Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Lord's Supper: How Could We?

Helpful thoughts on the Lord's Supper:
A quote from Calvin's Institutes, found in the December 2010 edition of the Banner of Truth magazine, on our worthiness to take the Lord's Supper:

Therefore, this is the worthiness – the best and only kind we can bring to God –
to offer our vileness (and so to speak) our unworthiness to him so that we might be lifted up by him; to accuse ourselves so that we may be justified by him;
moreover, to aspire to that unity which he commends to us in his Supper; and, as he makes all of us one in himself, to desire one soul, one heart, one tongue for all…
The key question:
How could we, needy and bare of all good, befouled with sins, half-dead, eat the Lord’s body worthily?
I love the answer:
Rather, we shall think that we, as being poor, come to a kindly giver; as sick, to a physician; as sinners, to the Author of righteousness; finally, as dead, to him who gives us life. We shall think that the worthiness, which is commended by God, consists chiefly in faith, which reposes all things in Christ, but nothing in ourselves.

HT: 9 Marks

Friday, February 4, 2011

Christ the Savior Takes on Depression

Tony Reinke posts each Friday on letters from John Newton. Today he tells about Newton's friend Joshua Symonds, who struggled daily with depression-like tendencies.

Newton told Symonds that he was thinking too little of Christ's power to save. Newton thus challenged Symonds and us to look to Christ, look to his gospel constantly. I like this quote:
You have not, you cannot have, anything in the sight of God, but what you derive from the righteousness and atonement of Jesus. If you could keep him more constantly in view, you would be more comfortable. He would be more honored.…Let us pray that we may be enabled to follow the apostle’s, or rather the Lord’s command by him, Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, Rejoice [Philippians 4:4]. We have little to rejoice in ourselves, but we have right and reason to rejoice in him.

Click HERE to read the whole thing.