Sinclair Ferguson has a great article on the gospel posted over at Ligonier. He begins it like this:

Guilt is not just a feeling. It is not just a psychological condition, although it can become one. It is a legal standing.

When the foreman of the jury in a trial speaks the word Guilty, he is not commenting on the feelings of the accused. He is pronouncing a verdict. He is saying that the accused has been judged to have committed the crimes with which he was charged. The accused is guilty and will be treated accordingly—no matter what he or she may “feel.”

Whether people feel guilty is not really the issue. My feelings, or lack of them, neither increase nor lessen my guilt. It is first and foremost a personal standing before a holy God, not a psychological condition.

Read the rest here.


Chris Rosebrough of Fighting for the Faith and Pirate Christian Radio has posted over at Letter of Marque blog the following discussion about the Kingdom of God.

With so much talk about the Kingdom of God especially in the Emergent / neo-liberal camp, it behooves us to seek a solid definition of what Jesus meant by that term. Here is a good working definition given by the late Kenneth Bailey in his book, Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes. In this quote, Baily is commenting on the first Beatitude, “Bless-ed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”:

“what precisely is the kingdom of God? There is is no simple answer to this question. Everything Jesus said and did is in some way related to the kingdom of God. It has to do with the rule of God in the lives of individuals and societies. The Lord’s Prayer includes the words, “Thy Kingdom com,” which obviously looks to a future that is unfolding. Yet the kingdom has already come in Jesus Christ who said, “But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you” (Luke 11:20).

We live in the interim between the inauguration of the rule (kingdom) of God in the coming of Jesus Christ and its completion at the end of history. Our struggle for peace and justice is part of our discipleship as we work for and await the coming of that kingdom on earth as a gift of God.

In this Beatitude Jesus declares that the poor in spirit already possess the kingdom. Many people at the time of Jesus used the phrase the kingdom of God to describe a Jewish state where God alone was King. In contrast, Jesus declared that the kingdom was already present in the poor in spirit (not among the Zealots).

The Old Syriac translation of this text reads, “Happy it is for the poor in spirit, that theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” As mentioned, the second line is not a reward for the first line. Rather the poor in spirit already posses the kingdom.

Read the remainder of his post here.

L. Michael Morales writes:

“What do you think of the Christ?” In guiding the Jerusalem leaders to contemplate this question of eternal weight, Jesus turned to the authority of what is written “in the book of Psalms,” specifically Psalm 110 (Matt 22:41–46; Mark 12:35–37; Luke 20:40–44), and asked a question childlike in both simplicity and profundity, the answer to which plunges one into the unfathomable wonder of the incarnation of God: How could David refer to his son as Lord? This probing question was but the application of what Jesus would later declare, that he himself is the object of all the Scriptures of the Old Testament, summarizing their threefold division in Luke 24:44 as “the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms,” with the Psalms standing as the summary representative of the Writings.

Read the rest of the post here Jesus and the Psalms – The Gospel Coalition Blog.

Mart De Haan of the Radio Bible Class fame has posted an article about his thoughts on Rob Bell’s book “Love Wins” and all I can say is – where had the backbone of the evangelical church gone? Why do we have to feel like we need to make some apologetic sounding remarks in order to “protect” God. We didn’t make up hell, God did! That’s what the Bible teaches, that’s what Jesus taught! So there is no reason to hope on some sentimentality that hell is not a place of eternal torment, nor that God will really judge us forever in that place. I for one place my trust in the truth revealed to us by Christ himself. Anyway, you can read his article by following the link below; and then pray for the man and all who seem to be climbing on the fence when it comes to this extremely clear biblical doctrine.

Been Thinking About » Whether “Love Wins”… or not.

If you have not yet heard the special bonus edition of the White Horse Inn where the usual cast of characters discuss Rob Bell’s book on hell you can find the audio here:

Heaven & Hell (Monergism).

By the way what are your thoughts on this issue of hell?

As I stated earlier, the reviews of Rob Bell’s book Love Wins are going to be numerous. And, there is no doubt in my mind that we will have to rehash all the same old arguments that have been given in times past as each new generation of liberals works to repackage the same old and well worn lies of the liberals of previous generations. That being said, Dr. Moore has highlighted a point from Bell’s book that cuts to the heart of the matter in that Bell drains the gospel of the blood of Jesus Christ, the very key and central truth of the gospel itself. You can read his comments by following the link below, and as you read his post think of this – if Rob Bell is teaching a different gospel, then it is no gospel at all and he is cursed and all who believe his gospel remain the objects of God’s wrath and are condemned already.

Moore to the Point by Russell D. Moore.

Rob Bell Briefing « Provocations & Pantings.