The Incarnation Is a Revelation of God’s Wrath

But above all, the wrath of God was revealed from heaven when the Son of God came down to manifest the divine character, and when that wrath was displayed in His sufferings and death, in a manner more awful than by all the tokens God had before given of His displeasure against sin.  Besides this, the future and eternal punishment of the wicked is now declared in terms more solemn and explicit than formerly.

Pink, Arthur W.; The Attributes of God; Kindle Edition; page 82

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How Are You Right With God?

Only by true faith in Jesus Christ.  Even though my conscience accuses me of having greviously sinned against all of God’s commandments and of never having kept any of them, and even though I am still inclined toward all evil, nevertheless, without my deserving it all, out of sheer grace, God grants and credits to me the perfect satisfaction, righteousness and holiness of Christ, as if I had never sinned nor been a sinner, as if I had been as perfectly obedient as Christ was obedient for me.  All I need to do is to accept this gift of God with a believing heart.

– Heidelberg Catechism

as quoted by Brown, Steve; Three Free Sins: God’s Not Mad At You; Howard Books;  New York, copyright 2012; Kindle Edition; Location 608

Who Is this Story About Anyway?

When we confuse law and the gospel, but each does different things.  When we confuse law and gospel, we avoid both the trauma of God’s holiness and the liberating power of his grace.  We begin to speak about living the gospel, doing the gospel, even being the gospel, as if the Good News were a message about us and our works instead of about Christ and His work.

– Horton, Michael; Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; copyright 2008; p. 124

While We Swim In a Sea of “Christian” Things…

While we swim in a sea of “Christian” things. Christ is increasingly reduced to a mascot or symbol of a subculture and the industries that feed it.  Just as you don’t really need Jesus Christ in order to have T-shirts and coffee mugs, it is unclear to me why he is necessary for most of the things I hear a lot of pastors and Christians talking about in church these days.

– Horton, Michael; Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; copyright 2008; p. 22

This is Our Purpose for Living, This is Our Hope

And like our Savior, who poured  out His life and blood so we have a reason to rejoice, we were made to lay down our lives and give until it hurts.  We are most alive when we are loving and actively giving of ourselves because we were made to do these things.  It is when we live like this that the Spirit of God moves and acts in and through us in ways that on our own we are not capable of.  This is our purpose for living.  This is our hope (Romans 5:5).

– Chan, Francis; Forgotten God: Reversing the Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit; David C. Cook Publishers; Colorado Springs, CO; copyright 2009; p. 96

Do You Intend to Keep Crawling?

I want to live so that I am truly submitted to the Spirit’s leading on a daily basis.  Christ said it is better for us that the Spirit came and I want to live like I know that is true.  I don’t want to keep crawling when I have the ability to fly.

– Chan, Francis; Forgotten God: Reversing the Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit; David C. Cook Publishers; Colorado Springs, CO; copyright 2009; p. 37

Do We Believe Him?

When the disciples heard that (John 16:7) two thousand years ago, I’m sure it was hard for them to grasp.  How could it be better to trade a human Jesus – a man they could talk and eat and laugh with for a Spirit they couldn’t physically see?  Thousands of years later, I think most of us would also choose a physical Jesus over an invisible Spirit.  But what do we do with the fact that Jesus says that it is better for His followers to have the Holy Spirit?  Do we believe Him?  If so do our lives reflect that belief?

– Chan, Francis; Forgotten God: Reversing the Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit; David C. Cook Publishers; Colorado Springs, CO; copyright 2009; p. 35