Announcement: Sunday Series on A Biblical Theology of Hands

Originally posted on The Domain for Truth:

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There is no substitute for the Word of God.  As much as we share things related to apologetics, worldviews and theology, we must always give Scripture its important role in our lives.  This thought has compelled me to share more from the Word of God on here.

For the next few Sundays we will be having a series of short posts on “Hands” from the Bible.  I think when we look at hands as a motif in the Scripture and look at its use in the flow of Scripture in Redemptive History, we can learn a lot about human nature and about God.

Stay tune for this series that starts this Sunday!

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Jesus’ resurrection is a sure pledge and confirmation your own

Originally posted on His Great Goodness:

Now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept.”—1 Cor. 15:20.

One view more, my soul, while thou art meditating upon this delightful subject of thy Redeemer’s triumph over death and the grave, and now look at Jesus’s resurrection as a sure pledge and confirmation of thine own. Did Jesus’s holy body arise? Then so shall thine, sinful and polluted as it now is, but then made a glorified body by virtue of thy union with him. For so saith the Holy Ghost, by his servant the apostle: “He shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body. For if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead, dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead, shall also quicken your mortal bodies, by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.”…

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “the dragon… persecuted the woman”

Originally posted on SettledInHeaven.org Blog:

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And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.

Persecution.  We read about the horrible persecutions of Christians that have taken place in times past.  We hear about the current persecution of our spiritual brethren in other nations of the world.  Even in our nation, we are experiencing light forms of persecution among us.

Persecution has always been, and will always be with us.  Why?  It is because Satan is behind every form of persecution that a Christian may face and he will not cease to oppose God’s people until our Lord comes again to take us home to be with Him.

Our Lord told us it would be this way…  “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my…

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Definitions of Doctrine-Volume 1-Chapter 20-The Will of God

Originally posted on Reformedontheweb's Blog:

CHAPTER 20-THE WILL OF GOD

In all intelligent beings there is a will, men and angels and God have wills. In men the will is the faculty of the mind by which choice is made of a future action determined upon. In willing a man has the purpose of action in view. And his will is the cause of the action, else he would be a mere machine or automation. If I take a gun and shoot another man, the will worked before the hand did; the purpose was before the act. But if I am held by another man, and a gun is placed in my hand, and another hand moves my finger to pull the trigger, that is not my act because I did not will or choose to do it. In that act I was not a responsible being, but a mere machine or tool of another.

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A Treble Privilege

Originally posted on Still They Speak:

“Let us bless God that we have such a complete object for our faith. We can want [lack] nothing that have Father, Son, and Spirit, the co-operation of all the persons for our salvation; that we can consider the Father in heaven, the Son on the cross, and feel the Spirit in our hearts; yea, that the whole Godhead should take up its abode, and come and converse with us: 2 Cor. 13:14, ‘The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.’ Oh! what a treble privilege is this!” –Thomas Manton “Works of Thomas Manton” Vol. 10, p. 160

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The Immutable Purpose of God

Originally posted on Still They Speak:

“It is this ‘immutable purpose’ of God which makes the conversion (effectual calling), justification, and perseverance of the elect certain. ‘Whom he did predestinate, them he also called; and whom he called, them he also justified; and whom he justified, them he also glorified’ (Romans 8:30). Thomas Horton mightily expounds that verse… There is an ‘indissoluble connection and conjunction of the means with the end. These rings and links in this golden chain here before us are so involved one in another, as they cannot possibly be disjoined or severed one from the other…predestination is not only the antecedent, but also the cause of effectual vocation. And the same grace, and good pleasure of God, that ordains us to eternal life, makes us also to embrace the means which tend to this life…Those who were elected shall be glorified, God Himself cannot be deceived, not his purpose be intercepted, nor…

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Gracious Dealing

Originally posted on He Hath Said:

And the Lord thy God shall bless thee in all that thou doest. -Deuteronomy 15:18

An Israelite master was to give his bondservant liberty in due time, and when he left his service he was to start him in life with a liberal portion. This was to be done heartily and cheerfully, and then the Lord promised to bless the generous act. The spirit of this precept, and, indeed, the whole law of Christ, binds us to treat people well. We ought to remember how the Lord has dealt with us, and that this renders it absolutely needful that we should deal graciously with others. It becomes those to be generous who are the children of a gracious God. How can we expect our great Master to bless us in our business if we oppress those who serve us?

What a benediction is here set before the liberal mind! To…

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Waiting Hearts

Originally posted on Reiterations:

An attitude of expectancy does not depend upon theories about the chronology of prophecy.  It is Christ’s will that, till He comes, we know “neither the day nor the hour.”  We may, as I suppose most of us do, believe that we shall die before He comes.  Be it so.  That need not affect the attitude of expectance, for it comes to substantially the same thing whether Christ comes to us or we go to Him.  And the certain uncertainty of the end of our individual connection with this fleeting world stands in the same relation to our hopes as the coming of the Master does, and should have an analogous effect on our lives.  Whatever may be our expectation as to the literal coming of the Lord, that future should be very solid, very real, very near us in our thoughts, a habitual subject of contemplation, and ever operative…

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