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What I Read Online – 01/10/2013 (p.m.)

11 Jan
    • Upon my graduation from Dallas Seminary in 1977 I immediately immersed myself in a study of all aspects and schools of eschatological thought. Over the next few years, the two most influential and persuasive volumes I read were The Presence of the Future: The Eschatology of Biblical Realism by George Eldon Ladd (himself a historic premillennialist), and Anthony Hoekema’s book The Bible and the Future (Hoekema was an amillennialist). It is worth noting here that the distinction between Israel and the church, on which dispensationalism is largely based, could not withstand either Ladd or Hoekema’s relentless assault
    • But when in the early 1980s I abandoned premillennialism in all its forms, public reaction was such that you would have sworn I had committed the unpardonable sin. I’m not suggesting that all or even the majority of dispensational premillennialists feel this way today (I hope and pray that few do)
    • I am content to wait till the judgement day for the clearing up of my reputation; and after I am dead I desire no other epitaph than this, “Here lies G.W. What sort of man he was the great day will discover.”
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      Joe Fleener Joe Fleener  

      Joe serves as associate pastor at Howick Baptist Church in Auckland, and is also regional BibleWorks trainer for Australasia, and an adjunct lecturer at Grace Theological Seminary. Joe is a full-time husband to Mandy and father to their three children. As a family they enjoy music, many outdoor activities, reading, and learning more about God’s wonderful creation. Joe will be speaking at Equip 2014 on John 1-3.

        

    • He [Christ] is Isaac, the beloved Son of the Father who was offered as a sacrifice, but nevertheless did not succumb to the power of death.

       

      He is Jacob the watchful shepherd, who has such great care for the sheep which he guards.

       

      He is the good and compassionate brother Joseph, who in his glory was not ashamed to acknowledge his brothers, however lowly and abject their condition.

       

      He is the great sacrificer and bishop Melchizedek, who has offered an eternal sacrifice once for all.

       

      He is the sovereign lawgiver Moses, writing his law on the tables of our hearts by his Spirit.

       

      He is the faithful captain and guide Joshua, to lead us to the Promised Land.

       

      He is the victorious and noble king David, bringing by his hand all rebellious power to subjection.

       

      He is the magnificent and triumphant king Solomon, governing his kingdom in peace and prosperity.

       

      He is the strong and powerful Samson, who by his death has overwhelmed all his enemies.

       

      This is what we should in short seek in the whole of Scripture: truly to know Jesus Christ, and the infinite riches that are comprised in him and are offered to us by him from God the Father. If one were to sift thoroughly the Law and the Prophets, he would not find a single word which would not draw and bring us to him. . . . Therefore, rightly does Saint Paul say in another passage that he would know nothing except Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

    • As children learn discernment, there will be times when they will have to say “no”—to their own desires and to others. It can be difficult for adults to say no, so we expect that it will be even more difficult for children to say no! It puts them in social jeopardy and requires them to battle against sinful desires. But saying no and standing up for what is right can be learned through fostering open, honest conversations, good role-playing, and helping kids think outside the box. As you teach your children, ask the Lord to help you be patient with their failures. Remember that you still fail in saying no at times. Our kids, too, will fail at times. We should expect that to happen. The goal isn’t perfection. The goal is wise conversation that helps kids know what to do when they encounter grey areas of life. 
    • Strong Character
      When we arm our kids with a framework for discerning their experiences, we help orient their life as a life lived in God’s world. That is, a life lived with God’s purposes in view and under his command. Knowing that we live in God’s world provides a sense of safety that our Father can be trusted and will give us the wisdom and clarity we need.  His ways are truly better than our own. When we live life in right recognition of this, then obedience becomes a delight. And as we practice obedience, we grow into the likeness and character of Christ. The stronger a child’s character, the more discerning and cautious the child will be in situations that feel unclear.  

       

    • The Holy Spirit so inheres in his truth, which he expresses in Scripture, that only when its proper reverence and dignity are given to the Word does the Holy Spirit show forth his power…. For by a kind of mutual bond the Lord has joined together the certainty of his Word and of his Spirit so that the perfect religion of the Word may abide in our minds when the Spirit, who causes us to contemplate God’s face, shines; and that we in turn may embrace the Spirit with no fear of being deceived when we recognize him in his own image, namely, in the Word. So indeed it is. God did not bring forth his Word among men for the sake of a momentary display, intending at the coming of his Spirit to abolish it. Rather, he sent down the same Spirit by whose power he had dispensed the Word, to complete his work by the efficacious confirmation of the Word
    • Article IX of the 1878 Niagara Creed developed around their Bible conferences:

       

      We believe that all the Scriptures, from first to last, center about our Lord Jesus Christ, in His Person and work, in first and second coming; and hence that no chapter even of the Old Testament is properly read or understood until it leads to Him; and moreover, that all the Scriptures from first to last, including every chapter of the Old Testament, were designed for our practical instruction. (Luke 24:27,44; John 5:39; Acts 7:2-3; Acts 18:28; Acts 26:22-23; Acts 28:23; Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 10:11)

       

      It’s interesting to note that the Niagara conference folks were dispensationalists, whereas the rise of Christocentric hermeneutics in the 20th century seems more associated with covenant theologians.

    • The right performance of this work [of gospel ministry] is attended with many and great difficulties, partly from the various, frequent, furious assaults of Satan; partly from the lusts of men, variously discouraging or opposing it; and partly from the weaknesses and remaining corruptions of even the best of those who engage in it. Yet it is a work that is very honorable in itself, and of vast weight and importance. It must be thought so if we rightly consider that it is the infinitely great, glorious, holy and heart-searching God who (in His providence) calls and commissions men to this work; that the main scope of the work is to batter down Satan’s kingdom, to pull down the strongholds of lust in the hearts of men, to promote the glory of divine grace through Christ in saving men’s precious, immortal souls, one of which is more worth than a world; and that those who engage in this work must give a strict account of their management to that God who employs them, who can’t be deceived and won’t be mocked, and who will require at their hands the blood of those souls who perish through their neglect, as well as graciously and abundantly reward them if they are faithful.

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