Dec 112013

David Platt.

You might think this sounds as though we have to earn our way to Jesus through radical obedience, but that is not the case at all. Indeed, “it is by grace you [are] saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” We are saved from our sins by a free gift of grace, something that only God can do in us and that we cannot manufacture ourselves.

But that gift of grace involves the gift of a new heart. New desires. New longings. For the first time, we want God. We see our need for him, and we love him. We seek after him, and we find him, and we discover that he is indeed the great reward of our salvation.

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Amen! There is not a much better way to say how salvation works than to say it is a “gift of grace [that] involves the gift of a new heart.” Old things pass away and all things become new.

My only nitpick would be that Jesus is not so much “the great reward of our salvation” but that our desire to follow him is the great reward of our salvation and salvation is the reward of our being “in Christ.”

Book Posts

  • Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream – David Platt
  • Radical Promise: Consequences of “Really” Believing and “Really” Obeying
  • Being Radical in a Rad World
  • Gospel of Self-Sufficiency
  • Risking All for a Biblical Gospel
  • Radical Gospel of Guilt
  • Poor, Puny, Pathetic Jesus?
  • God’s Gift of Grace: New Heart, New Desires, New Longings

  • Jun 222013

    Pilgrim Theology.
    Michael S. Horton.
    The Word is a ladder, to be sure, but, like the incarnation, one that God always descends to us (Romans 10:6 – 17) . In Romans 10, Paul tells us that we do not have to ascend to heaven to bring Christ down or descend into the depths to bring him up from the dead, as if we could make him present or relevant by our zeal .

    Page: 349

    When reading this passage I immediately thought back to some old gospel tracts that I had seen in college. Christ is the bridge that we must cross to come to God. The problem with that picture is that it assumes that all we need is a bridge. We need more than that.

    Bridge the Gap

    Bridge the Gap

    We, in our unregenerate state, hate God. We want nothing to do with Him. A bridge does us no good. We are dead. Dead people don’t cross bridges. Unless we are first made alive by God’s grace nothing would draw us to God. Once made alive, nothing could keep us from running towards him.

    Horton’s picture of a ladder, that Christ descends is much more accurate. The cross/bridge analogy might work if you added Jesus carrying us over the bridge himself. Maybe even dragging us kicking and screaming.

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    Jun 152013

    Pilgrim Theology.
    Michael S. Horton.

    Reformed theologians have often criticized the idea of grace elevating nature (like helium in a balloon), and the modified Platonism that underlies it . Instead of making us something more than human, grace saves and liberates humans to become more human: finally to glorify and to enjoy God forever.

    Page: 330

    Many religious or spiritual people want to believe that to be ‘one with God’ means to shed our humanity and become one with the universe. This is not what the Bible teaches. We were made humans and our humanity was corrupted by sin. When, at last, free of sin we will once again be the human creatures we were designed to be.

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