theology

Jerry Bridges on Propitiation and Expiation

I'm studying the topic of expiation in anticipation of Good Friday and I recently ran across this clear and helpful quote in The Gospel for Real Life by the late Jerry Bridges:

Propitiation, as we saw in Chapter 5, addresses the wrath of God. It is the work of Christ saving us from God’s wrath by absorbing it in His own person as our substitute. Expiation which basically means “removal,” accompanies propitiation and speaks of the work of Christ in removing or putting away our sin. Such is the symbolism of the two goats used on the Day of Atonement. The first goat represented Christ’s work of propitiation as it was killed and its blood sprinkled on the mercy seat. The second goat represented Christ’s work of expiation in removing or blotting out the sins that were against us. The object of propitiation is the wrath of God. The object of expiation is the sin, which must be removed from His presence.

Bridges finishes the chapter in this way:

The work of Christ in finished. Nothing more remains to be done. God's wrath has been propitiated. Our sins have been removed. The question is, will we appreciate it, not only for our initial moment of salvation, but for our day-to-day acceptance with God? It is only as we do the latter that we will truly begin to appreciate the glory of the cross and the unsearchable riches of Christ.

Amen.

Strange Fire Link List

John MacArthur’s Strange Fire conference stirred up quite a bit of debate and controversy over the weekend. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, a quick Twitter search should do the trick. I’m sure the #strangefire hashtag is still going relatively strong. Now, the downside to the internet is that much of this debate and controversy is public. On the other hand, the upside to the internet is that much of this debate and controversy is public.

So, for my own reading and study purposes, I’ve put together a collection of links to all things Strange Fire. If you’re interested in following the discussion or doing some personal study and exploring the topic on your own, then check out the list. You’ll find material from both the cessationist and continuationist standpoints. This is a running list and I will continue to add to it until I get bored or all the bloggers move on.

Finally, before you dive in, hear Thabiti Anyabwile’s wise counsel:

So, whether you’ve watched the live feeds or not, whether you’ve read multiple volumes on the debate or not, I hope you care about these things. I hope you’re following with careful concern to know the truth rather than to vindicate your party. I hope you’re listening with rapt attention because you’re eager to hear God’s voice more clearly and to walk with your Savior more closely. Even the thoughts of folks who get some things wrong can help us to do that if we’re discerning and humble beneath God’s word.

Link List for September 28th, 2013

How Should a Suit Fit? Your Easy-to-Follow Visual Guide

If you're going to suite up, then make sure it fits correctly.

Marked 2 Launched

If you write using Markdown, then you should consider picking up Brett Terpstra's Marked 2. This latest release includes a number of improvements upon his original Marked app, including Scrivener support.

A Conflict of Christian Visions: Gen. 1-2 vs. Gen. 3 Christianity

Anthony Bradley challenges Christians to think about the nature of the gospel and our role in stewarding God’s desire for creation. Dr. Bradley:

In the end, the Gen 1 and 2 framework sees the missionary mandate and the commission to create and steward cultures that glorify God as a “both/and” while the Gen 3 framework tends to see the missionary disciple-making mandate exclusively as the Christian’s main concern. For Gen 3ers, the cultural emphasis is merely an implication or application of the gospel as opposed to the restoration of creation as something to which the gospel directly points.

Introducing Evernote for Salesforce

I'm really excited about this partnership.

A Beginner's Guide to Pinboard

Shawn Blanc offers some great tips for using Pinboard, which has been my preferred bookmarking service for some time now. The title of the post says "Beginners Guide," but there's some good stuff here for more advanced users as well.

Gospel Confidence

Guy Mason on gospel confidence:

Gospel confidence is the living and certain trust that Jesus’ gospel is powerful to save. This is sharply distinct from self-confidence, which looks in the mirror and says, “I can do it.” Such an attitude leads to either pride at one’s “achievements,” or despair when difficulty comes. In contrast, gospel confidence finds courage not by looking to culture or to self, but to God.

Gospel confidence—God has been growing me a great deal in this area over the past several months. For me, self–confidence tends to lead to insecurity. You see, I'm keenly aware of my inability to achieve God's purposes on my own. This is especially true in the context of leadership. Insecurity, then, gives birth to all kinds of ugliness: posturing, false humility, defensiveness, and perfectionism to name just a few.

Thankfully, I don't have to be self–confident, reliant upon my own talents and abilities. Rather, I must simply lead with confidence rooted in the great I AM and his ability to achieve his purposes.

Mason ends his post in this way:

God is lifting our eyes to him. He is giving each one of us a big vision, which requires complete dependence, for when God is required for all we do, he is guaranteed to get all the glory.

All the glory, indeed.



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