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Evangelist: "God broke the law for love!"

by Bayou Reformed on 04/07/16

      Jesus often acted in a way that was natural for him, but out of the ordinary in our view. Walking on water. Sight to the blind. Raising the dead to life. He could do that. After all, he created all that is and without his creating will, nothing was created that ever has been, now does, nor will exist. These are all laws of the physical world. The eternal suggesting that the sending of the Savior would be Law-breaking event is to violate the very nature of God's justice and mercy.

      Steve Furtick gave a heart-tugging intro to the moment of a parent breaking the speed limits posted to show how love breaks the law to restore.    
     "What will really turn your heart to God is not when you hear his laws—which were given for our good, by the way, but they were powerless because there wasn’t enough leverage in our actions to keep the law. So what God did when he sent his Son—and this is why we get excited in church, and this is why tears fill our eyes when we think about Jesus, and this is why the gospel is still good news in the world today—cause God broke the law for love. I said to every sinner, God broke the law for love. I mean that he scooped you up in his arms, I mean that he’s carrying you in his grace, I mean that what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature God did by sending his Son in the likeness of a sinful man." 

     Steve Challies asks: "Did God break the law for love? It might seem like he did or like he had to. After all, he has made sinners right before a holy God. Ah yes, but not by breaking the law. The mystery of the cross is how God could satisfy the demands of the law while offering mercy to those condemned by that very law. The miracle of the cross is that God actually does this—he justifies sinners while keeping every demand of the law."

      By the similar reasoning of Paul arguing for the resurrection from I Cor. 15, Furtick misses the essential nature of the Law in his illustration of love violating the Law to save. If the Law is broken by God, sinners have no perfectly obedient, substitutionary atonement, nor justification; there is no eternal testimony of the justice and mercy of God as Jesus has taken upon himself the penalty of the Law. If God would break his perfect Law, we are still dying in our sin without hope or remedy. Our only hope is the acceptable sacrifice of the perfectly obedient, unblemished lamb of God, raised in glory for the salvation of his people.

Living in The Good and the Better

by Bayou Reformed on 12/30/15

Table Talk republished a devotional from R.C. Sproul on the nature of Heavenbetter than the best we can imagine. 


His text is from Philippians: For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.”     - Philippians 1:21–23

In today’s passage, we see that the Apostle knew and looked 
forward to the blessed hope of heaven. There is a tension in Paul’s 
mind evident in this text. Although he enjoyed his fellowship with the                Philippian Christians and saw the necessity of remaining on earth 
to teach them more, his true desire was to see Jesus. Paul under-
stood that heaven is far better than the best this world has to offer.

Sproul shows us that regardless of how good this life is for you, the life in heaven is going to be even better. Even so, we must remember that the time given us here is from the Sovereign God whose Word tells us that  "It is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment." Hebrews 9:27 ESV You are to live according to the time God has appointed for you. 

Nevertheless, we are to look forward to that time standing before God in his heaven. Sproul continues, "We must take special care that we do not forget that as good as our lives can be now, life in God’s unmediated presence is far better." 

Wow! Have you ever heard it expressed in that manner? His children will live forever in his unmediated presence...Soli Deo Gloria! 

Underground Cappodocian Christian City

by Bayou Reformed on 12/15/15

What a find in the Cappadocian lands that were formerly part of the Byzantine Empire near Nevsehir, Turkey:

"In 2014...tunnels led scientists to discover a multilevel settlement of living spaces, kitchens, wineries, chapels, staircases, and bezirhane—linseed presses for producing lamp oil to light the underground city. Artifacts including grindstones, stone crosses, and ceramics indicate the city was in use from the Byzantine era through the Ottoman conquest."

In other words, when the word went out that the Mohammedan invaders were attacking their countryside with overwhelming violence, the Christians moved into a prepared fortress underground and stayed there until the army moved on to other conquests. And now, their descendants of the Islamic Ottoman Empire have rediscovered the old city remains.

National Geographic published a fine piece on the discovery. It puts me in mind of the time the prophet mourned that all was lost and God reminded him about the remnant of prophets sheltered in cave areas nearby!

Bless the Lord! He will always preserve his remnant as a testimony against the heathens that rage! 

 

Singing Psalm 1 in an Irish Church to a Scottish Metre!

by Bayou Reformed on 12/13/15

Do you enjoy singing the Psalms? Here's one from Ireland,

Aaran Reformed Baptist Church is the only RB church that I know of in Dublin Ireland. Their website has posted sermons as well as a few Psalms that a sing from the King James Version. A Cappella- good for personal or family worship. I hope they post more!

Bless the LORD, Oh my soul!

What is family worship and why is it so important?

by Bayou Reformed on 10/28/15

"Train up a child in the way he should go;
    even when he is old he will not depart from it." 

(Proverbs 22:6 ESV)

How is a child best trained up "in the way he should go?" Is that once a week in the Sunday School, Youth Group, or daily with the Family? 

Pastor Joel Beeke  gives a Biblical answer to that question we should all be asking. This 4 minute video interview will be the best investment in time you'll make for the sake of your families.

Lamar Cranston
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