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The Doctor exhibited 1891 by Sir Luke Fildes 1843-1927Sickness and death are on all minds. COVID-19 now ravages the U.S., straining if not mocking our knowledge, skill, and preparedness. And on top of the threat to life is tremendous toll this could take on our economy. Lives and livelihoods falter.

But there is a far more fearsome disease. The human heart has been infected by sin, the God-challenging, self-destructive virus we all inherited from our first parents. “And as by one man sin entered the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” This virus is infinitely more lethal than the Coronavirus. And no hospital, no doctor can treat it.

But God, looking down with pity on our sin-sick race, sent His Son. Jesus came as the Doctor, the Master Physician. And He has come to heal you, friend.

Tomorrow morning we will be considering the following passage at our 10:30 livestreamed service. Join us then on our Facebook page. We also have a service in the evening at 7:00.

“And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him. And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? Mat But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Matt. 9:9-13).

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Romans 3:3-3, “For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith [truth] of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.”IMG_5720

God is true; indeed, He is most true. Infinitely true! He is so true that He is immune from all deception. We are exposed to a legion of lies, a plethora of pretences. But God cannot be misled or tricked. “Be not deceived: God is not mocked! For whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap.”

God is is so true that He is incapable of falsehood. It is written in Scripture, “God, who cannot lie.” And “it is impossible fore God to lie.” Good men, however good they may have been, however well-proven their track record, even they can lie. Peter, the chief disciple among the rest, could hardly believe that he would deny Jesus. But so it was! That very night, just as Jesus predicted, he denied his master three times. But God is altogether incapable of lying. “In him is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.” Is this a defect in God? Is this inability a broad crack in the wall of His omnipotence? By no means! As Ambrose put it, “What then is impossible to him? Nothing that is difficult for his power but only that which is contrary to his nature.” Would you trust God implicitly if He could lie? Indeed, the Bible says that God is so true that when He swears, He can swear by none other than by Himself!

Further, God is is so true that it is even morally unthinkable for him to deceive. The very idea that God could be false, contradict Himself, deny Himself, or in any way to allow His creatures to subvert or make null and void any of His truth, is wicked. This is clearly taught above in Rom. 3:4-6. “God forbid!” It is brazen blasphemy to suggest or even entertain the thought that God could lie.

You and I are lost in the wilds of falsehood, deceived and deceiving each other – and ourselves! Only God, only His Son Jesus Christ, the last and great Prophet who came into the world to bear witness of the truth, only He can banish the lies, the soul-damning lies that have us in bondage and will seal our doom. He is the true Light. Emerge from your darkness and follow Him!

 

“Jesus Christ is like the white of an egg, tasteless in the world’s mouth.”

-Samuel Rutherford (1600-1661)

Secondly, propitiation is not a turning of the wrath of God into love. The propitiation of the divine wrath, effected in the expiatory work of Christ, is the provision of God’s eternal and unchangeable love, so that through the propitiation of his own wrath that love may realize its purpose in a way that is consonant with and to the glory of the dictates of his holiness. It is one thing to say that the wrathful God is made loving. That would be entirely false. It is another thing to say the wrathful God is loving. That is profoundly true. But it is also true that the wrath by which he is wrathful is propitiated through the cross. This propitiation is the fruit of the divine love that provided it. “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (I John 4:10). The propitiation is the ground upon which the divine love operates and the channel through which it flows in achieving its end.”

-John Murray, Redemption Accomplished & Applied

“The thing above all else to be remembered is that, according to all the Gospels – Synoptics no less than John, Mark no less than Matthew and Luke – Jesus was a supernatural Person. On that view it was inevitable that an atmosphere of mystery should envelop Him. It would be unnatural to expect that the career of such a Person should unfold itself smoothly and transparently, that there should be no riddles, no problems, no apparent contradictions. And a certain amount of secrecy might also reasonably be expected. The privacy of the supernatural, its tendency to withdraw from the glare of public exposure must be taken into account. . . [even] from a purely literary point of view, is it not likely that Mark, writing the life of such a Person, should have taken pains to introduce something of the chiaroscuro in which the supernatural is [accustomed] to veil itself?”

-Geerhardus Vos, The Self-Disclosure of Jesus, p. 69

 

 

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Un sermón del Pastor Luis Morales sobre el Salmo 2:1.

 

“You will hear people say, ‘The early Christians believed that Christ was the son of a virgin, but we know that this is a scientific impossibility’. Such people seem to have an idea that belief in miracles arose at a period when men were so ignorant of the course of nature that they did not perceive a miracle to be contrary to it. A moment’s thought shows this to be nonsense: and the story of the Virgin Birth is a particularly striking example. When St Joseph discovered that his fiancée was going to have a baby, he not unnaturally decided to repudiate her. Why? Because he knew just as well as any modern gynaecologist that in the ordinary course of nature women do not have babies unless they have lain with men. No doubt the modern gynaecologist knows several things about birth and begetting which St Joseph did not know. But those things do not concern the main point–that a virgin birth is contrary to the course of nature. And St Joseph obviously knew that. In any sense in which it is true to say now, ‘The thing is scientifically impossible’, he would have said the same: the thing always was, and was always known to be, impossible unless the regular processes of nature were, in this particular case, being over-ruled or supplemented by something from beyond nature. When St Joseph finally accepted the view that his fiancée’s pregnancy was due not to unchastity but to a miracle, he accepted the miracle as something contrary to the known order of nature. All records of miracles teach the same thing.”

-C. S. Lewis, On Miracles

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