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Book Review XI Relentless

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A reading material for me to spend the vacation time in Indonesia.
Given by Audrey, my big sister. 谢谢, 姐!

I have learned a lot from this book. Truly Dr. John Bevere is a wonderful man of God.

Summary:
God’s grace is a divine empowerment for us so we can rule in life. In this life, that is, not in heaven.
Don’t let persecution, difficulty or even Satan’s attack prevents us from reigning in life with Christ.
Stay committed in prayer and obedient to God’s Word. Keep speaking it too, shall we?
And finally, our reward is exceedingly magnificent in heaven. Let us stay faithful to God till the very end.

Here are some memorable quotes from this books:
1.) If you’re a student, you should study hard, but all the while you should believe God for the grace to propel you to level of thought and achievement that your own understanding could not. (page 60)
2.) It takes genuine humility to have faith, because when you are humble you rely on and trust in God’s ability (grace) to pull you through-not on your own ability. (page 125-126)
3.) God doesn’t author hardship but uses it to strengthen us for greater conquests. He never leads us into a storm that He doesn’t give us the power to overcome. (back cover)

Get a copy of this book in Attributes today, ok? Smile

Posted December 5, 2011 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Book Review

Sermon Review XX Sermon on the Mount CD 14 Three Uses of the Law

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Martin Luther acknowledged that without the Law, he would not appreciate the Gospel.
God gave the Law to Israelites. Moses was only the messenger.
Why would God give it to His people? God, as a good Father, would never give bad thing to His children.

Rm 7:12, 22, 25
The Bible in Paul’s hand was the Old Testament. So, Paul affirmed the importance of the Law and delighted in it.
We still live in broken down world. Hence, Paul acknowledged he still fell into sin once in a while.

Three uses of the Law:

1.) The Law as a restrainer to prevent people from hurting each other.
A law is necessary for a society so any evil doer can’t get away. With the law, the society will not fall into anarchy.
When there is law, there is order. A part of the law is the fear of punishment, e.g. we will be afraid to see police and judge.

2.) The Law as a mirror.
a.) This “mirror” serves to show God’s righteousness, what God is like. The Law was given for my good as it emanates from God’s own character.
When the Law says “Do not lie”, it shows that God is not a liar Himself. When it says “Do not covet”, it means God Himself is not greedy.
God only gives ten commandments. We please God by obeying His commandment with the help of the Holy Spirit.
b.) This “mirror” also shows us our sin just like a mirror shows stain on our face. We should not trust our own sensing, we need objective standard. A mirror never lies.
We all like to think well of ourselves, but the truth will be revealed once we see ourselves under God’s Law. The Law shows us our true character.
Human conscience can’t serve as a good guide since it can be shaken and it can be subjectively influenced.
The Law shows my flaw so I can become a better person. The Law shows the requirement of basic holiness and the seriousness of sin.
Furthermore, the Law shows how powerless I am to obey all of them. Hence, I am initially condemned due to my sin.
The Law can’t save me from sin and has no power to stop me sinning. Nevertheless, the Law points us to salvation in Jesus Christ as man can’t save himself from sin.
Only Christ gives us power to overcome sin as the Law is now written in our hearts.

3.) The Law as a teacher for believers’ hearts:
a.) The Law counsels and instructs the believers in doing the will of God. We begin to grow in the LORD.
b.) The Law encourages the believers’ to live a life of obedience. As we meditate and obey it, we prosper, receive comfort, vision and common sense.
Even at the end of time, there will be a lot of lawless people even among Christians.

Matt 7:21.
Lord Jesus was addressing to Christians, especially Charismatic people.
The lawless will be disqualified from entering heaven.

Antinomianism: a belief that Ten Commandments are not important and grace is a license to sin.
Marcion was an early heretic who represented early antinomianism. He believed in outward conversion without inward transformation.

Romans 5:20-21, 6:1-2
There is genuine mistake, we don’t sin on purpose. In this case, God forgives us.
So, grace is not license to sin.

Dietrich Boenhoffer contended with antinomianism.
Cheap grace: grace without the cross. Real grace: grace that costs me my whole life. The cost is holiness and repentance.

Posted December 5, 2011 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Sermon