Preaching Christ Crucified http://preachingchristcrucified.com The Ministry and Message of Jesus Christ, and Him Crucified - the Sum of the Gospel Tue, 12 Jul 2016 01:30:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=143 Christian Groaningshttp://preachingchristcrucified.com/christian-groanings.html http://preachingchristcrucified.com/christian-groanings.html#respond Sat, 09 Jul 2016 05:01:36 +0000 http://preachingchristcrucified.com/?p=11284 Continue reading

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“And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.”Romans 8:23-25

Preaching Christ Crucified - Romans CommentaryNot only does the creation groan (Romans 8:19-22), but we also groan and sigh within ourselves when, through the process of sanctification, we walk after the Spirit; and as we surrender to Him, we receive increasing revelations from the Holy Spirit that the true worshippers of God must worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for He seeks such to worship Him (John 4:23-24). And although we grow in grace and are strengthened in faith as God purifies us and sanctifies us through experience, we realize more and more that we still have these bodies of mortal flesh; and that the very best of our worship must be repented of because it is stained with sin. In the presence of His holiness, because we are adopted sons and daughters in Christ, we have access to the Holiest of all; yet, that glimpse causes us to see even more of our fallen flesh, more of our corruptions, and therefore, we groan, as it were, like Isaiah did when He saw the Lord high and lifted up: “Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts” (Isaiah 6:5).

Yet, accompanying the revelation of my weakness, my imperfections, and my infirmities, God’s abounding grace shines upon me with that absolute certain hope of glory: a hope that tells us that a day is coming when I may worship the Father in perfect spirit and in glorious, glorified truth, unhindered, unhampered, and unrestrained by mortal corruption. For “in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Psalm 16:11).

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Listen to the sermon preached on this text, Romans 8:18-27,Hoping in the Spirit,” on January 10, 2010 at Sovereign Grace Baptist Church.

Read the previous article in this series, Creation Groans (Romans 8:19-22).

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“For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.”Romans 8:19-22

Here, the apostle presents a rather poetic expression of the incredible greatness of the glory to come; this glory that can in no way be compared or diminished by the sufferings mentioned in the Romans 8:18, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

Preaching Christ Crucified - Romans CommentaryThe “creature” (Romans 8:19) can, and probably should, be translated “creation,” referring to the whole created universe. This is the same Greek word (κτισις) used in Romans 8:20, 21, & 22. This “creation” refers to the world and its creatures, both of whom Adam had dominion over, but since Adam’s fall, the creation “was made subject to vanity, not willingly” (Romans 8:20). It became “without form and void” (Genesis 1:2) through the fall of man, subject to the curse of sin; and though the plants and animals are living things, they do not have reason, nor was a willing rebellion employed by the plants and animals to bring them to the condition in which they now exist; that is, it was not by their own doing that the curse was upon them, “for as in Adam all die” (1 Corinthians 15:22).

Yet, when the Lord Jesus returns, and those who God has saved in Christ are glorified, there will be new heavens and a new earth (2 Peter 3; Revelation 21). It is written in Isaiah 65:17, 25,

17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind….
25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.

The creation will be delivered from its bondage of corruption when Christ returns unto “the glorious [liberation] of the children of God” (Romans 8:21). Liberated from what? Why, from these mortal bodies, of course, as it is written, “For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality” (1 Corinthians 15:53).

“For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now” (Romans 8:22). This verse can be translated, “For we know that every creature sighs together and labors in birth pains together until now.” And though we can translate this verse as “every creature,” the phrase “whole creation” is also an excellent translation from the three Greek words, πασα η κτισις.

Are these groans literal? Do we hear plants, grass, and trees groaning? Are we groaning with them? No. It is a rather poetic expression of the anguish that all of creation is experiencing until the return of Christ. Since the fall, the planet has been in anguish and continues with increasing frequency and intensity just like labor pains in child birth; and will do so until the second coming of the Lord.

There is great hope, however, because of the words “until now” in this verse of scripture. This anguish and travailing pain has been going on for some 6,000 years “until now.” Our sufferings (Romans 8:18) cannot compare with the eternal weight of glory; and not only that, those sufferings are light and momentary (2 Corinthians 4:17).

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Listen to the sermon preached on this text, Romans 8:18-27,Hoping in the Spirit,” on January 10, 2010 at Sovereign Grace Baptist Church.

Read the previous article in this series, The Sufferings of the Children of God (Romans 8:18).

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“The chief and sole goal of the church is to bring glory to God. Yet, glorifying God cannot happen without holiness, and holiness cannot exist apart from the truth.” —Chap. 3, para. 1, Kindle Location 540 (pg. 47, paperback)

The Church: Why Bother?In early 2007, a book was released by an Emergent (or Emerging) Church pastor titled, THEY LIKE JESUS BUT NOT THE CHURCH: INSIGHTS FROM EMERGING GENERATIONS. From a title like this, it’s clear he (and others) hasn’t a clue what the church is all about, what scripture says about what the church is and what it is not, what is the gospel, and what is Biblical Christianity. Imagine this scenario: You invite me to your home, I arrive with my lovely wife, Lisa, in tow, and when I get to your door you tell me, “You can come in, pastor, but I don’t like your wife. She’s not welcome here.” There are certainly gatherings of people calling themselves a “church” of Jesus Christ that do not reflect the behavior or resemble the Biblical picture of what is, in gospel truth, the beloved bride of Christ. Come on people, we’ve all read Matthew 7:21-23, haven’t we? Yet, to portray the true church of Jesus Christ, with the kind of perspective presented in the aforementioned book title, though pervasive today, is altogether wrong doctrinally misinformed at best and hateful, unbiblical and unchristian at worse. Hard words, I know, yet words needing to be said regardless of toes and feelings.

This is why a book like Pastor Johnson’s THE CHURCH: WHY BOTHER? is an important blessing for American Christianity today. It is a must read for anyone professing Biblical faith in Jesus Christ, in my humble opinion.

Although Jeff’s tongue is firmly pressed into his cheek in his chapter titles, he is sober and serious when it comes to the glory of God, the exaltation of Jesus Christ, and the holiness of Christ’s beloved and precious church. As a master builder under the tutelage of the Holy Spirit, Pastor Johnson dispels the untruths with surgeon-like precision and builds upon the sure foundation of Jesus Christ.

It is a book I whole-heartedly recommend, not only to Christian believers, but also to church leaders as a standard for membership. As a pastor myself, I’m so very happy to have the convenience of this book in Kindle eBook form as we have already begun incorporating THE CHURCH: WHY BOTHER? into our membership curriculum. The questions at the end of each chapter make this little volume excellent for use in Bible studies and membership classes.

I read this eBook on my Galaxy S6 (Android phone), as well as on my desktop and laptop. It is formatted well and the endnotes are hyperlinked so as to view the references easily and return to the exact point of reading.

My only misgiving about the book is that there is currently no accompanying workbook and an audio version would be a blessing to some of those in our congregation who are visually impaired (politically correct way of saying “blind as a bat”).

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“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”Romans 8:18

Preaching Christ CrucifiedSufferings? What sufferings? Those are the sufferings mentioned in the preceding verse, “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together” (Romans 8:17); the sufferings we must go through because, though we are children of the King and are heirs of the kingdom, we are still behind enemy lines, so to speak. We are surrounded by the sinful corruption of an evil and adulterous generation. We suffer because we must wrestle daily, “not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12). We suffer because, though we have been saved by God’s grace and now desire to serve Christ, please God, and worship Him in spirit and in truth, we still dwell in these bodies of flesh (Romans 7:14), and we must therefore struggle against this flesh to mortify it through the Spirit (Romans 8:13). Our sufferings are all those things that take place in the true Christian life that must daily deal with the struggle between sin and law, liberty and licentiousness, flesh and Spirit, &etc.

Yet, these sufferings cannot compare with the ultimate glory to come (2 Corinthians 4:17); and as we shall see in the lessons to come, the rest of Romans 8 will tell us that our sufferings are what make the glory to come that much more glorious.

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Listen to the sermon preached on this text, Romans 8:18-27,Hoping in the Spirit,” on January 10, 2010 at Sovereign Grace Baptist Church.

Read the previous article in this series, Powerful Privilege as Joint-Heirs with Christ (Romans 8:16-17).

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“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.”Romans 8:16, 17

Preaching Christ CrucifiedAs surrender to the Holy Spirit increases in the Christian life, the reality and certainty of this adoption is strengthened within us.

“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God” (Romans 8:16). We hear the Spirit’s voice more clearly through the open pages of God’s revealed and infallible Word. The more this truth is manifested in our day to day lives, the greater the increasing witness of that truth will be within us, empowering us to surrender even further to the Spirit’s leading. In this way, we begin acting more like sons, with whom God is well pleased, as opposed to acting like sinners who can hardly approach the throne of grace.

Another witness of our spirits having received from the Holy Spirit is the truth of what we have been learning concerning our own sanctification— what we have been learning here in Romans 8. The Holy Spirit testifies of our CONDITION in sanctification, as we have seen earlier, that we “walk after the Spirit” (Romans 8:1-10). The Holy Spirit also testifies of our POSITION by sanctification, as we are seeing now in this portion (Romans 8:11-17) in our “surrendering to the Spirit.” The Holy Spirit will additionally testify to our EXPECTATION through sanctification, which we will examine in the portion to come (Romans 8:18-27) in our “Hoping in the Spirit.”

“And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together” (Romans 8:17). We have been told that we are heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ. This is a certainty in the Word of God because our inheritance is not based upon what we do to attain this inheritance, but instead, is based upon what Christ has done to secure this inheritance for us. Yet, there is often confusion in the words of this verse, “if so be that we suffer with Him…” It is at times taken by some to mean that there is something we must do or provide in order to receive our inheritance… or even, as some say, the fullness of our inheritance. Yet, this doesn’t make sense because it would suggest two erroneous perspectives: (1) it would add to grace, confounding it; and (2) it would add to Christ, corrupting Him and suggesting He is insufficient.

Christ is our inheritance. His glory is our reward. It is written in 1 John 3:2,

“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is.”

Dear ones, we are ultimately glorified in body in order to receive, without hindrance from our mortal flesh a more magnificent, more exalted revelation of our Savior, face to face!

Then what does it mean when it says, “if so be that we suffer with Him? Jesus came by His glory through the cross and so must we. What does this do? Does it increase our inheritance? Not in the sense that we can get something more than Christ. But when we suffer with Him, when we deny self and take up our crosses and follow Him, we are surrendering to the Spirit in order that the truth that we are indeed joint-heirs with Christ may be made manifest in our lives.

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Listen to the sermon preached on this text, Romans 8:11-17,Surrendering to the Spirit,” on January 3, 2010 at Sovereign Grace Baptist Church.

Read the previous article in this series, Perfect Adoption as God’s Children (Romans 8:14-15).

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Biblical Contradiction? Reconciling Proverbs 26:4-5http://preachingchristcrucified.com/reconciling-biblical-difficulty.html http://preachingchristcrucified.com/reconciling-biblical-difficulty.html#respond Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:29:03 +0000 http://preachingchristcrucified.com/?p=10989 Continue reading

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Is there a contradiction in the holy scriptures?

“Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.” Proverbs 26:4-5

There is a seemingly apparent contradiction between verses 4 and 5 of Proverbs 26. Verse 4 says not to answer a fool and verse 5 commands us to answer a fool according to his folly.

The video below from The Mind of Christ reconciles this difficulty.

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Perfect Adoption as God’s Childrenhttp://preachingchristcrucified.com/perfect-adoption.html http://preachingchristcrucified.com/perfect-adoption.html#respond Fri, 21 Aug 2015 00:20:31 +0000 http://preachingchristcrucified.com/?p=10984 Continue reading

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“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.”Romans 8:14, 15

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”John 1:12

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (Romans 8:14). As I am led, that is more literally, carried by the Spirit, I surrender to Him; and as I surrender more and more to the Spirit of God in humble subjection, He lifts me up in power to carry out that authority as a son of God.

Preaching Christ CrucifiedWhen we were in the throes of salvation, before grace kissed our souls, the conviction of the Holy Spirit was illuminating the eternal impact and the temporal implications of sin. It was frightening. Yet, now that we have peace with God through Christ Jesus, not only are we delivered from being God’s enemy, we are deemed to be His sons and daughters by the glory of God’s grace, adopted into the kingdom of heaven, as it is written in the next verse, “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15). As the revelation of this truth arrests us more and more, surrendering to this truth becomes more real and more certain.

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Listen to the sermon preached on this text, Romans 8:11-17,Surrendering to the Spirit,” on January 3, 2010 at Sovereign Grace Baptist Church.

Read the previous article in this series, “Perfect Logic of Sovereign Grace” (Romans 8:11-13).

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NO ONE EXEMPT

There is no soul exempt from the curse of Adam’s disobedience.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
Christ did not come to applaud the “righteous” in their self-delusion,
but instead, came to call sinners unto repentance,
believing upon Him alone for salvation.

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The Increase of Christhttp://preachingchristcrucified.com/increase-christ.html http://preachingchristcrucified.com/increase-christ.html#respond Fri, 30 Jan 2015 22:20:33 +0000 http://preachingchristcrucified.com/?p=10882 Continue reading

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JOHN 3:30

John the Baptist speaks the truth, not only as a prophet, but also
the great goal of every child of God: exalt Christ and deny self.
To deny self is to take up one’s own cross.
To take up one’s own cross is to live by faith through the truth
of the incarnate Christ crucified,
buried, risen, ascended and coming again.
Truly, He must increase and I must decrease.

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Essential Elements of the Gospelhttp://preachingchristcrucified.com/gospel-essentials-christ-crucified.html http://preachingchristcrucified.com/gospel-essentials-christ-crucified.html#respond Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:00:51 +0000 http://preachingchristcrucified.com/?p=10708 Continue reading

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And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.Acts 16:30-31

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What are the essential elements of the Christian gospel?

There are basically five essential elements to the Christian gospel. These are biblical truths of the gospel and are non-negotiable. There are certainly more details of the gospel that help to clarify these elements and establish them more firmly and faithfully in the believer’s life, yet to add to this gospel other “essentials” or taking away from these elements as regarding one or more of these as unnecessary, would remove the gospel proposition altogether.

As Christians, we believe and trust in Jesus Christ by these truths concerning Him…

  • Christ’s Incarnation. Jesus Christ was virgin-born as the Son of God. He is very God, yet became man. Although he is God in human flesh, He is very man, fully human, and because virgin-born as the Holy One ordained to come, the Christ and Messiah of Israel, He is the only completely righteous man to walk the face of the planet since Adam’s sinful fall in the Garden of Eden.
  • Christ’s Crucifixion. The excellency and perfection of Christ’s sacrifice paid a debt He did not owe for a debt we, as sinners, owe but cannot pay. He suffered the wrath of God for our sins. He shed his blood for the forgiveness of sins. Christ died upon the cross at Calvary so that we, who are dead in trespasses and sins against God, may have life eternal in Jesus’ name.
  • Christ’s Resurrection. That Jesus Christ’s dead body was buried in the tomb for three days and nights is effectual proof that He is fully human. His bodily resurrection from the dead is effectual proof that He is eternal God. The resurrection is the proof and power that His was the Christ foretold to come and He is alive forevermore.
  • Christ’s Ascension. Jesus Christ’s ascension into heaven marks his everlasting reign as King of kings and Lord of lords, seated upon the throne of God, ruling and reigning in the lives of His people until He puts down once and for all His enemies.
  • Christ’s Consummation. There is an appointed time for the return of Christ for His own, known only to God. Jesus Christ will return in glory and judgment, unto eternal condemnation to all those who have rejected God through denying Christ, to the glory of His holy justice; and unto eternal consolation to all those to whom Christ has saved, unto the glory of God’s marvelous grace.

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