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Romans – An Application of Chapter 1, Verses 2-4, Part 3

Doctrine 3: The power of God in the gospel, is miraculous in every respect (verses 3,4)

1) The incarnation of the Son of God in human flesh, is both miraculous and mysterious

The gospel message in and of itself is not some magical formula for spiritual fulfillment. Nor is it the promise of a happy life. What it is as a message is the good news of God’s Son, come to earth in the flesh. This amazing event was of course, proclaimed by the angelic host upon the natural birth of Jesus in Bethlehem (Luke 2:8-15). This was no ordinary birth, of no ordinary Person. It was nothing less, than the incarnation of God the Son in human form coming to birth, at that particular time and place in human history. This was such an amazing event that the entire heavenly host was shown to be in reverent display of it. The announcement of it alone to the shepherds in and of itself must have been surreal. Imagine being outside on a lonely night tending sheep, and suddenly, the sky is lit up in an awesome display of heavenly beings praising God and proclaiming the entrance of God’s Son into the world! Continue reading

Romans – An Application of Chapter 1, Verses 2-4, Part 2

Doctrine 2: The gospel promises are Divine, and not of human invention    (verse 2)

1) The message of God’s grace comes to us through men, chosen of God

The Christian faith and message came to the world at a time in human history that was replete with human philosophy and man-made religion. Prior to this, the truth of God was contained exclusively within the Jewish community. To the world this was a cult of religious zealots, intent on separation from all who were not of their fold. They despised the Gentile world and did not hesitate to make it known to them. The Christian faith on the other hand, though an offshoot of Judaism so to speak, was quite the opposite. It sought and succeeded in turning the world upside down in the proclamation of its message. This turned the world away from a relative indifference to the Jewish religion, to one of active animosity and hostility toward its evolution into the Christian religion. Since that time, the world has been dominated by the Christian message, which has succeeded in influencing entire cultures toward its cosmology. Continue reading

God’s Covenant, Part 13 – Covenant Promise(s)

B-The Eternal Covenant

Having viewed God’s Covenant in the broadest sense of the term in regard to the promise of salvation, we will now attempt to examine it further, and in greater detail. The approach we will take is to break the subject down into its several different parts. Once this is done, then each one can be examined in the light Scripture. By doing this, our view of the larger picture will develop into a clearer and fuller image. Continue reading

A Threefold Distinction in Justification

Preface

Several years back, a young man aspiring to the ministry visited the church I was temporarily attending on a couple of occasions. This man was taking studies at a well known, conservative Reformed Seminary down south. It was through a certain ministry based in northern New England that he was sent to us as an intern. This ministry concerns itself with training preachers in the art of expository preaching. So we actually had two different men, from two different schools in the region for the summer, both of them sent to us on a rotating basis. Continue reading