In the third section, Edwards turns his focus to the best ways to distinguish between true and false affections. He starts off by clearly stating, “those affections that are spiritual and gracious, do differ from those that are not so” (153). While it can often be difficult to judge affections when examining the life of a person, there is one clear distinguishing factor and that is the presence of the Spirit of God in the life of the believer
We can do so much with our language, such as, encourage, ridicule, pray, and so much more. When speaking, we are to speak with a purpose, whether that be to please, inform persuade or all of the above. Servant speakers are called to speak God’s word and be accountable to God and to others. According to Schultze, “Christian speech defines reality in tune with the word of God, demonstrates accountability to neighbor, self, and ultimately God and imitates Jesus and his godly followers” (P.28). This means that as Christians, we are to imitate Jesus and be like him in everything we do, especially our speech.
Hebrews 12:5-6 quotes Proverbs 3:11-12 in describing this responsibility and act of love that the Lord imparts. This passage specifies that the children God receives as His own are disciplined. Those who are without discipline could be cast off for they are not like sons of God. Children grow in obedience and righteousness when they are chastised, which draws them to holiness. Additional benefits received is the love and compassion of a father, from the heavenly Father as stated in 1 John 3:1, “Behold what manner of love the Father hat bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore, the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.” He provides everyday needs (Matthew 6:32) and bestows the privilege in heaven of being a part of His kingdom (Revelation 2:26-27.
The Shape of the Sermon in Martin Luther Period: In Luther’s statements, both in the second series of lectures on the Psalms and in the table talk, he thought preaching as the oral task of presenting the words of salvation. His concern was that the personal character should have relationship to the task of the preaching. The preacher must present the message and preach to the glory of God, even though there seems to be no fruit. Luther believed that the Word of God has three manifestations. God the Son, the incarnate Word, the Bible, the written Word and preaching, the proclamation are the three convictions he had in mind.
He had a true zeal to learn the word of God for himself and pass it on to other. “Luther trusted Christ, and that Christ was with him in his and all people’s suffering; God was accompanying, calling, bringing him and all fellow sufferers into the life of hope and resurrection.” “Most fundamental is the first step, Luther’s teaching that by faith alone we are united with Christ. Protestants loved to talk about “accepting Christ by faith,” which certainly owes a great deal to this fundamental teaching of Luther’s. Usually, however, it is presented as a decision we must make, as if it were by our own free will. Luther, by contrast, hates the very idea of free will when it is applied to matters of salvation, for our confidence in our own free will lies at the core of our efforts to be justified by good works rather than faith alone.
Secondly William James confidently claims that religious experience has real effects upon us and since God is real, so the produces real effects. William James mainly says that we know god mainly by the types of effects produced by him .such as “a zest for life, the predominance of love, the sense that there is something wrong with us without God.” Or we may also say that God is not the Spiritual side of
The main justification that Paul provides is the truth about the deeper meaning of the Cross of Christ. The cross provides the wisdom needed to understand the motives of God and the amount of love that humans are truly capable of. In total, reason alone cannot fully eliminate the reason for the crucifixion itself. Faith is needed to fully understand His death and that faith in the Cross can lead to the ultimate answer of
God is concerned about the well-being and interest of the peoples. So we are doing as Christ did. Reflecting on my life allows me to see there is no difference in my value and another because God created us all. The seven spheres in my opinion the first steps in a process for me to share a love and serve all people on the earth. As a disciple of God and a follower, I am called to love all nations, in spite of their gender orientation, faith, or their way of life.
Justification by faith is a fundamental Protestant doctrine that condenses the key elements of the Christian belief system that are the most substantial elements of Christianity. While the concept is simple, the underlying implications have created division and strife throughout the history of the Church. To analyze how this doctrine influences Christianity at large, there must be clear understanding and definition of the word “justification.” Paul begins the Epistle to the Romans as a legal argument emphasizing that justification is a “forensic action.” Working in these initial verses, he establishes his credentials and occasion and provides the basic truths of his writing. In the original language, the words “righteousness” and “justify”
Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty,” (NLT). Essentially, nothing in this life except for God will truly give people joy. Oblivious to the fact that the human race has, in fact, been ordained to serve the Lord, most people’s “purpose” revolves around themselves and their