#gospel #salvation #reformed #calvinism #jgreshammachen #sovereignity

 

 

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The Quotable Round-Up (Filipino Edition #1)

tpn6bjcIsang mapagpalang araw sa ating lahat. Ito ang unang Filipino edisyon ng “The Quotable Round-Up” at akoy natutuwa dahil sa aking ibabahaging quotes. Mula ito sa kilalang pastor at teacher na si John MacArthur hango sa kanyang aklat na “Usapang God’s Will”. Isinalin at nilimbag ito ng OMFLit at mabibili ito sa PCBS, NBS, Pandayan Bookshop at online. Nawa pagpalain kayo ng mga quotes na ito at bumili ng kopya ng aklat na ito.

“Huwag mong i-water down ang gospel. Kung nakakasakit ang katotohanan, hayaan mong makasakit ito. People have been living their whole lives in offense to God; hayaan mong sila naman muna ang maoffend.” — John MacArthur, “Usapang God’s Will”

“Alam mo kung ano ang Spirit-filled life? It is living every moment as though katabi mo si Jesus Christ!” — John MacArthur, Usapang God’s Will

“Hindi nila pini-persecute ang Christians dahil ayaw nila sa mga ito; pini-persecute nila ang Christians dahil ayaw nila kay Jesus.” — John MacArthur, “Usapang God’s Will”

“Kasama sa evangelism ang pamumuhay ng isang godly life sa gitna ng isang ungoldy world. At dahil diyan, magkakaroon ng persecution, dahil ayaw ng mundo kay Jesus.”
— John MacArthur, “Usapang God’s Will”

“Kung hindi mo pa ikino-commit ang buhay mo kay Jesus Christ, wala kang maasahan sa Diyos. He owes you nothing. Wala Siyang ni katiting na obligation sa iyo.”
— John MacArthur, “Usapang God’s Will”

The Quotable Round-Up #73

tpn6bjcHowdy day to all! I hope you’re having a great day as you dive in this brand new collection of quotes! This time we are featuring a mix bag of quotes from John Crotts upcoming book “Graciousness” and “Love Your God With All Your Mind” by J. P. Moreland. And if you got stoked with these quotes, please get the books at your nearest Christian bookstore or on Amazon.

“When two people disagree about the Scriptures, one of them, whether right or wrong about the interpretation of a Bible passage, can still “win” by intimidation. The Lord Jesus does not smile at His children who sin to win.”
— John Crotts

“As Christians go about their daily work in the world, they are to walk wisely. Their heads are to be up; their eyes are to be open. Because the time of every life is limited, Christians need to take advantage of opportunities to prepare other people for the life to come. Seeking these opportunities in the world takes both wisdom and grace. As believers interact with outsiders to the faith, they are called to relate to them graciously as God has related graciously to them.”
— John Crotts

“The Bible’s standard for speech is incredibly high. Every word that comes across a Christian’s lips must be infused with grace in order to build up the people who hear. There are no vacations or even coffee breaks permitted in order to unleash harsh, critical, unkind, or harmful speech—a believer’s mouth must always be on duty, speaking good words in good ways at the right time”
— John Crotts

“The faithful Christian life cannot be lived merely with zeal for truth but must also cultivate corresponding graciousness.”
— John Crotts

“God cares about more than just the words you say. He also cares about how you say those words. It is not enough always to say the truth; you must also say the truth in love. The Lord Jesus Christ provides the greatest model of a person with zeal both to know and to apply the truth of God.”
— John Crotts

“We need to remember the consequences of abandoning a fundamental commitment to truth and reason. A people that does not care about these will be easily led to behave in certain ways by rhetoric, image, narcissistic self-infatuation, and so on. This is extremely dangerous. Further, if our allegiance to Christianity is not based on the conviction that it is true and reasonable, then we are treating the faith as a mere means to some self-serving pragmatic end, and that demeans the faith.”
— J. P. Moreland

“There is absolutely nothing wrong with admitting you don’t know something or that you’re currently inadequately equipped to think a topic through. What is unacceptable, however, is running from this fact and thereby giving up on intellectual and spiritual growth in the interest of avoiding embarrassment or possible rejection. We all need help in this area, and we should care enough about truth and reason to give that help. Even if we agree with one another’s conclusions, we need to dedicate ourselves for Christ’s sake to refusing to allow each other to reach those conclusions with poor argumentation and sloppy treatment of data.”
— J. P. Moreland

The Quotable Round-Up #71

tpn6bjcHappy New Year to all!!! To jump start this year here’s a mix bag of quotes from the books of J. I. Packer, Nathan Busenitz, and R. C. Srpoul. May these quotes be your guide this year on what books you’ll buy and read. God bless and Enjoy Jesus!

“If life is a journey, then the million-word-long Holy Bible is the large-scale map with everything in it, and the hundred-word Apostles’ Creed (so called, not because apostles wrote it—despite later legend, they didn’t—but because it teaches apostolic doctrine) is the simplified road map, ignoring much but enabling you to see at a glance the main points of Christian belief.”
— J. I. Packer, Affirming the Apostle’s Creed

“It is only because of the sweet savor of the work of Christ that a holy God can look upon sinners with pleasure instead of wrath.” — Nathan Busenitz, Long Before Luther

“If sinners are to be accepted in God’s sight, it will not be on account of their merits. The debt of sin can only be repaid through the righteous working of another. Though the Son of God owed nothing, He became a man so that He “might pay this [debt of sin] for others who did not have the wherewithal to pay what they owed. For the life of that Man is more precious than everything which is not God, and surpasses every debt which sinners owe in satisfaction.”
— Nathan Busenitz, Long Before Luther

“On the cross Jesus was just in himself and sinner by imputation. When Scripture speaks of Jesus becoming sin for us, it does not mean that he became in himself a sinner. If that were the case, he would not have been worthy to save himself, let alone us.”
— R. C. Sproul, Justified by Faith Alone

“By faith the justified person receives all the blessings of God due to Jesus for his perfect obedience. In this regard Christ is our righteousness.”
— R. C. Sproul, Justified by Faith Alone

“Our redemption is grounded in a double imputation by which our sins are transferred to Christ in the atonement and his righteousness is transferred to us.”
— R. C. Sproul, Justified by Faith Alone

“The Reformers insisted that the merit of Christ and the benefits of his saving work are applied freely to the sinner by faith alone. Rome has the sinner doing necessary works of satisfaction by which he gains congruous merit in order to be justified by Christ.”
— R. C. Sproul, Justified by Faith Alone

 

 

The Quotable Round-Up (R. C. Sproul Edition)

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One of the saddest news in the Reformed theology world is the passing of Dr. R. C. Sproul. Robert Charles or simply R. C. to his friends, died last December 14, is one of the leading theologian and teacher that upholds the Doctrine of Grace. He will be greatly missed however his legacy will remain as we discovery God through his sermons and books. As for me I have a personal “Sproul Story”.  Sproul is one of the authors I most likely turn down when it comes to theology. I would go for John Piper or John MacArthur. I was an Arminian then. However, with God’s providence I tried a book of his on reformed. As I was reading it a light bulb moment came to me. Something that’s pulling me back from not embracing Calvinism was answered. I thank God for R. C. Sproul for giving that answer that I have been looking for.

As you know this post is “The Quotable Round-Up” so I would like to present to you quotes from R. C. Sproul’s book “Justified by Faith Alone”. As always I you like this book, please do get to your nearest Christian bookstore or on Amazon. And as added bonus, I include some freebies so you can check out Sproul’s teachings free of charge. Of course you can find him on Ligonier Ministries, where you can find more of his teachings. God bless you and enjoy Jesus!

“Without sola fide one does not have the gospel; and without the gospel one does not have the Christian faith.”

“Justification refers to a legal action by God by which he declares a person just in his sight. The Protestant view is often described as “forensic justification,” meaning that justification is a “legal declaration” made by God.”

“It must be added, too, that having a personal relationship with Jesus does not save us unless it is a saving relationship. Everyone has a personal relationship with Jesus. Even the devil has a personal relationship with Christ, but it is a relationship of estrangement, of hostility to him. We are all related to Christ, but we are not all united to Christ, which union comes by faith and faith alone.”

“The evangelical doctrine of justification is communicated by the Reformation slogan sola fide, which declares that justification is by faith alone. Even this formula is a kind of theological shorthand for the concept that justification is by Christ alone. By faith we receive the imputation of the righteousness of Christ, whose righteousness is the sole and sufficient ground of our justification.”

“Faith is not the ground of justification. Rather, it is the instrument by which the believer is linked to Christ and through which the objective benefits of the saving work of Christ are subjectively appropriated.”

“We are just by virtue of the imputation of the righteousness of Christ, which righteousness is imputed to people who are still sinners and in whom sinfulness still inheres.”

“On the cross Christ paid the price for our sin. This was both a work of expiation and propitiation. By expiation he “took away” our sins from us. By propitiation he satisfied the justice of God by undergoing the penalty for our guilt.”

 

Read my book review on Sproul’s book “Knowing Scriptures”

 

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The Quotable Round-Up #70

tpn6bjcSweet day to all! I hope you’re having a great day as you dive in this brand new collection of quotes! This time we are featuring the book by Sam Allberry titled “Why Bother with Church?” And if you got stoked with these quotes, please get the book at your nearest Christian bookstore or on Amazon.

“At the foot of Sinai, the people of God were “churching” together. And churching here means more than just hanging out over a latte and catching up on the weekend sports results. This gathering was marked by being in the presence of God, receiving his words of promise and direction, and being constituted as his people. The weekly gathering of Christians that the New Testament describes as church is something of a re-enactment of this moment.”

“Just as the US embassy in London is considered a part of US sovereign territory overseas in a foreign land, so the local church is a small part of heavenly territory in this world.”

“The church is God’s family. It is not those who have signed up to a human institution, or who find themselves in natural sympathy with Christian ethics and church life. It is those who have been brought into God’s family through the reconciling work of his Son.”

“The way in which the church depends on the truth is obvious: it is the truth of God’s word that brings the church into existence and shapes all that she is to be.”

“The church is the earthly outlet for God’s truth, the embassy that represents him. Christians are this individually too, of course. But it is through the church being church, rather than primarily through individual believers each separately doing their bit, that the truth is upheld and commended to a watching world.”

“For a region to be without a church means that it does not have the access it needs to the truth of God’s goodness and love. Lacking a church is not equivalent to lacking a decent supermarket or movie theatre; it is like lacking a hospital or a source of water. It is an utter necessity.”

“If you want to understand how committed Jesus is to the church, here’s your answer. He doesn’t just create it and let it be. He marries it. He is not just our almighty King; he is also our perfect Husband.”

 

The Quotable Round-Up #69

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Hey people here’s your favorite post. Hot and fresh quotes from the book “Long Before Luther” by Nathan Busenitz . If you enjoyed these quotes, please buy the book at your nearest Christian bookstore or on Amazon. Feel free to share this post over your social media. God bless you and enjoy your week!

“The church fathers speak of the sinner’s need for a righteousness that cannot be found in either his own merits or the law. Speaking of the unattainable standard of God’s perfect righteousness, Origen explains that to be justified before people is different from being justified before God. “In comparison with other people,” he writes, “one person can be deemed just if he has lived relatively free from faults; but in comparison with God, not only is a person not justified, but even as Job says, ‘But the stars are not pure before him.’” Origen explains that while we may seem pure in comparison to other people, and vice versa, we can never be pure in comparison to God, who is perfectly pure.”

“The forensic nature of justification in the patristic literature can be seen in at least two ways: through the use of law court terminology and through the contrast drawn between justification and condemnation.”

“The Reformers recognized that Jesus did not actually become a sinner on the cross; yet God punished Him as if He were a sinner so that, in Christ, believers might be treated as if they were righteous. The sins of believers were imputed to Christ at the cross so that, because He bore the punishment for those sins, His righteousness might be imputed to those who believe in Him.”

“The Reformers taught that justification occurs at the moment of salvation, which means the believer is immediately declared righteous and restored to God’s favor. Sanctification, by contrast, takes place progressively over a believer’s entire life, and results in his or her growth in personal holiness through the power of the Holy Spirit. The regenerated heart, having received new life in Christ, is able to respond in obedience. to God and grow in godliness.”

“When justification and sanctification are confused, the inevitable conclusion is that the believer’s personal holiness contributes, at least in part, to his or her right standing before God. This legalistic notion was something the Reformers passionately sought to guard against.”

“Melanchthon and Calvin give us two clear examples of a Reformation understanding of the forensic nature of justification. In the court of heaven, sinners are guilty and worthy of condemnation. Even their self-righteous works are like filthy rags in the sight of a holy God (see Isa. 64:6). Yet by grace through faith in Christ, sinners are pardoned by the heavenly Judge and declared to be righteous. Being justified, therefore, means to be acquitted of sin and accepted by God as if we were righteous, because we are clothed in the perfect righteousness of Christ.”

“Most Roman Catholics viewed justification as a formative process that involved sinners being “made righteous” over the course of their entire lives. Consequently, in the Roman Catholic view, believers contributed to their justification through the acts of penance and good works they performed. The Reformers rejected that notion, arguing instead that justification is an immediate change in the sinner’s status before God, to which believers contribute nothing. It is entirely a work of God.”