November 20

 

Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.  1 Peter 1:13

 

The gospel tells is who Christ is.  Through it, we learn that he is our Savior.  He delivers us from sin and death, helps us out of all misfortune, reconciles us to the Father, makes us godly, and saves us apart from our own works.  Anyone who doesn’t acknowledge Christ in this way will fail.  For even if you already know that he is God’s Son, that he died, rose again, and sits at the right hand of the Father, you still haven’t known Christ in the right way.  This knowledge doesn’t help you.  You also must know and believe that he has done all this for your sake – in order to help you.  Some have contemplated only Christ’s pain and suffering and mistakenly think he is now sitting in heaven with nothing to do, enjoying himself.  As a result, faith cannot come alive, and their hearts remain barren.

We should not think the Lord Christ belongs to himself alone.  We must preach that he also belongs to us.  Otherwise, why would it have been necessary for him to come to earth and shed his blood?  As Jesus said, “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him” (John3:17).  So Jesus must have accomplished what the Father sent him to do.  God sent to earth, not only Christ’s divine nature, but also his human nature.  As soon as he was baptized, he began what he had been sent to the world to accomplish.  God sent him to proclaim the truth and win us over so that all who believe in him would be saved.

 

 

Martin Luther: Bondage of the Will

 

The Bondage of the Will, Luther’s exposition on the doctrine of God’s sovereignty, laid the groundwork for Reformation thought. It shows us a humbling view of ourselves while strengthening our faith in Christ.

 

The Ambassador Classics series brings the greatest classic works of Christian history into a single set. It includes unabridged works by Martin Luther, John Bunyan, John Calvin, A. T. Pierson, John Owens, C. H. Spurgeon, Jonathan Edwards, J. C. Ryle, R. A. Torrey and many others. This series will continue to enrich and deepen your faith in Christ.

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