Welcome to Scribd. Sign in or start your free trial to enjoy unlimited e-books, audiobooks & documents.Find out more
Standard view
Full view
of .
Look up keyword
Like this
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
Sound of Grace, Issue 196, April 2013

Sound of Grace, Issue 196, April 2013

|Views: 31|Likes:
Christ, Our New Covenant High Priest, Part 3 - John G. Reisinger;
Luther's Spirituality, Part 2 - A. Blake White;
Romans 9 and Free Will - Steve West;
The Cross and the Lord's Day, Part 4 - Steve Carpenter;
The Priority of Grace - A. Blake White
Christ, Our New Covenant High Priest, Part 3 - John G. Reisinger;
Luther's Spirituality, Part 2 - A. Blake White;
Romans 9 and Free Will - Steve West;
The Cross and the Lord's Day, Part 4 - Steve Carpenter;
The Priority of Grace - A. Blake White

More info:

Published by: Sound Of Grace / New Covenant Media on Aug 30, 2013
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial


Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less





The cross is mysteriously a blessing and so is every trialwe encounter. It looks as though Christ is being defeated, but to the enlightened eye we see Christ conquering hisenemies. He acts contrary to what is expected. God worksand reveals himself through suffering and weakness, notstrength and glory. The pattern of our lives is shaped by the pattern of Christ. In Romans 8:17, Paul says, “Now if weare children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirswith Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” For Jesus, the pat-tern was suffering then glory, and it must be the same for us. The cross shows us the shape of life; the cross revealshow God deals with those whom he loves. As Kolb writes,
“Religions of glory have as their rst and foremost goal the
encouragement of good human performance. The theologyof the cross aims at bestowing a new identity upon sinners,setting aside the old identity, by killing it, so that goodThe yearly Day of Atonement, as recorded in Leviticus 16, was the mostimportant day on Israel’s calendar. It was the one day every year that Aaron, theHigh Priest, was allowed to go within the veil and enter the Most Holy Place.This day Aaron went into the Most Holy Place and sprinkled the mercy seat with blood. This ritual covered Israel’s sin for a year. There is not a type of Christ’satoning work in the Old Testament Scriptures that sets forth the cross work of Christ as clearly as Aaron’s work on the Day of Atonement. On that day Aaron
not only performed the two major functions of a priest: (1) to offer a sacrice
and (2) to make intercession, but he performed both of these things inside theveil in the Most Holy Place. Aaron presented the blood from the goat that had
 been sacriced, sprinkled it on the mercy seat of the Ark in the Most Holy Place
and pleaded for Israel’s forgiveness. Leviticus
Issue 196 April 2013
… It is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace … Hebrews 13:9
Christ, Our New Covenant High Priest—Part 3
John G. Reisinger
In the rst installment, we briey sketched Luther’s life
and looked at how we should learn from Luther’s gospel-centeredness and his teaching on the two kinds of righ-teousness. In this installment, we will look at four moreareas.The third area where we can learn from Luther isthrough a look at his theology of the cross derived mainlyfrom 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5. How does God reveal him-self? As Graham Tomlin writes, “The cross of Christ” is“the place where God has revealed his ‘wisdom’, or his‘characteristic way of working’.”
Theologians of glory build their theology on what they expect God to be like – which usually ends up resembling the theologian instead.Theologians of the cross develop their view of God in lightof God’s own revelation of himself in Christ on the cross.
1 Graham Tomlin, “The Theology of the Cross: SubversiveTheology for a Postmodern World?”
23.1, 61.
 Luthers Spirituality—Part 2 of 2
A. Blake White
Reisinger—Continued on page White—Continued on page 12 
In This Issue
Christ, Our New Covenant 
High Priest ― Part 3
John G. Reisinger 1
Luther's Spirituality ― Part 
2 of 2 
 A. Blake White1
Romans 9 and Free Will 
Steve West3
The Cross and the Lord's Day 
― Part 4
Steve Carpenter 5
The Priority of Grace
 A. Blake White11
Page 2 April 2013 Issue 196
Sound of Grace
is a publication of SovereignGrace New Covenant Ministries, a tax exempt501(c)3 corporation. Contributions to Soundof Grace are deductible under section 170 of the Code.
Sound of Grace
is published 10 times a year.The subscription price is shown below. This isa paper unashamedly committed to the truthof God’s sovereign grace and New CovenantTheology. We invite all who love these same
truths to pray for us and help us nancially.
We do not take any paid advertising.The use of an article by a particular personis not an endorsement of all that personbelieves, but it merely means that we thoughtthat a particular article was worthy of printing.Sound of Grace Board: John G. Reisinger,David Leon, John Thorhauer, Bob VanWing-erden and Jacob Moseley.Editor: John G. Reisinger; Phone: (585)396-3385; e-mail: reisingerjohn@gmail.com.General Manager: Jacob Moseley:info@newcovenantmedia.comSend all orders and all subscriptions to:Sound of Grace, 5317 Wye Creek Drive,Frederick, MD 21703-6938 – Phone 301-473-8781 Visit the bookstore: http://www.newcovenantmedia.com Address all editorial material and questionsto: John G. Reisinger, 3302 County Road 16,Canandaigua, NY 14424-2441.Webpage: www.soundofgrace.orgor SOGNCM.orgScripture quotations marked (NIV) are takenfrom the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNA-TIONAL VERSION® Copyright © 1973, 1978,1984 by International Bible Society. Used byPermission. All rights reserved.Scripture quotations marked “NKJV” aretaken from the New King James Version.Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.Used by Permission. All rights reserved.Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are fromThe Holy Bible, English Standard Version,copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, adivision of Good News Publishers. Used bypermission. All rights reserved.ContributionsOrdersDiscover, MasterCard or VISAIf you wish to make a tax-deductible contri-bution to Sound of Grace, please mail a checkto: Sound of Grace, 5317 Wye Creek Drive,Frederick, MD 21703-6938.
Please check the mailing label to nd the
expiration of your subscription. Please sendpayment if you want your subscription tocontinue—$20.00 for ten issues. Or if you
would prefer to have a pdf le emailed, that is
available for $10.00 for ten issues. If you areunable to subscribe at this time, please call or drop a note in the mail and we will be glad tocontinue
Sound of Grace
free of charge.
 —Continued from page 1
Reisinger—Continued on page 4
16 shows the atonement of Christ intypology. Here is God’s instruction onhow the Day of Atonement was to beobserved.The instructions begin with awarning. No one except Aaron is al-lowed to enter the Most Holy Place,and he is to enter only on the Day of Atonement. God reminds Aaron inverse 1 of the death of his two sons, Nadab and Abiuh, (see Leviticus 10:1-
3) when they “offered strange re”
 before the Lord.
 And the Lord spake unto Moses af-ter the death of the two sons of Aaron,when they offered before the Lord, and died;
Aaron is specically warnedthat he will die like his two sonsif he comes into the Most HolyPlace at any time other than theDay of Atonement.
 And the Lord said unto Moses,Speak unto Aaron thy brother, that he come not at all times into the holy place within the veil before the mercy seat, which is upon the ark; that hedie not: for I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat 
Aaron is then instructed exactlyhow he is to approach God in the
Most Holy Place. He rst brings a sin
offering and a burnt offering. He thenfully bathes and puts on plain linenclothing including his underwear.These are special garments that Aaronwill only wear on the Day of Atone-ment. The rest of the year he wears theclothes described in Exodus 28:3-35.His regular clothes were very ornateand colorful. On the Day of Atone-ment Aaron will lay aside his regular ornate high priestly clothes, bathehimself and put on the special plainlinen clothing. He will put the special
linen clothes on when he rst comes
into the Most Holy Place, and he willtake them off after the scapegoat isreleased and will not wear them againfor another year.The laying aside of the royalclothes and putting on the plain cloth-ing reminds us of the fact that our Lord’s atonement was accomplishedin his humanity, that is, as “the
 Christ Jesus.” It was not the Son of God in the full power of his deity thatdefeated Satan, but it was Jesus, theson of Mary, our true kinsman, our older brother who fought and con-quered Satan as our substitute. In hisincarnation our Lord did not cease to be absolute deity, but he did lay asidethe
of his deity and put on
the robe of human esh with all its
limitations yet without sin. He laidaside the use of the splendor and gloryof his deity and robed himself in the plain linen of our humanity in order to become one with us in our humanityand function as our kinsman redeemer.
Thus shall Aaron come into theholy place: with a young bullock for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering. He shall put on the holylinen coat, and he shall have the linen
breeches upon his esh, and shall be
 girded with a linen girdle, and with thelinen mitre shall he be attired: theseare holy garments; therefore shall he
wash his esh in water, and so put 
them on
Aaron then takes two goats fromthe congregation for a sin offering andone ram for a burnt offering. He offersthe bullock for himself and his house
Everything that in any way involveseither 
the priest or the people must be the cleanest by sprinkled blood
 because it has been deled by contact
with sin.
 And he shall take of the congrega-tion of the children of Israel two kidsof the goats for a sin offering, and oneram for a burnt offering. And Aaron shall offer his bullock of the sin offer-ing, which is for himself, and makean atonement for himself, and for hishouse
The symbolism of the two goatsis the heart of the Day of Atonement.Two goats are chosen from among the
Issue 196 April 2013 Page 3
West—Continued on page 9
we are
heirs, co-heirs with our elder brother Jesus (15-17). Whatever we suffer here on earth is not worthcomparing to the glory that is to come(18). The groaning of creation due to bondage to sin will yield to freedom;the groaning of our lives will yield toconsummated redemption; the groan-ing of the Spirit in prayer for us willyield to conformity with God’s will(19-27).As if these themes were notenough for one chapter, we are alsotold about God’s sovereign work-ing in and through all things for our good (28). We know he is doing this because he has predestined us to belike Jesus (29). The golden chainof foreknowledge and predestina-tion runs through being called, being
 justied, and being gloried (so sure
it is past tense). In response to theserealities we are called to think aboutour standing: God is for us, God is the
one who justies, God already gave
his son for us: what are we lacking, or what should we fear (31-33)? Jesusdied for us and lives for us, interced-ing at the right hand of the Father (34). Categorically, without excep-tion,
can separate us from thelove of God in Christ Jesus (35-39).Actually, even our enemies and hostile powers not only fail to dislodge usfrom Christ, they turn out for our good(cf. 28). Thus we not only conquer our enemies (because they don’t harmus), we are more than conquerors (v.37) over them because their hostil-ity and attacks actually turn out for our good because of God’s love and purpose to make us like Christ.The crescendo of Romans 8 is breathtaking. Any sensitive readingof the passage should cause us to be“lost in wonder, love, and praise.”It does not usually take muchtime in a discussion about Calvinism before the Calvinist tries to steer theconversation to Romans 9. There aregood reasons for this maneuver. Onthe face of it, the ninth chapter of Romans contains some of the clear-est theological statements in favor of theological determinism in theScriptures. In this article I aim toaccomplish two things. First, I wantto argue that the surface reading of Romans 9 is in fact correct—it
teach election and predestination asunderstood in the Calvinistic tradi-tion. I will not be able to put forwardanything approaching verse-by-verseexegesis, but I do hope to presentsome critical expositional points tosupport this interpretation. My sec-ond aim in this article is to show howthis strongly predestinarian passagealso sits comfortably with full humanresponsibility before God. In other words, both determinism and respon-sibility come together again, whichis another example of exegetical data
conrming a compatibilistic view of 
freedom.1. Expositional Sketch of Romans9Romans 8 is considered by manyChristians (and certainly preachers)to be one of the greatest chapters inthe Bible. There is no condemna-tion for those in Christ Jesus (8:1),which is a marvelous truth but evenmore poignant and profound after you’ve worked through Romans 1-7.The eighth chapter breathes in theatmosphere of the Holy Spirit, andrejoices in all his work on our behalf.All God’s children have the Spirit(v. 9), and can live in holiness by his power (11ff). We have been adoptedinto God’s own family, and as suchOne can only wonder at what will stir Paul’s heart next, and what he willwrite about now. Without any chap-ter or verse divisions (which meansthe readers would not take a mental break between 8:39 and 9:1), from theheights of Romans 8 immediately fol-lows the sentence: “I speak the truthin Christ—I am not lying, my con-
science conrms it in the Holy Spir 
-it—I have great sorrow and unceasinganguish in my heart” (9:1-2). It hasoften been said that Karl Barth’s com-mentary on Romans fell like a bomb-shell on the playground of the theolo-gians; Romans 9:1-2 falls in a similar fashion into the mental and emotionalstate of those absorbed in the gloriesof chapter 8. Such a transition from joy to sorrow, heights to depths, loveto anguish, can only be accounted for on the basis that something is terribly,terribly wrong.What is wrong for Paul, and thesource of his anguish, is the fact thatIsrael, despite all of its blessings, hasrejected Christ (v. 3-5). Paul feels sostrongly that he states he wishes hecould be cursed if they would receiveChrist (perhaps in our culture wewould say Paul would go to hell for them if only they could be saved).Why does Paul feel this strongly?The only sensible answer (which isalso the biblical answer!) is that Isra-elites are not saved by default. Paulcould wish himself cursed becauseall Jews outside of Christ are under God’s curse, just like all Gentiles. Infact, Romans 10:1 states the matter inthe plainest possible terms: “Broth-ers, my heart’s desire and prayer toGod for the Israelites is that they may be saved.” Paul is praying for their salvation
because they are not saved 
 Romans 9 and Free Will 
Steve West

You're Reading a Free Preview

/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->