Daily Roundup

10 Questions a Pro-Choice Candidate is Never Asked by the MSM – I read through this list and all I could say is that I am amazed that pro-choice candidates get such a pass on this issue.  It is a sign of how the MSM’s views are shaping the way they question candidates.  Whatever happened to the truth?

The Great Story and the Single Verse – Without the “whole” the meaning of the “part” would not be clear.  John Piper takes a look at Isaiah 41:10.

Counterfeit Sanctification – Sanctification isn’t easy—it takes faithfulness, hard work, and self-discipline. And even then, it’s not purely a function of your will, but the work of the Holy Spirit in you. It’s not manufactured overnight.

Seeing Yourself as a Disciple, and the Difference it Makes – The Greek word disciple means “student, pupil, learner.”

Quote:

The testimony of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of believers is found not to be a new revelation or communication of unknown truths. It is essentially distinct from prophecy and inspiration; it only causes us to understand the truth that exists outside and independently of us as truth and therefore confirms and seals it in the human consciousness. – Herman Bavinck

Spurgeon Thursday

THE NECESSITY OF THE SPIRIT’S WORK
NO. 251
DELIVERED  ON SABBATH MORNING, MAY 8, 1859,
BY THE REV. C. H. SPURGEON,
AT THE MUSIC HALL, ROYAL SURREY GARDENS.

“And I will put My Spirit within you.” Ezekiel 36:27.

THE miracles of Christ are remarkable for one fact, namely that they are, none of them, unnecessary. The pretended miracles of Mohammed and of the Church of Rome, even if they were miracles, would have been pieces of folly! Suppose that Saint Denis had walked with his head in his hand after it had been cut off—what practical purpose would have been served thereby? He would certainly have been quite as well in his grave, for any practical good he would have conferred on men! The miracles of Christ were never unnecessary. They are not freaks of power. They are displays of power, it is true, but they, all of them, have a practical end. The same thing may be said of the promises of God. We have not one promise in the Scripture which may be regarded as a mere freak of Grace. As every miracle was necessary, absolutely necessary, so is every promise that is given in the Word of God! And hence from the text that is before us, I may draw and I think very conclusively, the argument that if God in His Covenant made with His people has promised to put His Spirit within them, it must be absolutely necessary that this promise was made and it must be absolutely necessary, also, to our salvation that each of us should receive the Spirit of God! This shall be the subject of this morning’s discourse. I shall not hope to make it very interesting,  except to those who are anxiously longing to know the way of salvation.

We start, then, by laying down this proposition—that the work of the Holy Spirit is absolutely necessary to us, if we would be saved.

I. In endeavoring to prove this, I would first of all make the remark that this is very manifest if we remember what man is by nature. Some say that man may of himself attain unto salvation—that  if he hears the Word, it is in his power to receive it, to believe it and to have a saving change worked in him by it. To this we reply—you  do not know what man is by nature—otherwise  you would never have ventured upon such an assertion! Holy Scripture tells us that man by nature is dead in trespasses and sins. It does not say that he is sick, that he is faint, that he has grown callous and hardened and seared—it says he is absolutely dead! Whatever that term, “death,”  means in connection with the body, that it also means in connection with man’s soul—viewing it in its relation to spiritual things. When the body is dead, it is power- less; it is unable to do anything for itself. And when the soul of man is dead, in a spiritual  sense, it must be, if there is any meaning in the figure, utterly and entirely powerless and unable to do anything of itself or for itself! When you shall see dead men raising  themselves from their  graves; when you shall see them unwinding their own sheets, opening their own coffin lids and walking down our streets alive and animate as the result of their own power—then, perhaps, you may believe that souls that are dead in sin may turn to God, recreate their own natures and make themselves heirs of Heaven, though before they were heirs of wrath! But mark, not till then. The drift of the Gospel is that man is dead in sin and that Divine Life is God’s gift. And you must go contrary to the whole of that drift before you can suppose a man brought to know and love Christ apart from the work of the Holy Spirit! The Spirit finds men as destitute of spiritual life as Ezekiel’s dry bones. He brings bone to bone and fits the skeleton together  and then He comes from the four winds and breathes into the slain and they live and stand upon their feet—an  exceedingly great army—and  worship God! But apart  from that, apart from the vivifying influence of the Spirit of God, men’s souls must lie in the valley of dry bones, dead and dead forever!

But Scripture does not only tell us that man is dead in sin; it tells us something worse than this, namely, that he is ut- terly and entirely averse to everything that is good and right. “The carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not sub- ject to the Law of God, neither, indeed, can it be” (Rom 8:7). Turn all through Scripture and you find continually the will of man described as being contrary to the things of God. What did Christ say in that text so often quoted by the Arminian to disprove the very Doctrine which it clearly states? What did Christ say to those who imagined that men would come without  Divine influence? He said, first, “No man can come unto Me except the Father  which has sent Me draw him.” But He said something more strong—“You  will not come unto Me that you might have life.” No man will come! Here lies the deadly mischief—not only that he is powerless to do good—but that he is powerful enough to do that which is wrong and that his will is desperately set against everything that is right! Go, Arminian, and tell your hearers that they will come if they please, but know that your Redeemer looks you in the face and tells you that you are uttering a lie! Men will not come! They never will come of themselves! You cannot  persuade them to come! You cannot force them to come by all your thunders,  nor can you entice them to come by all your invitations! They will not come to Christ, that they may have life! Until the Spirit draws them, they neither will come, nor can they!

Hence, then, from the fact that man’s nature is hostile to the Divine Spirit; that he hates Divine Grace; that he despises the way in which Grace is brought  to him; that it is contrary to his own proud nature to stoop to receive salvation by the deeds of another—hence it is necessary that the Spirit of God should operate to change the will, to correct the bias of the heart, to set man in a right track and then give him Continue reading

Proper Bible Study

I was scrolling through my list of blog rolls this morning and came across this from John MacArthur and was incredibly blessed by his affirmation of what I have come to understand.  The original can be found here.

While we understand that sanctification is the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of God’s people through His Word, it’s not an entirely passive process for believers. Spiritual maturity doesn’t come through osmosis—it takes careful discipline and hard work, even in the basics like how we study Scripture.

Last week we established the vital role of God’s Word in our spiritual growth, and the pattern by which it transforms our lives. But that process hinges on how we approach the Bible and seek to understand it. Your spiritual growth can be stalled or even derailed by uninformed faith and bad hermeneutics.

You’ve probably seen firsthand the willy-nilly way some people approach Scripture. Looking for “a word from the Lord,” some play a game of Bible roulette, flipping at random through their Bibles, looking for something that seems applicable to whatever trial or need they’re facing. When they find something that vaguely applies to their situation, they treat it as a special revelation from the Lord just for them.

But hunting and pecking through Scripture won’t produce mature believers. In fact, it’s far more likely to hinder your spiritual growth than to build up your faith and understanding.

You might have heard the story of a man who was wrestling with a major decision and decided to close his eyes, open Continue reading