Forgiveness – R.C. Sproul Quote

A favorite saying of R.C. Sproul’s was brought back to my mind today.

What do you do with the person who says, “I’ve asked God to forgive me about this, but I still feel guilty”? I hear that statement over and over again. I usually say to these people, “If you still feel guilty, then pray to God again. But this time don’t ask Him to forgive you for the sin that is haunting you. Rather, ask Him to forgive you for insulting His integrity by refusing to accept His forgiveness. Who are you to refuse to forgive yourself when God has forgiven you? When God promises to forgive His people when they repent, He is not playing games. If He says He will forgive you, then He will forgive you. And if God forgives you, you are forgiven.”


R.C. Sproul

The corollary also applies:

Whom have you not forgiven yet God has forgiven?

Many still punish and hold against another their sins even though the Lord has forgiven them. We cannot be a higher judge than God is; demanding more repentance than God does.


2 Peter 3:9

In reading By Grace Alone by Jim McClarty, I came across an interesting point I had never really noticed. Many have heard the verse in 2 Peter 3:9 used to defend the Arminian position that all men must do is choose faith in Christ to be saved. That the onus is on man because God has done His part and He has provided Salvation and Repentance for all men.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

What is the context of this passage?

Paul is speaking to believers who are losing hope saying, “Where is the promise of His coming?, 1 Peter 3:4.

We know Paul is speaking to believers because of several verses.

1 Peter 1:1-2 “…To those who are elect exiles of the dispersion … according to the foreknowledge of God …

2 Peter 2:1 “… To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ …”

Even 2 Peter 3:8, the immediately proceeding verse, addresses the listeners as “beloved” meaning the believers. We cannot take promises given to believers as belong to the whole world. Just as when I am speaking to my children and say “All of us are going to Walmart.” We all know that does not mean all the world nor all my town. Context and audience are very important factors to sound Bible Study.


Found: God’s Will (John MacArthur Study)

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In Trusting God, he shares the scope of God’s power to help you come to know Him better, have a relationship with Him, and trust Him more—even when unjust things happen. Tragedy, grief, loss, and death are part of life. Discover how Trusting God can reveal biblical truths about God.

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Renowned theologian and teacher Dr. R.C. Sproul takes a remarkable look at this most profound truth. God’s Love delves deep into Scripture to explore this dynamic attribute of God, which finds its ultimate expression in His Son. Dr. Sproul also examines seeming paradoxes of God, such as a loving God and divine hate, and how love coexists with His sovereignty. Practical, insightful, and revolutionary, God’s Love compels and calls us to reflect His nature of unconditional love.

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Living on the Dregs

It has been so cool here that hot tea has been in order.  Yum! Yum!  Hot strong tea with some sugar and lots of cream.  One of my favorite drinks.  I like my tea strong, no watery beige color for m, but deep and dark.

Dora’s comment on the post Koinonia – Fellowship got me to thinking.

How often do believers try to live life with the dregs of a past fellowship with the Lord?

When was the last time you really desired to study your Bible and pray? Actually before a crisis?

Do you look forward to gathering with fellow church members to study God’s Word?  Or do you dread going to church?

Are you so eager to fellowship with others and the Lord that you are early or just dragging in, bidding your time until you can move on to the next (more important) thing on the agenda?

Are you reusing the tea bag over and over again until you have to convince yourself that it really is tea and not water?

Our Christian lives should be strong and robust, not just a hint of a Christian life.

Are you living on the dregs of a past relationship?


Koinonia – Fellowship

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This is fellowship: sharing with one another what God is teaching through the Scriptures, and this is an important part of true community.   …

Because we are partners in the gospel, we need to share with one another, realizing that we are not owners but only stewards of the possessions God has entrusted (not given, but entrusted) to us.  …

we cannot have meaningful fellowship with one another unless we are individually experiencing vital fellowship with God.

Those quotes from True Community  highlight the importance of fellowship and how it is much, much more than eating a meal with other believers.  If you are eating a meal together and discussing the latest football game it is not fellowship and should not be called such.  Fellowship is sharing with other believers our life in Christ, sharing what we are learning and working together to glorify God.  If we are not fellowshipping with the Lord in the Word, prayer and worship on our own, we cannot have meaningful fellowship with other believers.

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Trusting God is a Matter of the Will

Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts (Gerald Bridges and Jerry Bridges)

… trusting God is first of all a matter of the will  and is not dependent on my feelings. I choose to trust God, and  my feelings eventually follow.
Having said that trusting God is first of all a matter of the  will, let me qualify that statement to say that, first of all, it is a  matter of knowledge. We must know that God is sovereign, wise,  and loving in all the ways we have come to see what those  terms mean in previous chapters. But having been exposed to  the knowledge of the truth, we must then choose whether to  believe the truth about God, which He has revealed to us, or  whether to follow our feelings. If we are to trust God, we must  choose to believe His truth.


God Determined Dwelling Place

Ever wonder why you were born where you were?

Was it just a matter of chance?

Acts 17:26-28 (ESV)

26 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place,
27 that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us,
28 for “ ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, “ ‘For we are indeed his offspring.’

From one man arose every nation.

Each nation has an allotted time period.

Each nation’s boundaries are predetermined by God.


No Condemnation – Spurgeon

We are today accepted in the Beloved, absolved from sin, acquitted at the bar of God.  …

We are now-even now pardoned; even now are our sins put away; even now we stand in the sight of God accepted, as though we had never been guilty. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.” There is not a sin in the Book of God, even now, against one of His people. Who dareth to lay anything to their charge? There is neither speck, nor spot, nor wrinkle, nor any such thing remaining upon any one believer in the matter of justification in the sight of the Judge of all the earth.

Charles H. Spurgeon