Proverbs & Short Articles
I would much rather see affection without intelligence, than intelligence without affection. The former is real, and its defect is much easier to remedy.
In terms of fellowship, I do not believe Scripture ever sanctions you and I sitting down contentedly with the imperfect situation in which we find ourselves.
Job was not only able to say “blessed be the name of Jehovah!” in relation to “Jehovah gave” but also in relation to “Jehovah hath taken away” (Job 1: 21).
The argument that it is difficult to understand certain concepts of divine revelation without using terms not found in the Bible is not persuasive. It is tantamount to denying the all–sufficiency of Scripture.
Spiritual insularity and spiritual poverty go hand in hand. It is with “all the saints” that we are “fully able to apprehend” (Eph. 3: 18, my emphasis).
The Gospel is not a question of trying but trusting, not of doing but done.
As being in Christ, we are the visible display of God’s righteousness (see 2 Cor. 5: 21)—that God has been righteous in saving us.
Righteousness is reckoned to the believer on account of his faith in what God had said (Rom. 4: 5). This is not a question of transferring from God or Christ a quantity of righteousness as some teach, like the transfer of funds from one bank account to another. If that were the case then what would be credit to the one, would clearly be debit to the other, and God would be less righteous than before! As always, Scripture must be its own interpreter. In Romans 2: 26, the uncircumcised are reckoned as circumcised. The same word is used as in Rom. 4: 5. It is simply that a man is reckoned to be what he is not. Thus God reckons him who is not righteous to be righteous—He “justifies the ungodly” (Rom. 4: 5).