Sanctification and Co-operation (Berkhof)

How would you explain the Bible's teaching on sanctification in just one or two paragraphs? Of course, it would take more than a couple of paragraphs to give a full and concise biblical answer to that question. But it is good for us to be able to summarize the Bible's teaching on various doctrines. Speaking… Continue reading Sanctification and Co-operation (Berkhof)

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)

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)

Why Does God Allow Sin to Remain in His Children? (Boston)

 (This is a re-post from May 2016). "Why do I keep struggling with the same sinful thoughts?"  "Why can't I just gain victory over lust and pride?"  "Why in the world does God allow sin to remain in his people?"  These are questions Christians ask from time to time.  We think of how nice it… Continue reading Why Does God Allow Sin to Remain in His Children? (Boston)

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)