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New Covenant vs. Old Covenant obedience

Numbers 15:37-41,
"The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and tell them that throughout their generations they are to make tassels for the corners of their garments, and put a blue cord on the tassel at each corner. These will serve as tassels for you to look at, so that you may remember all the Lord’s commands and obey them and not prostitute yourselves by following your own heart and your own eyes. This way you will remember and obey all my commands and be holy to your God. I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your God; I am the Lord your God.”

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Our freedom in Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ has done it all in our place and freed us from the need and requirement to measure up to our own standards, other people standards imposed upon us, and even God's standard of righteousness in order to be accepted by him.

But how can that be?

It's because God's standard of acceptance is perfection.

And since we would never meet that standard and perish in trying to measure up, God in his kindness and love sent his Son Jesus to come as a human, a man and obeyed God perfectly to the point of death in our place as our representative and substitute.

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"Logic on fire' in the life of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Today after two months of reading I finished a 1200 page biography of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, by Iain H. Murray.

The "Doctor" as they called him was born on this day in Cardiff, Wales on December 20, 1899, and died on February 28, 1981.

He became a medical doctor, but after his conversion and a strong desire to preach the good news about Jesus to others he gave up practicing medicine and in 1927 became a pastor in a little place called Sanfields, South Wales.

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"Godly sorrow" vs. "worldly sorrow"

Q. After we have been saved and as we study the Word of God, should others be seeing a change in us? When we meditate on our sin we will see our need for the gospel. But isn’t it easy to slip into a worldly sorrow and shame, being overwhelmed by the consequences of our sin? Should we not be moved rather to pure repentance and communion with Christ?

The apostle Paul said, “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” (2 Corinthians 7:10)

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God, evil and all of us

Theodicy means - a vindication of the goodness and the ways of God in the light of the existence of evil.

We read all over the internet about the evil done to the people in Las Vegas. It’s painful and heartbreaking! And our prayers are to God for the survivors and the families of those who died. It’s tragic.

But I’m afraid that on one hand, we’re getting more and more used to the violence, because of the movies we watch and the music we listen to, both glorifying evil.

And on the other hand, we’re surprised at the evil that’s coming out of human hearts.

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Self-flattery promotes blindness

Psalms 36:2, "[The wicked] In their own eyes they flatter themselves too much to detect or hate their sin."

When we love self-flattery and the flattery from others it will blind us to see our sin and our need for repentance. Sin will destroy us unless it's forgiven and cleansed by God.

But for that we need to want God to show our sin to us, so we may experience conviction in our hearts and hate it and turn the other way from it, by his gracious help.

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Our relationships and the love of God

I think most us have experienced relationship breakdown. But it doesn't need to be, most of the time.

When does a relationship begin to break down? The breakdown of relationships happens when we live to get rather than to give. When self-protection governs our relationships instead of self-giving and self-sacrifice, that's when relationships begin to break down. So the cause of relational breakdown is inordinate self-love.

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"The primacy of an eternal"

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)

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"One act of righteousness"

Philippians 2:8, "And [Jesus the Son of God] being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!"

Jesus Christ the Son of God "who being in very nature God" appeared among us sinners "as a man". "He humbled himself" and in that state of humiliation lived and obeyed his Heavenly Father perfectly in our place. We try to obey God, but sadly fail since God expects and accepts only perfect righteousness. Jesus Christ in his experience "as a man" "became obedient to death", in our place as our representative.

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"You cannot serve both God and money."

Jesus said,

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

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