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Men (and women) are made for dominion. They are made to rule and subdue the earth as God’s representatives. This mandate has not changed since the beginning of creation. A recovery of the dominion mandate would go a long way to remedy the absence of purpose that governs so many people’s lives. Consider the domain that God has given you to rule, and oversee it for His glory.
Helpful discussion on the celebration of Christmas. “There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace” (Is.9:7). . .
The Bible tells us that “The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul” (Ps.19:7). In a world of fractured souls, that’s good news.
It’s also surprising news for many, because it’s often thought there is little place for the law since the coming of the gospel. But Jesus Himself said, “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill” (Mt.5:17).
So, how is it that God’s law restores the soul? God graciously uses His law to restore souls in three primary ways.
First, He provides the law as His standard of righteousness. As we meditate on the law with faithful hearts, God uses it to renew our souls by causing us to marvel at the beauty of His precepts and making obedience to Him the desire of our hearts.
Second, He reveals His law as a way of restraining us from evil. In the process of restoring the soul, we need to avoid evil. God’s law shows us what evil is so we know what we must flee. Through practice, our souls become better able to discern good and evil.
Third, and most importantly, God uses His law to lead us to Jesus Christ. As we seek to abide in God’s law, we discover our own insufficiency and our continual need for Christ. It’s ultimately only through Christ, and Christ alone, that our souls can be restored.
God’s law – which rightly understood encompasses His entire Word – has been graciously provided as a means of restoring our souls. Let us not neglect what He has given to us as we recognize the need for restoration of our own souls.
This past Sunday, our church – like many congregations – observed Trinity Sunday. This is the day that Christians remember that God is triune in nature – that is, He is One God and three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
For many, the Trinity is not much more than an abstraction. But the triune nature of God is at the foundation of life and love.
One way to see this is to notice how the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit all work together to bring restoration to humanity.
In the beginning, God created all things (Is.45:12). But because of man’s failure to trust Him, sin entered the world and marred all that He had made. Yet God did not leave mankind and the world in this fallen state, but initiated a plan to bring about renewal and restoration.
Each member of the Trinity has a role to play in bringing this grand plan about.
First, the Father ordained that He would re-create all things. He chose those who would be part of a new humanity from before the foundation of the world, and draws people to Himself to have new life – a life with a future and a hope.
Part of this plan is that the Father sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for sin and raise up all who believe to everlasting life. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (Jn.3:16).
The Apostle Paul gives some really timely instruction regarding finances in 1 Timothy 6. Here’s a quick overview. . .
First, it’s better to make gains in godliness than wealth. As we brought nothing into the world, so we won’t take anything out of it either (1 Tim.6:6,7).
Second, food and covering should bring contentment. This doesn’t mean it’s wrong to have more than mere necessities, but we should learn to be content when God is meeting our basic needs (1 Tim.6:8).
Third, those who want to get rich fall into temptation, and end up ensnared by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin (1 Tim.6:10).
Fourth, the love of money is the root of all sorts of evil. Note, it’s not money itself that leads to evil, but the love of it (1 Tim.6:10).
Fifth, those who are rich in this present world should not be conceited or fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy (1 Tim.6:17).
Sixth, those who are rich should also seek to do good and be rich in good works. By being generous they store up for themselves a good foundation for the blessings of everlasting life (1 Tim.6:18,19).
“People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.”
~ D.A. Carson
What do you think of what Dr. Carson says here?
“And I am afraid there are Calvinists, who, while they account it a proof of their humility that they are willing in words to debase the creature, and to all the glory of salvation to the Lord, yet know not what manner of spirit they are of . . . Self righteousness can feed upon doctrines, as well as upon works; and a man may have the heart of a Pharisee, while his head is stored with orthodox notions of the unworthiness of the creature and the riches of free grace.”
~John Newton, “On Controversy,” The Works of John Newton, Vol. 1, p. 272.