Revival: The effects

“Revival is that extraordinary, spiritual blessing of God whereby He sovereignly, and suddenly, opens the windows of Heaven and powerfully outpours His Holy Spirit upon His surprised, and unexpecting people, saturating them with His presence, and causing the blessing to spontaneously spill out into the surrounding community for their good but ultimately for His glory, honour and praise.” Jonathan Munday

Revival happens to that which is already alive.
What is it, why need it, today: effects of revival. Next time: What do we do while waiting on God?
God is glorified 1k 6:80 so that all the people know. Mk 2:12 lk 5:26 yet always within
Presence: stillness
Power: we speechless
Preaching: new dimension – exalting the Lord
Praise: taken up with God for whom he is. He is always worthy of all praise, regardless of me.
Awakening: miraculous catch of fish. ‘Depart from me’ -eyes opened wide. Hatred for sin. I saw as I never saw before. – clear views. Nothing else will matter. Congo revival : people saw their sin but urgently sought the Lord, confessing sin regardless.
Is 40:31 God gives us strength.
Sprague: revival of scriptural knowledge, practical.
Thomas Charles quote:
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When he comes we must pray for wisdom as Satan tries to bring the counterfeit James Davenport.
Strange things http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Davenport_(clergyman) Edward Irving too.
We need the oxygen of the gospel, of God, amidst the anaesthetic of the world’s atmosphere.
We must not despise the day of small things. We marvel at God’s work as it is today.
Is 64 that we might see the Lord vindicate his truth. But things have been bad in the past, very bad in the new testament church.
It was a mess, before and a massive struggle. 1 Corinthians is salutary in this regard. Yet Paul was careful to avoid grieving or quenching the Spirit as he addressed the Corinthian excesses.
Revival may be the precursor to intense persecution.


Aspects of the atonement: Propitiation

Jeff Gilbert took the doctrine class of 14th of October 2012.
Aspects of the atonement: Propitiation
This word is not popular because of its implications for the anger of God. Lanctanctus writing to donates.
Self must be lovable so God loves us. Or that we cannot think of omnipotence being nasty: it must be kind and kind to everyone or that makes God nasty. The root cause is dependence on our own logic, not scripture, faith and the Holy Spirit. Submitting to scripture is vital.
Quoting Lloyd-Jones, who quotes John Owen. There is an offence, an offended,the offender and the atonement for the offence.
Does it matter if we exchange expiation for propitiation? Some say that Expiation is easier to read. The translator inevitably introduces their own theological opinion. Dynamic equivalent versions of the bible can be guilty of this. Those involved in modern translation in other countries may find difficulties in finding words for biblical concepts. For example, a tropical tribe not knowing what a sheep is makes translation of psalm 23 a challenge. But better to stay with sheep and teach the people about it.
But sin brings suffering without implicating God. So God is not angry, indeed if there is any spec of offence it is already forgiven. There is just no room for wrath – even with reference to the death of Christ. Jesus even can be said to die for us and sinners and even sin, but never experienced wrath. They will even talk about God turning His back on Jesus but never in terms of wrath. This is not a christian doctrine, it is a liberal interpretation of it. Therefore expiation is all that is required – cancellation of guilt and purification of the sinner. There isn’t sense of that the sin offends God. It leaves us with a remote God. A God who does not respond with anger against sinners or even sin. It empties the cross of meaning, even though it retains some sense of a noble death. But there is no common foundation for these two views. In the end they aim towards relativism and post-modern attitude towards truth. Our position of God’s love is far higher expression of love and based on the scripture. Take a trip to gethsemany – what could the drops of blood mean without the ‘cup’?
God takes sin personally. He recognises the dignity of his own law and our personalities and obligations under that law.


Limited Atonement

Alex Hutter took the doctrine class on Sunday 7th October 2012.
Affirmation 2010, doctrines of grace.
1 Corinthians 15:1-10
http://affirmation2010.wordpress.com/affirmation-2010/

1618 5 points, synod met 154 times, decided Arminianism was heretical, eg. Freedom of the will as opposed to total depravity.
Total depravity, man cannot do any good towards making ourselves acceptable to God. ‘Loved with everlasting love, led by grace that love to know.’
1. Christ died for all sin of all men – universalism
2. Christ died for none of the sins of all men
3. Christ died for all the sins of some men.
Why believe that? Over emphasising the kindness of God. But Ps 3:8 salvation belongs to God. Armininians argue I have ability to please God, choose God and therefore Christ died for the sins of those in hell. They make a difference between the actual and potential achievement of Christ. If everyone is saved but they did not choose God. Christ died in vain for them – even that his death was powerless to save. God could not payment twice demand. Unbelief is also sin. Did Christ die for them too? If not
John Owen’s book, ‘A display of Arminianism ‘. Christ’s death did not avail immediate effect of atoning for sin. It was potential salvation. It bought God a right to forgive sinners. Christ was redeeming God! This was bestowed on those who believe. Faith becomes a work. Grevin chovious, God could have selected anything as the criteria. But faith is it. He may have chosen the 10 commandments. Well that is a work! But sin is transgression of the law. I will forgive your sin if you do not sin.
Christ did not die to purchase all we need be saved.
Christ might have happened but none be saved as it was possible that none fulfilled the condition of faith. ‘The efficacy of the death of Christ is in our own hands!’
So many would be horrified to think they are aligned with this. Just wanting God to be fair.
1 jn 4:10 propitiation for our sins
2 Cor 5:21
1 Corinthians 15:3
2 Cor 5:19
Eph 5:5-27 Christ
1 pet 2:24
Heb 9:28
Wasn’t just buying the right to do it, he did it!

Rom 4:13-16
Gal 3:12
Phil 3:9
Faith was God’s choice, not arbitrary! Faith so that it might be by grace (rom 3:16). 2 different gospels.
Is 53:10-11
Jn 10:27-9
Matt 1:21 he shall save His people