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Understanding

Concepts from the Bible, inferred or understood through revelation

Suffering with Joy in Christ

John Piper on Prosperity Gospel or Word of Faith when we should be suffering with Joy in Christ. It’s only this 80 years or so compared to an...

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Turn to God, Let Grace Continue It’s Work

Stumbling along a post from Feb. 2009, while I am not convinced Paul’s referrals to flesh and spirit always point to the battle in attempts to be our own personal savior, the flesh, against falling upon Grace and God’s goodwill to lead us in this life, the spirit, I am convinced this is a major battle we enter and a major theme of the New Testament for those who are in Christ. It’s good timing to run across this post again. I’ve been convinced more and more lately of this recently and have been trying to allow myself to be led and not lead. For sure, when Paul speaks of the flesh, he is often referring to our unhealthy desire for the things of this world. He does use the terms in Galatians 3 exactly as Dr. Timothy Keller out of Redeemer...

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John 4 – The ‘Outcast’ Samaritan Woman at the Well

When I first heard the story of the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4, something immediately struck me as not right with the story as I was being told. The woman was outcast, condemned, or so the traditional story is told. But as I read the story later, I didn’t read anywhere that the woman was condemned at all. I think the main points to the story should be: 1 – Jesus and his band made their way through Samaria when many Jews of the day would walk around to avoid the country because of the prejudice that existed between the two societies of the day. 2 – Jesus is the ‘living water’. If we drink of Him, we will thirst no more. 3 – Many Samaritans came to believe Jesus was the promised Messiah; they first believed from the...

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The God who Physically Blinds

Here’s John Piper again providing a very weak God indeed using the story of the blind man Jesus heals in John 9:1-4. God needed to blind a man to show his greatness? I need to remind myself this is the God who spoke all that we see and much more into existence. Yet he needed to blind a guy so we could call Him great once he was healed? There would have been any number of blind men through various causes to choose from without the necessity of God taking the action of blinding someone from birth. Once again Piper’s search for sovereignty he feels are revealed in certain texts blinds him to the picture of God drawn for us throughout the Scriptures. He is sovereign. Proofs or our attempts at protecting His omnipotence are not necessary. John 9:3   ...

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Worth in Christ

Recently I have found myself getting irritated with a couple of people who are non-Christians. These people seem to take pleasure in causing trouble if not pain. I also started reading the Psalms. Psalm 1:1, “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked…” At the same time, for the longest time, the phrase getting my worth through Christ has been on my mind. I know since becoming a Christian, I have a feeling my life has been broken down, stripping it away to the foundation and that foundation has changed. These two ideas have come together. I now know I had been trying to get my worth from a non-Christian, a recipe for disaster. 2 Corinthians 6:14 “Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership...

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On Total Depravity

Speaking of Israel, Paul writes, Romans 10:2 “For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge.” They have zeal for God. They seek after God. They simply do it in a manner which exults man and disregards God’s gift of Grace which is received through faith; attempting through their own works at salvation. They seek Him through their own knowledge, not on how He has instructed us to seek Him. But this does not invalidate the fact, misguided in methods as they may be, that they seek God. (As if I’m smarter than they are, hah!) Many sought through their own works to please God instead of receiving Him freely through faith. This is not a lack of want for God, but a lack of knowledge of God. Isaiah...

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