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Russell Moore – You Are on the Verge of Wrecking Your Life

17 Oct

If the ancient Scriptures are right (and I’m wagering my life, and the next one, that they are), unseen spiri- tual beings out there are disturbed by what you are remind- ing them of. By the “you” in the last sentence, I don’t mean a generic colloquial use of “one” or “humanity” in general. I mean you personally and specifically.

You may not be a Christian or even particularly religious, but if you’re human, some cosmic rulers see in you the threat of an ancient oracle—that one day someone like you, a human born of a woman, would crush their skulls (Gen. 3:15). You may never have thought of yourself as similar to Jesus. But you are more like him than you know, or maybe even than you want to be.

The cosmic story of horror interrupts your personal story, and it’s dangerous if you can’t see where. But between Eden and you, there’s a Judean wilderness. That’s where Jesus stood down every test, every strategy you’ll ever encounter—and he won. That’s why, though we are “regarded as sheep to be slaughtered” (Rom. 8:36), “we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Rom. 8:37).

But in order to conquer, you must face reality. Don’t mistake the stillness of your conscience for freedom from temptation. The Scripture says that temptation is “common to man” (1 Cor. 10:13). The issue isn’t whether you’re tempted, but whether you’re aware of it and striking back. You are on the verge of wrecking your life. We all are.

~Russell Moore~




Tempted and Tried (Wheaton, Illinois; Crossway Books; 2011) p. 58-59.

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Russell Moore – Jesus Knew Who He Was

31 Aug

If you had stood there by the Jordan River, watching the scene at the baptism of Jesus, you might have braced yourself for a shock wave of glory. After all, the God of Israel had just unveiled—publicly, audibly, visually—his promised Messiah. The villagers around you might have been chattering about great things—the overthrow of Rome, the throne of David, shock and awe. You might have waited to watch this new king unleash his Spirit power. Instead, though, you would see him shake out the water from his hair, pause and look at the mud on the bank, and then walk off toward the desert. As he passed by you, you might have heard him whisper to himself, something about crushing a snake’s skull. Jesus knows who he is. So who do you think you are?

~Russell Moore~




Tempted and Tried (Wheaton, Illinois; Crossway Books; 2011) p. 37.

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Russell Moore – He Was the Son of God

29 Aug

Because Jesus’ mission was to restore the world to the way God intended it, under the rule of men and women who them- selves are under the rule of Christ, Jesus must live out a life as both the ruled (under his Father’s lordship) and the ruler (with dominion over everything under his feet). In order to do this, the eternal Word took on flesh (a human nature) and everything this entails. Jesus was not just a human nature; he was a human being. He was a man. He was the Son of God.

~Russell Moore~




Tempted and Tried (Wheaton, Illinois; Crossway Books; 2011) p. 33.

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Russell Moore – The Primal Sin

17 Jul

Pride is, by definition, idolatrous and insurrectionist because it is rooted in ingratitude. It glorifies the creature over against the Creator and claims the inheritance rights of image-bearers without acknowledging that we have these things because we reflect an image, not because we are ultimate (Rom. 1:22–23). It is the primal sin because no other sin is possible without believing that some good gift of God is mine and mine alone to use for my purposes, for my own kingdom and glory.

~Russell Moore~




Tempted and Tried (Wheaton, Illinois; Crossway Books; 2011) p. 143.

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Russell Moore – Would We Rather Be Fed or Fathered?

26 Apr

It is no accident that our ancient foe first appears in Holy Scripture as a snake—imagery that follows the Devil all the way through the canon of Scripture to the closing vision of the Revelation of John. As philosopher Leon Kass puts it, “For the serpent is a mobile digestive tract that swallows its prey whole; in this sense the serpent stands for pure appetite.”1 Indeed he does—and the whole of Scripture and of Christian tradition warns the church against the way of the appetites, the way of consuming oneself to death.

We are commanded away from the path of Esau, who sells his inheritance for a pile of red stew (Heb. 12:16–17). We’re directed away from the god of the belly (Phil. 3:19). From the tree in the garden to the wilderness beyond the Jordan to the present hour, the people of God are tempted to turn their digestive or reproductive tracts away from the mystery of Christ and toward the self as God. Here the Spirit of the Christ and the spirit of the age are warring right now for your heart, for your soul, and for your stomach. And what we’ll have to decide is whether we’d rather be fed or fathered.

~Russell Moore~




Tempted and Tried (Wheaton, Illinois; Crossway Books; 2011) p. 64.

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Russell Moore – There is Only One Among Us Who Has Prevailed

11 Sep

“The sheer animal force of temptation ought to remind us of something: the universe is demon haunted. It also ought to remind us there’s only one among us who has ever wrestled the demons and prevailed.”

~Russell Moore~




Tempted and Tried (Wheaton, Illinois; Crossway Books; 2011) p. 20.

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