Posted On December 15, 2014

The Daily Roundup: 15 December 2014

by | Dec 15, 2014 | Biblical Worldview, Uncategorized

Humanity Participates in Divinity – “Participation in Christ is to enjoy all that Christ enjoyed, for comfort, for communion, and for warfare. He is the source and pattern for all human participation in the divine nature. The mystery of the Incarnation has been revealed for our benefit. As we reflect on divine truths, we are strengthened in much the same way that the Incarnate Son is strengthened.”

The Church on the Fringes – “As the assembly of those made new in Christ, we come together in space and time, and we make Jesus known in those blessed limitations. Advancing the gospel in distance means we cross the street, and the oceans, to tell others the good news. It means we go out there into the darkness with the light of God’s love.”

Finding Release From Our Spiritual Mistresses – “Christian growth is about learning to see clearly that Jesus will fill our hearts in much more adequate and enduring ways than any Jesus-counterfeit ever will. Using Scripture, we must immerse our minds and stir our affections with the many ways in which Jesus delivers fully and truly on the specific promises—especially the promises that our specific idols falsely make to us. For example, if we thirst for approval, only the unwavering smile of God over us through Jesus can free us from enslavement to human approval. Or, if we hunger for secure provision, only the God’s sure promise to take care of us like he does the birds and the lilies can free us from our enslavement to money and things.”

“To Give Knowledge of Salvation to His People: A Christmas Mandate for Christian Ministry” – “Reading the gospel texts we know that we either believe or run away. This is either the greatest truth ever declared, or it is the saddest lie ever told. The Christmas story cannot be reduced to a sentimental tale that gives humanity a warm glow. When the heavenly host declares that Jesus is the Savior who is Christ the Lord, they announce the forgiveness of sins to those who repent and believe and they declare war on those who would oppose this child.”

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