Daily Archives: February 1, 2020

February—1 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

In that day shall the Lord defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the Lord before them.—Zech. 12:8.

My soul! in the calculation of times and seasons, thou art entering this day upon a new month; stand still and consider what progress thou art making in the spiritual path. Here is a sweet promise for the gospel dispensation. It is an Old Testament promise, to be fulfilled in a New Testament day. The weak and feeble, in our spiritual David, being really and truly in David, shall be as David, that is, strong in the grace and strength that is in Christ Jesus. And the whole house of David, every true believer in Jesus, shall be as Jesus; that is, so accounted before God, as one in Christ, and accepted in him the beloved; for in the eye of God, and of his holy law, they are one and the same. But what a sad consideration is it, that the progress in the divine life, here set forth, is so seldom sought after by the people of God! We are, for the most part, satisfied to have made our calling and election sure, and do not seem to feel it much at heart, how frequently the soul goes lean, and is feeble in spiritual attainments. My soul! let me impress it upon thy most serious consideration this evening, how needful it is to have this sweet promise brought home, and proved in thy daily experience. Is not Jesus, in his person, work, and righteousness, to be continually improved in soul-acquaintance and communion? Should I not seek to preserve a constant communion with my Lord? When I consider his fulness, all which is for his people, surely I ought to send forth a desire for a renewed token of his love. And yet when I come to sit down in the evening, and look back upon what hath passed between my Lord and me, through the day, alas! how little hath my soul been going forth in desires after him, and in enjoying communion with him! Come, blessed Jesus! come, I pray thee, and let my awakened faculties be exercised upon thy person, blood, and righteousness, until this sweet promise be mine, and I find my feebleness becoming strength in my Lord. Let the growing acquaintance with thee, of one day, be made the step for desiring greater knowledge, and greater enjoyment of thee, for the next day; and let my earnest soul be pressing after fresh discoveries of thee, and for the sweet manifestations from thee every day in greater frequency, and in more enlarged views of thy glory. Oh! for grace from my Lord, for the liveliest actings of faith, and love, and praise, and every longing desire upon Him whose name is “the Lord our righteousness;” that the grace and good will, the mercy and kindness of God, my Saviour, may be my daily song, and evening delight, in this house of my pilgrimage.[1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 37–38). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

February 1 Streams in the Desert

This thing is from me.” (1 Kings 12:24.)

Life’s disappointments are veiled love’s appointments.”—Rev. C. A. Fox.

MY child, I have a message for you today; let me whisper it in your ear, that it may gild with glory any storm clouds which may arise, and smooth the rough places upon which you may have to tread. It is short, only five words, but let them sink into your inmost soul; use them as a pillow upon which to rest your weary head. This thing is from me.

Have you ever thought of it, that all that concerns you concerns Me too? For, “he that toucheth you, toucheth the apple of mine eye” (Zech. 2:8). You are very precious in My sight. (Isa. 43:4.) Therefore, it is My special delight to educate you.

I would have you learn when temptations assail you, and the “enemy comes in like a flood,” that this thing is from Me, that your weakness needs My might, and your safety lies in letting Me fight for you.

Are you in difficult circumstances, surrounded by people who do not understand you, who never consult your taste, who put you in the background? This thing is from Me. I am the God of circumstances. Thou camest not to thy place by accident, it is the very place God meant for thee.

Have you not asked to be made humble? See then, I have placed you in the very school where this lesson is taught; your surroundings and companions are only working out My will.

Are you in money difficulties? Is it hard to make both ends meet? This thing is from Me, for I am your purse-bearer and would have you draw from and depend upon Me. My supplies are limitless (Phil. 4:19). I would have you prove my promises. Let it not be said of you, “In this thing ye did not believe the Lord your God” (Deut. 1:32).

Are you passing through a night of sorrow? This thing is from Me. I am the Man of Sorrows and acquainted with grief. I have let earthly comforters fail you, that by turning to Me you may obtain everlasting consolation (2 Thess. 2:16, 17). Have you longed to do some great work for Me and instead have been laid aside on a bed of pain and weakness? This thing is from Me. I could not get your attention in your busy days and I want to teach you some of my deepest lessons. “They also serve who only stand and wait.” Some of My greatest workers are those shut out from active service, that they may learn to wield the weapon of all-prayer.

This day I place in your hand this pot of holy oil. Make use of it free, my child. Let every circumstance that arises, every word that pains you, every interruption that would make you impatient, every revelation of your weakness be anointed with it. The sting will go as you learn to see Me in all things.

Laura A. Barter Snow.

“ ‘This is from Me’, the Saviour said,

As bending low He kissed my brow,

‘For One who loves you thus has led.

Just rest in Me, be patient now,

Your Father knows you have need of this,

Tho’, why perchance you cannot see.—

Grieve not for things you’ve seemed to miss.

The thing I send is best for thee.’

“Then, looking through my tears, I plead,

‘Dear Lord, forgive, I did not know,

’Twill not be hard since Thou dost tread,

Each path before me here below.

And for my good this thing must be,

His grace sufficient for each test.

So still I’ll sing, “Whatever be

God’s way for me is always best.” ’ ”[1]

 

[1] Cowman, L. B. (1925). Streams in the Desert (pp. 35–37). Los Angeles, CA: The Oriental Missionary Society.

February 1st The D. L. Moody Year Book

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me,—Psalm 23:4.

MUST not there be light where there is shadow? Can you get a shadow without light? If you doubt it, go down into the cellar to-night without a light, and find your shadow if you can. All that death can do to a true believer is to throw a shadow across his path. Shadows never hurt any one. You can walk right through them as you can through fog. There is nothing to fear.

I pity down deep in my heart any man or woman that lives under the bondage of death! If you are under it, may God bring you out today! May you come right out into the liberty of the blessed gospel of the Son of God![1]

 

[1] Moody, D. L. (1900). The D. L. Moody Year Book: A Living Daily Message from the Words of D. L. Moody. (E. M. Fitt, Ed.) (p. 27). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

1 Feb 2020 – Rapture Ready News

Coronavirus outbreak declared a global emergency as death toll tops 213
The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from Wuhan, China has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday, January 30, 2020. By Friday, January 31, the number of fatalities jumped to 213 and the number of confirmed cases to 9 820.

Fox Sports Refusing To Air ‘Faces Of Choice’ Pro-Life Abortion Survivors Commercial Will Run Two Drag Queens Eating Sabra Hummus Instead
When you first start paying attention to the news, you think you are looking are real news versus fake news, upon closer inspection you come to understand that they are all corrupt. You think that Fox is conservative, stands for family values and freedom of religion, right? Wrong.

Lancet Study Warns: “Self-Sustaining Outbreaks in Major Cities” Around the World “Inevitable” Because of Symptomless Coronavirus Carriers
A new, urgent study just published in The Lancet warns that “independent self-sustaining outbreaks in major cities globally” may be “inevitable” due to the “substantial exportation” of symptomless carriers of coronavirus.

Roman Catholic Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò Says That Pope Francis Is Fulfilling The Revelation Prophecy Of The Coming Synagogue Of Satan
I was a Roman Catholic for the first 29 years of my life, until the day I got saved and became a born again Christian, and I have spent the past tens years in this ministry of Now The End Begins to warn people about the lies and evil foundations of the counterfeit Christian Church. So it makes me happy when high-ranking and currently serving members of the Roman Catholic Church says things like what you will see in this article today that backs me up.

EXCLUSIVE: FEDS Leak Explosive Details of Players in Massive Clinton Global Heist; Biden’s Implicated in “Organized crime at the highest level”
High-ranking Justice Department officials are leaking troubling details of a massive cover up involving Hillary and Bill Clinton, the State Department and governments in Europe and beyond in a scheme that steered untold billions of tax dollars from numerous countries  to the Clinton Foundation and Clinton associates.

Mark Esper U.S. troop reduction plan in Africa blasted as terror attacks increase
The Pentagon is facing a firestorm of opposition to plans to cut troop levels in Africa. Regional analysts and military insiders from Capitol Hill to the capitals of Europe are warning that any reductions could fuel a resurgent terrorist goal of making mincemeat out of the continent.

California Is Building Lots To Contain “Thousands” Living In Their Cars Across The State
Today in “news you won’t hear from liberal American news organizations”, it was reported this week that “thousands” of homeless California residents are being forced to live in their cars, amidst a growing housing crisis in the state.

Coronavirus Contains “HIV Insertions”, Stoking Fears Over Artificially Created Bioweapon
Over the past few days, the mainstream press has vigorously pushed back against a theory about the origins of the coronavirus that has now infected as many as 70,000+ people in Wuhan alone (depending on whom you believe). The theory is that China obtained the coronavirus via a Canadian research program, and started molding it into a bioweapon at the Institute of Virology in Wuhan. Politifact pointed the finger at Zero Hedge, in particular, though the story was widely shared across independent-leaning media.

Top Conservative and Pro-Trump Website Zero Hedge is Suspended from Twitter — WHERE THE HELL IS THE GOP?
The tech giants Google, Facebook and Twitter continue to purge conservative content from their platforms.

Britain’s Royal Air Force To Release Secret UFO Files For The First Time
The age-old question of are we alone in the universe may not be answered any time soon, but the fact that Britain is planning on declassifying its UFO files for the first time puts us one step closer to the truth.

Source: 1 Feb 2020

Tucker Carlson: “Democrats are Defeated and Humiliated” | LifeZette

Well, the impeachment sham is nearly over. Reports indicate the official acquittal vote will take place on Wednesday after the Senate gives each Senator 10 minutes to blather on about why they choose to vote how they did.

(Psssst, we don’t care).

It’s shameful that President Trump will deliver his SOTU address not yet acquitted, all because we have to cater to egotistical Senators who want their “soundbites.”

However, the good news is that in the end, the Dems lost.

But they didn’t just “lose” did they?

Related: Trump Wins Witness Vote 51-49, Acquittal Looks Solid

No.

They were soundly defeated and as Tucker says, they were also “humiliated.” And that is the best part of all.

One of my favorite and most humiliating moments of the impeachment sham came during the final question during the Q&A. Jerry Nadler waddled right past Schiff to answer the final question (rumor has it the two have been fighting). Showboater Schiff wanted to take the last question so you can see him on camera trying to stop Nadler, saying, “Jerry, Jerry, JERRY!”

You can watch that video below:

However, folks, the best part of this moment was the video that the Trump campaign made to mock them. If you haven’t seen it yet, I URGE you to take a look. I have watched it like 25 times now, it’s so darn funny I’ll post the link below.

RELATED: Ilhan Omar Launches Bill To Stop Trump From Carrying Out ‘Muslim Ban’

But as I said above, nobody summed up the Dems defeat better or more eloquently than Tucker.

Watch the video below:

As much as the Dems were beaten down and destroyed, we know by now that they won’t learn a lesson and regroup and do better.

No.

They’ll regroup alright, but only to continue on with their chaos and destruction.

That’s what you do when you don’t have truth and facts on your side.

This piece originally appeared on WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.

Read more at WayneDupree.com:
Romney In Trouble? Utah Lawmaker Introduces Bill To Recall Any Federally Elected Official
Report: The Ukraine Prosecutor Biden Got Fired Files Federal Paperwork Demanding Investigation Into Biden
Watch: Trump Campaign Mocks Schiff and Nadler’s Embarrassing Final Impeachment Fiasco With Hilarious Video 

Source: Tucker Carlson: “Democrats are Defeated and Humiliated”

Florida Pastor: Roger Stone Witnessed With Franklin Graham, “Has Put His Faith In God” — The Gateway Pundit

Randy Coggins, an up and coming evangelist based out of the Tampa Bay area in Florida, is calling on Christians and patriots across the nation to support longtime Trump ally Roger Stone as he prepares to be sentenced in a DC court on February 20th.

Coggins serves as Roger’s spiritual advisor and plans to speak on his behalf during his sentencing hearing.

“Despite his best efforts, Roger Stone was charged and found guilty of crimes that he did not commit. Moreover, he was silenced by the court with a gag order to prevent him from being able to speak out against the injustice committed to him by the deep state in league with fake news media. HE IS STILL UNDER THIS GAG ORDER EVEN AFTER BEING “CONVICTED”. This is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL,” Coggins told The Gateway Pundit.

The millennial pastor also revealed that he recently attended world-renowned Evangelist Frank Graham’s “Decision America Sunshine State Tour” with Roger Stone.

“Recently, Roger & I attended Franklin Graham’s “Decision America Tour” in Boca Raton, FL where Roger publicly confessed his Faith and Belief in God. Hundreds of Graham’s supporters flocked to meet Roger with nothing but well-wishes, support, and prayers. Even Franklin Graham himself had a few moments of Prayer Fellowship with Roger that day at the event.”

Our sources also confirm that Stone was in attendance and was seen leaving the event clutching a bible given to him by Graham, who has emerged as a staunch defender and confidante of President Trump.

“Roger has stood tall for President Donald Trump for over 30 years – now I ask President Trump to stand tall for him,” Coggins concluded in his release before directing people to visit friendsofrogerstone.com, where you can sign a petition encouraging President Trump to pardon Stone.

via Florida Pastor: Roger Stone Witnessed With Franklin Graham, “Has Put His Faith In God” — The Gateway Pundit

February 1, 2020 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

The Believer’s Certainty of Deliverance

Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. (5:9–10)

As if the first four were not enough to completely overwhelm us with assurance, there is a fifth link in the unbreakable chain that eternally binds believers to Christ, which is their certainty of deliverance from God’s judgment.

The phrase much more then indicates that what follows is even more overwhelming and significant than what has preceded, astounding and wonderful as that is. Having been justified by His blood refers to the initial aspect of salvation, which for believers is past. In light of the fact that we already have been justified, Paul is saying, we are assured of being saved from the wrath of God through Him, that is, through Christ. Because we are now identified with Christ and are adopted as God’s children through Him, we are no longer “children of wrath” (Eph. 2:3). As part of His atoning work, Jesus delivered us “from the wrath to come” (1 Thess. 1:10; cf. 5:9), because on the cross He took upon Himself the penalty and suffered the wrath that we deserve.

Paul’s next thought is closely related to the previous one (v. 9) and is the central message of this passage: For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. If God had the power and the will to redeem us in the first place, how much more, does He have the power and the will to keep us redeemed? In other words, if God brought us to Himself through the death of His Son when we were His enemies, how much more, now that we are His reconciled children, will He keep us saved by the life of His Son? If the dying Savior reconciled us to God, surely the living Savior can and will keep us reconciled.

The thrust of this truth for believers is that our Savior not only delivered us from sin and its judgment, but also delivers us from uncertainty and doubt about that deliverance. If God has already made sure our rescue from sin, death, and future judgment, how could our present spiritual life possibly be in jeopardy? How can a Christian, whose past and future salvation are secured by God, be insecure during the time between? If sin was no barrier to the beginning of our redemption, how can it become a barrier to its completion? If sin in the greatest degree could not prevent our becoming reconciled, how can sin in lesser degree prevent our staying reconciled? If God’s grace covers the sins even of His enemies, how much more does it cover the sins of His children?

Paul here reasons from the greater to the lesser. It is a greater work of God to bring sinners to grace than to bring saints to glory, because sin is further from grace than grace is from glory.

Every blessing a Christian has comes from Christ. Through Him we have peace with God (Rom. 5:1), grace and the hope of glory (v. 2), perseverance, proven character, and hope (vv. 3–4), God’s love poured into our hearts by His Spirit, who is Himself the Savior’s gift to us (v. 5), deliverance from sin by His atoning death (vv. 6–8), deliverance from God’s wrath (v. 9), reconciliation with God the Father (v. 10a), and preservation during this present life (v. 10b).[1]


Full Salvation

Romans 5:9–11

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved by his life! Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

I have been expounding Romans 5:1–11 for five studies now—this is the sixth—and in every one of these studies I have said that the point of these verses is to assure Christians of their salvation. They are to know that they are eternally secure in Christ so that they might be able to rejoice in God fully. In this study we find the same idea. I might be inclined to apologize for this repetition were it not for the fact that this is clearly the emphasis of the chapter—and that it is going to continue in one form or another until the end of chapter 8.

This has not been mere repetition, however, since the thesis (which is repeated) has been supported by a variety of arguments:

  1. We can be assured of salvation because God has made peace with us through the atoning work of Jesus Christ.
  2. We can be assured of salvation because, through that same work of Christ, we have been brought into a new relationship with God in which we continue to stand.
  3. We can be assured of salvation because of the sure and certain hope that we shall see God.
  4. We can be assured of salvation because of the way we are able to react to sufferings in this life. We see God’s purposes in them and therefore rejoice in them, which unbelievers cannot do.
  5. We can be assured of salvation because God sent Jesus Christ to die for us, not when we were saved people, as we are now, but when we were God’s sworn enemies.

In this last section, Paul provides yet another argument or, what is probably more accurate to say, draws his previous arguments together: “Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved by his life! Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”

Sound Logic

In the sayings that have come down to us from the great Rabbi Hillel there are some principles for Bible interpretation that Paul, as a Jewish thinker, frequently used in his writings. One is called qal wʾchomer, from the Hebrew words for “light” and “heavy.” It refers to a form of arguing in which, if a lesser thing is true, a greater thing must clearly be true also. Here is an example from the teaching of Jesus: “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matt. 7:11). Obviously, if we who are evil know how to do good to those who are close to us (this is the “light” part of the comparison), God, who is utterly good (this is the “heavy” part), will do good to his children.

A second principle related to the light/heavy argument is the opposite, an argument from the “heavy” to the “light.” It argues that if something great is true, then something lesser in the same category will obviously be true also. Paul uses this principle twice in these verses:

  1. “Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!” (v. 9), and
  2. “For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved by his life!” (v. 10).

Each of these arguments is based upon things God has already done for us through the death of Christ. They are great works: justification on the one hand, and reconciliation on the other. They are so great that they are used by God to commend his love to us, as Paul stated earlier. But if God has already done such great works on our behalf, justifying us in Christ when we were ungodly and reconciling us to himself when we were his enemies, God will obviously continue his work in the lesser task of seeing us through life and through the final judgment.

Saved from God’s Wrath

When we look at verse 9, we have a tendency to think that we have already heard everything this verse has to teach. After all, “wrath” is the term we began with back in Romans 1:18, and the doctrine of “justification” was developed fully and compellingly in Romans 3. Besides, Romans 5:9 seems to be almost an identical repeat of verse 1 of this chapter. It is true, of course, that this is the first time we have encountered the word saved in the letter. But what have we been talking about all this time if it has not been salvation?

To understand what is happening we have to realize that “saved” is used in at least three different ways in the Bible, in three different tenses. Sometimes it refers to something past, at other times to something present, sometimes to things yet to come.

Let me illustrate. Suppose you are a Christian and that someone asks you, “Are you saved?”

How do you respond? I suppose you would most likely just say, “Yes, I am.” But it would be possible for you to answer in three different ways, the answer you gave (“Yes, I am”) being only one of them. If you are thinking of what Jesus accomplished on your behalf by dying for you on the cross, it would be correct to have answered as you did, for Jesus did save you by his substitutionary death.

But if you are thinking of the present and of what God is accomplishing in you day by day, it would also be correct to say, “I am being saved.” Paul himself uses the word this second way in 1 Corinthians 1:18: “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” This verse means that God works through the power of the cross to save us from sin now.

Third, you could think in future terms and answer the question by saying, “No, I am not saved yet, but I will be when Jesus returns.” In this case you would be looking forward to your future glorification when the work begun in the past by Jesus and continued into the present by the power of the Holy Spirit, who works in us, will be perfected. In that day we will be delivered even from the presence of sin and made like Jesus forever.

I mention these three tenses of the word, because it is important to see that it is in the third sense, the future sense of salvation, that Paul speaks here. He is not denying the other tenses, particularly not the first. But he is thinking of the judgment to come and is saying that because we have already been justified by God on the basis of the death of Christ, we can be certain of being saved from the outpouring of God’s wrath in the final day. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says, “The apostle’s argument is that this method, this way of salvation that God has planned, is a complete whole, and therefore, if we have been justified by Christ’s blood we are joined to Christ, we are in Christ, and we shall therefore be saved by him completely and perfectly.”

Or we could put it like this: If God has already justified us on the basis of Jesus’ atoning death, if he has already pronounced his verdict, any verdict rendered at the final judgment will be only a confirming formality.

Reconciled

Arguing from the “heavy” to the “light” is, if anything, even more apparent in verse 10, where Paul speaks of reconciliation. I begin with the “heavy” part. What is this “heavy” thing God has done for us?

It is the very work we were looking at in detail in the last study. There we were dealing with the love of God, and we saw that the basis upon which God commends his love to us is that it caused him to send his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to die for us while we were yet sinners. Our sinfulness was spelled out in three powerful terms, and these (as we saw) are followed by a fourth term in verse 10. Paul describes us as powerless, ungodly, sinners, and enemies. Let us review those terms:

  1. Powerless” means that we are unable to help ourselves. It is what theologians mean by total depravity, not that we are all as bad as we could possibly be, but that we are all equally and totally incapable of doing anything to save ourselves. We are not able to seek out and eventually come even to understand the way of salvation.
  2. Ungodly” means that we are opposed to God in his godly nature. We do not like him for being who he is.
  3. Sinners” means that we are violators of God’s moral law, particularly that second table of the law meant to govern our conduct toward other persons.
  4. Enemies,” the word used in the verses we are studying now, is the worst term of all. It means not only that we dislike God in his godly nature, but that we are so opposed to God in that nature that we would destroy him if we could. Like a soldier approaching his counterpart in an enemy army in wartime, we consider it a matter of “kill or be killed.” We think of God’s law as suffocatingly oppressive and destructive of who we want to be. So we are set on destroying God or at least destroying his influence so far as the living of our lives is concerned.

But, says Paul, it is while we were like this that God reconciled us to himself through Jesus’ death. “Reconcile” means to remove the grounds of hostility and transform the relationship, changing it from one of enmity to one of friendship. In our case, as Paul has shown earlier, it meant taking us out of the category of enemies and bringing us into God’s family as privileged sons and daughters. If God did that for us while we were enemies, Paul reasons, he is certainly going to save us from the final outpouring of his wrath on the day of judgment, now that we are family members.

If God has done the greater thing, he will do the lesser. If he has saved us while we were enemies, he will certainly save us as friends.

Rejoice in God

The last verse of our text, which also marks the end of the first half of Romans 5, says that now, having been reconciled to God, “we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ.…”

There is a sense in which this idea returns us to where we started out, since the first sentence of Romans 5 speaks of just such a rejoicing: “we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.” But careful reading will show that the object of our rejoicing is not the same in both cases. In verse 2, our rejoicing is in “hope of the glory of God.” That is, it is in our glorification. Knowing that we are going to be glorified is a cause of great joy for us. However, in verse 11, the object of our rejoicing is not our glorification, important as that is, but God himself who will accomplish it. And, of course, of the two ideas the second is obviously the greater. To rejoice in God is the greatest of all human activities.

We affirm this in the response to the first question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism.

Question: “What is the chief end of man?”

Answer: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.”

Up to this point I have not marked the number of ways and times Paul has referred to God in the first half of Romans 5, but this is the place to do it. In the first paragraph, he has referred to each person of the Trinity: “… we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.… And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.… And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit …” (vv. 1–2, 5, emphasis added). In the passage as a whole, the Holy Spirit is referred to once, God the Father seven times, and the Lord Jesus Christ five times, plus four more times in which Jesus is referred to by a personal pronoun.

What exactly shall we rejoice in, if we are to “rejoice in God”? We can rejoice in any one or all of his attributes. Our passage suggests these:

  1. God’s wisdom. Several chapters further on in Romans, after Paul has traced the marvels of God’s great and gradually unfolding salvation work in history, he will cry out: “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!” (Rom. 11:33). But even at this point in our study we can marvel at a wisdom so great as to be able to save powerless, ungodly, sinful enemies.

The question is: How can God save sinners without ignoring or otherwise condoning their sin? How can he save those who are filthy without dirtying himself? How can he be both just and the justifier of the ungodly? The answer is: through Christ, through his death for us. But we would not have known this or even have been able to suggest it by ourselves. It took the wisdom of the all-wise God to devise such a plan of salvation.

There is also a special display of God’s wisdom in the way suffering works for our good, as Paul has shown in verses 3 and 4.

  1. God’s grace. Grace is usually defined as God’s favor to the undeserving. But we rejoice in God’s grace because, in our case, grace is favor not merely to the undeserving but to those who actually deserve the opposite. What do “enemies” deserve, after all? They deserve defeat and destruction. God did not treat us that way, however. Rather, he saved us through the work of Christ.
  2. God’s power. We often forget God’s power when we think about salvation, reserving this theme for when we contemplate creation. But the Scripture speaks of God’s power being displayed preeminently at the cross. In fact, the earliest reference to the cross in the Bible does this: Genesis 3:15. In this verse God is speaking to Satan, describing what will happen when the Mediator comes: “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” In this verse the cross is portrayed as a battlefield on which Satan and his hosts will be defeated. And so it was! The power of God was revealed at the cross when Satan’s power over us was broken. We rejoice in God’s power when we think of the cross, as well as in his other attributes.
  3. God’s love. There are a number of attributes of God that may be learned from nature, chiefly his power and wisdom, and perhaps his grace. But the only place we can learn of God’s love is at the cross. Perhaps that is why this attribute is the only one explicitly developed in our passage: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (v. 8). It is when we look to the cross that we begin to understand what love is and how much God has loved us.
  4. God’s immutability. Several times in these studies I have referred to immutability as something for which unregenerate men and women hate God, because he does not change in any of his other attributes. But it is important to say that, although in our unregenerate state we may hate God for his unchanging nature, in our regenerate state we find this something to rejoice in, since it means that God will not waver in his love and favor toward us. Having loved us and having sent the Lord Jesus Christ to save us from our sin, God will not now somehow suddenly change his mind and cast us off. His love, grace, wisdom, and other attributes will always remain as they have been, because he is immutable.

Arthur W. Pink wrote of God’s immutability: “Herein is solid comfort. Human nature cannot be relied upon; but God can! However unstable I may be, however fickle my friends may prove, God changes not. If he varied as we do, if he willed one thing today and another tomorrow, if he were controlled by caprice, who could confide in him? But, all praise to his glorious name, he is ever the same.”

Do We Rejoice?

The last verse of this section says, “Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ.…” This is a positive statement: “We rejoice!” It has led one commentator to say, “The one clear mark of a true Christian is that he always rejoices.” But do we rejoice? Have we actually come as far as Paul assumes we have in verse 11?

Honesty compels us to admit that often we do not rejoice in God.

Why is that? D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones gives a number of reasons, which I list for the sake of our self-examination:

  1. A failure to grasp the truth of justification by faith only.
  2. A failure to meditate as we ought, that is, a failure to think about what we do know.
  3. A failure to draw the necessary conclusions from the Scriptures.

I do not know if these are your failures (if you have failed to rejoice in God) or whether there is some other hindrance in your case, as there may be. But whatever the cause, anything that keeps us from rejoicing in God is inappropriate and should be overcome by us. I challenge you to overcome it. I challenge you to think about these great truths, meditate upon them, learn how great the love, power, wisdom, and grace of God toward you are. Then glory in God, as those who have known God throughout the long ages of human history have done before you. It will make a profound difference in your life, and you will be a blessing to others.[2]


9  In vv. 9–10, Paul gathers together the main pieces of vv. 1–8 into a synthesis that reiterates and expands the central point of the paragraph as a whole: the certainty of Christian hope (vv. 2b, 5a). The two verses are parallel statements of the same point, as the following layout shows:

v. 9

 

v. 10

 

  if, while we were enemies,

 

having now been justified

 

we were reconciled to God

 

through his blood

 

through the death of his Son

 

how much more

 

how much more

 

  being reconciled

 

will we be saved

 

will we be saved

 

from wrath

 

 
through him

 

through his life

 

The argument in each of the verses takes the form of a popular logical sequence, called by the rabbis qal wayyōmer (“light and heavy”) and in the western tradition a minori ad maius (“from the minor to the major”). In this case, however, the “how much more” in Paul’s transition suggests that the argument proceeds from the “major” to the “minor”: if God has already done the most difficult thing—reconcile and justify unworthy sinners—how much more can he be depended on to accomplish the “easier” thing—save from eschatological wrath those who have been brought into such relationship with him. In this double statement, Paul incorporates in the first member many of the elements of present Christian experience that he has touched on in vv. 1–8: “being justified by faith” (v. 1a; alluded to in v. 9a), “having peace with God” (v. 1b; picked up in the language of reconciliation in v. 10), having the love of God, revealed on the cross, in our hearts (vv. 5b–8; suggested by the stress on the death of God’s Son in v. 10), having experienced all this when we were “ungodly,” “weak,” “sinners” (vv. 6–8; cf. v. 10a: “enemies”). Similarly, the second part of the argument restates and elaborates the “hope” of vv. 2b and 5a.

As in v. 1, “being justified” alludes to the past declaration of acquittal pronounced over the sinner who believes in Christ. But the “now” adds the nuance of the continuing “just” status of those so acquitted. The means by which this justifying act takes place is Christ’s blood.89 As in 3:25, “blood” signifies Christ’s death as a sacrifice for sins. These are the only two places in Romans in which “blood” has this sacrificial sense, and the other similarities between vv. 9–10 and 3:21–26 (justification, deliverance from wrath [alluded to with hilastērion]) suggest that Paul may here be drawing from that compact summary of the work of Christ. The justified status conveyed to the believer on the basis of Christ’s sacrificial death issues in salvation from wrath. The temporal element in the verse makes clear that wrath refers here to eschatological judgment (cf. 2:5). “We will be saved” is, then, a genuine temporal future. As he typically does, Paul uses salvation language to depict the final deliverance of the believer from sin, death, and judgment. Salvation, accomplished in Christ and the believer’s appropriation of Christ, is finally realized only in the last day. This double temporal conception is typical of NT teaching, which insists on the absolute and final nature of the believer’s acceptance of salvation while also maintaining that salvation is not complete until the body is redeemed and glorified (cf. Rom. 8:23; Phil. 3:21). It is precisely the tension set up by this “already-not yet” perspective that gives rise to the need to proclaim the unbreakable connection between the believer’s justification and his or her salvation from the wrath of God still to be poured out in the last day. Paul suggests the unbreakable connection between the two by insisting that, as initial salvation is “through his blood,” so final salvation is also “through him.” In light of the parallel phrase in v. 11, “in his life,” Paul probably means by this the mediation of the risen Christ, who, through his resurrection, has been “appointed as Son-of-God-in-power” (cf. 1:4; 8:35).

10  The parallelism between this verse and v. 9 renders the differences between them all the more significant. Perhaps the most interesting is the substitution of “reconciled” for “justified.” Justification language is legal, law-court language, picturing the believer being declared innocent by the judge. Reconciliation language, on the other hand, comes from the world of personal relationships. “To reconcile” means to bring together, or make peace between, two estranged or hostile parties (cf. 1 Cor. 7:11). The language of reconciliation is seldom used in other religions because the relationship between human beings and the deity is not conceived there in the personal categories for which the language is appropriate.94 Reconciliation in Paul has two aspects, or “moments”: the accomplishment of reconciliation through Christ on the cross (cf. 2 Cor. 5:19: “in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself”) and the acceptance of that completed work by the believer (cf. 2 Cor. 5:20b: “We beseech you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God”). Naturally, while the focus can be on one of these moments or the other, the reconciling activity of God is ultimately one act; and in the present verse the complete process is in view. Paul makes explicit the hostile relationship implicit in the language of reconciliation: it was “while we were enemies” that we were reconciled to God. Paul may mean by this simply that we, rebellious sinners, are hostile toward God—violating his laws, putting other gods in his place. But, as Paul has repeatedly affirmed in this letter (cf. 1:18; 3:25), God is also “hostile” toward us—our sins have justly incurred his wrath, which stands as a sentence over us (1:19–32), to be climactically carried out on the day of judgment (2:5). Probably, then, the “enmity” to which Paul refers here includes God’s hostility toward human beings as well as human beings’ hostility toward God. Outside of Christ, people are in a situation of “enmity” with God; and in reconciliation, it is that status, or relationship, that changes: we go from being God’s “enemies” to being his “children” (cf. Rom. 8:14–17).

As in v. 9 justification is accomplished “through” Christ’s blood, so here reconciliation takes place “through the death of [God’s] Son.” Similarly, “we will be saved,” though not further defined, must have the same referent as the same verb in v. 9: salvation from the wrath of God on the day of judgment. The meaning of the phrase “through his life” is not so clear. In light of Paul’s frequent, and theologically significant, use of “in Christ” language in Rom. 5–8, he could intend to depict our salvation as occurring “in the sphere of” Christ, or his life. On the other hand, it is unusual for Paul to use “in Christ” language with another noun intervening between the preposition and “Christ”; and the phrase seems to be parallel to “through him” in v. 9, where an instrumental meaning is certain. Probably, then, the phrase indicates that the new life won by Christ and in which believers share is the means by which they will be saved in the judgment.[3]


9, 10 Verses 9 and 10 are a fortiori arguments, to the effect that if one thing is true how much more must something else be true. In verse 9 the premise posited is that we have now “been justified in his [Jesus’] blood” and the inference drawn is that we shall therefore with all the greater certainty be saved through him from the wrath. The premise in verse 10 is that we have been reconciled to God through the death of Christ, while we were still enemies, and the inference drawn is, with how much greater certainty shall we be saved by the life of Christ. The two verses are parallel in construction and they both enunciate the same substantial truth. But this parallelism and substantial identity as regards the truth unfolded must not obscure the distinctive features of the thought in each verse.

In verses 6 and 8 the apostle had not defined specifically the nature of the death of Christ on our behalf. He stated simply that it was death on behalf of the ungodly (vs. 6) and on our behalf (vs. 8). There is an intimation of the intent and the kind of benefit contemplated in the consideration that it was for the ungodly and for sinners, but there is no further amplification of the specific character of the work accomplished in Jesus’ death or of the kind of benefit accruing to the ungodly from that accomplishment. The apostle had done that earlier in 3:21–26; 4:25. And that delineation was to be assumed in verses 6 and 8. But now in verses 9 and 10 we are provided with additional definition of the specific character of the death of Christ and of the benefits secured by it. It is not to be overlooked, of course, that he introduces these specifications of the character and intent of Jesus’ death in the premises of a fortiori arguments and they are in that respect assumptions on which he bases other conclusions as his main interest. But as premises they are eloquent of what the death of Christ is conceived of as being and accomplishing.

In verse 9 the death of Christ, spoken of in this instance as his blood, is viewed from the aspect of what it accomplished in reference to justification—“having now been justified in his blood”. We have been frequently confronted with the subject of justification in the earlier parts of the epistle. And it had been used uniformly of that forensic act of God by which we are declared to be righteous and accepted as such with God, the justification inseparable from faith on the part of the subject. It is possible, however, that in this instance the term is used in a sense coordinate with the reconciliation of verses 10 and 11 and in that event applies not to actual justification by faith but to the objective ground established by the death of Christ. Paul uses the substantive derived from this same term in that sense in verse 18 of this chapter, as will be shown at that point. In Isaiah 53:11 it is distinctly possible that the word “justify” is used in this sense (cf. the appendix on Isa. 53:11, pp. 375 ff.). And the parallelism in verses 9 and 10 would create some presumption in favour of regarding justification in verse 9 as similar to reconciliation in verse 10. On this interpretation the blood of Christ would be construed as having in itself, objectively, a justifying effect and the justification in view would consist in the obedience and righteousness of Christ which is the ground of actual justification through faith. If, on the other hand, justification in this instance is interpreted in the sense which is all but uniform in Paul, then what the apostle has in mind is our actual justification viewed as taking place through the blood of Christ; it comes to us in Jesus’ blood, and the latter is the ground of our justification. It is Jesus’ blood that secures our justification and it comes to us in the sprinkling of his blood. On either alternative the blood of Christ is stated to have efficacy and virtue in reference to that which is the cardinal doctrine of this epistle. Justification is strictly forensic in its nature and therefore the blood of Christ, whether viewed as constituting justification or as laying the ground for our justification, must be interpreted as having forensic efficacy. Thus it is impossible not to define the efficacy and virtue of Jesus’ blood in forensic categories. For here it is directly related to what is specifically and only forensic. This is not a category suddenly thrust forward by the apostle; it was already implicit in 3:25, 26.

The main thought of verse 9 is, however, in the conclusion that is to be drawn from the foregoing—“how much more … shall we be saved through him from the wrath”. This refers to what will be true in the future as compared with what is true now in the present. Now we are justified—accepted with God as righteous and therefore at peace with God. And this guarantees future salvation. What is the salvation in view? “The wrath” spoken of indicates the answer. The wrath is the wrath that will be dispensed to the ungodly at the day of judgment, the eschatological wrath (2:5, 8; 1 Thess. 1:10; 5:9; cf. Matt. 3:7; Rev. 6:16, 17; 11:18). And the assurance to be derived from a present justification—whether viewed as the justification which consists in the blood of Christ or as the justification secured by that blood—is that no wrath is reserved for the justified at the judgment seat. Justification is the opposite of condemnation and since justification is complete and irrevocable there is no condemnation reserved for those who are in Christ Jesus (cf. 8:1). It is symptomatic of the confidence expressed in verses 2 and 5 in reference to the hope of the glory of God that the apostle should now explicate another aspect of that hope, namely, the assurance of deliverance from that which epitomizes the displeasure of God and alienation from him. It was not irrelevant for the apostle to speak in terms of negation as well as affirmation. The hope of glory is negative as well as positive. In order to be positive it must be negative of all that sin entails. In order to be salvation to it must be salvation from. And nothing sums up this “from” more significantly than the concept of the wrath of God. It was a virile conception of God that the apostle entertained and, because so, it was one that took account of the terror of God’s wrath. Salvation from the future exhibition of that terror was an ingredient of the hope of glory.

Verse 10 introduces new elements of truth to reinforce this confidence or at least new aspects of the same truth to inform and establish this confidence. “For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, how much more, being reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.” The analysis of this text requires us to take note of the import of the various expressions.

(1) “While we were enemies”—the word “enemies” should be understood passively, not actively. That is to say, it does not refer to our active enmity against God but to God’s holy hostility to and alienation from us. The word is used in this sense in 11:28 to denote the alienation from the favour of God to which Israel had been subjected. It is contrasted in this latter instance with “beloved”, and “beloved” means, obviously, beloved of God, not the love of Israel to God. Hence “enemies” refers to an hostility of which God is the agent and means the alienation to which Israel had been subjected in God’s judgment. Furthermore, in 11:28 the sense of active hostility to God is not appropriate to the context. The context is dealing with the dispensations of God to Israel. Likewise in 5:10 it is this meaning that is appropriate to the context. What is in view is the alienation from God and the fact that the reconciliation took place when we were in a state of alienation.

(2) “We were reconciled to God.” This might suggest to us that what is contemplated in the reconciliation is the removal of our enmity against God. This is not so; it is rather the removal of God’s alienation from us. If we dissociate from the word “enmity” in this case all that is malignant and malicious, it means the removal of God’s holy enmity against us. Only such an interpretation will satisfy the thought. (a) “Reconciled to God through the death of his Son” is parallel to “being justified now in his blood” in verse 9. The latter, as was noted above, is strictly forensic. Hence “reconciled” must also be forensic in character. But the removal of our enmity, whether viewed as an act of God or an act of ours, is not forensic in its nature; it is ethical in contrast with what is forensic. This consideration of itself is sufficient to show that the reconciliation must be interpreted in forensic terms. Otherwise the parallel would break down. (b) Reconciliation is viewed as something accomplished once for all in the death of the Son of God. But the removal of our enmity to God cannot be regarded as something accomplished once for all in the historic past. (c) In verse 11 we are said to receive the reconciliation. This form of statement is not suited to the notion of the removal of our enmity. The removal of our enmity, however it is construed, refers to a subjective transformation, whereas receiving the reconciliation implies, as Sanday and Headlam observe, “that the reconciliation comes to man from the side of God”. It is a gift received and this concept is entirely appropriate to the thought that reconciliation is a status established, a standing secured by gracious bestowment on God’s part. (d) This concept of reconciliation is in agreement with what stands in the forefront at the beginning of this passage, namely, peace with God as the grace into which we have been introduced and in which we stand. Peace with God is the status of favour resultant upon the removal of our alienation from God. The reconciliation, viewed as the removal of God’s alienation from us, is correlative with peace with God; it is the ground upon which the latter rests. (e) The emphasis of the more immediate context upon the love of God and the proof afforded by the death of Christ gives the whole passage an orientation which reconciliation, interpreted as above, carries on and climaxes, whereas a subjective interpretation interferes with this direction of thought and is not in agreement with the governing thought of the passage.

(3) “The death of his Son”—the title “Son”, appearing now for the first time since the introduction (1:3, 9), draws our attention to some highly relevant considerations. (a) The person of the Godhead specifically in view as the one to whom we are reconciled is the Father. This follows from the fact that the title “God” in this verse refers to the person with respect to whom Christ can be called “his Son”, and only of the Father can Christ be called the Son. (b) The title “God” therefore in verse 8 must also have the Father specifically in mind. Hence it is the Father who commends his love towards us. And the same holds true for verse 5—it is specifically the love of the Father that is shed abroad in our hearts. (c) That we are reconciled to the Father and that it is the love of the Father that is commended to us guards against any supposition to the effect that the Father’s love is constrained by the reconciliation, as also against the thought of incompatibility between love as antecedent and reconciliation as consequent. The simple lesson is that the Father loves and is also reconciled. And the reconciliation is one of the ways in which the intent and effect of the death of Christ, as the supreme proof of the Father’s love, are to be interpreted—reconciliation demonstrates the love of the Father. (d) That the death of Christ is the death of God’s own Son shows how the death in question can be the demonstration of God’s love—the intimacy of relation expressed in the title “Son” exhibits the marvel of the Father’s love to sinners. How unspeakable must this love be when it was “the Son” who died to make good its urge and aim! And what exigencies were involved when the Father gave his Son to die!

(4) “Reconciled … through the death of his Son”—it is the death of Christ that is set forth as the reconciling action and therefore as that which removed the alienation and secured instatement in the favour of God. The death of Christ is synonymous with the blood of Christ. Hence the apostle has provided us with a new category in terms of which we are to interpret the significance of Jesus’ shed blood. These various categories have their own distinguishing features because they take into account the multiform aspects of our need and the manifoldness of the divine provision to meet these needs. Reconciliation has as its background our alienation from God and it must be interpreted in the perspective of that exigency.

(5) “We shall be saved by his life.” The life of Christ referred to here is not what we often speak of as the life of Christ, his sojourn in this world in the days of his flesh. It is the resurrection life of Christ. There lies back of the expression an implied contrast between the death of Christ and his resurrection (cf. 4:25). It is not simply the resurrection as an event that is in view, however. Paul does not say, we shall be saved by his resurrection, but “by his life”, and therefore it is the exalted life of the Redeemer that is intended. The resurrection is in the background as conditioning the exaltation life. Since the clause in question is parallel to that in verse 9—“we shall be saved through him from the wrath”—and since the latter has eschatological reference, it is likely that the salvation here envisaged is also eschatological. On that assumption the guarantee of the final and consummated salvation is the exaltation life of Christ. This is a more embracive way of expressing the truth that the guarantee of the believer’s resurrection is the resurrection of Christ (cf. 1 Cor. 15:20–24).

The a fortiori argument of the apostle is thus apparent. It is to the effect that if, when we were in a state of alienation from God, God showed his love to such an extent that he reconciled us to himself and instated us in his favour through the death of his own Son, how much more, when this alienation is removed and we are instated in his favour, shall the exaltation life of Christ insure our being saved to the uttermost. It would be a violation of the wisdom, goodness, and faithfulness of God to suppose that he would have done the greater and fail in the lesser. This argument also shows the indissoluble connection that there is between the death and resurrection of Christ and that since these may never be dissociated so the benefits accruing from the one may never be severed from those accruing from the other. It is a frequent emphasis of Paul (cf. 6:3–5; 2 Cor. 5:14, 15; Eph. 2:4–7; Col. 3:3, 4). Hence those who are the beneficiaries of Jesus’ death must also be the beneficiaries of all that is entailed in his resurrection life. In this passage this is viewed from the aspect of reconciliation by Jesus’ death and the corresponding guarantee for the future.[4]


9, 10. Since, then, we have now been justified by his blood, we shall much more be saved through him from (God’s) wrath. For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!

The relation between verses 9, 10 and the immediately preceding context is as follows:

We will not be disappointed in our hope, for, in Christ, God loves us so deeply that the Savior died for us while we were still sinners. If, then, we were justified by that death—or that blood—of Christ, much more shall we be saved from any future outpouring of God’s wrath.

Now the details:

  • Verses 9 and 10 run parallel. The first concerns our legal standing with God; the second, our personal relationship to him. Each of the two statements is in the form of an a fortiori argument: if God did the greater, will he not even more readily do the lesser?
  • “justified by his blood.”

The demands of God’s justice must be satisfied. See Isa. 1:27; 53:5; Rom. 8:4. Here in Rom. 5:9, as in 3:24, the relation between justification and Christ’s death is indicated: our justification required Christ’s eternal (not in time but in quality) death (cf. Luke 24:26, 27). In 4:25, on the other hand, the relation described is that between justification and Christ’s resurrection.

Blood points to sacrifice, offering. For more on Christ’s death as an offering, a voluntary sacrifice, see such passages as Isa. 53:7, 10, 12; John 10:11, 15; 1 Peter 2:21–24.

  • “saved through him from God’s wrath.”

For this divine wrath see on Rom. 1:18. The deliverance from this wrath, by Christ’s mediatorial work, and therefore by Christ himself, refers to our not having to endure the outpouring of the divine vengeance on the day of the final judgment. See 1 Thess. 1:10; 5:9; 2 Thess. 1:5–10.

  • “… if, while we were enemies …”

The word enemies must be understood in the passive sense: so regarded by God, because as yet we had not been reconciled to him.

  • “… we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son.”

Believers are those who, by God’s grace, have attained a standing of righteousness in relation to God’s holy law; in other words, they have been justified. God’s law no longer condemns them. But not only is this true. What is now added is that God also loves them. His heart goes out to them. He has made friends of enemies.

It should be emphasized that reconciliation—as well as justification—is a divine act. It is God, not man, who brings about reconciliation, the change from enmity to friendship.

However, just as it is true that justification requires faith on man’s part—God-imparted and God-sustained faith, to be sure, but human faith nevertheless—so also reconciliation requires obedience on man’s part. Here too it is true that such obedience is God’s gift. Nonetheless, it is man who obeys the exhortation, “Be reconciled with God” (2 Cor. 5:10). God’s relation to man is not the same as that of a carpenter to the block of wood to which he is applying his skill, nor does it resemble the ventriloquist’s relation to his dummy.

Preachers are in danger of becoming onesided, unbalanced. There are those who stress divine initiative and action at the expense of human responsibility and action. There are also those who do the very opposite. Scripture avoids both extremes. The right view is found in such passages as Phil. 2:12, 13; 2 Thess. 2:13. See also Luke 22:22; Acts 2:23.

  • “… saved through his life”

It is the resurrected, living, and exalted Son of God who, through his Spirit, carries to completion in our hearts and lives the work of salvation.

  • “much more … much more”

If God justifies and reconciles to himself enemies, he will certainly save friends.[5]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1991). Romans (Vol. 1, pp. 286–287). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Boice, J. M. (1991–). Romans: The Reign of Grace (Vol. 2, pp. 543–550). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

[3] Moo, D. J. (1996). The Epistle to the Romans (pp. 309–312). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[4] Murray, J. (1968). The Epistle to the Romans (Vol. 1, pp. 169–175). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, U.K.: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[5] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of Paul’s Epistle to the Romans (Vol. 12–13, pp. 173–175). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

Devastating 30-Year-Old Video Shows Biden Being Caught Repeatedly Lying for 5 Minutes Straight | The Federalist Papers by Carmine Sabia, The Western Journal

Former Vice President Joe Biden is facing many issues in his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, including the dealings of his son Hunter Biden in Ukraine. And now he is looking at another scandal.

It is an old scandal, one that knocked him out of the 1988 presidential race, but it has reared its head again and it appears to show he is a stone-cold liar.

A video from 1987 shared by progressive activist and rabble-rouser Shaun King shows the then-senator during his first presidential campaign plagiarizing other liberal thought leaders.

The first part of an old news report highlights how Biden appeared to use the exact words of Neil Kinnock, a British Labour Party leader.

Comparing the speeches, it is tough to imagine that these two men had the exact same thoughts.

And since Kinnock made his speech before Biden made his, there is no way the Labour Party leader was the plagiarizer.

In fact, Biden admits to using Kinnock’s words in a later clip included in the video.

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“Why am I the first Kinnock in a thousand generations to be able to get to university? Why is Glenys [Kinnock’s wife] the first woman in her family in a thousand generations to be able to get to university? Was it because all our predecessors were thick?” Kinnock said in a 1987 campaign speech and commercial, according to The New York Times.

“Did they lack talent? Those people who could sing and play and recite and write poetry? Those people who could make wonderful beautiful things with their hands? Those people who could dream dreams, see visions? Why didn’t they get it? Was it because they were weak? Those people who could work eight hours underground and then come up and play football? Weak?” he continued in the speech.

“Does anybody really think that they didn’t get what we had because they didn’t have the talent or the strength or the endurance or the commitment? Of course not. It was because there was no platform upon which they could stand.”

Now take a look at Biden’s speech — the one he presumably wanted the audience to believe he thought about on that very same day.

“I started thinking as I was coming over here, why is it that Joe Biden is the first in his family ever to go to a university? Why is it that my wife who is sitting out there in the audience is the first in her family to ever go to college? Is it because our fathers and mothers were not bright? Is it because I’m the first Biden in a thousand generations to get a college and a graduate degree that I was smarter than the rest?” Biden said during a speech at the 1987 Iowa State Fair.

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“Those same people who read poetry and wrote poetry and taught me how to sing verse? Is it because they didn’t work hard? My ancestors, who worked in the coal mines of Northeast Pennsylvania and would come up after 12 hours and play football for four hours?” he said.

“No, it’s not because they weren’t as smart. It’s not because they didn’t work as hard. It’s because they didn’t have a platform upon which to stand,” he said.

The video goes on to show Biden appearing to copy a speech from Robert Kennedy describing things which, he said, the gross national product cannot measure, NBC reported.

“This standard is not a measure of how we can evaluate the condition of our society, it cannot measure the health of our children, the quality of our education, the joy of their play,” Biden said, according to NBC News.

Gosh, that is moving. Think about the children and their health and the joy of their play. Beautiful words. But not original.

“The gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play,” Kennedy said on March 18, 1968.

Later in King’s clip, Biden admits to plagiarizing five pages from someone else when he was in law school without accreditation.

And in the last clip of the video, the former VP claims that he went “to law school on a full academic scholarship,” “ended up in the top half my class” and was the “outstanding student” in the political science department. He also claimed to have graduated with three degrees.

The entire thing was a lie, as he later admitted he did not graduate in the top half of his class, was not named outstanding student and did not attain three degrees.

He went to school on a half scholarship, graduated near the bottom of his class (ranking 76 out of 85) and got only one degree, newscasters relate in the clip.

“I’ve done some dumb things and I’ll do dumb things again,” Biden said at the time. The truest words he has ever spoken.

This is who Biden is: a man who will say and do anything to get elected. And you don’t have to believe us. Just listen to his own words.

Source: Devastating 30-Year-Old Video Shows Biden Being Caught Repeatedly Lying for 5 Minutes Straight

Lauren Daigle and the Fruit of ‘Losing Her Religion’ — Christian Research Network

“She took her personal dream of stardom and attributed it to God.  There is much danger in this kind of mystical dream interpretation. It may have come to pass, but God does not affirm pursuit of the praise of men and I cannot say this is anything more than her pursuit of a personal desire.”

(Laura M) “It would be a sad dishonor for a child of God to be the world’s favorite. It is a very bad sign to hear a wicked world clap its hands and shout, “Well done!” to the Christian…Far be it from us to seek a crown of honor where the Lord found a crown of thorns.”  CH Spurgeon

Lauren Daigle is a 28 year old Grammy award winner. In her short career she has won many awards, secular and ChristianShe has four number one songs to date and many more at the top of the billboard charts….

She has over 1 million Facebook followers, and an abundance of world tour dates that she alone headlines.  Her Look Up Child  album just reached double platinumShe is wildly popular in the church and on Christian radio stations.

The secular world is now also paying attention. What have they learned? This is an interview with Billboard.com 

“’My home church is right here,’ [Lauren] says, gesturing toward the stage. ‘It’s right here, every night.’”

“Daigle doesn’t preach, onstage or off. In between songs at the show, she told goofy stories — like one about her misadventures in physical therapy — but never mentioned Jesus.” 

That one interview said a lot –no church, means no pastor, no teaching, no growing…no obedience.

Sure, she is fun and cool and trendy and sincere in her desire to use her talents, but is that enough to be labeled a Christian artist? Even she does not want to be described that way, having determined to drop the word “Christian”. Yet, Christians have her at the top of their “worship” playlists.

Should we consider her as purely secular entertainment? Christian words and a great voice filled with sincerity do not make worship acceptable before God.

“When we talk about worship, we’re talking about something very specific, very objective, revelatory, unfolded for us on the pages of Scripture. It is not private, it is not personal in the sense that you define it yourself. It doesn’t rise out of your intuition. It doesn’t rise out of your experience. It doesn’t rise out of your imagination. It isn’t the invention from your own mind of what you want it to be. True worship is simply treating God in the way that God has commanded us to treat Him. That’s what it is.” The Kind of Worship God Desires, John MacArthur

We should have a great concern about the platform and influence that many so called “worship leaders” have in the church today.  Many Christians incorrectly assume that if the words are not heretical and make them “feel” good, it must be acceptable worship. Lauren Daigle is growing in her platform and influence and we should take a discerning look at whether this is a wise choice for Christians. Is the fruit of Lauren’s “Religion” good or bad? View article →

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Arab League rejects Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ at Cairo summit with Abbas | RT – Daily news

The Arab League has shot down US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan, saying it would not lead to a just peace between Israel and Palestine. The deal has already been rejected by the Palestinian side.

League members met in Cairo on Saturday to discuss the deal, touted by Trump as the “deal of the century,” and a realistic roadmap to peace between Israel and Palestine. Speaking at the meeting, Palestinian President Mahmood Abbas announced he would cut all ties with the US and Israel over the plan, and would not go down in history as the person who “sold out Jerusalem.”

After “studying the American position carefully,” the Arab League sided with Abbas and issued a unanimous rejection of the plan on Saturday. In a joint communique, officials from the 22 member states said the deal would not lead to a just peace between both sides, and the league will not cooperate with the US to implement it.

Under the terms of the deal, Israel’s settlements in the occupied West Bank would be legitimized, and the Jewish state would annex vast swathes of fertile Palestinian land. While the plan provides for a sovereign Palestinian state, its capital would be located outside East Jerusalem, and its security and border policy would be decided by Israel.

Also on rt.com

Palestine ‘cutting all ties’ with US and Israel over Trump’s ‘deal of the century – Abbas

Furthermore, the plan recognizes the entirety of Jerusalem, including the holy sites on Temple Mount, as Israeli property. Jerusalem is claimed as a capital city by both Israel and Palestine, and by ceding the city to Israel, the Trump administration likely anticipated its rejection by Abbas and the Arabs.

The emergency meeting was called in order to define a unified Arab world position in response to the ‘deal of the century,’ the League’s deputy chair, Hossam Zaki, told RT Arabic.

“This position will be obligatory for every [member state],” Zaki stressed.

Zaki believes that the terms of the American proposal are absolutely unfair to Palestinians.

Roughly one third of the current [Palestinian] territory is supposed to go to Israel. In return Israel may give the Palestinians some 14 percent of desert land – in exchange for the fertile lands and water sources in the West Bank. That’s unfair to the Palestinian side.

Source: Arab League rejects Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ at Cairo summit with Abbas

Palestine ‘cutting all ties’ with US and Israel over Trump’s ‘deal of the century – Abbas | RT – Daily news

The Palestinian Authority is cutting all ties with the US and Israel, President Mahmoud Abbas announced during a furious speech at the Arab League emergency session on the so-called “deal of the century” proposed by Donald Trump.

The Arab League convened on Saturday in Egypt’s capital Cairo to discuss the plan unveiled this week by the US president, which would see Israeli annexation of much of the occupied Palestinian land. The deal was touted as a realistic roadmap to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict, but the Palestinians and their allies rejected it.

Also on rt.com

Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ is about ignoring Palestinian rights & legitimizing Israel’s occupation – Turkish President Erdogan

The Arab League convened on Saturday in Egypt’s capital Cairo to discuss the plan unveiled this week by the US President, which would see annexation by Israel of much of the occupied Palestinian land. The deal was touted as a realistic roadmap to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict, but the Palestinians and their allies rejected it.

In his speech before other members Abbas criticized US President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He reiterated that PA will not accept the deal, saying he will not go down in history as the person who “sold out Jerusalem” and announced cutting of ties with both nations.

Earlier the Arab League’s head, Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, Palestinian response to the proposed deal will be paramount to determining the collective position on the Arab world to it. He said the league considered the proposal “non-binding” and was concerned that it ignored the legitimate concerns of the Palestinians.

Source: Palestine ‘cutting all ties’ with US and Israel over Trump’s ‘deal of the century – Abbas

Top Weekly Stories from ChristianNews.net for 02/01/2020

Nearly 3,000-Year-Old Jar Unearthed in Israel Bears Biblical Name Meaning ‘Yahweh Has Built’   Jan 30, 2020 04:09 pm

Photo Credit: Azusa Pacific University METULA, Israel — Archaeologists with Azusa Pacific University in California have announced the discovery of a nearly 3,000-year-old broken jar bearing the inscription “lbnayo,” meaning “belonging to Benaiyo.” The name is the equivalent of the biblical Beniah, meaning “Yahweh has built.” “Such a discovery advances…

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Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden Claims: ‘Transgender Equality Is Civil Rights Issue of Our Time’   Jan 28, 2020 08:17 am

Photo Credit: Michael Stokes/Wikipedia Former vice president Joe Biden, who is currently campaigning for the presidency, posted to Twitter on Saturday that he believes “transgender equality is the civil rights issue of our time.” Biden has expressed his support for those who identify as the opposite sex, or who struggle with attraction toward the same sex, for…

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Woman Who Was Given Hormone Blockers as Teen Joins Landmark Legal Case Against UK Gender Clinic   Jan 25, 2020 03:14 pm

General stock photo. Photo Credit: Sam Pineda/Pexels (The Christian Institute) — Giving powerful drugs to children who are confused about their gender puts them on a “torturous” path, a former transsexual has warned as she joined a major legal action against the NHS. Keira Bell was given hormone blockers and cross-sex hormones when she a teenager, but has…

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Commercial Featuring ‘Drag Queens’ to Air During Super Bowl for First Time in History   Jan 29, 2020 12:10 pm

For the first time in history, drag queens will be broadcast into the homes of millions this year via a Sabra hummus commercial set to air during Super Bowl LIV. The drag performers, Maxwell Heller and Sang-Young Sin, who go by the stage names Miz Cracker and Kim Chi, were former contestants on RuPaul’s “Drag Race.” According to a Fandom Wiki page, Sin is…

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China to Roll Out New Religious Regulations   Jan 30, 2020 12:09 pm

BEIJING (ChinaAid) — The Chinese government will roll out new regulations on religion Saturday. These regulations, consisting of six chapters and 41 articles, will require religious leaders and organizations to display complete devotion to the Chinese Communist Party. Article 5 reads, “Religious organizations must spread the principles and policies of the…

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Spaniard Evangelicals Push Back After Education Minister Says it Is ‘Mistake’ to Think ‘Children Belong to Their Parents’   Jan 27, 2020 11:26 am

Photo Credit: Gobierno de Castilla-La Mancha/Wikipedia (Evangelical Focus) — The issue of sex education in state schools was at the center of a week-long political storm that started after Education Minister Isabel Celáa said in a press conference that “no one should commit the mistake of thinking that children belong to their parents.” In the first…

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‘We Stand Firm’: Detroit Police Chief Refuses Request to Stop Holding Academy Graduation at Churches   Jan 29, 2020 09:17 am

Photo Credit: Detroit Police Department/Facebook DETROIT — The police chief of Detroit, Michigan says he won’t agree to a request from the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) to cease holding police academy graduations at local churches. “We stand firm,” Chief James Craig told the Detroit News. “As an option, we’ll continue to use houses of worship for…

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Freedom From Religion Foundation Asks City in Illinois to Remove Cross From Tunnel Mural   Jan 27, 2020 07:46 pm

Effingham CrossPhoto Credit: FFRF EFFINGHAM, Ill. — The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has requested that a city in Illinois remove a cross from a mural painted on a tunnel on city-owned property. A “Let the Cross Stay” petition has consequently been launched in an effort to urge city council members to uphold the mural — a petition that has over…

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Officer Working Security During Church Service in Critical Condition After Responding to Area Robbery   Jan 28, 2020 09:39 am

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A police officer who was working security at a church in Alabama is in critical condition after responding to a robbery in the neighborhood and being shot by a teenager. According to reports, narcotics detective John Finke was off duty on Sunday morning and was assisting with security at Church of the Highlands in Birmingham when a call came in…

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Appeals Court Rules Birth Certificates May Include Lesbian ‘Spouse’ of Women Who Conceive Via Sperm Donor   Jan 28, 2020 04:11 pm

CHICAGO — The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court injunction in favor of two lesbian women who sued as one of them was prohibited by the State of Indiana from being listed on the birth certificate as “mother #2” of a child conceived via a sperm donor. “The district court’s order requiring Indiana to recognize the children of these…

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Weekend Snapshot · Feb. 1, 2020 – Top Stories This Week

Americans Are Feeling Pretty Optimistic

As DC political hatred reaches an apex, the rest of the country is doing alright.


Impeachment Charade Almost Over?

Republicans have the votes to block new witnesses, which should lead to Trump’s immediate acquittal.


Topping My Impeachment Witness List: Adam Schiff

Schiff and his so-called “whistleblower” have scripted this entire inquisition.


What Impeachment? Trump Signs USMCA

This is a significant win for the president and for the American worker at a good time.


‘Deal of the Century’ With Israel and the Palestinians?

Trump and Netanyahu reveal a plan for peace. It is both generous and realistic.


Hispanic Vote May Be Key to Trump Victory

The president’s support among minorities might just shock a lot of Democrats.


Conservative Cities Better for Minority Students’ Education

The educational gap between white and minority students is highest in progressive cities.


‘Fairness’ Is No Substitute for Moral Obligation

Why Elizabeth Warren’s redistribution plan for forgive student loans is so very wrong.


The UK Steps Away

Brexit is finally happening today, as Great Britain leaves the European Union.


The Flu and You: Perspective and Preparedness

Your primary defense against such contagions is the capacity to shelter in place.



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February 1 The Interpreter: Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible

February 1.—Morning. [Or March 3.]
“We are not ignorant of Satan’s devices.”

Job 1:1–12

IT is the general opinion that Job flourished at some time between the age of Abraham and the time of Moses. It is probable that Moses wrote the sacred poem which records the discussion between Job and his friends. We shall therefore, in this place, consider his history, and gather a few gems from the remarkable book which bears his name.

There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; (he was but a plain “man” and not a noble, yet was he more noble than the nobles of his time.) And that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. (His character is given him by infallible inspiration, and surely no man could win a better. His life was well balanced and displayed all the virtues, both towards God and towards man.)

And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.

His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.

So that a rich man may be a good man, and though “gold and the gospel seldom do agree,” yet it may happen that a man of substance may also have substance in heaven. Job was gracious in prosperity, and therefore was sustained in adversity.

And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them. (Probably they celebrated their birthdays in this happy and united manner. It is a great happiness to see brothers and sisters knit together in love.)

And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually. (He did not forbid their festivals, for they were not in themselves sinful, but knowing how prone men are to forget their God, if not themselves, when in the house of feasting, he was anxious to remove any spot which might remain. It is to be feared that few parents are as careful as Job was in his matter.)

¶ Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them.

To do this he need not be in heaven. God’s assembly room includes all space. What impudence it was on Satan’s part to come before God! What equal impudence when hypocrites pretend to worship the Most High.

And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

He is a busy itinerant. He is never idle.

And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?

Satan reflects carefully and acts craftily. He had “considered” Job, and watched him narrowly.

Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?

10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. (And why not? If Job had been poor and wretched, Satan would have said that the Lord paid his servants wretched wages.)

11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. (A cruel insinuation, but Satan was measuring Job’s corn with his own bushel.)

12 And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.

The Lord intended to glorify himself, to further perfect the character of Job, and to furnish his church with a grand example. Hence his challenge to the arch-enemy. Satan went off upon his errand willingly enough, but lie little dreamed of the defeat which awaited him.

Hast Thou protected me thus far,

To leave me in this dangerous hour?

Shall Satan be allow’d to mar

Thy work, or to resist Thy power?

Oh never wilt Thou leave the soul

That flies for refuge to Thy breast!

Thy love, which once hath made me whole,

Shall guide me to eternal rest.

February 1.—Evening. [Or March 4.]
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous.”

Job 1:13–22

AND there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house:

Satan was crafty in his selection of the time. When troubles come upon us at seasons of rejoicing they have a double bitterness. The brightness of the morning of that memorable day made the darkness of the night all the darker.

14 And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them:

15 And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

Job did not lose his property through neglect of business, the oxen were plowing, and the asses were not left to go astray: this proves that all our care and diligence cannot preserve our substance to us unless the Lord is the keeper thereof. To lose the oxen which plowed his fields, and the asses which carried his burdens was no small calamity, yet we do not find the man of God uttering one word of complaint. Some would have been in a sad way if but one ox had died.

16 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

The trial increased in intensity, for the hand of God was more directly to be seen in it, and this would keenly wound the holy soul of Job. Moreover, an eastern’s wealth lies mainly in his flocks, and therefore the bulk of Job’s property was gone at a blow; yet he murmured not. Some professors of religion would have grievously fretted, if but one lamb had perished.

17 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

How dolefully each messenger finishes his tidings. Satan knows how to drum a mournful truth into a man’s ears, and weary his heart with the reiteration. Three companies of servants had thus been destroyed, and the last relics of his live stock, yet not a word did he say. His heart was so fixed in God, that he was not afraid of evil tidings. What an example for us!

18 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house:

19 And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. (This was a home-thrust indeed. This would stir the man if anything would. Great reasoners make the lesser arguments lead up to the greater, so here the arch-enemy weakens Job with the lesser afflictions, and then comes to his heaviest assaults. To lose his whole family at once, was heart-breaking work, yet did not his faith fail.)

20, 21 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. (Now indeed was Job great. Surely no man, besides the Son of Man in Gethsemane, ever rose to a greater height of resignation. Instead of cursing God, as Satan said he would, he blesses the Lord with all his heart. How thoroughly beaten the evil spirit must have felt. May the Holy Spirit help each one of us to triumph over him in like manner. Neither in his heart, nor in his speech did he offend. He was taught the sacred wisdom of resignation, and in nothing was he displeased with his God.)

22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly. (Grace made him more than a conqueror over Satan.)

’Tis God that lifts our comforts high,

Or sinks them in the grave,

He gives, and (blessed be his name!)

He takes but what he gave.

Peace, all our angry passions then,

Let each rebellious sigh

Be silent at his sov’reign will,

And every murmur die.[1]

 

[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1964). The Interpreter: Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible (pp. 63–64). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

February 1 Rest in Jesus

John 16:33

In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

When we don’t know how this is all going to work out, we have to hold tightly to the Lord Jesus Christ Himself and rest in Him. That’s the message we often find in the New Testament.

In John 16:33 Jesus said to His disciples, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Jesus had been talking about His future death, but then He said, “Don’t get caught up in that. Make sure in the midst of these tumultuous times your trust is in Me.”

When we go through a tough time, if we’ve spent any time at all in the Word of God, that tough time is like a magnet that draws us to the Lord Jesus. Nothing will happen in the future that will catch Jesus Christ by surprise. And there’s nothing that will happen that He can’t help His children work through.

So rather than spending our time trying to figure out the nuances of what will happen, we should spend at least as much time getting to know Him better.[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 34). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

February 1 Thoughts for the quiet hour

Continue in prayer

Col. 4:2

Dost thou want nothing? Then I fear thou dost not know thy poverty. Hast thou no mercy to ask of God? Then may the Lord’s mercy show thee thy misery. A prayerless soul is a Christless soul. Prayer is the lisping of the believing infant, the shout of the fighting believer, the requiem of the dying saint falling asleep in Jesus.

Spurgeon[1]

 

[1] Hardman, S. G., & Moody, D. L. (1997). Thoughts for the quiet hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing.

Excel in the Grace of Giving — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

“… see that you also excel in this grace of giving.” 2 Corinthians 8:7

What kind of return are you getting on that investment?” “How are you going to get your down payment?” “What interest rate do you get?”

These concerns are part of life and we need to be aware of them. Yet they seem in such contrast to what God’s wisdom says.

Excelling in the grace of giving means so much more than the concern of material goods.

Watch for opportunities throughout the busyness of your day to invite God to work through you!

•    Give compassion today to someone who is troubled over family concerns.

•    Give time to a family member this evening. Look him/her in the eye and really hear what is being said.

•    Give forgiveness to someone who didn’t even realize the hurtful comments they carelessly said.

•    Give encouragement to someone who was feeling frustrated today.

Looking for places to give throughout your day will bring you contentment and a measure of fulfillment that will surprise you. God gives His grace to you and you, in turn, pass it out.

Today why not look for the places you can excel in the grace of giving. If you feel tired and discouraged yourself, go first to God and ask for His grace to strengthen you and to give you grace that you can pass out to those you encounter. You will be surprised at the extra dimension it adds to your day! God wants to use you where you are today to pass out His grace. Excel in it!

Heavenly Father, I ask You to show me how I can give out grace in the situations around me today. Help me to see the opportunities You provide to give out kindness, forgiveness, compassion, a gentle response, a listening ear or time to just be with someone. Thank you that You are my source and will give me what I need to pass on to others. Father, help me today to see my environment as one You want to penetrate with Your grace. Help me to excel in the grace of giving today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

By Gail Rodgers
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Encourage One Another — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

“Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” Hebrews 3:13

Thought

How serious are we about sin? The Bible reminds us how seriously God views it. The power of sin to entice us, entrap us, and ultimately engulf us in its power can be offset by loving Christian friends who encourage each other daily.

Prayer

Father, I know sin’s power is deceptive. Help me see those who need my encouragement today, so that together, we can help each other escape sin’s traps. In the name of Jesus, who withstood all of Satan’s tests, I pray. Amen.

By Phil Ware
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Saturday Selections – February 1, 2020 — Reformed Perspective

World’s largest pro-life march, in 60 seconds

This past week hundreds of thousands came to march in Washington D.C. to highlight the need to protect the unborn. May God bless these efforts on their behalf.

Roger Scruton on beauty

Philosopher Roger Scruton (1944-2020) was a favorite among many Christians, though he was not one himself, disputing the resurrection. But in the same way that Jordan Peterson gets many things right because, even in his unbelief, he takes much of the Bible seriously (and more seriously than many self-professed Christians) so too Scruton has some valuable insights on art that are discussed here.

3 ways boys can benefit by reading “girl books”

“Reading about women will not lift the veil and reveal all the mystery that women will always have for the young man. It can, however, help a young man know the difference, to borrow characters from Pride and Prejudice, between an ‘Elizabeth’ and a ‘Lydia.’ If it helps in this way, it is worth so much.”

Sesame Street pushing an agenda

Billy Porter, a cross-dressing LGBT activist, will make an appearance on the upcoming 51st season of the children’s show.

Free Documentary: By what standard?

The Southern Baptist Convention is a large American denomination with a Calvinist leaning, it is the home of Albert Mohler and also Beth Moore, and it has been wrestling with the issues of complementarianism, social justice, and also something called “Critical Race Theory.” This 2-hour documentary certainly isn’t for everyone, but it is eye-opening in showing how troubling worldviews can sneak into the Church via the best of intentions.

CNN helps Christian satire site grow… (5 minutes)

It’s amusing to see how attacks by Snopes.com and CNN have only helped the Christian satire site Babylon Bee grow. It’s also instructive to watch how Babylon Bee enters the fray. Christians needn’t be fearful – after all, we know God has already won! – so we can contend with a spirit of joy. This is what winsome looks like.

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Introduction to the month of February – Aleph (1): Torah — Reformed Perspective

Psalm 119 is special in several ways.

It is the longest chapter in the Bible, containing 176 verses. How often we like to joke about its length! All joking aside, we readily admit this chapter in the book of Psalms is a treasure trove in itself. It is a song in honor and praise of God’s Word, the law.

Psalm 119 is also an acrostic. That means each section or stanza in this psalm starts with the next letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Since there are 22 letters, there are 22 stanzas, each containing eight verses. Even more amazing, each of the eight verses within a stanza begins with that same letter! Psalm 119 is an alphabet of prayers and praise about God’s Word. It is made clear in our English translation when each section is headed by the next Hebrew letter spelled out: Aleph, Beth, Gimel, Daleth, etc. Believe it or not, the purpose for this acrostic was to aid memorization! Memorizing, in turn, allows a person to meditate on God’s Word.

As there are 29 days in February this year, we hope to cover each section day by day, dividing some up to bring us to the total of 29 devotions. My prayer is that through this month we, as God’s covenant children, will all the more come to appreciate, value and love the wonderful truths of God’s law for our lives.

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“Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD!” – Psalm 119:1

Scripture reading: Psalm 119

Psalm 119 is about the Torah, which means “teaching” or “directing”. In verse 1 it is “the law.” The Bible is not merely given for our knowledge and interest, but also for our instruction and obedience. James 1:25 says, “But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.” In the remaining 175 verses (except for five) we find the term torah or one of seven synonyms. In almost every stanza, each having eight verses, these eight different words for law are found.

The acrostic form (see introduction) and the use of these eight torah words throughout the Psalm form the framework for an elaborate prayer. The chief aim of the psalmist is to ask God to fill his heart with a love for His law, to fill his mind with the truth of its instruction and to help him so he delightfully obeys it to the glory of God his Saviour.

One tradition states that King David used this psalm to teach his young son Solomon the alphabet. If true, that was very clever of Dad! For then father David could also teach his son the alphabet of spiritual life! His son could learn the abc’s of daily prayer too, living for, and obedience of his heavenly Father. His son could come to know the God Who saves and delivers His people from the slavery of sin so that they may freely live for Him!

Suggestions for prayer

Ask God to fill your heart with a love for His law, to fill your mind with the truth of its instruction and to help you so that you delightfully obey God Who has saved you from your sins.

This daily devotional is available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional. Rev. James Slaa is pastor of the Smithers Canadian Reformed Church in British Columbia, Canada.

via Introduction to the month of February – Aleph (1): Torah — Reformed Perspective