Citizen Behavior: The Christian Call To Obedience (Part 1)

Last Sunday we looked two short verses; Philippians 2:12-13.  Yet, despite their shortness we saw that Paul packed some weighty truth deep within his words.

Paul called for the Philippian believers to live our their lives of obedience in a particular manner.  They were to “work out their own salvation” realizing “it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”

Heavenly Citizens are to be marked by obedience which means they work out their own salvation.  The fact that God works in us to desire this and then gives us the power to grow like Jesus is meant to produce hope that chance can actually happen.

We are to kill sin and grow like Jesus.  Yet, this is fueled by the Spirit of God who uses our “working out our salvation” as the means by which He brings our salvation “to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:6).

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This Sunday we will look to Philippians 2:14-18 and see Paul draw to a conclusion his last exhortation to right gospel behavior.

Buried Treasure

“Salvation belongs to the Lord!”
— Jonah 2:9

Buried in the obscurity of the OT Minor Prophets lies this gem.  Thank God that our salvation originates with Him!


God, Marriage, and Family :: Galatians

I am working through some new books right now.  The spring semester is over and my summer classes won’t kick up until late June.  So, to take advantage of a couple of weeks break in my class reading I am taking in these books:

God, Marriage, and Family: Rebuilding the Biblical Foundation
by Andreas Kostenberger and David W. Jones

Galatians – Reformed Expository Commentary
by Phillip Graham Ryken

God, Marriage, and Family is a must read.  Kostenberger and Jones handle the subjects with great scholarly care, yet they temper their writings with a gentle pastoral hand.  Very easy to read and a great encouragement for the Christian of what marriage and family ought to be based upon the Scriptures.

Phillip Ryken’s commentary is a great commentary for the book of Galatians.  It flows in the vein of expositional commentaries and makes a great compliment for the person working through this book in their devotional time.  Easy to read, yet in depth and very helpful.  Ligonier Ministries rated this commentary in the #1 spot in their best commentaries blog series.  I highly recommend.

Creation As An Argument For Headship

The creation account found in Genesis 1-3 gives us more than the simple account of how God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh day.  These first chapters of Genesis are also the go to source for Paul in his arguments for male headship in the home and in the church.  Paul looks to the chronology of creation and he looks to the purpose in creation for the basis of his arguments.  All of these verses imply male headship from God’s deliberate ordering of creation.

  • Man was created first, Woman was created second.  Paul sees purpose in God’s chronological ordering of man first, woman second.

    And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed (Gen 2:8).

    Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man (Gen 2:18, 22).

    I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet.  For Adam was formed first, then Eve (1 Timothy 2:12-13).

  • The woman was made for man.  Paul see purpose in God specifically making woman to help man, not the other way around.

    Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”  The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him (Gen 2:18, 20).

    Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man (1 Cor 11:9).

  • The woman was made from man.  Paul sees purpose in God specifically creating woman from the man’s side.

    And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man (Gen 2:22)

    For man was not made from woman, but woman from man (1 Cor 11:8).

  • Man received the divine command.

    And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Gen 2:16-17).

  • Man was presented with the woman.

    The rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man (Gen 2:22).

  • Man named the woman with a name derived from his own.

    Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man” (Gen 2:23).

    The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living (Gen 3:20).

Both the man and the woman are to rule as God’s representatives on earth (Gen 1:28), but they are to do so by acting out different roles.  The man works out this representative rule by being “in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it” (Gen 2:15).  The woman works out this representative rule by being “a helper fit for him” (Gen 2:18).  Both are equal in their God ordained task, yet distinct in their roles of how to fulfill this God ordained task.

* Kostenberger, Andreas J., David W. Jones, God, Marriage, and Family: Rebuilding the Biblical Foundation. 2nd ed. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2010.

O The Wonders Couched In Electing Love

by James Smith, “God’s Special Treasure

“For you are a holy people, who belong to the Lord your God. Of all the people on earth–the Lord your God has chosen you to be His own special treasure!” Deuteronomy 7:6 

God highly prizes His people. Yes, it is impossible to say how highly He prizes them. Those are wondrous words, “For the Lord has chosen Jacob for Himself, Israel for His own special treasure!” Psalm 135:4

Did the shepherd prize his flock? God calls His people, “His flock, His beautiful flock.”

Does the miser prize his wealth? God says of His people, “You shall be a special treasure unto Me above all people; for all the earth is mine.”

Does the prince prize his jewels? God says of His people, “They shall be Mine, in that day when I make up My jewels!” 

Does the bridegroom prize his beloved and dearly purchased bride? It is written, “As the bridegroom rejoices over the bride–so shall your God rejoice over you!”

Does the reigning monarch prize his crown? God has said, “You shall be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.”

What wondrous love, such expressions as these represent! How precious must the Lord’s people be to Him! Truly they are His special treasure!

God CHOSE them to be special unto Himself. He chose them out from among others. He chose them in preference to others.

He chose them out from others, on purpose that they may be a special people unto Himself. And in so doing, He acted FREELY. It was not on account of anything He saw in them, or on account of anything He expected from them; but in the exercise of His most free and holy sovereignty–He chose them to participate in the glory of His Son!

In choosing them, He acted also DELIBERATELY. It was no hasty choice. His thoughts had been eternally filled with them. His heart had been eternally set upon them. Therefore He chose them in Christ before the foundation of the world!

In choosing them, He acted WISELY–as He really desired to have them. For each one of them is ready to confess that if God had not chosen them–that they would never have chosen Him! The nature regulates the choice; and as our nature is carnal and impure–we would never have chosen God, who is spiritual and holy.

His choice was just an early expression of His LOVE. The love which chose them–would do anything for them, and give anything to them! Therefore God spared not His own Son–but delivered Him up for them all; and in so doing, gave them the assurance that He will also freely give them all things in Christ.

O the wonders couched in electing love!

This act of choosing such creatures as we are, to be a special people unto Himself, displays . . .
such grace,
such condescension,
such infinite wisdom and love!

God’s election says, “The Lord loves you!” Loves us! Yes, and with a love that is eternal, immutable, sovereign, infinite, and free! All the love of God is lavished upon us as His special people in Christ. Oh, those wondrous words of Jesus, “You have loved them–even as You have loved Me!” John 17:23

12 Time Wasting Thieves

by Richard Baxter

“Redeeming the time.” Colossians 4:5

“That you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way.” Colossians 1:10

Thief 1. One of the greatest time-wasting sins, consists of idleness or sloth.

Thief 2. The next thief or time-waster, is excess of sleep.

Thief 3. Another time-waster, is an inordinate adorning of the body.

Thief 4. Another time-wasting thief, is unnecessary pomp and extravagance in household furniture and domestic entertainments.

Thief 5. Another time-wasting sin, is needless feastingsgluttony, and drinking.

Thief 6. Another time-waster, is idle talk.

Thief 7. Another thief which would steal your time, is vain and sinful company.

Thief 8. Another notorious time-wasting thief, is needless, inordinate sports and games–which are masked with the deceitful title of recreations.

Thief 9. Another time-wasting thief, is excess of worldly cares and business.

Thief 10. Another time-waster, is vain, ungoverned and sinful thoughts.

Thief 11. Another dangerous time-wasting sin, is the reading of worthless books, plays, romances, and novels. And alsounprofitable studies, undertaken but for pride and vain-glory, or the pleasing of a carnal or curious mind.

Thief 12. But the master-thief that robs men of their time, is an unsanctified, ungodly heart; for this loses time, whatever men are doing–because they never intend to do anything for the glory of God.

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do–do it all for the glory of God!” 1 Corinthians 10:31

Birthday Books

Today Tarah and I were able to go to the Christian Book Nook in Louisville and spend some time together.  For my birthday she bought me the ESV Bible Atlas…

and she also got me $25 gift certificate to the Book Nook.  Here are the books that I threw down on.  As always, if you want a good website to buy from just click the pic and follow the link.

The Doctrine of the Word of God by John Frame

All Things For Good by Thomas Watson

Your Mind Matters by John Stott

A Praying Life by Paul Miller