It Is Far Simpler to be Dead to God and Live for Oneself

Christians should be some of the most conflicted people in the world.  It is far simpler to be dead to God and to live for oneself.  But Christians must struggle against their selfish ambition because they are alive to Christ Jesus, and the indwelling Spirit turns on the lights to enable them to see their sin.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page  92

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Theological Illusions

There is, to be sure, a theological illusion abroad…which conveys the impression that, with the Holy Scriptures in hand, one can independently construct theology…This illusion is a denial of the historic and organic character of theology, and for this reason is inwardly untrue.  No theologian following the direction of his own compass would ever have found by himself what he now confesses and defends on the ground of Holy Scripture.  By far the largest part of his results is adopted by him from theological tradition, and even the proofs he cites from Scripture, at least as a rule, have not been discovered by himself, but have been suggested to him by his predecessors.

– Abraham Kuyper

as quoted by Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 71

Even the Christian Needs God’s Law Applied to Their Life Completely, Consistently and Continually

Q. “Since no one in this life can obey the Ten Commandments perfectly, why does God want them preached so pointedly?”

A.:  First, so that the longer we live the more we may come to know our sinfulness and the more eagerly look to Christ for forgiveness of sins and righteousness.  Second, so that we may never stop striving and never stop praying to God for the grace of the Holy Spirit, to be renewed more and more after God’s image until after this life we reach our goal: perfection.”

– Heidelberg Catechism

Even in the Christian life we need this first use of the law to drive us out of ourselves to cling to our Savior.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 43-44

What Is Your Only Comfort in Life and in Death?

Q.  What is your only comfort in life and in death?

A.   That I am not my own, but belong, body and soul in life and death – to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ.  He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil.  He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven;  In fact, all things must work together for my salvation.  Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.

Heidelberg Catechism

as quoted by Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 41

Saving Faith is not the Enemy of Good Works

The Spirit creates faith through the gospel and saving faith bears the fruit of love and good works.  We are united to Christ for justification and renewal.  There must be distinguished, but never separated.  Saving faith is not the enemy of good works, but their only possible source.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 40

We Do Not Need More

In church today, we do not need more conferences, more programs, and more celebrities.  We need more churches where the Spirit is immersing sinners into Christ day by day, a living communion of the saints where we cannot simply jump to our favorite chapter or Google our momentary interest.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 34

Do You Know How to Live in the Spirit?

Paul reminds these followers in Galatia who had stopped living in the Spirit’s power and had started to depend on themselves how foolish that is, and then he makes it clear what they need to do (Galatians 5:25).

The picture is of someone walking, and every step they take in the Spirit.  You can’t live by the Spirit if you only acknowledge his presence one day a week when you come to church.

– Idleman, Kyle; Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus; Zondervan; copyright 2011; Grand Rapids, MI; Kindle Edition; page 95