Tag Archive | True Christianity

The True Christian Owns Christ in All His Offices

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“Christ is a King, Priest, Prophet and all as Mediator. Without any of those offices, the work of salvation could not have been completed. As Priest he redeems us, as Prophet he instructs us, as King he sanctifies us and saves us. Therefore the apostle says he is made of God unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. Righteousness and redemption flow from him as Priest, wisdom as a Prophet, sanctification as a King.

Now many embrace Christ as a Priest, but yet they own him not as a King and Prophet. They like to share in his righteousness, but not partake of his holiness. They would be redeemed by him, but not but they would not submit to him. They would be saved by his blood, but not submit to his power. Many love the privileges of gospel, but not the duties of the gospel. Now these are but almost Christians, notwithstanding their close with Christ; for it is upon their terms, but not upon God’s. The offices of Christ may be distinguished, but they can never be divided.

But the true Christian owns Christ in all his offices. He does not only close with him as Jesus, but as Lord Jesus. He says with Thomas, “My Lord, and my God.” He does not only believe in the merit of his death, but also conforms to the manner of his life. As he believes in him, so he lives in him.”

~excerpted from Matthew Meade, “The Almost Christian”

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/f36/many-love-privileges-gospel-but-not-duties-84414/, Comment #1

Hide it Under a Bushel, No!

Martyn Lloyd-Jones on Matthew 5:13-16

CandleThe true Christian cannot be hid, he cannot escape notice. A man truly living and functioning as a Christian will stand out. He will be like salt; he will be like a city set on a hill, a candle set upon a candlestick. But we can also add this further word. The true Christian does not even desire to hide his light. He sees how ridiculous it is to claim to be a Christian and yet deliberately to try to hide the fact. A man who truly realizes what it means to be a Christian, who realizes all that the grace of God has meant to him and done for him, and understands that, ultimately, God has done this in order that he may influence others, is a man who cannot conceal it. Not only that; he does not desire to conceal it, because he argues thus, ‘Ultimately the object and purpose of it all is that I might be functioning in this way’.

If we find in ourselves a tendency to put the light under a bushel, we must begin to examine ourselves and make sure that it really is ‘light’. It seems to be a fact about salt and light that they want to manifest their essential quality, so if there is any uncertainty about this, we should examine ourselves and discover again the cause of this illogical and contradictory position. Let us put it, therefore, in this simple form. The next time I find myself with any sort of tendency to cover over the fact that I am a Christian, in order, maybe, to ingratiate myself with somebody else or to avoid persecution, I am just to think of the man lighting his candle and then covering it with a bushel. The moment I think of it like that and see how ridiculous it is, I shall recognize that the subtle thing which offered me that bushel is the hand of the devil. I shall therefore reject it, and shine still more brightly.

Jones, David Martyn. Studies in the Sermon on the Mount. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans. 1959.

HT and Read more: http://www.erictyoung.com/2015/03/25/dont-hide-your-light-to-avoid-persecution-martyn-lloyd-jones/

Marks of a True Church

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Dr. C. Matthew McMahon discusses the three marks of a true church, which are as follows:

Mark 1: Sound Doctrine

Mark 2: Right Administration of the Sacraments

Mark 3: The Right Administration of Discipline

For details, read more here: http://www.apuritansmind.com/pastors-study/the-three-marks-of-the-true-church-by-dr-c-matthew-mcmahon/

True Christianity is a Fight

J.C. Ryle:
Franz Eduard Meyerheim Die neue Rüstung 1858The first thing I have to say is this: True Christianity is a fight.

“True Christianity”—mind that word “true.” Let there be no mistake about my meaning. There is a vast quantity of religion current in the world which is not true, genuine Christianity. It passes muster; it satisfies sleepy consciences; but it is not good money. It is not the real thing which was called Christianity eighteen hundred years ago. There are thousands of men and women who go to churches and chapels every Sunday, and call themselves Christians. Their names are in the baptismal register. They are reckoned Christians while they live. They are married with a Christian marriage-service. They are buried as Christians when they die. But you never see any “fight” about their religion! Of spiritual strife, and exertion, and conflict, and self-denial, and watching, and warring they know literally nothing at all. Such Christianity may satisfy man, and those who say anything against it may be thought very hard and uncharitable; but it certainly is not the Christianity of the Bible. It is not the religion which the Lord Jesus founded, and His Apostles preached. True Christianity is “a fight.”

Read more: http://regenerationandrepentance.wordpress.com/2014/07/27/are-you-fighting/

True Christianity Resists Cultural Captivity

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Cutting the Ground Out From Under Our Children’s Feet

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Will we have the courage to draw a line, and to do it publicly, between those who take a full view of Scripture and those who have been infiltrated theologically and culturally? If we do not have the courage, we will cut the ground out from under the feet of our children, and we will destroy any hope of being the redeeming salt and light of our dying culture.

~ Francis A. Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster, quoted in Love, Prayer and Forgiveness: When Basics Become Heresies by Michael Snow, page vii

Read my review of Mr. Snow’s book here: https://paddlingupcreek.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/love-prayer-and-forgiveness-when-basics-become-heresies/

Photo Credit: “Footsies” by David Goehring from San Francisco, CA, USA – Footsies. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

God Cannot Be Deceived

Angels025Truly converted sinners have trusted Christ alone and seek to become more and more Christlike all the time. Those who claim to be Christians should display the characteristics of true Christians: sound doctrine, obedience to God’s Word, and love. They should unashamedly work to spread the good news of the gospel, as we are called to do (Matthew 28:19-20), knowing well that they might be mocked and ridiculed by many in these increasingly secular times. And although false Christians may sometimes be able to deceive us, they certainly cannot deceive God, as nothing in all creation is hidden from His sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account (Hebrews 4:13). At the end of the age, His angels will separate the true from the false Christians.

Read more: http://paultheslave.wordpress.com/2014/06/03/how-do-i-detect-a-false-convert/