How Can a Sinless God Sympathize with Guilty People?

As part of God’s sanctifying providence Christians must endure difficult seasons of frustration. Some will be brief and others lengthy, but they will all test our affections and whittle away our worldliness. Our questions will not always be about God’s power or authority but about his care. Will he indeed mend the wounds he is right to cause? Answers will be few for most of them or at least selfishly […]

The Difficulty of Praying “Father, You”

I will never forget a life-altering lesson learned fifteen years ago from my New Testament professor at Southern Seminary (long live Mother Southern).  Dr. Mark Seifrid began each class with prayer.  But not just any prayer.  It was prayer remarkably different from the rote, I-know-exactly-what-this-deacon-is-going-to-pray-before-the-offering sort of prayers.  They were far different than the “bless the gift and the giver for the nourishment of our bodies” variety.  Dr. Seifrid’s prayers […]

The Gospel Creates a Peculiar People

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Pt 2.9). The way of Jesus is not simply a supernatural life.  It is in many respects an anti-natural life.  It is indeed the cruciform life: a life shaped by the cross.  Death of the […]

The New Adam

For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous (Rom 5.19). The type/antitype relationship between Adam and Jesus in Romans 5 is a theological gold mine.  In a sense, we can simplify all men down to this relationship.  We are sons of Adam until we are sons of Christ.  We are old men […]