“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure” (Jeremiah 17:9). What did Jeremiah mean when he said this? The words of the Rev Eric Alexander sum up Jeremiah’s point very well: “The heart of the human problem is the problem of the human heart.” When we read Jeremiah’s words on their own, we […]Read More A Human Problem That Needs – And Has – A Divine Solution
If we to think big thoughts about the love of God for us, we must learn to be honest about ourselves. When we are honest about ourselves, we will learn to appreciate how wonderful the Lord’s love really is. In Ephesians 2:1, Paul gives us a devastating description of ourselves – “As for you, you […]Read More When we are honest about ourselves …
Using the phrase, “justification by faith” can be misleading. It tends to suggest that it’s our faith that saves us. It gives the impression that our faith is more important than it really is. It could lead us to think more highly of ourselves than we should. We should really speak about “justification by grace […]Read More ‘Justification By Faith’ Or ‘Justification By Grace Through Faith’?
The relationship between grace and faith is neither (a) co-operative nor (b) coercive. (a) We do not contribute to our own salvation. It is always, “Nothing in my hands I bring, simply to Thy Cross I cling.” We do not come to the Lord with our religion in one hand and our morality in the […]Read More God’s Grace And Our Faith
Love, grace, mercy – Here are three words we can use to describe God. Grace and mercy are two sides of love. In mercy, God withholds from us the judgment we deserve. In grace, he pours upon us the blessings we don’t deserve. Mercy – the God of mercy, the mercy of God “Lord, have […]Read More Love, Grace, Mercy
2 Corinthians 7:2-8:7 We may face difficult circumstances. We may experience much suffering. In all of this there is one thing we must never forget: ‘God… comforts the downcast’(7:6). He lifts us up when we are down. He enables us to ‘excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness, in […]Read More Before We Ever Think Of Giving Ourselves To God, We Must Look At All He Has Given To Us.
In his book, A Half Century of Theology, G C Berkouwer has a chapter on “The Heart of the Church” (Chapter 4). In this chapter, he is concerned to emphasize the importance of the doctrine of election: “If we take seriously the conviction that election lies at the cor ecclesiae, at the heart of the […]Read More “The Heart of the Church”