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)

Regeneration: Spiritual Resurrection (Hodge)

 As Christians, we're familiar with the Bible's teaching about the new life God has given us in and through Christ.  In his mercy, God has caused us to be born again to a living hope through Christ's resurrection (1 Pet. 1:3).  We can't give ourselves credit for this new life - it's "of God" (John… Continue reading Regeneration: Spiritual Resurrection (Hodge)

The Spirit Gives Life (Boston)

 I really like the way Thomas Boston explained how the Holy Spirit gives life (cf. John 6:63; 2 Cor. 3:6).  I've updated the language slightly: [Jesus said] “All that the Father giveth me, shall come to me.” (John  6:37) Now, this also belongs to the promise of the Spirit, who is therefore called the Spirit… Continue reading The Spirit Gives Life (Boston)

All of Grace, From Beginning to the End (Kuyper)

 It is true that when God sovereignly changes our hearts and gives life to what is dead, we ourselves repent, believe, and begin to obey him (see Eph. 2:1-10).  We are passive in regeneration but are active in sanctification.  True faith always shows up in truly good works.  However, it's all of grace.  Abraham Kuyper… Continue reading All of Grace, From Beginning to the End (Kuyper)