The Quotable Round-Up #81

tpn6bjcHello guys! I hope you’re having a great day as you dive in this brand new collection of quotes! This time we are featuring fresh quotes from R. C. Sproul’s book titled “The Truth of the Cross” . And if you got stoked with these quotes, please get the book at your nearest Christian bookstore or on Amazon.

“It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of a holy God Who’s wrathful. But there is no wrath for those whose sins have been paid. That is what salvation is all about.”
— R. C. Sproul

“The Greek word crisis means “judgment.” And the crisis of which Jesus preached was the crisis of an impending judgment of the world, at which point God is going to pour out His wrath
against the unredeemed, the ungodly, and the impenitent. The only hope of escape from that outpouring of wrath is to be covered by the atonement of Christ.”
— R. C. Sproul

“The idea of being the Substitute in offering an atonement to satisfy the demands of God’s law for others was something Christ understood as His mission from the moment He entered this world and took upon Himself a human nature. He came from heaven as the gift of the Father for the express purpose of working out redemption as our Substitute, doing for us what we could not possibly do for ourselves.”
— R. C. Sproul

“Christ came and paid the ransom in order to secure the release of His people, who were held captive to sin. Christ gave this ransom voluntarily, that He might redeem us from our bondage and bring us to Himself as His beloved bride.”
— R. C. Sproul

“When the Bible speaks of ransom, it speaks of that ransom being paid not to a criminal but to the One Who is owed the price for redemption, the One Who is the offended party in the whole complex of sin—the Father. Jesus didn’t negotiate with Satan for our salvation. Instead, He offered Himself in payment to the Father for us. By so offering Himself, He made redemption for His people, redeeming them from captivity.”
— R. C. Sproul

“It is important that we understand that God manifests no enmity toward us. He has never broken a promise. He has never violated a covenant. He has never sworn a vow to us that He failed to pay. He has never treated a human being in this world unjustly. He has never violated us as creatures. In short, He has kept His side of the relationship perfectly. But we have violated Him. We are the ones who violate the creature-Creator relationship. By our sin, we show ourselves to be God’s enemies. Therefore, with respect to enmity, He is the injured party, the violated One.”
— R. C. Sproul

“What do we mean when we speak of God’s justice? In the ancient Jewish mind, justice was never abstract. That’s why, in the Old Testament, justice inevitably was linked with the concept of righteousness. Righteousness means doing what is right. Therefore, God’s justice has to do with His internal righteousness, His character, which defines everything He does. God never acts according to injustice. He never violates any of the standards or canons of righteousness. A simple definition of God’s justice is “His eternal, immutable commitment always to do what is right.”
— R. C. Sproul

The Quotable Round-Up # 79

tpn6bjcHello guys! I hope you’re having a great day as you dive in this brand new collection of quotes! This time we are featuring fresh quotes from R. C. Sproul’s “The Consequence of Ideas” . And if you got stoked with these quotes, please get the book at your nearest Christian bookstore or on Amazon.

“Philosophy was born in the ancient quest for ultimate reality, the reality that transcends the proximate and commonplace and that defines and explains the data of everyday experience.”

“For Heraclitus the process of change is not chaotic but is orchestrated by “God.” I put God in quotes because for Heraclitus “God” is not a personal being but more like an impersonal force. Flux is the product of a universal reason Heraclitus calls the logos. Here we see the philosophical roots of the logos concept that the apostle John appropriated to define the preexistent and eternal person of the Godhead who became incarnate. It would be a serious mistake, however, simply to equate or identify John’s use of logos with that of Greek philosophy, because John filled the term with Hebrew categories of thought. At the same time it would be an equally serious mistake to separate completely John’s use of the term from Greek thought.”

“The true philosopher cannot be satisfied with empirical or sensory knowledge, which is not ideal knowledge but the shadowy knowledge of opinion—the “knowledge” of the cave. The true philosopher reaches for the essence of things, for the ideals. This allows the philosopher to rise above the superficiality of Sophism and the skepticism of the materialists. He seeks the universal and is dissatisfied with a list of particulars. After discerning that a particular object is beautiful or virtuous, he moves beyond that particular to discover the very essence of beauty and virtue.”

“As an organon, logic is the supreme tool necessary for all other sciences. It is the necessary condition for science even to be possible. This is because logic is essential to intelligible discourse. That which is illogical is unintelligible; it is not only not understood, but is also incapable of being understood. That which is illogical represents chaos, not cosmos. And absolute chaos cannot be known in an orderly way, making knowledge or scientia a manifest impossibility.”

 
“Aristotle understood that, to escape the illogical morass of infinite regress, the ultimate cause of motion must be an uncaused cause or an unmoved mover. Actuality must precede potentiality, just as being must precede becoming. Therefore being precedes becoming by logical necessity. This forms the classical root for the notion that “God” is a logically necessary being, an ens necessarium. Later philosophical theology would add that God is necessary not only logically but also ontologically. That is, pure being has its power of being within itself. It is self-existent and cannot not be.”
“The concept of divine revelation was central to Augustine’s epistemology, or theory of knowledge. He saw that revelation is the necessary condition for all knowledge. As Plato argued that to escape the shadows on the cave wall the prisoner must see things in the light of day, so Augustine argued that the light of divine revelation is necessary for knowledge.”

“Faith, says Augustine, is an essential ingredient of knowledge. Augustine does not restrict his notion of faith to what we typically refer to as religious faith. Faith also involves a provisional belief in things before we can validate them through demonstration. He adopted the famous motto Credo ut intelligam, “I believe in order to understand.”

The Digital Round-Up (Holy Week Freebie Edition)

54suecsAs we reflect the last days of Jesus Christ this week, may these fresh freebies (of course with your Bible) help you get to know Him. After all, there is nothing more important in your life and the next than to know who Christ is.

Free “The Truth of the Cross” by R. C. Sproul – in this brief book, Sproul explores the doctrine of atonement and what it means to ones salvation. Free but you have to register to Ligioner Ministries (which is a good thing because they frequently gives out free stuff).

Free “A Guide to Pervent Prayer” by A. W. Pink – Havent check this out but if its from Pink you should not miss this one.

Free “The Pure in Heart” by Thomas Watson – this is a classic work from a Puritan giant. This book is excerpted to his other work titled “The Beatitudes”.

Free “Motive: Uncovering the Primal Rebellion in Atheism” by Paul Ross – A book on atheism on Holy Week? Why not? Atheism builds its premises that their is no Divide Being to be accounted for. Is that the real motive of atheism? Read this book.

Free “Satan’s Awful Idea” by Austin Brown –  A Reformed biblical perspective to Satan’s fall and the kingdom of darkness.

Free “ESV Standard Lesson Commentary 2016-2017” – Amazon says “As the nation’s most popular annual Bible commentary for more than two decades, the Standard Lesson Commentary provides 52 weeks of study in a single volume and combines thorough Bible study with relevant examples and questions.”

 

 

The Digital Round-Up #9

zkorsnzHappy New Year to all! May 2018 bring you a more abundant grace from God. Lets focus on Christ as He leads us to this promising year. Here’s a collection of stuff that’s specially curated just for you. And Oh please come back often.

Free ebook: Explaining Biblical Inerrancy – In honor of the late R. C. Sproul, DefendingInerrancy.com presents this ebook about biblical inerrancy.

8 Planners/Journals you can use in 2018 –  its planner time of the year and I hope these list will provide you the planner or journal that’s suits best for you.

10 Most Popular Articles from 2017 – Crossway’s most viral articles of 2017. In case you missed it this link will provide you to read the good stuff.

Bible Reading Plans – check out this big list of Bible reading plans from The Gospel Coalition that you can do this 2018 (although the date of the article is 2010)

When Good Men Don’t Write Stories – From the PDI’s popular column “YoungBlood”, lessons on why its important to have a written story.

R. C. Sproul’s Memorial Service

 

 

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”

 

Get these freebies from R. C. Sproul without breaking the bank!

FREE ebooks by R. C Sproul on Monergism.com

FREE “Crucial Questions” series (all 28) ebooks by R. C. Sproul

FREE audiobook of “The Barber Who Wanted to Pray”

FREE ebook “Abortion: A Rational Look at An Emotional Issue” 

FREE ebook “Thinking. Loving. Doing” from Desiring God (R. C. Sproul contributes a chapter in this book)

Book Review: None Like Him by Jen Wilkin

Oh boy where do I start with this great book? Oops! Yes I already blurted out that this book is awesome. The character of God as a subject of a book might bring in your mind outstanding authors who made a name out of that subject. Wilkin did admit in her book that authors like A. W. Tozer, R. C. Sproul etc., who wrote books on the attributes of God, did influence her in writing the subject. However consider this book as a take on the attributes of God with a female perspective.

Wilkin discuss the 10 attributes of God (infinite, incomprehensible, self-existent, self- sufficient, eternal, immutable, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent and sovereign) and how we finite beings try to live a life that we think we have those attributes. There are lots of things going on in this book but Jen Wilkin manage to gather it up in one place to bring us a one of a kind book on attributes of God. As she goes further and further discussing the topic it goes deeper and deeper to the heart of everyone who is reading the book. She brings forth who God is an intimate level that will not just make us guilty but stand at awe with our sovereign Creator.

“None Like Him” is well crafted book on the attributes of God that will shaken and drive us on our knees. We will get to know our finite self more and trust an infinite God. As for Wilkin, she is an author we should watch out. If you already read books by Tozer, Sproul or Pink on the attributes of God, please include this. This book is highly recommended.

My verdict: 5 out of 5

Review copy of the book is provided by Crossway.

More book reviews here: https://delightinggrace.wordpress.com

How to Create an Instant Digital Christian Library Without Breaking the Bank

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Previously I posted on my Facebook an article from Tim Challies blog that made theology geeks everywhere shout for joy. The title of the article is “A Secret Way to Kick-Start Your Theological Library” in which he gave tips on how to create a digital library without breaking the bank. Tim listed links of free downloadable theology journals from different seminaries or organizations. He even  includes a link on how to use Evernote to save and catalog those fine resources. I already checked those journals and I can attest that they are great resources considering that they are free. So if you don’t want to buy expensive theology book, this article will give you the best alternative.

I do however have my own tips on how to create a digital library of Christian books. Like what Tim Challies gave in his article, it won’t hurt your wallet. In this way, you’re digital tablet will turn into a Christian library that will enhance you Christian walk and create a habit of reading.

But first you need to have an e-book reader. Here’s some that I recommend:

Kindle – Some tablets and phone have this app on default but you can get one for free over the Apple Store or Google Play. After downloading, create an account over Amazon. This is useful not just in opening e-books but also when you stumble upon a free ebook over Amazon (or getting a free e-book alert in your e-mail that I’ll share later) .

UB Reader – Another free app that is so versatile because it reads almost all digital format of a book.

Moon Reader – Basically it’s like the UB Reader and  but if you go for the paid one, its a totally different story. I highly recommend you get the its premium app.

Now to dig to some free books….

Desiring God– This website has almost all John Piper’s book for free download. I recommend you download Don’t Waste Your Life, Spectacular Sins, Five Points and Finally Alive.  Aside from books written by John Piper, there are books by Tony Reinke, Jon Bloom and David Mathis that are worth reading.

The Gospel CoalitionSome basic Christian doctrines are featured here. Books that are author by Kevin DeYoung, Tim Keller and others that guarantees that it will be an awesome read.

C. Sproul’s “Crucial Questions Series” – These booklets are free forever and it’s from R. C. Sproul. Nuff said! Come back for often because they add new booklets in the series.

Also if you sign for Ligonier Ministries e-mail update, they might have a free e-book offer (scroll down below to find the e-mail upate box). Don’t forget to create a free account so you can save the free ebook (or audio or video offer) on their site for later enjoyment.

D. A. Carson – A theologian and an prolific author, Carson generously has a couple of free books uploaded in the internet. Haven’t read all of the books in the list but Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor is a great read.

Mongerism – Now if you’re into classic stuff from authors, preachers or theologians, get your fix here. Features A. W. Pink, J. C. Ryle, Martin Luther, John Calvin and some unfamiliar but great personalities that are waiting for you to discover. And you’ll be the first to know their latest e-books by subscribing to their e-mail alerts.

Log College Press If past American Presbyterian works are your thing, go to their website and dive in to old but great books. I have interviewed LCP here on my blog and they listed some must read free books. They also sell books in digital and physical format.

Wany more free reformed e-books? Click on this link for other links.

Try free e-mail subscriptions…

E-mail accounts exist not to just to log you on your favorite social media accounts, but to receive e-mails (duh!?). Make use of it by subscribing to these e-mail list. Be warned though that you should be cautious to some of the free books they post (specially Gospel E-Books) . Dont forget to put on your discernment caps on.

Cross-Points – Just by signing up, you’ll receive a massive list of free e-books. Plus you’ll receive some free, great deals and discounte e-book alerts.

Crossway – From time to time, Crossway gives away free e-books on special events or through surveys. Sign up to their e-mail updates and enjoy their stuff.

David C. Cook – This big publishing company caters to books of Warren Weirsbe and John MacArthur. As much as they give out other books, those author I mentioned are worth it to sign up because DCC occasionally gives their ebooks for free.

10 of Those – This UK based publishing company gives away free e-book weekly once you sign up to their mailing list.

The Good Book Company – This book company has a “Free Book of the Month” worth checking out.

Gospel E-Books – Excellent site for daily discounted e-books. Sometimes they include freebies.

Faithlife – Like The Good Book Company, they have a free e-book of the month that you might want to try.

Other ways to get free e-books…

Sign up for a book blogging program- If you’re a blogger or have accounts on Amazon or Goodreads, why not sign up for a blogging program? Publishers do need promotions from bloggers that’s why they will give away free e-books (or sometimes physical books) in exchange for a review of their available titles. One good example of this is from Crossway books.

Another is Tulip Publishing. It’s a small non-profit publishing that is commited to Reformed theology. You can enroll or find additional information by clicking here.

Join a book launching team – Your favorite author sometimes need a helping hand in launching his book. So keep your eyes peeled on Twitter or Facebook on his or her latest post. I suggest you follow up and coming authors. What so neat about this is that you can get to read in advance the book and have a digital copy first.

Now for some shameless plug…drum roll please!!!

Follow my blog of course specifically the Freebie Round-Up because sometimes it has free e-books for your digital library.

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The Quotable Round-Up #30

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 call referred to in effectual calling is not the outward call of the gospel that can be heard by anyone within range of the preaching. The call referred to here is the inward call, the call that penetrates to and pierces the heart, quickening it to spiritual life. Hearing the gospel enlightens the mind, yet it does not awaken the soul until the Holy Spirit illumines and regenerates it. The move from ear to soul is made by the Holy Spirit. This move is what accomplishes God’s purpose of applying the benefits of Christ’s work to the elect.”

“What the unregenerate person desperately needs in order to come to faith is regeneration. This is the necessary grace. It is the sine qua non of salvation. Unless God changes the disposition of my sinful heart, I will never choose to cooperate with grace or embrace Christ in faith. These are the very things to which the flesh is indisposed. If God merely offers to change my heart, what will that accomplish for me as long as my heart remains opposed to him? If he offers me grace while I am a slave to sin and still in the flesh, what good is the offer? Saving grace does not offer liberation, it liberates. Saving grace does not merely offer regeneration, it regenerates. This is what makes grace so gracious: God unilaterally and monergistically does for us what we cannot do for ourselves.”

“Once we grasp the doctrine of total depravity, we know that no person will incline himself to faith in the atoning work of Christ. If God does not supply the means of appropriating the atonement’s benefits, namely faith, then the potential redemption of all would result in the actual redemption of none.”

“The ultimate aim of God’s plan of redemption was to redeem his elect. To accomplish this end he ordained the means. One was the atonement made by his Son. Another was the Holy Spirit’s application of this atonement to the elect. God provides for his elect all that is necessary for their salvation, including the gift of faith.”

“Faith is not something we conjure up by our own effort, or the result of the willing of the flesh. Faith is a result of the Spirit’s sovereign work of regeneration.”

“God certainly has the power and authority to grant his saving grace to all mankind. Clearly he has not elected to do this. All men are not saved despite the fact that God has the power and right to save them all if that is his good pleasure. It is also clear that all are not lost. God could have chosen not to save anyone. He has the power and authority to execute his righteous justice by saving nobody. In reality he elects to save some, but not all. Those who are saved are beneficiaries of his sovereign grace and mercy. Those who are not saved are not victims of his cruelty or injustice; they are recipients of justice. No one receives punishment at the hands of God that they do not deserve. Some receive grace at his hands that they do not deserve. Because he is pleased to grant mercy to one does not mean that the rest “deserve” the same. If mercy is deserved, it is not really mercy, but justice.”

“By definition grace is not something God is required to have. It is his sovereign prerogative to grant or withhold it. God does not owe grace to anyone. Grace that is owed is not grace. Justice imposes obligation, but grace, in its essence, is voluntary and free.”

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?