Daily Archives: November 3, 2015

New Gnosticism

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

5 Καὶ ἔστιν αὕτη ἡ ἀγγελία ἣν ἀκηκόαμεν ἀπʼ αὐτοῦ καὶ ἀναγγέλλομεν ὑμῖν, ὅτι ὁ θεὸς φῶς ἐστιν καὶ σκοτία ἐν αὐτῷ οὐκ ἔστιν οὐδεμία. 6 Ἐὰν εἴπωμεν ὅτι κοινωνίαν ἔχομεν μετʼ αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐν τῷ σκότει περιπατῶμεν, ψευδόμεθα καὶ οὐ ποιοῦμεν τὴν ἀλήθειαν· 7 ἐὰν ἐν τῷ φωτὶ περιπατῶμεν ὡς αὐτός ἐστιν ἐν τῷ φωτί, κοινωνίαν ἔχομεν μετʼ ἀλλήλων καὶ τὸ αἷμα Ἰησοῦ τοῦ υἱοῦ αὐτοῦ καθαρίζει ἡμᾶς ἀπὸ πάσης ἁμαρτίας. 8 ἐὰν εἴπωμεν ὅτι ἁμαρτίαν οὐκ ἔχομεν, ἑαυτοὺς πλανῶμεν καὶ ἡ ἀλήθεια οὐκ ἔστιν ἐν ἡμῖν. 9 ἐὰν ὁμολογῶμεν τὰς ἁμαρτίας ἡμῶν, πιστός ἐστιν καὶ δίκαιος, ἵνα ἀφῇ ἡμῖν τὰς ἁμαρτίας καὶ καθαρίσῃ ἡμᾶς ἀπὸ πάσης ἀδικίας. 10 ἐὰν εἴπωμεν ὅτι οὐχ ἡμαρτήκαμεν, ψεύστην ποιοῦμεν αὐτὸν καὶ ὁ λόγος αὐτοῦ οὐκ ἔστιν ἐν ἡμῖν. (1 John 1:5-10 NA28)

5 And this is the message, which we have heard from him and we proclaim to you, that…

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Justification: Not the Time or Place to Speak of the Law

The Reformed Reader

Galatians: Crossway Classic Commentaries Classic Luther (from his commentary on Galatians 2:16):

Of course, we must also teach good works and love, but it must be done in the right time and place—that is, when we are dealing with works, not justification. Here the question is how we are justified and attain eternal life, and so we reject and condemn all good works, for this passage will not allow any argument based on good works.

Indeed, “the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good” (Romans 7:12). But when we are dealing with justification, it is not the time or place to speak about the law. The question is, who is Christ, and what benefit has he brought us? Christ is not the law; he is not what I have done or what the law has done; he is not my love, my obedience, my poverty. He is the Lord of…

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Who’s Leading Whom? A Tale of the Worst Priest Ever

Unfathomable Grace

Ahaz was one of the most wicked leaders in the history of Judah. So wicked was this king that he sacrificed his own son in the fires of Moloch. In the name of Baal, another false idol, Ahaz desecrated and dedicated a portion of the Lord’s land. This garbage dump was originally called the Valley of Hennon but later became known as Gehenna. Then instead of trusting the Lord of Israel, Ahaz placed his trust in the hands of Tiglath Pileser, the Lord of Assyria. He robbed the people and the Temple of much gold and silver, and then paid homage to this foreign monarch. Ahaz was so wicked! However, these particular actions were not the extent of his sin:

When King Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria, he saw the altar that was at Damascus. And King Ahaz sent … its pattern, exact in all its details … And when the king came from…

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