Faith and Christianity

Reformation followup….

Short follow up. Since the Reformation celebrations are over I will make this brief and just give you the links to choose if you want to look further.OCTOBER 31, 2021 Five Doctrinal Fruits the Reformation Bore by Clint Archer you ever wondered why people call themselves “Reformed”? The word “reformed” generally means “improved” We have been… Continue reading Reformation followup….

Westminster Larger Catechism Study

Judging Correctly and Incorrectly

Mike makes good points about judging in a Biblical way. One rarely hears this explained so well. In today”s world where any Judgment is rapidly rebuked. Yet hypocritical today the cry’s for Justice abound. “Everybody wants Justice and nobody wants Judgment” is the way I characterize it. I read the Bible in the old KJV where I’ve noted in the Old Testament the word translated in the modern versions as Justice is still overwhelming translated a Judgment.

I am curious about the subject and particularly Scriptural support for the ministry of discernment….and will for one read the ebook he mentions at the end.

I do note that Solomon did ask God for good discernment. But recognized God’s sovereignty in ultimate Judgment.

1Ki 3:9  Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?

Ecc 3:17  I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 “Do not judge so that you will not be judged. 2 For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. Matthew 7:1-2 (NASB) 

It is impossible to walk through one’s day without having to make judgments. In fact our Lord Jesus who made the oft misquoted and misunderstood command found in Matthew 7:1 and Luke 6:37 to “Judge Not!” also made the following command.

14 But when it was now the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and began to teach. 15 The Jews then were astonished, saying, “How has this man become learned, having never been educated?” 16 So Jesus answered them and said, “My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me. 17 If anyone is willing to do His will, he will know of the…

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Westminster Larger Catechism Study

Will ye also go away?

I consider John 6:66 one of the saddest verses in the Bible.

“From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.” (John 6:66)

But earlier John wrote down for us what Jesus taught.

Joh 6:37  All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
Joh 6:38  For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
Joh 6:39  And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
Joh 6:40  And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Btw, I’m glad there were no verse numbers in the original Greek text otherwise somebody would tie John 6:66 to the other book John gave us.

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. 67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? 68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. 69 And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. John 6:66-69 (KJV) 

Even though those of us who are in Christ would prefer it not be so, we are as Luther said, “Simul Justus et Peccator.” which means, in our justification we are one and the same time righteous or just, and sinners. Here is a link to R.C. Sproul’s explanation of it. It seems in my case that every time I find myself doing some very good Biblical research or exegetical work that I follow that up with, it…

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