“The Lord Jesus winds up the Sermon on the Mount by a passage of heart-piercing application.
He turns from false prophets to false professors, from unsound teachers to unsound hearers.” – J.C. Ryle
There’s nothing of our own invention that if stuck to unwaveringly won’t turn each of us into devils ~ C.S Lewis
“The Son of God became the Son of Man that the sinful sons of men might become the sons of God.” John Calvin
“If you really long to save men’s souls, you must tell them a great deal of disagreeable truth” – Spurgeon
“Pride leads leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind” ~ C.S Lewis
Pride was the very thing that got satan cast out from the heavens, its the sin that leads to all others – unknown
Peter Stoner took 11 bible prophecies & calculated the probability of them occurring by chance, 5.76 times 10 to the 59th power.
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning (time) God (force) created (action) the heavens (space) and the earth (matter)
Herbert Spencer reduced everything in science to the basic elements science…time, force, action, space, matter.
The book of revelation is unique in the new testament because it is the only book sent and communicated by angels ~ John MacAurthur
Metanoeo = Repent from the heart with long term change vs. Metamelomai = Short term regret ~ http://www.ntwords.com/regret.htm
A lie can run around the block before the truth has even tied its shoe laces
The word ‘simple’ in Hebrew, come from a root with the idea meaning open door, everything goes in and out too freely.
‘Belief cannot argue with unbelief, it can only preach to it’ – KarlBarth
‘Jesus does not give recipes that show the way to God as other teachers of religion do. He is Himself the way’ – Karl Barth
Romans 5:6 It is not written, ” When we were comparatively weak Christ died for us”; or, “When we had only a little strength”but the description is absolute and unrestricted; “When we were yet without strength.” We had no strength whatever which could aid in our salvation; Lord’s words were emphatically true, “Without me ye can do nothing”. – Charles Spurgeon
The gospel is unknown, not from want of explanation, but from absence of personal revelation.’Spurgeon
There are only two holy angels mentioned by name in the canonical bible: Gabriel and Michael
Sin: Notice the progression? You want, you need, you demand, and finally you take, whatever the cost. – John Macaurthur
3 most righteous men according to Eze 14:14 were Noah, Job & Daniel among those born of women there is no one greater than John (Luke 7:28)
Peter the apostle was also known as Simeon bar Jona (often shortened to Simon), Simon Peter, Cephas or genreally as Peter the fisherman.
Sow a thought, & you reap an act; Sow an act, & you reap a habit; Sow a habit, & you reap a character; Sow a character, & you reap a destiny – unknown
Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death James 1:15
Don’t be deceived, brethren, it all (sin) starts on the inside – John McAurthur
“I know well that when Christ is nearest, Satan also is busiest.”- unknown
And Satan trembles when he sees, The weakest saint upon his knees.
‘Law & terrors do but harden, all the while they work alone: but a sense of blood-bought pardon soon dissolves a heart of stone’ – unknown
“The life of your soul lies in faith, it’s health in love”
He is Alpha. See to it that you make Him Omega also. If you begin in the Spirit you must not hope to be made perfect by the flesh If you look to Christ for your beginnings, beware of looking to yourself for your endings. Beware of mixing even a little of self with the mortar which you build, or you will make it untempered mortar – unknown
‘Our Lord Jesus Christ has gone up that grace may come down’ – Spurgeon
Repentence is to leave the sins we loved before: And show that we in earnest grieve by doing so no more.
The sword Christ uses is His Word—the sword of truth and righteousness. Like the surgeon’s scalpel, it must cut before it heals. – unknown
God sends no one away empty except those who are full of themselves – Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899) American evangelist
Men must be governed by God, or they will be ruled by tyrants ~ William Penn
‘There is a difference between struggling with sin and being fully invested in it’
It is the job of the Christian apologist to unmask the sinner’s unbelief for what it truly is—secret belief ~ Van Til
It’s God that chooses us rather than us choosing God… There was a man who was working in his basement on a serum to bring the
dead back to life. After many years he finally came up with the formula that he felt would accomplish this goal. Excitedly he divided this new serum into many doses, packed up his equipment, put it in the back of his pick-up truck and drove down to the local graveyard. Once at the graveyard he set up his tables, laid out the serums and yelled at the top of his lungs: “COME AND GET IT” – Van til
Fourfold formula of solo Christo, sola gratia, sola fide, sola scriptura, i.e. only Christ, grace, faith and scripture
The doctrine of Hypastic union – 2 natures one divine one human – The Council of Chalcedon in 451 issued a formulation of the being of Christ — that of two natures, one human and one divine, “united with neither confusion nor division.” This is called the doctrine of the hypostatic union, which is still held today amongst all Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox Christians, referred to as Chalcedonian Christianity
Rahner pointed out the coincidence between the Person of Christ and the Word of God, referring to Mark 8:38 and Luke 9:26 which state whoever is ashamed of the words of Jesus is ashamed of the Lord himself.
Christ’s 3 Offices – The threefold office (Latin munus triplex) of Jesus Christ is a Christian doctrine based upon the teachings of the Old Testament. It was described by Eusebius and more fully developed by John Calvin. It states that Jesus Christ performed three functions (or “offices”) in his earthly ministry – those of prophet (Deuteronomy 18:14-22), priest (Psalm 110:1-4), and king (Psalm 2). In the Old Testament, the appointment of someone to any of these three positions could be indicated by anointing him or her by pouring oil over the head. Thus, the term messiah, meaning “anointed one”, is associated with the concept of the threefold office. While the office of king is that most frequently associated with the Messiah, the role of Jesus as priest is also prominent in the New Testament, being most fully explained in chapters 7 to 10 of the Book of Hebrews.
The seventeenth-century Puritan John Owen said pointedly, “A minister may fill his pews, his communion roll, the mouths of the public, but what that minister is on his knees in secret before God Almighty, that he is and no more” (cited in I.D.E. Thomas in A Puritan Golden Treasury [Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1977], 192).
The noble nineteenth-century Scottish pastor Robert Murray McCheyne reminded a fellow pastor, “It is not great talents God blesses so much as great likeness to Jesus” (Andrew A. Bonar, Memoirs of McCheyne [Reprint; Chicago: Moody, 1978], 95). It is not what a man does that makes him a noble and useful pastor, but what he is.
Here are some quotes of A.T. Robertson linking the study of the Greek New Testament to preaching:
“The greatest proof that the Bible is inspired is that it has withstood so much bad preaching!”
“God pity the poor preacher who has to hunt for something to preach — and the people who have to listen!”
“Preaching… is the most dangerous thing in the world.”
There’s some wonderful stories about scribes who would write one letter and take a bath, then write another letter, take a bath, write another letter because of the sense that they were handling the Holy Word of God, fearful of making a mistake. – J Macaurthur
Reader, I ask you to mark what I am going to say. I say it calmly, deliberately, advisedly, and with consideration: I tell you that at this moment there are only two places in which your sins can be, and I defy the wisdom of the world to find out a third. Either your sins are UPON YOURSELF, unpardoned, unforgiven, uncleansed, unwashed away,—sinking you daily nearer to hell! Or else your sins are UPON CHRIST, taken away, forgiven, pardoned, blotted out and cleansed away by Christ’s precious blood! I am utterly unable to see any third place in which a man’s sins can possibly be; I am utterly unable to discover any third alternative. Forgiven or unforgiven,—pardoned or not pardoned,—cleansed away or not cleansed,—this, according to the Bible, is the exact position of every one’s sins. Reader, how is it with you? “Where are your sins?” – J.C Ryle