How the Reformation was won…

I openned our Reformation Sunday sermon with this great quote from Iain H Murray (from a paper presented back in the 1960’s at the Westminster Puritan Conference)….

At the price of great suffering Protestantism won its way … not because of the superior numbers or learning of its adherents, but because through the Scriptures rivers of spiritual life had been opened up, so that instead of the teaching and traditions of a corrupt Church, men and women were hearing the words of the living God. 

1206351_romans…It is this conviction which explains why Christians endured so much at the beginning of the Reformation to translate and spread the Bible: they knew that here alone are the words of eternal life and that man can only live as he receives every word which proceeds out of the mouth of God. Scripture is the voice of God, and whether or not we are the subjects of God’s blessing or wrath may be experimentally determined by whether or not we reverence and obey what is written in Scripture. To be without Scripture is to be without God and without hope in the world.

Praise the Lord!

Read the Word in the new year!

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”2 Timothy 3:16-17 esv

The puritan pastor & author Thomas Brooks displays the beautiful implications of this Scripture, (in “A Word in Season to Suffering Saints”) —

The Scriptures are sufficient . . .
to inform the ignorant,
to confute the erroneous,
to reform the wicked, and
to guide and direct, support and comfort–the godly.

Here a lamb may wade–and here an elephant may swim!

Here is milk for babes–and meat for strong men!

Here is . . .
comfort for the afflicted, and
support for the tempted, and
ease for the troubled, and
light for the clouded, and
enlargement for the straitened, etc.

how full of light,
how full of life,
how full of love,
how full of sweetness,
how full of goodness,
how full of righteousness,
how full of holiness, etc.,
is every chapter, and every verse in every
chapter, yes, and every line in every verse!

No human writings are comparable to Scripture:
1. for antiquity;
2. for rarity;
3. for variety;
4. for brevity;
5. for plainness;
6. for harmony;
7. for verity.

All which should greatly encourage Christians, to a
serious perusal of them. “Oh, how I love your law!
I meditate on it all day long!” Psalm 119:97

turn with me daily to the Word of God!

Happy New Year! The best is yet to come…

star1Last night at church we had a fun time of fellowship. We welcomed the new year with the reading of this Scripture and a reminder that we are closer to the return of Christ, and His making all things new. Rejoice in expectant hope! Behold all that awaits the faithful…..

Revelation 21
1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. 7 The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”


Inspiration of the Words of the Bible

As I listen to a lecture on the errors of Bart Ehrman’s book Misquoting Jesus, a helpful comment was made — and worth keeping in mind. One problem Ehrman raises is this: how can we know what God said in the inspired Word, if we do not have the original manuscripts of the Ot and NT?

The answer: Let us remember that divine inspiration of the words of Scripture is NOT limited to the ink of the words first written. The inspiration was of the words — the terms themselves — not simply the physical first edition. If we have a body of manuscript copies that faithfully contain the original words, (and we do!), we have the inspried Word of God.

Read, believe and obey.