Author Archives: John Mahaffy

The Root as a Banner

branch_16454cNot underground, but raised as a military signal–that’s a strange place for a root. But Isaiah is writing about a very special root. The 101 Bible Study this Friday focuses on Isaiah 11. Call 971/238-6101 for location and details.

“The incarnation is the cen­tral fact of history and of the church’s confession: ‘Great in­deed, we confess, is the mys­tery of godli­ness. He was mani­fested in the flesh’ (1 Tim. 3:16). Even be­fore the the Fall, God eternally decided that the Son should as­sume a human nature, consisting of a body and soul. As the eternal Son who has no beginning and no end, he has always known that he would become the incar­nate one (i.e. ‘the en­fleshed one’).” (Mark Jones, Knowing Christ, p. 26).

“God is the author, the cause, the agent, the ac­complisher of that salvation. Salvation apart from God is unthinkable. . . . What more can we have – what more do we need than God Himself? He is our salvation.” (E. J. Young, The Book of Isaiah, Vol. 1, p. 405).

 

 

 

The Wrong-Way Missionary

jonahcAn Old Testament missionary—and prophet—who went the wrong way!

“Jonah could not give his life for the sins of the sailors; only the sinless Jesus Christ could fulfill that role in an eternal sense. Here the disparity between Christ and Jonah could not be more apparent. The sacrifice of Christ is clearer and greater than the opaqueness of Jonah’s relatively meager expiation.” (Bryan D. Estelle, Salvation Through Judgment and Mercy, p. 60).

The mid-week Bible study at Trinity Presbyterian Church focuses on Jonah 1 this week.

Christ Gave Himself for You

C16year27ecPaul’s terse greetings to the churches of Galatia have a reason.

“May God send us men who are not deceived, men who will respond to the forces of unbelief and compromise…. The Epistle to the Galatians is a polemic, a fighting Epistle from beginning to end. What a fire it kindled at the time of the Reformation! May it kindle another fire in our day—not a fire that will destroy any fine or noble or Christian thing, but a fire of Christian love in hearts grown cold!” (J. Gresham Machen, Machen’s Notes on Galatians, p. 8).

“[T]he new creation is that of Christ’s resurrection. For this reason the death of Christ is a turning point in the mode of existence of the old aeon. . . . Not only does Christ’s life in the flesh come to an end, but an all-important and all-embracing Transition takes place, namely, from the existence of the old to that of the new, from the old aeon to the new creation. By dying Christ has snatched his people away from the present aeon (Gal. 1:4).” (Herman Ridderbos, Paul: An Outline of His Theology, p. 66).

Quotes from the Reflection for Trinity Presbyterian Church, OPC.

Come, Lord Jesus

Rv2221“Because Christ is the savior of the world, he will someday return as its judge…. Because the creation is his work, it cannot and may not remain the booty of Satan. The Son is the head, Lord, and heir of all things. United in the Son, gathered under him as their head, all creatures return to the Father, the fountain of all good. The second coming is therefore required by his first coming.” (Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics, Vol. 4, p. 685).

“[I]t is appropriate that the Spirit, symbolized as lamps in heaven (Rev. 4:5), and the church-bride, symbolized as lamps on earth (1:20), now blend their voices to invite this world’s thirsty ones to the water, holding forth the testimony of Jesus for as long as God’s patience delays final judgment.” (Dennis E. Johnson, Triumph of the Lamb, p. 329).

“[Revelation] is not a book of riddles but a proclamation of the Great King. The end echoes the beginning. The Great King binds us to His covenantal Word. We live by faith alone, by grace alone, by Scripture alone.” (C. Vanderwaal, Search the Scriptures, Vol. 10, p. 111).

From the Reflection for Trinity Presbyterian Church of the OPC. This message concludes a series on the Book of Revalation.

To Us a Child Is Born

christmas_12431cChristmas in September? Isaiah 9 is not only for the month of December. Tonight’s 101 Bible Study in Astoria focuses on the promise of the coming Messiah. Isaiah gives mysterious names that describe him. We meet in a home in the Astoria area at 6:30 p.m. Call 971/238-6101 for details or directions.

“This government is the kingdom of grace, but also in widest ex­tent, the king­dom of nature and power. All the world is subject to the rule of the Child.” (E. J. Young, Commentary on the Book of Isaiah, Vol. 1, p. 331).

“Not only must man be at peace with God, but what is more im­portant, God must be at peace with with man. The enmity which had exist­ed between God and man must be re­moved. It was hu­man sin which had kept God at en­mity with man. When that sin has been removed, then there can be peace.” (E. J. Young, Commentary on the Book of Isaiah, Vol. 1, p. 340).

Don’t Add or Take Away!

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“Oh, my friends, how precious it is that in this world of sin with its vagaries of unbelief, its fluctuating philosophies, its dim light which is darkness, and its wisdom which is foolishness with God, its bewilderment and despair, we have a sure word of prophecy, whereunto we do well to take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place until the day dawn and the day-star arise in our hearts! How precious that we have a word divine, infallible and sufficient for the individual, for the family, for the church, for society, for the commonwealth and even for the world!” (“The Inspiration of the Scripture,” Collected Writings of John Murray, Vol. 4, p. 57).

“[T]he warnings in 22:18–19 are directed not primarily to those outside the church but to all in the covenant community, as the warnings of Deuteronomy were addressed to all Israelites. Those who do not heed the warnings profess to be Christian, but their allegiance to other gods betrays their confession.” (G. K. Beale, The Book of Revelation, p. 1152).

“The religion of the Bible thus announces itself, not as product of man’s search after God, if haply they may feel after Him and find Him, but as the creation in men of the gracious God, forming a people for Himself, that they may show forth His praise. In other words, the religion of the Bible. . . announces itself as the revealed religion, as the only revealed religion; and sets itself as such over against all other religions, which are represented as all products, in a sense in which it is not, of the art and device of man.” (B. B. Warfield, “The Biblical Idea of Revelation,” in The Inspiration and Authority of the Bible, p. 72).

 

 

Quotes used in the Reflection for Trinity Presbyterian Church.