Pride, Holiness, and the Holy Spirit’s Work Within (Bridges)

This morning I was re-reading parts of The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges. Specifically, I was reading chapter seven where Bridges talks about help in the daily battle against indwelling sin. This is a helpful chapter for sure. I appreciate Bridges' emphasis on the Holy Spirit's work within us: As we grow in the… Continue reading Pride, Holiness, and the Holy Spirit’s Work Within (Bridges)

Hearing God in the Uneventful (Willard)

As followers of Jesus, we believe that God still speaks. Or, like Francis Schaeffer noted well in the title of a book, He Is There And He Is Not Silent. There are scores of passages in Scripture that talk about listening to God. Jesus' sheep hear and know his voice (John 10:3). The Holy Spirit… Continue reading Hearing God in the Uneventful (Willard)

Psalm 119: The Breath of the New Heart (McCheyne)

Psalm 119 has always been one of my favorite Psalms. I love how the Psalmist talks about the beauty and power of God's word, precepts, commands, and laws. Speaking of Psalm 119, Robert Murray MCheyne called it "the breathing of the new heart" in a sermon on Romans 7:22-25. After mentioning how an unbeliever has… Continue reading Psalm 119: The Breath of the New Heart (McCheyne)

The Sovereignty of the Holy Spirit in Regeneration (Murray)

 More than a few times in the New Testament John writes about being born of the Spirit or born of God (e.g. John 1:13, John 3:5-8, 1 John 2:29, 3:9, etc.).  We call this regeneration, a work of God's power and grace in giving spiritual life to someone who was dead in sin.  The Holy… Continue reading The Sovereignty of the Holy Spirit in Regeneration (Murray)

Sanctification: Not Sitting Back (Letham)

 Through the power of the Holy Spirit, God sanctifies the ones he calls out of darkness into his marvelous light.  But we who are called out of darkness and given the Holy Spirit are also responsible for growing in faith and obedience.  I appreciate how Robert Letham summarizes this: Paul writes of us having been… Continue reading Sanctification: Not Sitting Back (Letham)