Catechism


Q. Do men go body and soul to hell so soon as they die?

A. The body abides in the grave
till the sound of the last trump; but the soul, if the man dies wicked, goes presently from the face of God into hell, as into a prison, there to
be kept till the day of judgment

(1 Cor 15:52; Isa 24:22; Luke 12:20).

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Catechism


Q. What was the due desert of that transgression?

A. Spiritual death in the day he did it, temporal death afterwards, and everlasting death last of all (Gen 2:17, 3:19; Matt 25:46).

Q. What is it to be spiritually dead?

A. To be alienate from God, and to live without him in the world, through the ignorance that is in man, and through the power of their sins (Eph 4:18,19).

Catechism


Q. How did God make man in the day of his first creation?

A. God made man upright (Eccl7:29). ‘In the image of God created he him’ (Gen 1:27).

Q. Did God, when he made man, leave him without a rule to walk by?

A. No: he gave him a law in his nature, and imposed upon him a
positive precept, but he offered violence to them, and broke them both (Gen 3:3,6).

Frenetic Friday a video


This is going to be short and sweet. First look at this:

Consider this, what is the ultimate source of issues in the church? Is it not ignorance of the scripture? If you are on social media you have seen exactly what has been shown in this video.

What is worse is when, and I speak from personal experience here, you confront the offender and get mobbed by the “social media christians” for being “unloving”, or and this is my favourite one ” too serious” about the posts. As if saying heretical statements about God or the Bible isn’t a serious matter.
The point is as the bible says:

my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge Hosea 4:6

Our lack of bible knowledge is killing the church.

Catechism


Q. Is not the soul then of the nature of the Godhead?

A. No, for God cannot sin, but the soul does: God cannot be destroyed in hell, but the souls of the impenitent shall (Eze 18:4; Matt
10:28).

Catechism


Since I didn’t post last Sunday’s catechism there are two questions today.

Q. Of what did God make man?

A. ‘The LORD God formed man of the dust of the
ground, and breathed into his nostrils the
breath of life; and man became a living soul’
(Gen 2:7).

Q. Why does it say, God breathed into him
the breath of life; is man’s soul of the very nature of the Godhead?

A. This does not teach that the soul is of the nature of the Godhead,
but shows that it is not of the same matter as
his body, which is dust (Gen 18:27).

Catechism


Q. How long was he in making the world?

A. ‘In six days the Lord made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that in them is’ (Exo 20:11).
‘And on the seventh day God ended his work
which he had made’ (Gen 2:2).

Theology Thursday: What is the Gospel?


So there was some MTV award that Chris Pratt received and gave an acceptance speech.

Now let me state something right now this isn’t about Chris Pratt. It’s not even about what he said or didn’t say rather it is what some people have said that Chris Pratt said.

In an article on the Federalist Rachel Stooltzfoos wrote:

Actor Chris Pratt shared a gospel message in an acceptance speech at the MTV awards Monday, interspersing a serious message about God’s love in a list of “9 Rules for Life” for the younger generation. (source)

Unfortunately, while Chris Pratt spoke about God, having a soul, praying, and grace being paid for by “somebody’s blood”, it wasn’t the Gospel.

So the question is what is the Gospel? R.C.Sproul writes regarding this question:

There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the gospel. But as important as that is, it is often given to massive distortions or over simplifications. People think they’re preaching the gospel to you when they tell you, ‘you can have a purpose to your life’, or that ‘you can have meaning to your life’, or that ‘you can have a personal relationship with Jesus.’ All of those things are true, and they’re all important, but they don’t get to the heart of the gospel. (source)

So then what is the core essentials of the Gospel? Well I would say that the bible tells us what the core essentials of the Gospel is.

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.~1Corinthians 15:1-4

The Gospel must contain these elements: We are sinners, rebels against a holy and just God, deserving only his wrath and justice. (Rom. 3:23, Ephesians 2:3, 2 Thess. 1:9)

Jesus lived a life of perfect righteousness, of perfect obedience to God, not for His own well being but for His people offering Himself as a perfect sacrifice to satisfy the justice and the righteousness of God. (1 Peter 2:24)

God raised Jesus to life for our justification. That we are declared righteous before God based upon what Christ did for His people. (Romans 4:25, Romans 5:16, 18)

Our salvation then comes from placing our trust in what Christ has done, not we have done. This is the Gospel that we have received, which we stand on, and are being saved by holding on to the word of God.

Catechism


Q. Is he known by his word?

A. Yes, most clearly: for by that he revealeth his attributes, his decrees, his promises, his way of worship,
and how he is to be pleased by us.

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Q. Is he known by his judgments?

A. ‘The Lord has made himself known; he has executed judgment; the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands. ’ (Psa 9:16)