“Spiritual maturity is not marked by our growing, independent fitness. Rather, it’s marked by our growing dependence on Christ’s fitness for us … spiritual growth is realizing how utterly dependent we are on Christ’s cross and mercy … Thankfully, the focus of the Bible is not the work of the redeemed but the work of the Redeemer. The gospel frees us from ourselves.”
“Holiness deals with the thoughts and intents, the purposes, the aims, the objectives, the motives of men. Morality does but skim the surface, holiness goes into the very caverns of the great deep—holiness requires that the heart shall be set on God and that it shall beat with love to Him. The moral man may be complete in his morality without that.” Holiness Demanded by CH Spurgeon
“Wimpy theology makes wimpy women. That’s my assumption that I bring to this evening. Wimpy theology simply does not give a woman a God that is big enough, strong enough, wise enough, and good enough to handle the realities of life in a way that magnifies the infinite worth of Jesus Christ.
Wimpy theology is plagued by woman-centeredness and man-centeredness. Wimpy theology doesn’t have the granite foundation of God’s sovereignty or the solid steel structure of a great God-centered purpose for all things.”
Excerpted from a sermon by John Piper. This is just as true of men as it is of women. Read more here.
Q: What did God’s providence specifically do for man whom He created?
A: After the creation God made a covenant with man to give him life, if he perfectly obeyed; God told him not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil or he would die.
“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”” (Genesis 2:16–17 ESV)
The Westminster Shorter Catechism in Modern English (#12)
People respond to crises by looking for something to place their trust in, something that transcends the here and now. Often times, we construct idols and look to them. But created creators are powerless to save or deliver. (Isaiah 41:5-7)
God chose the Israelites and they were currently living out the Creator’s story. They were part of His plans for all of history. Because they were God’s chosen people, they could be confident that He was unfolding history according to His plans. History is not random, it is guided. They did not need to fear because God would strengthen them and uphold them with His right hand. We, the chosen, called, resurrected, redeemed children of God, are currently living His plan for history. This is not random, it is guided – find strength and confidence in that.
"Not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard"