Give What You Command

Give What You Command

John says that the commands of God are not burdensome, but it doesn’t always feel that way.

St. Augustine’s famous line from his Confessions fits well in this passage in 1 Thessalonians: “Lord, give what you command, and command what you will.” In other words, “Lord, as long as you give me the ability to obey, then command whatever you want.”

The Holy Spirit and the Scriptures, Part 2

We continued our discussion of the Holy Spirit’s ministry in and through the Word of God. In the first part of our discussion, we talked about the Spirit’s inspiration of the Scriptures, when He reminded and taught the apostles all that Jesus had said. We followed this up by looking at the confidence in the Scriptures that the Spirit gives us, by enabling us to recognize and respond to the Scriptures as the very Word of God. The Scriptures are preserved through the generations by those who are born again and see the Bible for the great treasure it is–all of which is the Spirit’s work in us.

You can read the notes and listen to the audio here.

The Holy Spirit and the Scriptures

In Sunday School, we began looking at the Holy Spirit’s ministry through the Scriptures, in particular at inspiration. The foundation for our discussion was Jesus’ promise in John 14:26 that the promised Holy Spirit sent in His name by the Father would teach and remind the apostles all that Jesus said and did.

Audio and notes are available here. Next week, we’ll continue this discussion by looking at the Holy Spirit’s preservation of the Scriptures that He inspired. We’ll delve into issues of canon and our confidence as believers that the Table of Contents is complete and correct.

John’s Humility

John [the Baptist] effectively said, “One greater than me is coming [v.7].

He is so great, I am not worthy to do what only a Gentile slave would do [v.7].

My baptism is outward with water: a symbol. His baptism is inward with the Spirit: the real thing [v.8].

The One who is coming is mightier than I am! He is more worthy than I am!

He is more powerful than I am! I have touched your body with water.

He will touch your soul with the Holy Spirit!

I know who I am in God’s plan. I know who He is in God’s plan too!”

— Danny Akin, Christ-Centered Expository Commentary: Mark, 8 (line breaks added).