Jottings – The Greater The Conscious Weakness The More Is He Clung To And Counted On

 

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Commenting on Romans 7:4 — “We are set in relation to One who is pledged in love to support us. It is not now a demand to which there is no strength to answer, but a Person in whom all the wealth of divine grace is embodied, and in whom there is a full supply of all that weakness needs for its support, It is not, merely that He is a storehouse of supply, but it is all made available in personal love. Our sources of supply and strength are realised in conscious nearness to One who loves us. How all hardness and legality would go from our spirits if we kept the company of Christ! With what certainty would our hearts be assured that we could count on Him for everything! Every true husband loves to support his wife and supply all she needs, but he also loves to give her what is nearer to his heart even than his support– his personal affection and companionship. What a new spirit is formed in one who companies with Christ! The greater the conscious weakness the more is He clung to and counted on. The more trying the circumstances one may be called upon to pass through the more is companionship in them valued, and what companionship can be compared with that of Christ? It is the consciousness of this that sets our spirits free from all legality.”

 

C.A. Coates, The Book of Romans, n.d.

 

Thanks Keith!

 

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Jottings – The Attitude of Simple Subjection

 

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“…and see that we really are taking sides with the Lord against ourselves; that we are in the attitude of simple subjection to His authority.”

 

C.H. Macintosh, Notes On The Pentateuch: Numbers. StemPublishing.com. Accessed on June 18, 2014

 

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Hitting The Sanctification Gym

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My good friend Keith Keyser recently posted on his blog an excellent exhortation entitled Becoming A Spiritual Heavyweight.

In the article brother Keith addresses the need for intentional self discipline. Drawing heavily on scripture, Keith demonstrates that the way in which we live our daily lives not only impacts our Christian life now, but also throughout eternity.

Keith’s call to a disciplined life is highly relevant for the digital sojourner. The digital world is a deadly minefield… one misstep online can easily destroy one’s testimony.

I encourage you to check it out…

 

Link: Becoming A Spiritual Heavyweight

 

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Jottings – Life with Christ Never Ceases


 

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“Life with Christ, upon which the believer enters when he is born of God, never ceases. Its continuance rests not upon our efforts any more than salvation by grace does.”

 

W. E. Vine, Collected Writings of W.E. Vine: Romans. (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 1996).

 

Thanks Keith!

 

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J Dwight Pentecost, 1915-2014


 

I just learned that one of my favorite authors and Bible teachers, J Dwight Pentecost, has been promoted to glory. I have benefited from a number of his books including his seminal work on prophesy: Things to Come, A Study in Biblical Eschatology. I look forward to meeting him someday.

 

 

Dallas Theological Seminary’s J Dwight Pentecost memorial page.

 

Thanks Jesse!

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Jottings — Self-Importance, Ambition, and the Kingdom of Christ

On Matthew 20:25-28 “Self-importance, the desire to be noticed and respected, the ambition to make one’s mark and to impose one’s will on others, this is the value-scale of the rat-race, not of the kingdom of Christ.”

R T France, Matthew: An Introduction and Commentary, Tyndale New Testament Commentaries, Vol. 1. (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1985), p. 296.

 

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Jottings — Dominated & Characterized by Love

On 1 Timothy 1:5 – “The ministry of one who handles the truth is to be dominated and characterized by love. Since God’s love has been shed abroad in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, Romans 5:5, it is designed to find its refection in the life and conduct of the believer. The ministry of the Scriptures is never to be a matter of cold theology. The heart must be aglow with the impulse of divine love. Its source and character, in the human channel of its exercise, is described in what follows in this verse.”

W. E. Vine, Collected Writings of W.E. Vine: 1 Timothy. (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 1996).

 

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Jottings – Walking In The Fear Of God

Commenting on Titus 2:6 “Self-restraint is the special need of youth. To gain and retain the mastery over the tendency to indulge in what is prejudicial to moral and spiritual welfare, requires that self-control which is consistent with walking in the fear of God.”

W. E. Vine, Collected Writings of W.E. Vine: Titus. (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 1996).

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1 Corinthians 3:1-3 – Growing Up & Maturing

 

 

And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? 1 Corinthians 3:1-3 KJV

 

Last week we discussed the fact that many Christians are baby christians.

I have taken another week to look at the topic in a bit more detail. The reason being that God does not want us to remain as ‘baby christians’ but He wants us to grow and make progress in our Christian faith. We cross refer in the session to Ephesians 4, Hebrews 5 and 1 Peter 2 to draw some lessons so keep your bible handy.

If you are like me you might feel that this week is a bit like a personal stocktaking and review. I believe that it is good to stop and consider where we are in our walk with God from time to time.

 

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vlog: 1 Corinthians 2.14-16 Spiritual Discernment

 

 

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:14-16 KJV

 

As we conclude chapter two of 1 Corinthians watch to discover the final piece of Paul’s argument– true spiritual discernment. No one can work God out (without the Spirit of God), no one can work the Christian out and none of us can advise God.

Our understanding changes when we are saved and receive the Spirit of God. Amazing truths from an amazing God!

 

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