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BlackCalvinist
10-20-2006, 09:30 PM
A bit more from Piper on Romans 8:
"And Can It Be?" by Charles Wesley (last stanza)

No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in him, is mine!
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach the eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.
Basic Christianity in a Nutshell

Look with me at the words we just sang - the last verse of "And Can it Be?". This is a one-verse short course in basic Christianity. Every line in this verse is a profound truth taken from the Bible about what it means to be a Christian.

No condemnation now I dread
Romans 8:1 - "Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." The sweetest of all words to a guilty sinner like me! No condemnation in Christ!

Jesus, and all in him, is mine!
Romans 8:32 - "He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?" Not every convenience or every comfort in this life, but everything that is good for us, as we trust him, and in the end, eternal life, every blessing possible, and ever-increasing joy with God.

Alive in Him [Christ] my living Head
Colossians 3:3-4 - "Your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory." If you trust Christ, he becomes your life, and your life becomes as indestructible and eternal as his. No matter what befalls you here.

And clothed in righteousness divine
2 Corinthians 5:21 - "[God] made [Christ] who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." The foundation of our acceptance with God is not our righteousness, but God's righteousness reckoned to us for Christ's sake, because he died for us. This is our hope and security. Therefore . . .

Bold, I approach the eternal throne
Hebrews 4:16 - "Let us draw near with boldness to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need." What sinners can be bold with God? Only those who are clothed in righteousness divine. And that comes by faith in Christ, not by our imperfect striving.

And claim the crown, through Christ my own
2 Timothy 4:8 - "There is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing." A crown? Why a crown? Aren't crowns for kings? Yes, and for king's children - eventually. After a life of faith and servanthood and love - perhaps in Moralica, Honduras, or Tirana, Albania, or Tecate, California, or in your next-door neighbor's garage or hospital room - after a life of faith in Christ and love for people, then the crown.

Just Judge + Guilty Sinner = No Condemnation.

All this - all this hope ("Jesus, and all in him, is mine") -is based on the great declaration, "There is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:1). This is the very essence of Christianity: God is an unwaveringly just and holy Judge. Nobody gets by with anything in his courtroom. But we are all sinners and all guilty before him (Romans 3:23). Nevertheless, no charge can be made to stick against us. What? No one can condemn us? Every true Christian sings with joy, "No condemnation now I dread!"? How can this be? Just Judge + Guilty Sinner = No Condemnation. How does such an equation work? That is what Christianity is meant to answer.

In Romans 8:33-34 Paul raises this question, "Who will bring a charge against God's elect?" And then, he doesn't answer, "Well, my enemies might, or my wife might, or my conscience might, or worst of all, God might. After all I am a sinner." Instead, he answers, "God is the one who justifies." In other words, others might bring charges, but the Supreme Court of the universe, namely, God, has already "justified." That is, he has acquitted and reckoned us righteous. "Clothed in righteousness divine." So nobody can make a charge stick. It doesn't matter who indicts us or what their case is, if God has justified us, "there is now no condemnation." That's verse 33.

Just Judge + Guilty Sinner + Death of Christ = No Condemnation.

But how can this be? How does "Just judge + guilty sinner = no condemnation"? A judge can't simply let criminals go free and still honor the law and protect society. So the next verse asks the same question again, but this time answers it with a more foundational answer. Romans 8:34, "Who is the one who condemns?" This is the same as asking, "Who will bring a charge against God's elect?" (verse 33). There the answer was: It doesn't matter who brings charges against you if God is for you and has declared you righteous. "It is God who justifies." Here the answer is: It doesn't matter who condemns you, because "Christ Jesus is He who died."

There's the missing component in the equation, and the great center of Christianity, the death of Christ in the place of sinners. So now the equation goes like this: Just Judge + Guilty Sinner + Death of Christ = No Condemnation. The condemnation that belonged to us because of our sin was put on Jesus, and the righteousness that belonged to Jesus because of his perfect obedience was put on us.

Bearing shame and scoffing rude, In my place condemned he stood, Sealed my pardon with his blood: Hallelujah! What a Savior! ("Hallelujah! What a Savior," by Philip P. Bliss)

Therefore: "There is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:1).

eternal
10-20-2006, 11:15 PM
theology board?

shekinahsmoke
10-20-2006, 11:39 PM
aww man.. God is so awesome. Im going to print this out tomorrow morning. DONT NOBODY MOVE THIS! :mad: lol

BlackCalvinist
10-21-2006, 12:16 AM
No.

Daily devotional.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/christiansoulfood/

We don't give out fast food. I throw chunks of meat at people daily. :)

eternal
10-21-2006, 08:51 AM
No.

Daily devotional.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/christiansoulfood/

We don't give out fast food. I throw chunks of meat at people daily. :)

Oh. Cool. Are we all allowed to do that?

Bible_Man
10-21-2006, 02:46 PM
Eternal dont be so divisive man :) like the kid who sees another kid with candy.

Black Calvanist has made these types of once in a while posts even before he was a moderator and before you even came around to posting on this site regularly. its not his personal theological argument.

lets not be kiddy and triffling over every little matter. and post all of YOUR theological questions in the theology forums, but if you have a nice excerpt from someone else that you'd like to post (of course let it be sound) then by all means post it as encouragement!

eternal
10-21-2006, 05:47 PM
Eternal dont be so divisive man :) like the kid who sees another kid with candy.

Black Calvanist has made these types of once in a while posts even before he was a moderator and before you even came around to posting on this site regularly. its not his personal theological argument.

lets not be kiddy and triffling over every little matter. and post all of YOUR theological questions in the theology forums, but if you have a nice excerpt from someone else that you'd like to post (of course let it be sound) then by all means post it as encouragement!

um...ok? I am just asking the rules. There are a lot of good devotionals that I am inspired by and am sure others would be as well. I didn't think that was divisive. I just didn't want to break any rules, seemed humble to me.