Author: Matt Perman

6 Things Christ Accomplished by His Death

Here’s a very brief summary of the six core things Christ accomplished in his death. Expiation Expiation means the removal of our sin and guilt. Christ’s death removes — expiates — our sin and guilt. The guilt of our sin was taken away from us and placed on Christ, who discharged it by his death. Thus, in John 1:29, John the Baptist calls Jesus “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” Jesus takes away, that is, expiates, our sins. Likewise, Isaiah 53:6 says, “The Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall...

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The Fruit of the Spirit and Your Work

So, in what areas of life are we to manifest the fruit of the Spirit? Just at church? We are to manifest the fruit of the Spirit in all areas of life. We so easily miss that. It’s easy to think of the fruit of the Spirit and other Christian virtues as applying to some abstract realm, rather than being the character qualities we are to manifest every day, in all areas of life — which includes our work. The fruits of the Spirit, in fact, have a massive application in our daily work, if you think about it....

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The True Meaning of Justice in the Workplace

The Sovereignty of God: How Suffering and Justice Meet Biblically speaking, to be just means to use your strength on behalf of the weak. Justice most certainly includes an overall “fairness”, truth, integrity, honesty and refusing to show partiality. But the essence of justice goes beyond that. The essence of justice is that those with greater authority and influence are to use their stronger position in service of those who are in a weaker situation. Helping those in a “weaker situation” might mean helping those suffering from poverty or sickness or some other harm, but it doesn’t have to...

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The Doctrine of Vocation in the Sermon on the Mount

Jesus says “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness” (Matthew 6:33). In the Middle Ages, before the Reformation, it was thought that life was divided into two areas — the “perfect life” and the “permissible life.” Those in “full time Christian service” lived the perfect life, and everyone else was relegated to second class — your life was acceptable, but not most important. If you wanted to live a truly important life, you had to be in “ministry” (which was also conceived of very differently then). Jesus explodes this error. He doesn’t do this by saying “the...

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Abortion as a Form of Discrimination: Why It Ought to Be Unthinkable

The purpose of this article is to argue that the unborn, from the moment of conception, have a right to life that is on the same level as infants, children, and adults. An induced abortion [1] at any stage, therefore, is a form of discrimination that ought to be simply as unthinkable to our society as slavery and genocide. Indeed, our society’s permissiveness toward abortion is nothing short of hypocritical when placed next to its passion for “political correctness”. In a society where so many run eagerly to show sensitivity towards the “rights” of nearly every special interest group,...

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