Author: Justin Huffman

The Wisdom From Above

James in his letter writes to professing Christians who are tearing each other, and the church, and their own lives to shreds. It was a crucial time, in which Christianity would either adopt earthly means and wisdom in order to seek Christian success, or they would learn to seek the humble wisdom of God, which only comes from above—a time much like every generation since, including our own! You and I know something of their struggle: it’s that hot feeling in your head that tells you how right you are even as you cut your spouse or children with...

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Give Thanks and Bless His Name

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations” (Psalm 100:4-5). Here is a command to thanksgiving. Sin is disobeying God, and so when we fail to nurture gratitude in our hearts to God consistently, we are sinning. I suppose most Christians would immediately, although perhaps reluctantly, admit the truth of this statement. However, for most of us “ingratitude” would not quickly come to mind if we were to list the sins we think of...

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Loving God With All Your Soul

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30). There is a Latin maxim: ubi amor, ibi oculus. “We love to look at what we love.” When one of the scribes, seeking apparently to test Jesus, asked him which command belonged at the top of the Old Testament list of rules, Jesus turned his—and our—gaze away from the law of God to the God of the law: “love the Lord.” Look at God. Do you love Him? Do you love...

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Training in Righteousness

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). Righteousness! Is there any finer ambition, nobler aspiration, or loftier aim than this? God could have given us a Book that equipped us to get rich quick. He could have given us a text that included all of the scientific information that we would need to heal every disease or cure every illness. God could even have given us a copy of the Book of Life, which Revelation tells us contains the names of all His...

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How the Gospel Frees From Lawlessness

We previously considered the pitfalls of legalism, and how the gospel lifts us out of them. Now let’s look at the dangers of lawlessness, and how the Gospel guards us against them. Just as we observed with legalism, lawlessness can be displayed in many ways. Lawlessness (or “antinomianism” as it is sometimes called) is the opposite of legalism though; whereas legalism seeks salvation through law, in one form or another, lawlessness seeks to escape the law in one way or another. Avoiding Lawlessness Let’s look at a few examples to help us identify lawlessness in our lives. 1) Minimizing...

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