The Quotable Round-Up #29

Here are the quotes for the week featuring the book by R. C. Sproul “What Is Reformed Theology?: Understanding the Basics”. Enjoy and God bless!

“The agent of predestination is God. In his sovereignty he predestinates. Human beings are the object of his predestination. In short, predestination refers to God’s sovereign plan for human beings, decreed by him in eternity. We must add, however, that the concept of predestination includes more than the future destiny of humans. It also includes whatever comes to pass in time and space.”

“For a person to be able to come to Christ, it must first be granted or “given” to that person to come to Christ. God must do something for us to overcome our moral inability to come to Christ. We cannot embrace Christ in the flesh. Without the aid of the Holy Spirit, we cannot come to Christ.”

“The humanistic and pagan view of free will is that the will acts from a posture of indifference. By indifference we mean that the will is inclined to neither good nor evil but exists in a state of moral neutrality. The mind of fallen man has no bias, no predisposition to evil. This view of free will is on a collision course with the biblical view of sin.”

”If we still have a will, why are we unable to convert ourselves or even prepare ourselves for conversion? The simple answer is this: because we do not want to. We have no desire for the righteousness of God, and free choice, by definition, involves choosing what we desire.”

To say that mankind is radically corrupt is to say that sin penetrates to the root or core of our being. Sin is not tangential or peripheral, but arises from the center of our being. It flows from what the Bible calls the “heart,” which does not refer to the muscle that pumps blood throughout our bodies but to the “core” of our being. Even the word core derives from the Latin word for “heart.”

“The covenant of redemption demonstrates the harmony within the Trinity. Over against theories that pit one member of the Godhead against the other two, the covenant of redemption stresses the total agreement between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in the plan of salvation. This covenant defines the roles of the persons of the Trinity in redemption. The Father sends the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Son enters the arena of this world by incarnation voluntarily. He is no reluctant Redeemer. The Holy Spirit applies the work of Christ to us for our salvation. The Spirit does not chafe at doing the Father’s bidding. The Father is pleased to send the Son and the Spirit into the world, and they are pleased to carry out their respective missions.”

“Every written document has a structure or format by which it is organized. Paragraphs have subjects and chapters have focal points. Reformed theology sees the primary structure of biblical revelation as that of covenant. This is the structure by which the entire history of redemption is worked out.”

“Jesus is enthroned at God’s right hand, and all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to him. It is a profound political reality that Christ now occupies the supreme seat of cosmic authority. The kings of this world and all secular governments may ignore this reality, but they cannot undo it. The universe is no democracy. It is a monarchy. God himself has appointed his beloved Son as the preeminent King. Jesus does not rule by referendum, but by divine right. In the future every knee will bow before him, either willingly or unwillingly. Those who refuse to do so will have their knees broken with a rod of iron.”

The Quotable Round-Up #28

Here are the quotes for the week featuring the book by R. C. Sproul “What Is Reformed Theology?: Understanding the Basics”. Enjoy and God bless!

“The remission of sins is tied to the atoning work of Christ. In the atonement both propitiation and expiation are involved. Propitiation refers to Christ’s satisfaction of God’s justice, making it “propitious” for God to forgive us. Propitiation may be seen as a vertical act of Christ directed to the Father. At the same time, Christ is an expiation for our sins, removing or carrying away from us our sins.”

“True faith is never alone. It always manifests itself in works. Works that flow out of faith, however, are in no way the ground of our justification. They contribute nothing of merit before God. The only ground or basis of our justification is the merit of Christ. Nor is faith itself a meritorious work or the ground of our justification.”

“The dispute between justification by the infusion of Christ’s righteousness and the imputation of his righteousness is no tempest in a teapot. It makes all the difference in the world whether the ground of my justification rests within me or is accomplished for me. Christ fulfilled the law for me and gained the merit necessary for my justification. This is the ground not only of my justification, but also of my assurance of salvation. If I must wait until I cooperate with the righteousness of Christ infused within me, to the degree that I become inherently righteous, I despair of ever attaining salvation. This is not gospel or “good news”; it is bad news.”

“In our justification, faith is the means by which we are linked to Christ and receive the benefits of his saving work. By faith we receive the transfer or imputation of the righteousness of Christ. Faith is not only a necessary condition, it is a sufficient condition for Christ’s righteousness to be imputed to us. Faith, true faith, is all that is required to be justified by the righteousness of Christ. Faith trusts in and lays hold of a righteousness that is not our own.”

“Forensic justification means we are declared righteous by God in a legal sense. The ground of this legal declaration is the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to our account.”

The doctrine of justification deals with what may be the deepest existential problem a human being can ever face: How can a sinner, an unjust person, ever withstand the judgment of a holy and just God?

The Quotable Round-Up #26

Hello folks!!! Here are some awesome quotes I want to share this week. May this bring you encouragement to read books and to focus on Christ.

“To possess genuine assurance is to experience a bit of divine bliss this side of heaven. The greater our sense of assurance, the more we can savor that glory in this earthly life.” – John MacArthur, The Truth About the Lordship of Christ

“Christians are called to preach, teach, and believe the whole counsel of God. Any distortion of the character of God poisons the rest of our theology. The ultimate form of idolatry is humanism, which regards man as the measure of all things. Man is the primary concern, the central focus, the dominant motif of all forms of humanism. Its influence is so strong and pervasive that it seeks to infiltrate Christian theology at every point. Only by a rigorous attention and devotion to the biblical doctrine of God will we be able to keep from tasting and even swallowing this noxious brew.” –R. C. Sproul, What Is Reformed Theology?: Understanding the Basics

“Because God is infinite in his being and eternal, and we are finite and bound by both space and time, our knowledge of him is never comprehensive. We enjoy an apprehensive knowledge of God, but not a comprehensive knowledge.” –R. C. Sproul, What Is Reformed Theology?: Understanding the Basics

“Reformed theology is systematic. The science of systematic theology is so called because it attempts to understand doctrine in a coherent and unified manner. It is not the goal of systematic theology to impose on the Bible a system derived from a particular philosophy. Rather its goal is to discern the interrelatedness of the teachings of Scripture itself.” –R. C. Sproul, What Is Reformed Theology?: Understanding the Basics

“A church without theology or a theology without God are simply not options for the Christian faith. One can have religion without God or theology, but one cannot have Christianity without them.”  –R. C. Sproul, What Is Reformed Theology?: Understanding the Basics

“The believer who acquiesces in special revelation is now in a posture to respond properly to general revelation. In this regard the Christian should be the most diligent student of both special and natural revelation. Our theology should be informed by both the Bible and nature. The two come from the same revelatory source, God himself. The two revelations do not conflict; they reflect the harmony of God’s self-disclosures.” –R. C. Sproul, What Is Reformed Theology?: Understanding the Basics

“If we say that the Bible is a product of only human opinion and insight, we can still speak about biblical theology in the sense that the Bible contains human teaching about God, but we can no longer speak about biblical revelation. If God is the ultimate Author of the Bible, we can speak of both biblical revelation and biblical theology. If man is the ultimate author, then we are restricted to speaking about biblical theology or theologies. If that is the case, we could justly regard biblical theology as a subdivision of religion, as one aspect of human studies about God.” –R. C. Sproul, What Is Reformed Theology?: Understanding the Basics

The Quotable Round-Up #24

Here are the freshest quotes for the week featuring John MacArthur’s book “The Truth About the Lordship of Christ. Enjoy!

“God’s love and the love of His children is forgiving, unconditional, and self-sacrificing, but you can be sure Satan will pervert that. Worldly love is shallow, selfish, sensual, and sexual, and Satan has sold that definition of love to the world.” – John MacArthur, The Truth About the Lordship of Christ
“When we are thankful for everything, we step outside ourselves, because thanksgiving is directed toward God.” – John MacArthur, The Truth About the Lordship of Christ
“Instead of taking from people, love them in a way that communicates thankfulness. Remember, God’s love is unselfish and thankful, but the world’s love is selfish and thankless.” – John MacArthur, The Truth About the Lordship of Christ
“We also are commissioned by God to verbally expose the evil of the world. We must diagnose it, confront it, and then offer the solution. Sin is a cancer that must be removed. You aren’t helping anyone by ignoring it. People need to be convicted about their sin before they will ever see their need for a Savior.” – John MacArthur, The Truth About the Lordship of Christ
“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.” – John MacArthur, The Truth About the Lordship of Christ
“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.” – John MacArthur, The Truth About the Lordship of Christ
“True assurance is a taste of heaven on earth.” – John MacArthur, The Truth About the Lordship of Christ

The Quotable Round-Up #23

Here are the freshest quotes for the week featuring John MacArthur’s book “The Truth About the Lordship of Christ. Enjoy!

“The source of our love is its very object, the One who is the essence of love, whether expressed in consolation or in wrath and judgment.” – John MacArthur, The Truth About the Lordship of Christ
“The Christian life could be summed up in this one statement: be mimics, or imitators, of God.” – John MacArthur, The Truth About the Lordship of Christ
“Imitating God may be easy to discuss, but it is difficult to do. You cannot do it in your own strength. But Jesus gave us the starting point for imitating God in the Sermon on the Mount. We need to mourn over our sin with a broken and contrite spirit. When we are overwhelmed by our sinfulness, we will hunger and thirst for righteousness.” – John MacArthur, The Truth About the Lordship of Christ
“The Bible doesn’t refer to Christian love as an emotion but as an act of self-sacrifice. A person who truly loves someone else doesn’t try to get anything out of that person. That’s because godly love is never conditioned on a response—it is unconditional.” – John MacArthur, The Truth About the Lordship of Christ
“The world often defines love in terms of what it can get. But God loves even if He never gets anything in return. If that kind of love characterized our marriages, the divorce rate wouldn’t be what it is today.” – John MacArthur, The Truth About the Lordship of Christ
“Our Lord Jesus Christ doesn’t love us for what He can get out of us; He loves us in spite of the hurt we cause Him. Make unconditional love your goal, and be humble, obedient, and self-sacrificing.” – John MacArthur, The Truth About the Lordship of Christ
“The world’s love is unforgiving, conditional, and self-centered. It focuses on desire, self-pleasure, and lust—the very opposite of God’s perfect love. People search for love, but it’s not true love; it is Satan’s perversion.” – John MacArthur, The Truth About the Lordship of Christ

The Quotable Round-Up #22

Here are the freshest quotes from your favorite Christian authors. May this bring encouragement to you throughout the week. Enjoy!
“Seeing, then, that Christ has gloriously arisen, being raised by the power of the Father, there is no room left for doubt respecting the perfection of the satisfaction, the full payment of the price of redemption; of the full discharge of which, the Father has given us such indubitable testimony.”
— Francis Turretin, The Atonement of Christ

“For though Christ’s human nature, which was the instrument in the obedience and sufferings, was finite, yet this does not lessen the value of the satisfaction, because it derives its perfection from the divine person of Christ, to which all his actions must be attributed; as he is the person who obeyed and suffered.”
— Francis Turretin, The Atonement of Christ

“Though a death of infinite value was due for every individual sinner, yet such a death as Christ’s is quite sufficient for the redemption of the whole elect world.”
— Francis Turretin, The Atonement of Christ

“God didn’t simply wind up the universe, letting it largely run by itself. The universe isn’t like that. Instead, nothing would continue to exist—the universe, the angels, you—if God did not continually sustain it. Nor would anything in the universe do anything without his causing it, either directly or indirectly.” —Mitch Stokes, A Shot of Faith in the Head

“Christ did not suffer eternal death but a death of three days only, and yet he fully paid the debt of everlasting punishment which we owed. His, which was one of finite duration, was equivalent to an everlasting death suffered by us, because of the infinite dignity of his person. His were the sufferings not of a mere man, but of the true God, who purchased the Church with his blood, (Acts 20:28). Hence what was deficient in duration is supplied by the divinity of the sufferer, which gave infinite importance to a temporary passion.”
— Francis Turretin, The Atonement of Christ

“The warfare view of science and religion has seeped into the soil of Western civilization, poisoning our water. It doesn’t matter that modern research has shown, for example, that the scientists involved in the development of modern science during the 1600s were Christians. Never mind that Newton, the culmination of the Scientific Revolution, was a devout Christian who wrote far more on theology than all other subjects combined. The cleanup is going to take a long time.” —Mitch Stokes, A Shot of Faith in the Head

“Justice and mercy kiss each other. Justice is exercised against sin as imputed to Christ, and mercy, free and sovereign mercy, is shown to sinners. The pardon granted to us is entirely of grace, while full satisfaction is demanded of the surety. Nothing is demanded of us, full payment having been made by Christ.”
— Francis Turretin, The Atonement of Christ

5 Uncomfortable Situations That You Can Still Find God (Part 1)

Where has life lead you today? Are you walking in places that you feel that God is not there? We have all been there. We all know the heartaches it brings. It feels like God has abandoned us. The truth is God is there and doesn’t mind to be there for us. God is not always in place we are happy. He is also there in those times that we feel that He is not there to help us. As we read our passage for this lesson we can see that Jerusalem is besieged by the Babylonians. Some of them were carried to Babylon and some are left in the midst of the ruins. Judgment befalls the people of God because of their constant rebellion to God. But still in the midst of God’s righteous anger, He still extents His goodness to remnants as they seek for Him. These remnants came to the prophet Jeremiah to inquire for God. Let us look at our passage then go to our first point:
Then all the captains of the forces, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and Jezaniah the son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least even unto the greatest, came near,
And said unto Jeremiah the prophet, Let, we beseech thee, our supplication be accepted before thee, and pray for us unto the LORD thy God, even for all this remnant; (for we are left but a few of many, as thine eyes do behold us:)—Jeremiah 42: 1-2

1.) When people around you are few
“pray for us unto the LORD thy God, even for all this remnant; (for we are left but a few of many, as thine eyes do behold us:)”—Jeremiah 42: 2
I can easily relate with this because of our small church. As our church goes to challenges that really shook us, we are few in numbers. Sometimes we get discourage of our number that we tend to look at how big churches do. We long for that quantity of members and also the quality of the leaders. We desire and pray of kind of ministry that is growing. Frustrations set in when some of our members left our already small church. For me this is one difficult time that really pulls our strength.
But this verse tells us that God is willing to meet these rebellious remnants (see verse 9). If God is reaching out for the welfare of these stubborn people, how much more to us that didn’t jump over board. Despite on what situation we are on whether it’s a small church, a minority in our place, or a leader with a handful of loyal follower God is willing to meet us there in that circumstances. Do we feel small, insignificant and unworthy because we keep seeing the stats and not God? Remember the people in the ark, Gideon’s army and the people at the foot of Christ’s cross. Remember this group of remnants. Remember God is there and willing to deal with us.
(To be continued next week…)

7 Things We Miss Out If We Reject the Gospel (Part 4)

Before we go to the last point on our list, I would like to thank you for giving your time to read this article for the pass weeks. I hope and pray that you have been edified with the topic. If you haven’t accepted Christ as Lord and personal Savior, prayer goes out with you. If you have questions please free to ask me by posting it on the comment section or just simple sending a personal message. I will try to answer your questions. And now for #7 which is no surprise if we neglect the gospel. Heaven is last on the list because I want to show you that what you gain with salvation is not just heaven.
7. Heaven
“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.” Philippians 3: 19-20

“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. in my father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, i would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. and if i go and prepare a place for you, i will come again, And receive you unto myself; that where i am, there ye may be also” John 14: 2-3 (KJV)
Heaven is not a reward. Reward has to be worked out. Jesus already did it for us. The promise of heaven is included with the gift of salvation. It is based upon the grace of God. Rejecting the gospel forfeits us for receiving heaven. The soul has two destinations. Its either Heaven or Hell. And what you do with the gospel will determine where you will spend eternity. Will you accept the gospel today?

7 Things We Miss Out If We Reject the Gospel (Part 3)

This week’s installment of our lesson, we will take a look at “Heavenly Rewards” and “Victory”. We should expect these things because it is given to us by God. On behalf of Christ, He imparts these to us so that we will give our best for Him. Check the Bible verses and meditate on it. We can clearly see the goodness of our heavenly Father that will make us cling for Him daily. If you are not yet saved, think of these things and pray that God will give you faith to accept His gospel.
5. Heavenly Rewards

“And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.”1 Peter 5:4

“Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:8

“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12

“Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.” Revelation 2:10

Out of gratitude of His glorious gospel that saved us and also because God sets us in good works (Ephesians 2:10) after He grants us salvation, in heaven we will receive rewards because of our works for Christ. Our service to Him will be finally recognized and given rewards. We will face Christ not at Him juridical bench but an awarding ceremony for the works we did for Him. Will you be there at that event? What rewards will you receive from our gracious God?
6. Victory

“The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15: 56-58

“For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith.” 1 John 5: 4

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
Romans 8: 37

In this life we always strive for excellence. We do all we can to win in every area in our life. Sometimes we triumph in battles we face. Sometimes we have to surrender. God’s child also goes with this daily struggle. But the good news is that we are victorious through the goodness of God. He might not have that trophy or medal but we have God and His promises that make us a winner. We don’t want to be in the losing side here and in eternity. Come to Christ who won the victory for us.

(to be concluded next week…)

7 Things We Miss Out If We Reject the Gospel (Part 1)

The gospel is God’s precious message to the fallen humanity. It is “good news” for us who are in bondage of sin. It doesn’t just guarantee us heaven but that the wrath of God and guilt of sin were relinquished by the power of the cross. No other news in the world or history compares to the gospel that saves. Having that reality applied to us, the elect is truly the privileged ones on earth. But what if we reject this gospel? What are the consequences for neglecting such precious news? Here are 7 things we will surely miss if we don’t receive this love from God:
1. Peace
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:1
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16: 33

“do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4: 6-7

 

Peace is a scarce commodity in this world. Wars, violence, heartaches are some of the things that will bog us down. Yet ignoring the call of the gospel, we deprive ourselves with this rare commodity. This peace is not just something that will give us a good night sleep. Nor it will erase every conflict that we know of. Its peace that is promised by God through Jesus Christ that we can hold on to here and in eternity. Conflict will still be there but God will give us strength to endure such situations. Do you want peace? Receive the gospel today!

2. Love

“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person–though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die–but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5: 6-8

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.” John 15: 9

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,”
Ephesians 2: 4

“In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” John 4: 10

“Love” is a four letter word that has be marred with twisted definitions by this world. Love according to God’s Word is not just loving the unlovable but dying for the unlovable. The unlovable humanity hasn’t, can’t and will not prove anything to gain a good standing before a holy God. Yet out of the mercy of God, He took the initiative to love the unlovable. This love is an everlasting love written with God’s blood. Rejecting the gospel is rejecting true love. This world is hungry for true and deep love. God’s love can be yours if you accept His gospel. Neglecting the love of God will cost you a loveless eternity.

(to be continued next week…)