Finally I saw him. The surgeon’s face looked tired and concerned as he sat next to me and waved to the kids. Over the years, he has become to me a sort of angel of life and death whose presence fills me with either hope or dread. His face told me this was one of… Continue reading Glorification: Made Perfect In Union With Christ
This summer, while packing for vacation, I became tickled about how much my life has changed over the years. It wasn’t just my belongings I was packing into my suitcase, but my kiddos’ as well. I laughed out loud picturing a younger version of myself sitting on this bag forcing it to zip as it… Continue reading Sanctification: Shaped Into Something Wonderful
If any of you have an older sibling, you may know well the concept of imputation. It’s a new school year, and you sit at your desk in your new classroom, eager to make a good impression on your new teacher. Yet, when she encounters your last name on the roll sheet, the teacher pauses,… Continue reading Imputation: Credited a Righteousness Not Our Own
Many of us would shake our fists at a judge and shout for justice if he pardoned a guilty criminal and declared her innocent. We would demand that justice be done. And in our case, justice has been done.
God doesn’t rip out the blood-pumping organ in our chest, but gives us new desires. He changes our will. He gives us a new nature. This is what it means to be spiritually alive.
God loves us—despite our utterly miserable, unworthy, and unlovable state—and wants a relationship with us. And so, being the good, wise, and creative God He is, He worked out the most tremendous act of heroism to save us and reconcile us to Himself.
“Follow Your Heart.” The implication of this phrase is the common belief that humans are inherently good and our hearts will reliably lead us to what will make us the happiest.
This God is a sovereign, creator God, who is worthy of our worship and glory, above every other god and any man-made idols, and holy and righteous in everything He does.