Satisfying the Penalty

I suppose that one of the most significant criticisms that can be made of the church in America today is that pastors often downplay the seriousness of our sin. The late Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones used to say that “sin used to be ashamed of itself,” yet by his day, in the church, it no… Read More

Bowing in Submission

“in order that at the name of Jesus every knee would be bent in heavenly places and in earthly places and in places under the earth and every tongue would admit that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:10-11) And all of God’s people said, “AMEN!” This is one… Read More

Having Been Filled

“having been filled with the fruit of righteousness because of Jesus Christ to the glory and honor of God.” “Having been filled…” Notice the language that this verse begins with. We do not “fill” ourselves but we are filled. It is God’s work in us from the beginning to the end. We take no credit,… Read More

The Rooster Crows a Second Time

“Then he began to curse and to take an oath, ‘I do not know the man!’ and at once the rooster crowed.” (Matthew 26:74)   “Then he began to place himself under a curse and take an oath, ‘I do not know the man of whom you speak!’ And at once the rooster crowed a… Read More

The Ram in the Thicket

“And Abraham lifted up his eyes and he looked and beheld a ram behind him caught fast in a thicket by its horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and went up to make a whole burnt offering of it instead of his son.” (Genesis 22:13)   Substitution is perhaps the word for the… Read More

Wearing Filth or Righteousness (Colossians 3:8)

“But now, you must take off—even you—the whole: wrath, anger, evil, blasphemy, obscene speech from your mouth.”  (Colossians 3:8 )   Oh, the follies of youth.  Sometimes, in looking back on some of the things that I did growing up, I groan a little—and sometimes I groan a lot.  I remember one summer evening, I… Read More

Jesus Paid it All–All to Him I Owe…

“And you, being dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, he made you alive together with him, forgiving us all trespasses.” (Colossians 2:13)   “And yet God demonstrates his own agape love to us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 )   We who have nothing… Read More

Cessation: Hebrews 1:1-4 (part 14)

after making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.   Jesus “sat down…”  The imagery of this is of a victorious king who has returned home after the defeat of his enemies.  The sitting symbolizes that the victory is final and decisive.  And indeed, we who have… Read More

David in the Wilderness: Psalm 63 (part 7)

“When I remember you on my couch, in the night watches, I mediate upon you.” (Psalm 63:7 {Psalm 63:6 in English Bibles})   David begins this passage with a conditional clause.  In the Hebrew, this particular conditional clause (with the conjunction ~ai (im)), reflects the idea of a realizable condition.  In other words, this is… Read More

The Reflection of God’s Image: Hebrews 1:1-4 (part 9)

and the exact image of his essence…   The early church fathers faced a lot of challenges as they sought to defend believers from heretical teachings and to define the boundaries of what may be described as “orthodox” Christian theology.  Probably the two most important areas in which they were required to work was in… Read More

A Kingdom of Priests! (New Song, part 8)

“ Kingdom of Priests”               Just as the Levites (the Old Testament priesthood) were not given an allotment of land when the Israelites entered into Canaan, but rather lived amongst the rest of the tribes of the nation, we as Christians are a priesthood without a land here on this earth.  We are called,… Read More

The Ransom Paid! (New Song, part 5)

“The Ransom Paid”               We must be careful when we talk about the ransom to be paid, or the debit owed, because we must be absolutely clear as to whom that ransom was paid to.  Through the history of the church, some have argued that Jesus’ death was a ransom paid to the Devil… Read More

No Pleasure in Sacrifice: Psalm 51 (Part 17)

“For you do not take pleasure in sacrifice—I would give it— with whole burnt offerings you will not accept with pleasure.” (Psalm 51:18 {Psalm 51:16 in English Bibles})   Passages like this one have often caused people to stumble because of the many sacrifices that God required of the people in the ancient times—sacrifices that… Read More

My Mouth Will Declare Your Praise: Psalm 51 (part 16)

“Oh Lord, my lips you will open, and my mouth will declare your praise.” (Psalm 51:17 {Psalm 51:15 in English Bibles})   Loved ones, hear these words of David, and hear them well.  When it comes to your worship, and what the writer of Hebrews calls your “sacrifice of praise” (Hebrews 13:15), the value and… Read More

You Delight in Truth: Psalm 51 (part 7)

“Behold, truth you delight of in the inward parts and in hidden places it is wisdom you teach me.” (Psalm 51:8 {Psalm 51:6 in English Bibles})   Indeed, our God is truth and anything that is found that is apart from God has no truth in it.  The secular world may put things forward as… Read More