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Thursday, July 15, 2021

Sanctification and the Body

In his work on the sanctification of the believer, John Murray makes a point that is far too often overlooked by the average Christian. He points out that sanctification is, to be sure, an individual matter. God sanctifies each believer so that, as Paul puts it in Romans 8, he can be molded into the image of His Son. The primary point that Murray makes, however, is that in addition to being an individual matter, sanctification is also a corporate one. God doesn't just sanctify the individual believer, but he also sanctifies His church and in the process utilizes that body to further sanctify each individual believer.

Monday, July 5, 2021

The Inconsistency of the Worldly Mind

As I was walking into work one morning this week, a thought struck me from seemingly nowhere (we know that there are no such things as coincidences or totally serendipitous events; God ordains all things for a particular purpose). I started considering the fact that the human worldly mind seems to have little by way of consistency and coherence. And by that I don't mean that people are unable to make cogent decisions or think coherent thoughts. I mean that, without understanding it, humans will hold to totally contradictory beliefs at the same time. 

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

The Sabbath (conclusion)

It was Martin Luther who pondered the question "Am I alone wise?" when he was asked whether he stood by the things he had written concerning the church and justification by faith at the Diet of Worms. He pondered the question, not because he doubted the truth of Scripture, but because he understood that man is foible and is prone to believe and think in ways that are contrary to the truth. He also understood that there can be but one truth, not a variety of "truths"—the current fad of our society.