Then we were given new life in Christ; we were reconciled to God. Being reconciled to God does not mean our circumstances suddenly improve. Our gastrointestinal trouble may continue. We may lose our jobs. We may be sued. And all these things might happen in the same week. But our experience of adversity is different … Continue reading Adversity Is Different
We must get the doctrine of Christ’s person right, as John presents it, because our salvation hangs on it. Our salvation depends on the sacrifice of the body of Jesus as the utterly unique God-man. If you take away Jesus’ physical body, there is no sacrifice. Only a human can sacrificially stand in place of … Continue reading Our Salvation Hangs On It
Think about the Christians you know; thing about yourself; and you will remember that God is a master at using the unlikely. We serve the God who calls old men to father many nations and lead revolutions, young men to fight experienced warriors and to tell off kings to their faces. We serve the God … Continue reading Master of the Unlikely
Philippians 1:9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory … Continue reading Wise Love, Wise Lives
Even amid thoughts of his own death, Paul is concerned for the Philippians. We tend to think our suffering justifies at least a little selfishness. Have you ever thought to yourself, “Times are real tough right now. Maybe under normal circumstances this would not be right. But God understands. I have a lot on my … Continue reading At Least A Little Selfishness?
What an amazing attitude! Paul had been heckled, hauled before a magistrate, and imprisoned, and now he sat in a jail praying and singing hymns at midnight. It was as if Paul knew God was in control and that everything had happened according to God’s plan. -Mark Dever, The Message of the New Testament: Philippians:Humility
In the next verses, Paul writes, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (5:16-18). How can you be joyful always? Not by centering your life upon circumstances. Circumstances will always change. However, if you center your life on God, regardless of what … Continue reading God-centered Life