“The devil is bound throughout the whole period, from the first coming of Christ to the end of the world, which will be Christ’s second coming. . . He is not permitted to exert his whole power of temptation, either by force or by guile to seduce people. . . ”
Why is this “excursus” inserted in the story of the appointment of Moses as the leader of God’s covenant people? Is there anything to learn from this incident?
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The promise of forgiveness and renewal by the Spirit is spoken specifically to the children of Peter’s listeners. But the point is: In expanding his community of grace to the Gentiles, God will not expel the children.
To thousands of new Jewish converts to Christianity, this was the meaning of believers-only baptism: as soon as they believed in Christ, their children, formerly members of God’s own treasured people, now have become unclean, detestable pagans, cut off from God’s covenant promises. And not one of them dared question the apostles; they just sheepishly accepted this horrific fact.
A husband promises to love and to cherish his wife, but would he keep this promise if his wife was unfaithful? Not so with Christ, who, like Hosea, kept his promise, even to an adulterous Bride: he “loved the church and gave himself up for her.”
“How many points?” Surely there are more than five. And when that larger number of points taught by the Reformed confessions is not respected, the famous five are jeopardized, indeed, dissolved â€”and the ongoing spiritual health of the church is placed at risk.
It is God who calls us to assembly; we do not assemble together of our own desire. God does not need our worship because he does not need anything in himself. On the contrary, he commands us his covenant people to worship him.
Jeremiah 29:11 is not a promise to the man on the street that God loves him, that “God has a wonderful plan for his life.”