Tom Schreiner: Spiritual gifts provide a fascinating topic of discussion. Christians from different theological traditions have different opinions about the gifts. It is important to study what the Scriptures say, and it is important to understand the spiritual gifts, but we can have unity with brothers and sisters even if we are not on the same page regarding all the details of the gifts. However, there is one fundamental truth that we must affirm about the gifts, regardless of whether we hold a cessationist or continuationist view of the gifts as a whole: the lordship of Jesus Christ over spiritual gifts. Paul introduces the topic of spiritual gifts with the foundational truth of Jesus’ lordship. “Now concerning spiritual gifts: brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be unaware. You know that when you were pagans, you used to be enticed and led astray by mute idols. Therefore I want you to know that no one speaking by the
Vern S. Poythress: 1. Christ is Lord over all because he is God. The Father is God; the Son is God; and the Holy Spirit is God. God rules over all things by his providential control (Ps. 103:19). Therefore it is also true that each person in the Godhead rules over all. Christ rules over all. This rule is comprehensive not only in its extent (over all of space, all of time, and all areas of human activity), but in its details—over each sparrow, each hair of the head, and each atom. 2. Christ is Lord over all because in his human nature he has accomplished perfect obedience, has won salvation for us, and has been given universal dominion as a reward. As a result of his resurrection and ascension, Christ has been enthroned at the right hand of God the Father, with universal dominion: . . . he [God the Father] worked in Christ when he raised him from
Our rights vs. His rights: Being a Christian means dying to ourselves and surrendering our rights to another. The rejection of Jesus Christ is sometimes an intellectual problem and sometimes an ignorance problem, but it is always a surrender problem. We don’t easily submit ourselves to any authority, let alone One who claims dominion over every aspect of our lives. But Jesus has the right to be Lord over our rights. Christ, according to Ursinus, can claim lordship over our lives for four reasons: by right of creation (He made us), by right of redemption (He saved us), by reason of preservation (He keeps us), and with respect to ordina- tion and appointment (God has exalted Christ and placed all things in sub- jection under His feet). Christ’s rule, then, is not some arbitrary authority by virtue of a military coup or political nepotism. His claim of lordship is well-founded. Remember too, His lordship was also costly. Jesus Christ didn’t
This is excellent from Adrian Reynolds: All taken from Luke 8.26-39 which contains not less than all this stuff and probably more: 1. The demonic world is REAL (v27) 2. The demonic world is OPPOSED to JESUS (v28) 3. The demonic world is EXTENSIVE (v30) 4. The demonic world is DANGEROUS (v29) But… 5. The demonic world is LIMITED (by space and time)(v32) 6. The demonic world is UNDER JESUS (v31-32) 7. The demonic world is DOOMED (v31,33) 8. The demonic world is ultimately POWERLESS to stop salvation (v35-39) Brilliant! Only, if I’ve read 2 Cor. 10.3-5 correctly and Eph 6.10-18, our neglect of the battling aspect of Christianity and our neglect of, in particular, prayer, renders us much more open to the terrors of 1-4 and much less certain of the reassurances of 5-8….
Christ is all-glorious: glorious in his throne, which is at “the right hand of the Majesty on high” glorious in his commission, which is “all power in heaven and earth” glorious in his name, a name above every name—“Lord of lords, and King of kings” glorious in his scepter—“a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of his kingdom” glorious in his attendants—“his chariots are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels,” among them he rides on the heavens, and sends out the voice of his strength, attended with ten thousand times ten thousand of his holy ones glorious in his subjects—all creatures in heaven and in earth, nothing is left that is not put in subjection to him glorious in his way of rule, and the administration of his kingdom—full of sweetness, efficacy, power, serenity, holiness, righteousness, and grace, in and toward his elect—of terror, vengeance, and certain destruction toward the rebellious angels and men glorious in the issue of his
“When Jesus invites sinners, ‘Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest,’ he immediately adds, ‘take my yoke upon you, and learn from me’ (Matt. 11:28-29). To come to him includes taking his yoke upon us, being subject to his direction and guidance, learning from him and being obedient to him. If we are unwilling to make such a commitment, then we have not truly placed our trust in him.” -Wayne Grudem (HT: Reformed Voices)