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Adam & Christ Summarised

How do we summarise Adam’s work as our representative? We summarise Adam’s work as our representative as disobedient. That is what he did; he disobeyed God, and through his disobedience, we were all made sinners. He was our representative, and so, if we are connected to him—which we all are…

Union with Christ Through Baptism

We do not go on sinning so that grace may increase. Yes, on the one hand, it is right to say that the more someone has sinned, the more they are forgiven.  And yet, it is also right to say that someone who has been shown much grace, who has…

Adam or Christ?

Be in no doubt that the disobedience of Adam causes all people connected to him—which is every human born by nature—to be sinners. They have been made sinners by Adam being a sinner. But also, there’s another option: the one man Christ Jesus who obeyed, and through his obedience, everyone…

Rewards in the New Creation

The judgement of believers (Romans 14:10, 12) gives new meaning to the sacrifices we make, to the stuff we invest in in this life, and to not receiving credit in this life. “I did this good thing, and no one appreciates it, no thanked me!” Well, we should make a…

Christian, it wasn’t your goodness that caused Christ to die.

And it wasn’t your piety that caused Christ to die. Paul tells us in Romans 5 that Christ died for the ungodly, so can you see how ridiculous it would be to say, “Oh no, I can’t have Christ die for me because I’m too ungodly, I’m too much of…

Degrees of Judgement

Not every unbeliever will be judged as severely as others. In Revelation chapter 20, the Apostle John tells us that it is by what we have done that we are judged. We saw those books—those books are important. Some have committed more sins than others, some have committed worse sins…

Submission and Authority in the Trinity

The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit never work independently of each other; they always work together. The Lord Jesus is very keen to point this out to us in John 5, which is why he goes so far as to say, ‘By myself I can do nothing; I…

Raised to Life for Our Justification

Our debt was paid when the Lord Jesus died; what we owed God was eternal death, and the Lord Jesus went through that on the cross, so our debt is paid. But when he rose again, it’s like we have written proof that our debt has been paid. Think of…

Our Hope as Judgement Day Approaches

We know from Matthew 25 that when… the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the…

There is Only One Judgement Day

I think it would be good for us to compare our own position on this one-time judgment day, which is coming, with the position that some believers have who teach that there is more than one judgment day. This is mistaken, but we can understand where they got it from.…