"...if anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, "What have you that you did not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7), and, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10). (Council of Orange: Canon 6)


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    Learning a New Language

    "Upon taking their oath of citizenship, immigrants begin to learn the language and customs of their new country. Yet when God claims us as the beneficiaries of his covenant mercies in Christ, we are relocated from the fading empire of sin and death to the kingdom of grace."

    "...nobody has to be taught the world's story; we are born with it, as fallen children of Adam. However, we have to be taught out of it by persistent pastors and teachers who know that we prefer by nature to think differently of God and ourselves than the Scriptures require..."

    It is the constant renewing of our mind by God's Word that reorients us away from this fading age with its aimless plot, its "empty words" (Eph 5:6) and "philosophy and empty deceit" (Col 2:8), toward the everlasting inheritance in Christ.

    - Michael Horton

    Posted by John on February 12, 2011 03:17 PM


    It does seem that learning new ways of thinking are hard expecially when surrounded by worldly thinkers and curcustances. But the hope in the new birth is that we are brought back to our original design, which is to walk with God. Walking with God should be the more natural thing to do. But your right, we have to continually remind our soulish realm to think like our Father.

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