The Holy Spirit, Scripture, Prayer, and Holiness (Bridges)

Christians sometimes have an unclear idea what Scripture means when it calls us to holiness (Lev. 11:45, Eph. 1:4, 1 Pet. 1:15-16, etc.). What does holiness mean in our daily life? How can we grow in holiness? Jerry Bridges wrote some helpful things on this topic of Christian holiness. Here's one section of Bridges' book,… Continue reading The Holy Spirit, Scripture, Prayer, and Holiness (Bridges)

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)

Owned by Jesus (Bridges)

Several times in the New Testament we read that God's people are "owned" by the Lord. For example, Peter writes that Christians are "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and a people of his own..." (NET; emphasis mine). The same theme also shows up in Titus 2:14, 1 Corinthians 6:20, and a… Continue reading Owned by Jesus (Bridges)

Critical Calvinists and Pride (Hughes, Bridges)

  One thing I've noticed over the years is the fact that some Calvinists are also very critical of others.  I know that some people in general are critical by nature, but to me it seems worse when someone who holds to the doctrines of grace is always super critical about others.  Maybe you've seen it:… Continue reading Critical Calvinists and Pride (Hughes, Bridges)

Legalism Indulges the Sinful Nature (Bridges)

 "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.... You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free" (Gal. 5:1; 13 NIV).  One awesome outcome of Christ's death and resurrection is that we are free in Christ.  Now it is true that sometimes Christians flaunt their freedom by bragging about what kind of… Continue reading Legalism Indulges the Sinful Nature (Bridges)