Doctrine: Ordo Salutis XII: Our New Body – Spirit's Power in Our Glorification

Psalm 97:9 For you, O LORD, are most high over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods. And how can we even fathom this glory of God? How can we fully look upon God in his sheer radiance, beauty, and majesty without our minds and eyes and hearts shutting down? It is sheer madness. And that is exactly what God wants! He wants to be with him forever and ever....

July 5, 2018 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan

Doctrine: Ordo Salutis XI: Our New Lives – Spirit's Work In Our Sanctification

Isaiah 48:9-11 (CSB) I will delay my anger for the sake of my name, and I will restrain myself for your benefit and for my praise, so that you will not be destroyed. Look, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. I will act for my own sake, indeed, my own, for how can I be defiled? I will not give my glory to another....

June 28, 2018 · 11 min · Joseph Louthan

📺 Doctrine: Ordo Salutis X: Our New Inheritance – Spirit’s Witness in Our Adoption

We have fully established that we are not fully alive despite being biologically alive. Throughout the Bible, starting in Genesis 2, God states that sin separates the soul of man from the spirit of God. And without God, we are dead. And just being dead is not enough: Ephesians 2:1-3 (CSB) And you were dead in your trespasses and sins 2 in which you previously walked according to the ways of this world, according to the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit now working in the disobedient....

June 21, 2018 · 14 min · Joseph Louthan

📺 Doctrine: Ordo Salutis IX: Our New Heart – Spirit’s Power in Regeneration

When God saved us from eternity past, His saving work was not finished when Christ lived, died, buried, and rose again, as though there is nothing for him for his people. You see, every single person born of man since Adam and Eve were born inherently not in connection with God but being apart from God both infinitely and eternally. That separation is because we have no spirit of God because our hearts were not born of God....

June 14, 2018 · 10 min · Joseph Louthan

📺 Doctrine: Ordo Salutis VIII: Christ’s Finished Work, We Are Protected

Matthew 1:21 (CSB) She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” This has been one of the most difficult chapters to write because there is so much to be packed into the doctrine of propitiation. The only way I could approach this is to start at the beginning and start at the high altitude and work our way down....

June 7, 2018 · 22 min · Joseph Louthan

📺 Doctrine: Ordo Salutis VII: Christ’s Sufficient Work, We Are Clean

1 John 1:9 (CSB) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. This is the magnificence of the True God. The God of the Old Testament who called down judgment on the wicked and the departed. The same God who expressed His faithfulness to His people who were faithless. The God whose steadfast love never ceased to those whom he promised would make things all things right....

May 31, 2018 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

📺 Doctrine: Ordo Salutis VI: Christ’s Perfect Work, We Are Justified

Many people tried to say that the God of the Old Testament and the God of the New Testament are completely two different gods. Have you heard this argument? Why was God so angry? Why is Jesus so loving and kind? Was God in the Old Testament was the Father and then his Son took over in the New? I don’t understand a god that would punish people. I can only understand a god that loves....

May 24, 2018 · 12 min · Joseph Louthan

📺 Doctrine: Ordo Salutis V: God Speaks To The Dead

The Introduction How did God save us? What does the Bible say? Chapter 1 The Overflowing Love of God - The Predestination of God Chapter 2 The Weight of Sin - The Fall of Mankind Chapter 3 For God So Loved the World - The Gospel of God Chapter 4 We Are Destined to Die - The Wages of Sin If you are not in Christ, you must know where you are at right now in order to see what God does to rescue you....

May 17, 2018 · 17 min · Joseph Louthan

📺 Doctrine: Ordo Salutis IV: We Are Destined For Death

How does God determine who he will save and not save? If you ever speak about the doctrine of election and predestination, you are sure to get that question asked. Numerous times have I been asked this and numerous times the answer of “his glory”: Isaiah 48:11 (CSB) I will act for my own sake, indeed, my own, for how can I be defiled? I will not give my glory to another....

May 10, 2018 · 9 min · Joseph Louthan

📺 Doctrine: Ordo Salutis III: For God So Loved The World

Now that we have established who we are in the sight of God, let us tackle the bigger, nay impossible question: Who is God? Beyond the authoritative Scriptures, each single attribute has had countless books and papers written describing in full detail the awesome majesty of God. Yet, when I read the Bible, I am truly confident of who God is for God is love. The Bible overwhelmingly states this to be so....

April 27, 2018 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

📺 Doctrine: Ordo Salutis II: The Weight of Sin

Before we can even try to understand what God has done in Salvation, we must first truly understand our condition as human beings born on this earth. I feel compelled to at least touch on this doctrine for I believe that many Christians sometimes either forget their natural state before God saved them or they simply don’t remember being that ‘bad’ of a person before being saved. It is not that we have to dwell on our depravity, our flesh, our sin nature but to ignore or forget about it would absolutely rob our heart of joy and worship before the Lord....

April 26, 2018 · 6 min · Joseph Louthan

📺 Doctrine: Ordo Salutis I: The Overflowing Love of God

To proclaim ourselves as Christians is to proclaim that we believe and trust upon Christ as our Saviour and Lord. At that beautiful moment, when God saved us, we hope and pray that each one of us are immediately surrounded by other brothers and sisters in Christ that are willing to walk alongside with us in love, encouragement, teaching and exhortation. This is called discipleship. This is the grassroots of the Great Commission....

April 19, 2018 · 4 min · Joseph Louthan