All thanks to Christ

3557hJ. Gresham Machen mentions why all thanks & praise is due to our Savior & Lord, while writing on the active obedience of Christ in our salvation…

Christ took our place with respect to the law of God. He paid for us the law’s penalty, and He obeyed for us the law’s commands. He saved us from hell, and He earned for us our entrance into heaven. All that we have, then, we owe unto Him. There is no blessing that we have in this world or the next for which we should not give Christ thanks.

— The Active Obedience of Christ, p. 191, in Machen’s GOD TRANSCENDENT (1949; Banner of Truth edition, 1982).

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The Bible: a firm, welcome road beneath our feet

One of the greatest concerns with the ’emerging church’ movement is their departure from a traditional view of the Bible (authority, infallibility, inerrancy, revelation, objective, literal, absolute), and, their proximity to the relativism and spiritual vagueness of the day.

How happy I was when reading this excellent passage from the fine book by De Young & Kluck, WHY WE’RE NOT EMERGENT, BY TWO GUYS WHO SHOULD BE (Moody Publishers, 2008). Of course, the C. S. Lewis quote is a gem, but hear the application which follows, too.

Isn’t it strange, C.S. Lewis wondered, that the Law would be the Psalmist’s delight (Ps. 1:2)? Respect or reverence we might understand, but delight? Who delights in law? And why? Lewis explains: “Their delight in the Law, is a delight in having touched firmness; like the pedestrian’s delight in feeling the hard road beneath his feet after a false short cut has long entangled him in muddy fields.”
In our world of perpetual squishitude, why offer people more of what they already have — vague spirituality, uncertainty, and borderline interpretative relativism? Why not offer them something hard and old like the Law in which we delight, and dare to say and belive, “Thus saith the Lord”?

— Kevin DeYoung p. 85, WHY WE’RE NOT EMERGENT

This is just one reason I like this book so much: it not only exposes the emergent nonsense for what it is, while at the same time shoring up the foundations of orthodox Christian faith and practice.

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Tuesday? Thomas Manton day!

Every Tuesday I hope to post a delicious morsel from my favorite Puritan, Thomas Manton (c.1620–1677). Emphasis is my own.

“To convince us of sin, to humble the heart, to reduce and bring us back to God, there is no rule for this but the law of God. Men make laws as tailors do garments, to fit the crooked bodies they serve for, to suit the humours of the people to be governed by these laws; surely they are not a sufficient rule to convince us of sin, and to guide us to true happiness. A civil, orderly man is one thing, and a godly, renewed man, another. It is God’s prerogative to give a law to the conscience, and the renewed motions of the heart. Human laws are good to establish converse with men, but too short to establish communion with God; and therefore we must consult with the rule, which is “the law of the Lord,” that we many not come short of true blessedness.”

— Sermon on Psalm 119:1
(Page 6, Volume 1 of 3, Psalm 119, Banner of Truth Trust, 1990)