"Abba! Father!"

Articles:
When to Leave Your Church (Pulpit)

John Piper is Not an Innovator (Desiring God)

Keeping Your Mind Fresh During the Summer (Going to Seminary)

Why It Matters That God Does Everything for His Own Glory (Desiring God)

Four Non-Negotiables (Boundless) Not what you think it probably is about (hint: not about the Gospel)

Tozer’s Contradiction and His Approach to Piety (Between Two Worlds)

Readings:
Always Respond to Every Impulse to Pray (Irish Calvinist) I might have put this quote up before but I forgot and it is good enough to be put up again

But Spiritual Discernment is Wholly Lost Until we are Regenerated (Monergism) excerpt from Calvin’s Institutes

The Apotheosis of the Study Bible (Reformation 21)

From what I have seen so far, I believe it will be the world’s best complete single-volume resource for reading, studying, and teaching the Bible.

-Phil Ryken

Crossway Book Report (Between Two Worlds)

Messages:
Resolved 2008 Conference Audio (Resolved)

Verses:
Mark 15:33-39
And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold, he is calling Elijah.” And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.” And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”

Galatians 4:1-7
I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

If you want to hear these verses preached magnificently, listen to the two C.J. Mahaney sessions at this year’s Resolved.

In essence, Christ traded hands with us. He screamed “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” so that we could cry, “Abba! Father!” He was crushed, He had the wrath of God wrought down upon Him, so that we could be sons, so that we could be heirs. We didn’t have anything in our hands that anyone would want, we didn’t have any incentive that would encourage someone to take our hands, if we put our hands down and left them alone, no one would pick it up and take it, we didn’t even ask Christ to take our hands, if we would have it our way we would keep our sinful hands forever, but Christ said, “I am taking your hand, here is mine!”

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