Latest think tank material:
Latest think tank material:
“Christians must not judaize by resting on the Sabbath, but must work on that day, rather honouring the Lord’s Day; and, if they can, resting then as Christians. But if any shall be found to be judaizers, let them be anathema from Christ.”
- Cannon 29, Synod of Laodicia, ~364AD
“If then, those who had lived in antiquated practices came to newness of hope, no longer keeping the Sabbath but living in accordance with the Lord’s day, on which our life also arose through him and his death . . .”
- Ignatius, Letter to Magnesians, 9. Early 100′s A.D.
“Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.”
- Colossians 2:16-27
“You observe days and months and seasons and years! I am afraid I may have labored over you in vain.”
- Galatians 4:10-11
“One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God.”
- Romans 14: 5,6
My friend Mick talks to himself. From the DVD “A Question of Mercy” by Steve Wilson and Mick Porter.
The Gospel of Hope for the Broken – Steve Wilson
(You can get the DVD for $10 plus postage from me.)
The gospel empowers our obedience.
When we understand he has secured everything we need we naturally follow him. When we soak in the gospel, enjoying his free grace in his word, we can’t help but obey. As we abide in him and he in us we bear much fruit (John 15:4-5).
It is the “grace of God” that is “training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:11-13).
When we discover in Jesus “treasure hidden in a field” we find motivation “in our joy to sell all we have to buy that field”. (Matthew 13:44)
Even your repentance ought to be motived by his love for “God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance” (Romans 2:4).
“We are to be perfected by the Spirit not the efforts of the flesh” (Gal 3:3). As we discover in God a loving heavenly father who is pursuing our good we find his commandments are no longer burdensome (1 John 5:1-3).
Being motivated by personal determination and will-power leads us to “honor him with our lips” but our hearts may be “far from him”. (Mark 7:6, Matt 15:8).
Got a fruit problem? Don’t strain to produce fruit. What tree does that? Soak in the soil of Jesus’ love and the sunshine of God’s grace. The nutrients will find their way to every member bringing Holy Spirit empowered fruit that lasts.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5-6
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”
Not a bad summary of Philippians. Rap ain't too bad either but if you're not into it mute the sound - still worth a watch.
”Our life is nothing but Christ is all so conduct yourselves worthy of his righteous call!”
I was recently asked for a diagram as to how I understand the Biblical Covenants fit together.
I’ve pasted here (http://liftedveil.org/diagrams-of-the-biblical-covenants/) what I came up with plus what has been sent to me by a friend. They should be downloadable by right-clicking on the links and saving them. See also the zip file below with all of them together.
1a. Simplified Chart:- http://liftedveil.org/content/nctdiagrams/1a_NCT_View_Simplified_ShaneBecker.pdf
1b. Expanded Chart:-
(The only note I’d add is that the above diagrams could be read as saying there were no spiritual aspects to the Old/Mosaic covenant. There was, however that didn’t define the covenant or its membership. Being part of National Israel defined the membership of that covenant Deut 4:13, 5:1-3).
2a. Chart from Kyle Frampton:- http://liftedveil.org/content/nctdiagrams/2a_NCT_CT_DT_Diagram_fromKyleFrampton.pdf
2b. Notes from Kyle:- http://liftedveil.org/content/nctdiagrams/2b_NCT_CT_D_Notes_fromKyleFrampton.pdf
I also have these developed earlier which may be of interest.
3. New Covenant Newness Table: http://liftedveil.org/content/nctdiagrams/3_NC_Newness.pdf
4. Primary Redemptive Covenants Table (Abrahamic, Old, New). http://liftedveil.org/content/nctdiagrams/4_CovenantsTable.pdf
(Again, in table format the covenants can appear a bit ‘flat’. I think viewing this table along side ’1b’ above will be a good way of getting a handle on things. Also, I’m not sure that now I’d speak of the Lord’s Supper as the sign – singular – of the New Covenant. It certainly is identified as the primary ceremonial sign. Now, I’d probably speak of the signs – plural – of the New Covenant. Don’t know. I think the table is still correct – maybe needs minor qualification to identify ‘Primary Physical Sign’ or something.)
5. Sabbath Timeline: http://liftedveil.org/content/nctdiagrams/5_SabbathTimeLine.pdf
(This was developed to aid discussions with Sunday Sabbaterians. I should add a box 9 at the end to identify Christ as our eternal Sabbath rest per Colossians 2).
Zip-File of all the above Charts and Tables:
(Right click and save it to download).
I’m also expecting a diagram, which is a work in progress, from Josh Wood outlining where different people sit on the continuity/discontinuity line. I’ll past it here also when it is completed.
And of all my charts and stuff, this is my all time favorite illustration that I developed a few years back (although it is not directly related to the subject at hand):-
6. Oar That’s Hard: http://treasuringchrist.com/_TCCC/Hard_26Apr06.swf : )
Your brother in Christ,
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“In one sense the whole object of being a Christian is that you may know the love of Jesus Christ, his personal love to you; that he may tell you in unmistakable language that he loves you, that he has given himself for you, that he has loved you with ‘an everlasting love.’ He does this through the Holy Spirit; he ’seals’ all his statements to you through the Spirit. . . . He tells you directly. You believe it because it is in the Word; but there is more than that; he will tell you this directly as a great secret. The Spirit gives manifestations of the Son of God to his own, to his beloved, to those for whom he has gladly died and given himself.”
D. M. Lloyd-Jones, Romans: An Exposition of Chapters 7.1-8.4 (Edinburgh, 1973), page 61.