February 20, 2018

We’re not very good people.

Do you know what's in your heart? God does. He created it perfect, beautiful, and whole. But then Adam disobeyed Him in the Garden of Eden, and sin entered the world. And like a cancer, sin spreads throughout our hearts and overtakes us [Jeremiah 17:9]: The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? Contrary to what the world says, we are not inherently good. We read that in Paul's letter to the Romans, when he states that there are none righteous. In fact, he's quoting from the Psalms, when David speaks of God looking down from heaven, searching for one man who lives wisely and seeks God with his whole heart. And he states quite firmly [...Read More]

Rebellion & Righteousness {TTB12}

This week I've been reading from Numbers and Revelation. And you may wonder, as I did, what connections there are between those two books. One is history, one is prophecy. One is the old covenant, one is the new. One deals with Israel alone, the other deals with all the redeemed from all ages. One shows man's sinfulness, the other shows God's righteousness. But it is that last contrast that actually proves to connect the two books. You see, God always {eventually} repays us according to our works. If we rebel against Him, we receive punishment. If we live according to His righteous commands, we receive honor and blessings. And the surety of these truths is portrayed so clearly in the [...Read More]

The Day of the Lord

Judgment is coming upon the world. It may be in our lifetime, it may not. But it will come. God will destroy every nation on earth, every living thing; for He is righteous and the whole world abides in sin. He is holy and every creature on earth is utterly wicked. He is just, and we in our sinfulness have violated His law. And so we must pay the price; we must serve out our sentence. We must die, for we have rejected our Creator. We must be cast out of His presence, for we have rebelled against His demands. Take a few minutes to consider God's depiction of coming judgment, as prophesied by Zephaniah around 630 BC: "I will utterly sweep away everything     from the face of the earth, declares [...Read More]

Righteousness Wins

"Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people. And he said with a loud voice, 'Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.' Another angel, a second, followed, saying, 'Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who made all nations drink the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality.' And another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a loud voice, 'If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink the [...Read More]