Category Archives: 10 Commandments

Where Your Heart Is

lake_14400ac“[T]he love that fulfills the law, the love on which the law and the prophets hang, the love that blesses them who curse us and prays for them who despitefully use us, the love patterned after the perfection of the Father in heaven, is the love that is generated, fostered, maintained, and perfected in the realm of the Spirit. The powers of this realm are regnant in believers because they have been made alive together with Christ and raised up together and made to sit together in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus (cf. Ephesians 2:5,6), and these powers are regnant because the Spirit of the Lord is regnant.” John Murray, Principles of Conduct, p. 227).

(From the reflection for Trinity Presbyterian Church, OPC)

To Tell the Truth

water_15493ac“’What is truth?’ said Pilate. The irony of his question is that truth, ‘the truth,’ stood before him. . . . Pilate’s question is inescapable and none is more basic. If the question is to be oriented properly it must, first of all, take the form, ‘What is the truth?’ Our Lord’s answer to Thomas, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life’ (John 14:6) points the direction in which we are to find the answer.” (John Murray, Principles of Conduct, p. 123).

Included in the reflection for Trinity Presbyterian Church, OPC.

Honest to God

potter_3257c“We must. . . employ ourselves earnestly and unfeignedly that we may be able to confess that the bread we eat comes to us from God’s hand, and that we are sustained by his goodness, as by a father who gives a portion ot his children. . . . Let us labor to do good with the little we have, and to succor such as have need.” (John Calvin, Sermons on Ephesians, at 4:28).

“Because Jesus so spoke of his person and work, and defended Mary, his words have placed care for the poor at the heart of Christian devotion. . . . His words imply that we may do for the least of his brothers what we would do for him. He receives our devotion to the poor as we care for them in extravagance, pouring out on them what we wish we could pour out for him.” (Edmund P. Clowney, How Jesus Transforms the Ten Commandments, p. 118).

Quotes related to the reflection on Sunday morning’s message at Trinity Presbyterian Church of the OPC.

Glorifying God in an X-rated culture

hands_7193cp“God did not fish around for some image to use to show his people what his love is like, and then stumble on marriage as the best one to convince them to return to him in covenant devotion. He did not recognize the power of married love and determine to use sexuality as the strongest figure. No. God planned it the other way around. The Lord placed in us at creation deep sexual emotions so that we might understand the jealousy his love for us and the joy of jealousy for him.” (Edmund P. Clowney, How Jesus Transforms the Ten Commandments, p. 95).

Quote used in the reflection for next Sunday morning’s sermon at Trinity Presbyterian Church, OPC.


The Sanctity of Life

water_15493ac“As with the other commandments, Jesus transforms this one by more than his condemnation of murderers. He provides the very Life that can rescue us from our murderous selves. He brings the life of the new creation in himself. . . . Those who would claim to be pro-life must be pro-Life: pro-Lord of Life.” (Edmund P. Clowney, How Jesus Transforms the Ten Commandments, p. 84).

(Quote used in the reflection, Trinity Presbyterian Church, OPC)

Living with God’s Gracious Promise


Jesus is Lord, and in submitting to him, we submit also to those structures he has ordained for our good and even for our glory. We find joy in submitting to others when we know that it is to Jesus as Lord that we ultimately submit, who is above all authority, and who, as the God-man, is himself in submission to the Father.” (Edmund P. Clowney, How Jesus Transforms the Ten Commandments, p. 73).

Whether we are children, or parents, or pastors, or simply friends, it is important to grasp Paul’s method as well as the substance of his message: never express the obligations to obedience without also stressing the motivation of grace. The whole letter is built on such a pattern. . . . It cannot be over-stressed how important it is that we communicate this to our children.” (Sinclair B. Ferguson, Let’s Study Ephesians, p. 158).

Quotes used in the reflection for Sunday morning’s message at Trinity Presbyterian Church of the OPC.