Come Lord Jesus 2: Can Fallen Men Not Sin?
What a Question!
Jesus and the disciples are walking through Jerusalem. They see a man, a blind beggar. None are surprised. They were used to his asking alms; born blind, that was his space. The disciples ask Jesus, “who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
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Come Lord Jesus 1: Still Here After All These Years. Why?
The University Christian Movement, with offices at Interchurch Center, New York City, voted itself out of existence in 1968. On their door was posted this sign: “Gone out of business--didn’t know what our business was.” God has assigned a vital mission to His church: to be Elijah the prophet, to be John the Baptist, to prepare the way for the Second Coming of Jesus. This assignment was given us in the 1840s. We are still here.
Faith Foolish or Fruitful?
One of the chief complaints atheists have against Christianity is that your belief is subjective, irrational, unscientific. In particular, the idea of “faith” often comes in for attack. For example, in Boghossian’s A Manual for Creating Atheists, we read, “’Faith’ is the word one uses when one does not have enough evidence to justify holding a belief, but when one just goes ahead and believes anyway” (p. 23). He defines faith as either “belief without evidence,” or “pretending to believe things you do not know.”Read more...
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How many have heard of Martin Luther?
Few non-Lutherans have heard of the man Lutherans call “the second Martin”: Martin Chemnitz. But that “second Martin” may be the single individual most responsible for today’s popular understanding of what it means to be justified, both, in our denomination and in many others.Read more...
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12. HASTENING THE SECOND COMING AND EMBRACING THE HARVEST PRINCIPLE
Heaven has put it in our power by consecrated, Christ-reflecting lives to hasten Jesus' return. God will wait for the maturing of Christian character in a significant number of people as the chief condition determining those events, such as the latter rain, loud cry, sealing, and Sunday law, which affect the time when probation for the world shall close, and thus the time of the Second Coming.Read more...
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9. JESUS CURRENTLY MAKING FINAL ATONEMENT
Jesus' atonement was promised in Eden. With His incarnation and then death as our Substitute upon the cross, His atoning work was begun. He rose from the dead and went to heaven in A.D. 31 to represent us before the Father, who received His sacrifice for us. Through that sacrifice we can be right with God as soon as we accept His gift of forgiveness and heart cleansing. In A.D. 1844 He entered the second apartment of the heavenly sanctuary, commencing the closing phase of His atonement. Today, Jesus is making the final atonement.Read more...
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5. Christ’s Character Reproduced in Us
Justification is God’s way of simultaneously counting men right and making them so. In declaring a man just, God writes no fiction. The disciple experiences the process of sanctification and the character of Christ is perfectly reproduced in us. Both justification and sanctification are the work of God and are necessary and causative for salvation.Read more...