“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
Genesis 37:1-36 Here, we have human sin and divine grace. We see jealousy (11) and its effects: ‘where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice’(James 3:16). We see God working out His purpose: ‘you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good’(50:20). In his dreams, Joseph was […]Read More You meant it for evil, but God meant it for good.
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’?
Genesis 17:1-27 Amazing grace – this is the marvellous theme of this chapter. Abram became Abraham (Genesis 17:5). Sarai became Sarah (Genesis 17:15-16). What they were belonged to their sinful past. What they became was the work of God’s grace. What a contrast there is between human sin and divine grace. We look at ourselves. […]Read More Amazing Grace
Titus 1:1-2:10 How are we to live? We are not to be ‘empty talkers’, people who ‘profess to know God’ and ‘deny Him by their deeds’(1:10,16). We must give no one the opportunity to ‘speak evil of God’s Word’. We must be ‘a model of good deeds’, showing ‘the beauty of the teachings about God […]Read More How are we to live? – We live by the grace of God.
“I’m forever grateful to You, I’m forever grateful for the cross, I’m forever grateful to You, That You came to seek and save the lost” (Power Praise, 195). Grace, Gratitude Glory (1) The first of these words speaks of what God has done. When we gather at the Lord’s Table, we remember what the Lord […]Read More Grace, Gratitude, Glory
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