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The Church of course.  Yet, we live in a time when the church has come to the point of relying on the government to take care of those that we have been entrusted with to care for.  The Scriptures make it clear that God’s people were always to care for the poor, orphaned, widowed, etc, even to the point of saying, “However, there should be not poor among you…” (Deut. 15:4).  The care came through the tithes, gleaning laws, land other means.  This is seen in the New Testament through the early Christians selling their possessions for the relief of the poor and widowed in their midst (Acts 2:45, 4:32-37, the Pauline collection).  No where does Scripture tell us to trust government with the business that the people of God are supposed to do.  (Of course, there is much more that needs to be said on this topic, but this will do for now)

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Dr. Herman Ridderbos writes:

“The disposition of the heart is an indispensable condition of a good deed for the very reason that it is included in the precept of the law and is demanded by God in the revelation of his will. The theonomy of the gospel is subjection to the law, and any attempt to eliminate the category of law from the gospel is frustrated by the continuous and undeniable maintenance of the law by and in the gospel.”

The beautiful unity of Law and Gospel!

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Bishop NT Wright says this of this very well know speech of Jesus:

“The sermon…is not a mere miscellany of ethical instruction. It cannot be generalized into a set of suggestions, or even commands, on how to be ‘good’. Nor can it be turned into a guidemap for how to go to ‘heaven’ after death. It is rather, as it stands, a challenge to Israel to be Israel.” (Jesus and the Victory of God, 288 – emphasis mine)

It is important to note that Jesus came not just as Savior, but he came as Israel true and rightful teacher of the Law. Or to say it slightly different, as Savior, understanding that biblically, it would be appropriate that he would be the true teacher and exegete of the Law of God. This certainly will be one theme developed in this week’s sermon.

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It is an interesting point in the story of the Fall that Eve adds to God’s prohibition.  In Genesis 2:16-17, God instructed the man, Adam, not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  Then in Genesis 3:3, Eve replies to the serpent concerning the prohibition saying, “…But God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.”  Thus, somewhere along the line either through Adam’s communication to Eve (we know men are best at communication in general – yeah right) or in Eve’s own interpretation of the command, there was an unnecessary line added “you must not touch it.” (more…)

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This week I preached from 1 John 2:3-6, 3:21-24, 5:2-3, and the title of my sermon was “Blessed Assurance.”  The reason for the title is that if you take John at face value without having any background understanding, we would all be in question of our salvation.  In 2:3 John writes, “We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands.”  But I don’t know many who are perfectly following all the commands of God. (more…)

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“For whenever Scripture speaks of the righteousness of the faithful, it does not exclude the remission of sins, but on the contrary begins with it” (Commentary of 1 John).

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In my last post on this topic I made reference to enjoying the good things that God has made and given to us as He has commanded us to enjoy them. In this post I want to emphasize the fact that we are to enjoy these things as the Lord has prescribed that they be enjoyed. My main premise is: Law keeping equals abundant life. God’s Law instructs us how we ought to live, not because God doesn’t want us to enjoy our lives. Instead, the opposite is true. Keeping the Law equals living as He designed life to be lived which equals bearing His image which is also equal to living according to His will equaling living in His blessing which is equal to abundant life. As mentioned in a previous post (New/ Old Commandment), the law tells us how to properly love God and one another which is truly abundant life. (more…)

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