>Hold Nothing Back

The Pittsburgh dispatcher somehow forgot to alert police officers that a suspect was armed as she sent them to a home…and, inadvertently, to their deaths.

Vital information withheld.

Thankfully, our Lord and His Word hold nothing back. “In this world you will have tribulation,” “Marvel not that the world hates you,” “Consider it all joy when you encounter various trials,” “Exult in your tribulations…”

Dare we who try to influence people to come out of darkness to light do any less? Do we sometimes make conversion more appealing by, however well-intentionally, leaving out the tough stuff?

As I read the gospels it is evident the Lord Jesus always made it easier to say “no” to Him than to say “yes.”

A gospel presentation without repentance is not a gospel presentation. An “easy” invitation conflicts with scripture.

>Substitution Essentials

>This is from one of my favorite books of all time (orderable on the book picture below) and is appropriate for the week:

“The concept of substitution may be said, then, to lie at the heart of both sin and salvation. For the essence of sin is man substituting himself for God, while the essence of salvation is God substituting himself for man. Man asserts himself against God and put himself where only God deserves to be; God sacrifices himself for man and puts himself where only man deserves to be. Man claims prerogatives which belong to God alone; God accepts penalties which belong to man alone.”

-John Stott, The Cross of Christ