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What I Read Online – 02/02/2013 (a.m.)

02 Feb
    • First, union with our Lord depends on His grace
    • Second, union with Christ means being obedient to Him
    • In a nutshell, abiding in Christ means allowing His Word to fill our minds, direct our wills, and transform our affections. In other words, our relationship to Christ is intimately connected to what we do with our Bibles!
    • Third, Christ underlines a further principle, “Abide in My love” (15:9), and states very clearly what this implies: the believer rests his or her life on the love of Christ
    • Finally, we are called, as part of the abiding process, to submit to the pruning knife of God in the providences by which He cuts away all disloyalty and sometimes all that is unimportant, in order that we might remain in Christ all the more wholeheartedly.
    • This remarkable hymn (1779) comes from the pen of that remarkable man, John Newton (1725-1807). It’s a beautiful poem about how the Lord afflicts us that he might comfort us.
    • While pastors should certainly give themselves to people (1 Thess 2:8), that is not enough to fulfill one’s calling.  God calls pastors not only to give themselves, but ultimately (and primarily), he calls them to give people the WORD.   The pastors are a conduit for something greater and bigger than themselves: God’s own voice.
    • Greear sets out to accomplish two things: to help the Christian find assurance that he has been saved, and to help the unbeliever resting on a false assurance see his danger and to turn to Christ

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