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David Wells – Consider Your End And Your Companion

25 Nov


The goal of Christ’s redemption was that we might know God, love him, serve him, enjoy him, and glorify him forever. This is, indeed, our chief end. It was for this end that Christ came, was incarnate, died in our place, and was raised for our justification. It was that we might know God. Once, we were part of that world which “did not know God” (1 Cor. 1:21). But now we “have come to know God” (Gal. 4:9). We “know him who is from the beginning” (1 John 2:13) because we know “the love of Christ,” and the aim of redemption is that we “may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:19). And this knowledge of God, this experience of his goodness, is what our experience in life has sometimes diminished. That is why it must constantly be renewed.

This is our goal in life, that we might be God-centered in our thoughts and God-fearing in our hearts, as J. I. Packer put it. We are to be God-honoring in all that we do. And how is that going to happen if we never consider, or consider only fleetingly, or irregularly, the end toward which we travel, and the one who also walks with us through life on the way to this end?

~David Wells~

God In The Whirlwind: How the Holy-love Of God Reorients Our World (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2014), 16

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Peter O’Brien – You Are Light in the Lord!

15 May

“For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light” – Ephesians 5:8

Surprisingly, the readers are not presented simply as having been in the realm of darkness and being now in the sphere of light, although this would have been true enough (cf. John 8:12 ; 1 Pet. 2:9 ; 1 John 1:5-7 ; 2:9 ). It is not their environment or the surroundings in which they and the rest of humanity live that is in view. Rather, they themselves were once darkness, but now they are light in the Lord. Those ruled by the dominion of darkness or of light represent that dominion in their own persons. So when they were converted, it was their lives, not their surroundings, that were changed from darkness to light. This radical transformation had taken place in the Lord. He is the one who has made the decisive difference, and it is through their union with him that they have entered a new dominion and become light.

~Peter O’brien~

The Letter to the Ephesians (Grand Rapids, MI; Eerdmans Publishing Company; 1999) Commentary on Ephesians 5:8.

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Peter O’Brien – Entry into the Presence of God Himself

29 Mar

“He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,” – Hebrews 1:3

By making purification for sins the Son accomplished something which no one else could achieve. The forgiveness he has won is permanent, and, because the barrier between God and humanity has been removed, it results in entry into the presence of God himself. Such a provision on our behalf, which has perfectly dealt with the defilement of sin, calls forth from us a response of wholehearted gratitude.

~Peter O’brien~

The Letter to the Hebrews (Grand Rapids, Michigan; Eerdmans Publishing Company; 2010) Commentary on Hebrews 1:3.

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