Author: Gordon Bland

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The Function of Pneumatic Charismata in the Contemporary Church

There is tremendous evidence of the continuation of spiritual gifts throughout church history and in the present-day church, but are all spiritual gifts mentioned in Scripture available today? If so, how should they function in the modern church? The Holy Spirit’s work in believers is evident in conforming them to the image of Christ, and even in bringing the unbeliever to faith. Richard B. Gaffin states, “No work of the Spirit, I hold, is more radical, more impressive, more miraculous, and more thoroughly supernatural than what he does—now, today—with people who are nothing less than “dead in … transgressions and sins” (Eph. 2:1, 5).

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The Providence of God

The providence of God is directly related to the sovereignty that only He holds. In His sovereignty, God plans and ordains the events of the past, present, and future to achieve His desires. As such, it is God’s providence that His creation is provided “overseeing care and guardianship.” Without the Lord’s divine provision, life is not possible.

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Marks of True Conversion

There are many that profess to be Christian, but their lives do not reflect such faith. It is greatly concerning that it is likely that many “Christians” are false converts—those that want salvation, but their lack of genuine faith has left them unchanged.It is through true faith by which the person gives up their sinful desires to live as Jesus Christ showed us. While still imperfect, the person conforms to the image of Christ, day by day, compelled by their love for God. As all are destined to die, each person will also be judged. If each person’s judgment were based on their merit alone, then we all should live in great fear and trembling. Because of God’s great love, mercy, and grace, we do not have to face judgment on our own merit, but we may be judged by the merit of Jesus Christ. His death is the atoning sacrifice so that we do not receive the death we earned. His resurrection is the foreshadowing that we will also be raised on the last day, to spend eternity in Heaven. But if the person is not a Christian, they will be justly judged on their own merit, destined for the wrath of God.

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Tetelestai

Tetelestai, “It is finished”John 19:30 (ESV): When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.