Letters to my Children: Humble Yourselves

To my boys Abe and Caleb, both of whom are far greater gifts than I could ever deserve. I hope this to be the first of many letters in which I intend to deliver to you the most important matters of truth, which in God’s sovereign providence have also been given to me.

All of the deepest matters of truth are found in the person and work of Christ. Christ, the eternal Son humbled himself to a cross to be killed by his own creatures. God demonstrated awesome humility in this action of grace. The Creator crucified! Remember he said that no one takes his life from him but he lays it down if his own accord? His resurrection and exaltation to the right hand of His Father came after the humiliation of the cross.

So we should take his example to heart. Consider these true biblical statements: I am a sinner yet I am a child of God; I am weak and needy yet I am a mighty warrior; I am a slave yet I am more than a conqueror. You see, God’s revelation demands his creatures glory in humility. To rule is to serve. The greatest in His kingdom make themselves to be the least.

Grace is what you need and grace is given to the humble. Pride will lead to a fall; the prideful are enemies of God. Resist the desire to make much of yourself to others. Make much of Christ and let Him exalt you in His good timing. Speak less than others and listen. Always stay teachable. When you fail and when you return to Christ, comfort others with the same mercy and grace you’ve been shown.

May the peace of Christ rule in your hearts

– Dad

Seeing Christ

What a blessing to see

That which once evaded

Blindness breaks at your beam

And renders me persuaded

In thine excellencies I will awe

Eating, drinking in remembrance

Eternal cup and bread for all

Who come in faith and repentance

Stir in me eyes to behold

Grace the ancients also wondered in

Brought into God’s own fold

By Christ’s merit and perfection

What a blessing to see

This is His doing and I posses it

By faith alone and without a fee

Christ’s death and resurrection.

The Righteous Law of Christ Condemns Murder

A Protestant appealing to Christ’s Righteous Law for the justice due to the murderers of unborn children.

Christ is the resurrected King of the Nations. He is Lord of lords and King of kings.

Christ fulfilled and upholds the law. Not one jot or tittle will pass away.

Classical Distinctions in Biblical presentations of law: National, ceremonial, moral. The moral elements in all these categories remain; ceremonial and national laws pertaining to Israel are not binding per New Testament Revelation. The moral truths revealed to man in those categories remain binding as they reveal the character of God.

What biblical law remains authoritative and binding is Christ’s law. Old & New Testament binding law = the Law of Christ.

How the regenerate operates in relation to an unbelieving ruling authority who is breaking the Righteous Law of Christ:

  1. Christians are not obligated to obey unrighteous law.
  2. Christians must acknowledge the binding law of Christ that is being rejected by man and repent of individual sin. Abortion is Murder and we are not guiltless for allowing it to continue uncontested. Repent, turn from sin and sin no more.
  3. Call the state/nation to repent of its sin. Abortion is Murder. Repent, turn from this sin and allow it no more in the land. The State’s duty is to protect and serve and punish all who would practice or promote murder. As a resident of New York State I am deeply disgusted at the rate this gross practice continues to thrive. NYS must immediately cease and desist from expanding, legalizing, or protecting abortion activities and instead criminalize it for what it is, premeditated Murder from the moment of conception.
  4. Operate in grace toward all who have sinned against the Lord, extending to them the saving power of the gospel of Christ: He is the Mediator slain for repentant sinners and is raised for their justification.
  5. Understand the authority of the Lord to exact justice upon murderers through a righteous lesser magistrate, even despite their repentance. All sin has consequence, but praise God that for even murderers who repent, there is a crown of eternal life whose faith and trust is in Christ!
  6. Visit the prisons and preach the cross of Christ to convicted murderers.

My hope is the Lord will cause His people to repent and go to our local magistrates and plead the cause of the unborn being murdered in our land. Lord, have mercy upon us!

#notantiabortion #antimurder

Distinction in Titles

The Son of God and the Son of Man

The two titles have two different meanings for the same person and have to do with the office of the person before entering time and after entering time.

The Son of God is a title given to us for the One and only Son proceeding from the Father who in eternity past existed in complete unity with the Father as part of the Trinitarian God head as revealed in scripture.

The Son of man is a title given to Jesus of Nazareth who claimed the name for himself while displaying that He was also the Son of God and the Christ; and that not without signs and wonders. This title should produce a close look at the scriptures because it has some serious logical conclusions built into it. The Son of man implies that one is born of man. Man here could be looked at in a universal form, as in ‘human race’ or ‘mankind’. Christ’s resurrection from the dead is relevant to this discussion;

“But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead.” (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15‬:‭20-21‬ NASB)

The Son of God entered into time and took on full humanity in order to fulfill what fallen man alone cannot; fulfill the Holy commands of God in perfection and worship and enjoy Him above all else. His perfect obedience and worship solidifies Him as who He claimed to be, the Son of God, the Christ, and the spotless lamb of God slain for His chosen people.

The son of man is the firstborn from the dead; Christ is the firstborn from among us and we too will rise! What is sown perishable will be raised imperishable. A seed doesn’t burst forth until it is planted and dies, God gives it a new body by His power. Kiss the Son, for He has brought us a true and living hope!

All That Requires Speech Will Influence

https://www.npr.org/2018/05/01/607181437/on-fire-for-gods-work-how-scott-pruitts-faith-drives-his-politics?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20180502

Everyone has a worldview. Christian or secular atheist, both come at issues with a core set of beliefs (clearly defined or culturally assumed, they exist) that inform them in their decision making processes. If a person’s work is to shape and govern a nation’s law, he should do so from his own genuine conviction, be they religious or not. The Christian should not limit Christ’s Lordship to his personal life, never challenging the laws established by unbelieving world-views. Engage the presuppositions, debate the standards for each law, challenge the consistency of truth claims…doing so requires speech, and speech will influence.

As a Christian, I believe Jesus Christ is the uncreated Maker of heaven and earth and is currently the Lord of the nations forevermore. God has revealed himself to man in nature through His creation, sent His Son to earth to redeem a people for Himself, and has spoken to His creatures in scripture; a core message in scripture is that everyone is accountable to Him. God is perfectly holy, loving, just and unchanging. Such core beliefs drive my worldview. Where God has spoken, I’m to obey and encourage others that obedience to God is a good and holy thing, however culturally offensive that may be. Since I trust in God’s goodness, I bow the knee to his revelation regarding life, marriage, and sexual morality. If I truly believe God’s design is good not just for me but for everyone who would follow after him, I ought to plead with others to do the same…I’m actually commanded to.

When it comes to faith and politics, there are helpful distinctions in scripture that Christians ought to remember when treading these waters. For instance, those in the church are to judge members from within the church according to the standards Christ has redeemed those members into. A Christian cannot expect an unbeliever to desire to bend the knee to Christ, indeed scripture says an unbeliever cannot truly follow Christ unless he be born again. We are to expect obedience from those who claim the name of Christ, but call those who do not to the faith once for all handed down to the saints.

There is no forcing someone into Christianity in scripture, the only way in is through God’s sovereign grace. God has commanded obedience to the nations yet grants it to His church alone. The church is called to proclaim repentance and faith in Christ alone to every person in every culture; the church and all her members are subordinate to the law of Christ before the laws of men. If by God’s common grace political power can be influenced such that it aligns more with God’s created order and His revelation, then his blessing is upon that land. History and scripture is a good teacher however that such blessings are temporary; man loves darkness and God withdraws his blessings from the land that spurns him. I’m convinced by scripture that no culture this side of judgement day will fully honor God in their government, for unbelievers are naturally opposed to His reign. For the Christian, the law of Christ commands obedience to the rulers of the land until those laws violate obedience to scripture. The inevitable result historically is persecution against those who do not compromise their Christian convictions.

How is a man, who’s conscience is held captive by God’s revelation, to withhold his speech on any given subject in any given theater of vocation or practice? Even in political office? Does not the secular atheist also have passionate convictions, creeds, and presuppositions by which they argue their position and derive their agenda? I say we must allow them both have their place in government, in school, in sport, in society. Let’s not send our representatives or our children into an echo chamber. Seems to me that Christians have by and large allowed the secular worldview go unchallenged for too long; this article sparks some hope for those of us who bow the knee to Christ and trust wholly in His goodness.

Scripture’s Self Attesting Authority

When any historical text is read, thought needs to be granted to the context in which the author penned his piece. The original intentions of the author, especially if what is written places itself in an attested historical literary category, need to honored. Truthfulness in reading does no damage to an author’s intent and allows the life and scope of the literature to breath in its own organic way. To force owns own life experience and context into literature that never asks the reader to do so is an all too common literary tragedy, especially when it comes to scripture.
The organic breath of biblical literature comes to us in two primary contexts: The Old & New Testaments we’re penned with Ancient Near East & Greco Roman cultural witnesses. The testimony of the written word was addressed to the people of their time, in a way they spoke and would understand. It came in many literary forms such as historical narrative, poetry, lament, or apocalyptic in nature; it did so with the intent to span generations which required apologetic usefulness. Any sound apologetic communicates truthfully to a person in the language they know most amidst the cultural challenges of their day so that reason may have its way and truthful convictions may result. The Ancient Near East religions were known to Moses as well as the Greek philosophers to Paul; the controversial apologetic was the same in both their voices: absolute monotheism. No God but Yahweh. No salvation but through Christ. Scripture holds this conviction consistently, with knowledge of the other world-views, it is not ignorant of them.
The biblical text reveals the Maker of heaven and earth who is an author and he used real historical people in real historical cultures to reveal Himself to us in literary form. The amazing thing one finds in that same literature are eye-witness accounts of an alien Author who is sovereign over the affairs of mankind. This alien Author literally created a historical nation out of a group of slaves demonstrating His divine power in ways that mankind couldn’t forget. He made promises to these people of a coming suffering servant centuries before he came. He then brought the good news of His kingdom by His Son: all are slaves to sin, not just Israelites but gentiles too, and through faith in Christ are men set free from sin and death. He literally became flesh and walked among us, ate with us, died like us. But we will be lead to marvel and worship as we learn that He is not like us because He was before us and because death couldn’t keep Him: He is risen! His death purchased salvation, a full and eternal pardon for rebel sinners who come to believe in Him. His resurrection is man’s true hope for the new body to come in the next age.
The authority of scripture is self attesting. Any claim to ultimate authority must rely upon its own self-attestation otherwise another authority would be required to validate it. So when reading the Bible it is important to resist reading anachronistically into it. As has been historically observed, when allowing the text to speak for itself, a most holy Author is revealed in scripture that no other text has ever, or ever can equal.