Today, we take a break from our exposition of Titus and focus on something that we have not been able to focus on much lately, the lovingkindness of God. We have been hitting pretty hard recently on sound doctrine and godliness, but we want to take time today to remind you that though God may wound his people, he will heal them. Though he may discipline us with the rod, he is still our comforter.
Last time, we addressed the covenant of works and our relationship to Adam, which has plunged us into a state of sin and misery without any hope of deliverance. Today, we discuss what God has done to redeem us from that state of sin and misery. We discuss the nature of the agreement made within the Godhead before time began—the eternal covenant—to ransom certain people for God’s own possession. Of utmost importance to us are the implications of that agreement for us, so we discuss our relationship to the eternal covenant by considering our relationship to Christ in contrast to our relationship to Adam.
Today, we discuss the covenant of works and our relationship to Adam, which is where the doctrine of original sin has its roots. Are we made to be sinners because we have inherited from Adam a predisposition to sin, or are we made sinners because we have inherited Adam’s guilt? Lastly, we consider the state into which we have been plunged as the result of having been made sinners.
Today, borrowing from John Piper’s lecture on “The God of Worship,” we discuss what it is that God chiefly aims at in all his works. In other words, is God principally concerned with his own rights and desires or with the rights and desires of others? We answer this question by addressing the biblical mindset or worldview and the secular mindset or worldview.
Last time, we discussed the importance of obeying the laws and ordinances of God in our submission to the lordship of Christ. We examined the first commandment and its implications under the new-covenant, namely, how we are to have no other gods before Christ. Then, we considered Christ’s reference to himself as the “Son of Man” and how it ought to shape the way we conceive of Christ in our minds.
Today, we continue the same topic by addressing the second commandment, “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them” (Exod 20:4–5a). We are not to fashion any physical image of God nor conceive of any false image of him in our minds.
Implications Under the New Covenant
If we are not to fashion any image of God, then we are not to fashion any image of Christ. We are not to worship any false image of Christ, even if that false image is only in our minds. Today, we consider Christ’s revelation of how he is to be viewed in John 3:14–16.
In Matthew 7:23, just before the parable of the two builders, Jesus says that not everyone who says to him, “Lord, Lord” will enter the kingdom of heaven, that there will be many who approach him on the last day claiming allegiance to him. Yet, he will declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.” Today, we discuss what it means to call Jesus Lord in accordance with the law, for we never want to hear Jesus say, “I never knew you; depart from Me.”
In order to call Jesus Lord in accordance with the law, we have to examine the law of God. Exodus 20:2–3 says, “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before Me.” We discuss what it means to have no other Gods before the LORD.
Implications Under the New Covenant
Living in the new covenant-era, we have to apply this law to our lives as we approach Christ. To have no other gods before the LORD is to have no other gods before Christ. Therefore, we have to examine that which has been revealed of Christ in order to approach him in an appropriate manner. Today, we examine Jesus’ use of the phrase “Son of Man” and the way it ought to shape how we conceive of Christ in our minds.