J.C.Ryle comments on Luke 7:36-50 a sense of having our sins forgiven is the mainspring and life-blood of love to Christ. This, beyond doubt, was the lesson which our Lord wished Simon the Pharisee to learn, when He told him the story of the two debtors. “One owed his creditor five hundred pence, and the other … More Forgiven much=love much
If he has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, charge that to my account. I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it—to say nothing of your owing me even your own self. —Philemon 18-19 John MacArthur, in “The Motives of One Who Forgives” But then notice what he says … More Accounting 101 in Philemon
Accordingly, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required, yet for love’s sake I prefer to appeal to you—I, Paul, an old man and now a prisoner also for Christ Jesus—I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I became in my imprisonment. —Philemon 1:8-10 … More Odd, out of sync, obtuse tangential little letter?
We learn from Mark 2:13-17 that Jesus is a physician. The Scribes and Pharisees complained that he was eating and drinking with sinners. But Jesus told them that those who are healthy don’t need a doctor, but the sick sure do. Here is J. C. Ryle: The Lord Jesus did not come into the world, … More What would Jesus prescribe?
If you are following the read-through-the-Bible plan with us, you have come to the end of Romans today.(or you will finish in the next five days of catch up time) John Piper closed his sermon series on Romans with a prayer. Here is the conclusion of that prayer, Jesus Christ in the Book of Romans, But … More Embracing the benefits of the cross
According to Dr. Sam Storms of Enjoying God Ministries, Psalm 51 has a special message for several groups of people. He introduces his article, When Mercy Scrubs Clean the Soul, like this: First, Psalm 51 is for those who have never come to grips with the horror of human sin and the magnitude of divine grace. Often … More When Mercy Scrubs Clean the Soul
So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. (Matthew 5:23-24 ESV) John Piper, in a sermon, “Getting Right with God … More So Far as It Depends on You
“In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found: for I will pardon them whom I reserve” (Jeremiah 50:20). Charles H Spurgeon, in “Faith’s Checkbook” A glorious word indeed! … More Spurgeon: Perfect pardon from our sin-annililating God!
Thus it was necessary for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these rites, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence … More If you love the mercy of God and admit the misery of your own condition, you will love this.
John Piper on Hebrews 9: So here we are in the modern age, the age of science, space travel—E-mail, heart transplants, instant replays, beepers, 911—and our problem is fundamentally the same as always: our consciences condemn us and make us feel unacceptable to God. We are alienated from God. We don’t feel good enough to … More When your conscience rises up and condemns you, where will you turn?