Rebecca Stark is the author of The Good Portion — God, the second title in The Good Portion series, a series written specifically to encourage women to immerse themselves in the depths of Christian doctrine.

The Good Portion — God explores what Scripture teaches about God in hopes that readers will see his perfection, worth, magnificence, and beauty as they study his triune nature, infinite attributes, and wondrous works. 

Rebecca also blogs at Out of the Ordinary.

                         

Wednesday
Feb282007

How is Christ exalted in his sitting at the right hand of God?

Christ is exalted in his sitting at the right hand of God, in that as God-man he is advanced to the highest favor with God the Father,[1] with all fulness of joy,[2] glory,[3] and power over all things in heaven and earth;[4] and doth gather and defend his church, and subdue their enemies; furnisheth his ministers and people with gifts and graces,[5] and maketh intercession for them.[6]
  1. Phil. 2:9
    Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name …
  2. Acts 2:28
    You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.
    Psa. 16:11
    You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
  3. John 17:5
    And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.
  4. Eph. 1:22
    And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church … .
    I Peter 3:22
    … who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.
  5. Eph. 4:10-12
    He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ … .
    Psa. 110:1
    The Lord says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.”
  6. Rom. 8:34
    Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.
Question 54, Westminster Larger Catechism
Monday
Feb262007

Children's Poetry: Swinging and Sailing

Recent contributions on the theme of Children’s Poetry: There are only a few more days in February, so if you’ve planned to play along with the Children’s Poetry theme, you’d better get on it right away. If you’ve posted a poem for kids, send me the link. Don’t have a blog? Don’t let that stop you! Post your poem in the comments of this post, and I’ll use it.
Monday
Feb262007

I've Been Amusing Myself

by participating in a discussion on the Baptist Board*. This one’s called atonement/justice and forgiveness, and the atonement theory put forward seems to be exactly the same one I posted about in the olden days when I first started blogging. So, of course, I couldn’t pass the discussion by. (I go by russell55 on that board. At the time I signed up there, my first choices for name were taken, so that’s my maiden name plus my birth year.)
 
In addition to being centered around an atonement theory I’ve already studied up on, this discussion is a rich source of the same kind of statements discussed in the series I posted recently called Thinking About Faith Alone and Christ Alone. (You can access all those posts from that link.) Here are some I could have added to the collection discussed there:
Man’s sin is paid for in advance but, the condition [for salvation] isn’t only having our sins paid for. You see that condition has been paid but, if there is no repentance and confession. The rest of the entire condition [for salvation] has not been met.
Can you see how this statement is a denial of Solus Christus, which affirms that what Christ did is sufficient for our salvation?
 
How about this?
Yet there is ONE sin that is UNPARDONABLE - Rejection of the Son - UNBELIEF
Yep, another denial of Solus Christus by the denial of the sufficiency of Christ’s work. Christ’s work was not sufficient grounds upon which the sin of unbelief could be pardoned.
 
Want more? The brackets in this one are original.
The atonement was done for all time for all in Christ Jesus. … But since we did not sacrifice ourselves, thereby personally asking forgiveness, forgiveness became a different thing — a personal thing. If not, then John would have never needed to say that if we confess our sins [then] He is faithful to forgive them. That is indeed an if/then proposition and not an accomplished fact on the Cross.
Christ’s atonement, if this statement is true, is not sufficient grounds for forgiveness. We must add our confession to his work, thereby providing some of the grounds by which we are pardoned.
 
I could go on, but I won’t. I have a life. At least I think I do.