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What is Repentance?

Charles Spurgeon writes:

Repentance is a discovery of the evil of sin, a mourning that we have committed it, a resolution to forsake it. It is, in fact, a change of mind of a very deep and practical character, which makes the man love what once he hated, and hate what once he loved.

J. I. Packer writes:

Repentance means turning from as much as you know of your sin to give as much as you know of yourself to as much as you know of your God, and as our knowledge grows at these three points so our practice of repentance has to be enlarged.

John Piper writes:

Repenting means experiencing a change of mind that now sees God as true and beautiful and worthy of all our praise and all our obedience.

(found via Desiring God)


Where the Old Testament Demands the Deity of Christ

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Hebrews 1:8-9 quotes Psalm 45:6-7 to the effect that the “Son”, the King of Israel is God.

But of the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”

Is the New Testament being faithful to the original intention of the Psalm? Derek Kidner says yes:

The Hebrew resists any softening here, and it is the New Testament, not the new versions, which does it justice when it uses it to prove the superiority of God’s Son to the very angels (Hebrews 1:8f). Added to this, verse 7 distinguishes between God, your God, and the king who has been addressed as “God” in verse 6.

This paradox is consistent with the incarnation, but mystifying in any other context. It is an example of Old Testament language bursting its banks, to demand a more than human fulfillment (as did Psalm 110:1, according to our Lord). The faithfulness of the pre-Christian LXX [Greek translation of the Old Testament] in translating these verses unaltered is very striking. (Psalms 1-72, Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries, IVP, 1973], 172).

It is fitting in these post-Easter days that we unashamedly and joyfully take to heart the example of the disciples as they met Jesus: “When they saw him they worshiped him” (Matthew 28:17).

It is not idolatry to worship Jesus. He is God

(found via DesiringGod.org)


The Benefits of Expository Preaching

Why should expository preaching be recovered and faithfully practiced?

  1. It gives glory to God alone. Since expository preaching begins with the text of Scripture, it’s starts with God and is in itestlf an act of worship.
  2. It makes the preacher study God’s Word. The first heart God’s Word needs to reach is the preacher.
  3. It helps the congregation. It enables the congregation to learn the Bible.
  4. It demands treatment of the entire Bible. It prevents the preacher from avoiding difficult passages or from dwelling on only his favorite texts.
  5. It provides a balanced diet. Exposition affirms the priority and sufficiency of a text. We serve our people best when we make clear that we are committed to teaching the Bible by teaching the Bible.
  6. It eliminates Saturday night fever. It liberates the preacher from last minute preparation and it doesn’t leave the congregation wondering what the preacher will talk about on Sunday.

(found via Crossway.com)


The Book That Changed The World

Here’s an interesting trailer of a movie coming out soon.  I don’t think at all that they are trying to persuade anyone down a “King James Only” view.  I find it very interesting to see a dramatization of what took place for this book to be where it is today.  Let me know what you think of it.