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While teaching my kids yesterday a biblical truth leaped at me.  A truth that I known before but for some reason it deepen my love for Christ yesterday.

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Note: This is a guest post since presently I am teaching overseas. This is by Jeff Chavez. His blog be found here.

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1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith: 2.3c

but distinguished by several peculiar relative properties and personal relations; which doctrine of the Trinity is the foundation of all our communion with God, and comfortable dependence on him.

1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith: 11:4

God did from all eternity decree to justify all the elect,11 and Christ did in the fullness of time die for their sins, and rise again for their justification; nevertheless, they are not justified personally, until the Holy Spirit in time does actually apply Christ to them.

From the 1689 London Baptist Confession and the Scriptures we know that the Triune God works together to accomplish the redemption of His people. Redemption fulfills the Father’s eternal plan. The redemption of God’s people is based on the Son’s perfect life and glorious work on the cross by shedding His blood. The Spirit powerfully applies Christ’s work of redemption.

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. (Ephesians 1:7-12 ESV)

The Trinitarian theology in the New Testament is a Christ–centered Trinitarianism.

Teaching: Christ’s redemptive work is the ground and center of the triune God’s perfect redemption. Christ saves His people chosen by the Father, through the regenerating work of the Spirit.

Let’s see today the Particularity, Power, Perfection, and Purpose of Redemption.

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A late post today since after my lectures last night I just couldn’t type up a post!  Ever have one of those days?

Charles H. Spurgeon. Free Will a Slave.  Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, December 3rd 2018. 18 pp.

4 out of 5

Free: Chapel Library

Purchase: Amazon (99 cents for Kindle)

In 2016 I read quite a number of works by the famous English preacher Charles Spurgeon and since then I have desired to read more of his work though sadly I haven’t been able to read any of his works until now in 2020.  This booklet is Spurgeon’s defense of Calvinism by responding to John 5:40 which some Arminians in his day thought it was “one of the great guns of the Arminians” which I’m quoting from Spurgeon in the opening sentences in his booklet.  What Spurgeon aim to show in this booklet is how John 5:40 is actually a support for Calvinism instead.

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Opening: We often think of God’s righteousness in two ways: as God treating the righteous righteously and punishing the unrighteous. But did you know there is a third way that God’s righteousness is expressed?

Purpose: In this session we shall explore three questions and one statement concerning what is the doctrine of forensic justification.

    1. What is Justification?
    2. Why we need God to declare us legally righteous? (2 Reasons)
    3. Why can’t we be justified by the law or works? (4 Reasons)
    4. God declare us legally righteous because of the works of Christ

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Purpose: In this lesson shall explore five points that would help us better understand the atonement that Christ made to save us from our sins so that we would worship Him and love Him more.

  1. What is the meaning of atonement?
  2. Christ saves us by his death
  3. Christ died as our substitute
  4. What motivated God to plan the Atonement?
  5. Seven fruits of Christ’s Atonement

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If you haven’t followed Fran’s blog “God’s Grace ~ God’s Glory!” yet you should.  Fran’s site feature biblical posts and she’s also authored Christian books.

I have written a guest post on her site titled “Words of Life: BLOOD” which is a word study on the word “Blood” and it rich theme pointing to aspects of our salvation as taught in Scripture.  Check it out!

 

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In continuing with our blog’s “wee-kids Wednesdays” here’s a review of a Christian Children’s book.   I got this book after I recently finished Bible Infographics for Kids Volume 2 with my kids.

Harvest House Bible Inforgraphics Team. Bible Infographics for Kids Volume 2.  Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, May 8th 2018.  48 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

I got this book after first reading volume 2 of Bible infographics for kids.  The second volume was so good that I thought I should buy the first volume.  The book certainly met my expectation.  This is a fun and informative book that kids will enjoy and they will learn from it about the Bible and what the Bible teaches through its many pictures, graph and charts.  Harvest House Publishers did a good job with this one!

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In continuing with our blog’s “wee-kids Wednesdays” here’s a review of a Christian Children’s book.  This book just came out last week and its currently #1 in Amazon’s category of New Release for Children’s Bible study.  At this moment it is relatively reasonable in its price too!

 

Harvest House Bible Inforgraphics Team. Bible Infographics for Kids Volume 2.  Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, May 7th 2019.  56 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This is a fun and informative book for kids concerning the Bible published by Harvest House Publishers.  I went through this book together with my kids at night and they enjoyed the pictures, graph and facts.  The details include truths that are more like “fun facts” but at times there were some very good instruction concerning more weighty matters that was extremely helpful.  The artwork is well done and really reinforce the content being taught.  After reading this volume I’m considering getting volume 1 which is my vote of approval for this book.

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In continuing with our blog’s “wee-kids Wednesdays” here’s a review of a Christian Children’s book.

Ken Ham and Cindy Malott. Answers Book for Kids Volume 3: God and the Bible.  Green Forest, AK: Master Books, March 27th 2009. 48 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Out of the first four volume in the Answers Book for Kids series by Ken Ham this is probably my favorite one thus far, exceeding my delight of the third volume.  A big reason is the topic of book four: Sin, Salvation and the Christian life.  These themes are related to the Gospel and one can never go wrong with going over the Gospel to one’s children!

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I haven’t recently have these kinds of post that puts things into bite size memorable ditties but I thought it’s good to post one with the start of a new year.

Salvation is by God’s grace alone and not by our works.  Here’s a little rhyme to drive the point home:

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Stephen Smallman. What is True Conversion?  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, February 18th 2005.  32 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

As a Pastor I regularly keep my eye out not only for large academic work but also smaller practical booklets for a lay audience that would be beneficial for discipleship and biblical counseling.  I picked up this booklet, What is True Conversion? with that in mind and I used it as a tool for my pastoral care with those who attend our church that I wanted to discuss assurance of salvation with.  I also used this booklet as something I read along with one of the special needs attendee in our church in which we read through each section very slowly and discussed it together.  The following are my thoughts of the book.

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Have you ever heard of the “Scarlet Thread through the Bible?”  Its the idea that the theme of the blood of Christ runs through the entire Bible including the Old Testament.  Studying Scripture and its typology is beautiful and boosts one’s faith in the Word of God.  The famous preacher W.A. Crisswell has preached a famous sermon with the same title which has been also made into a book that’s available for free on PDF if you click HERE.

My mother in Law shared with me over email about the scarlet thread throughout the Bible and it got me thinking.  Have you ever realized there is a scarlet thread through soteriology (the doctrines of salvation)?

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Is Justification by Faith Taught in the Old Testament?

Justification is the act of God declaring a sinner righteous before Him.

But first why is this question important:

This question is important if one believes in the continuity between the Old and the New Testament.

This question is also important if one believes that Christianity has its root in the Jewish Scripture.

Moreover if you love the truth that God has justified sinners by faith, you will appreciate that this was always God’s intention.

This is also helpful for Jewish evangelism and apologetics to the Jews.

It is useful for doctrinal apologetics of Christianity.

I have found Paul in Romans 4 to be quite insightful of his argument from the Old Testament in which he argues and defends the thesis that the doctrine of justification by faith has Old Testament roots.

For this post we will look at Abraham in Genesis.  Specifically we will look at Paul’s argument concerning Abraham and you will notice in Romans 4 that Paul’s argument was faithful to the context of Genesis.

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Charles H. Spurgeon. Heart of the Gospel.  Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, March 28th 2014. 22 pp.

This is another message by Spurgeon that I read in 2016 in light of my hunger to read things by the Prince of Preacher.  This booklet focuses on 2 Corinthians 5:20-21.  What I appreciate about Spurgeon is that he is essentially timeless because he preaches the Gospel and definitely 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 is a Gospel text.  Although this was originally a sermon by Spurgeon delivered in 1886 it is still relevant for people to read and hear it today.  As I read this booklet I wished there would be more contemporary preachers who embodied the spirit of Spurgeon’s preaching.

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Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

We have many reasons to be thankful to God!  Especialy our salvation made possible through the Father’s Plan, the Son’s sacrifice and the Spirit’s conviction and regeneration!

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