God can forgive you

“The message of the gospel is this: God can forgive you, and He is willing to do so.”
– Sinclair B. Ferguson
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The Harmony of the Trinity in Election

“At the end of the day my brothers, the issue that is at stake in divine election and in effectual redemption is not a matter of whether you argue about the five points of Calvinism. At the end of the day it’s a matter of the harmony of the Trinity.

Have the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit a harmony in their purposes? Does God plan something, that the Son effects, that the Spirit fails to bring to fruition?

No Paul says, God’s plan for the fullness of time is going to be effected because this is the God who works out all things (verse 11) according to the counsel of His will… in order that at the end of the day His predestining purpose that we should be adopted through Jesus Christ according to the purpose of His will (verse 5) might see us conformed to the likeness of His Son. And that’s the thing that God has set His heart upon… conforming His elect to the likeness of His Son.

And mark Paul’s words, He will let nothing stand in the way of fulfilling that purpose… and honoring His Son and honoring His Son’s death. He will certainly not let my puny will stand in the way of His Son’s eternal glory.”
Sinclair Ferguson

THE COURAGE TO PREACH ON HELL!

“Every member of fallen humanity needs to have thrust in front of him the radical and total inexcusability of sin and the absolute justice of God’s condemnation. Only then will he, can he, take hell seriously. The preaching of these truths is intended to tear away the blindness, to arouse and pierce the slumbering conscience. Otherwise, we persist in our assumption that whatever fate befalls others . . . we ourselves are safe from divine condemnation. . . .
It is in this context that preaching on hell belongs to the preaching of the gospel. When we understand that this is what the death of Christ means, when this grips our soul, we will begin to find the apostolic model of preaching reduplicated in our own ministry. . . . It takes courage and commitment to preach hell. Courage is needed because in many contemporary contexts one mention of hell is enough to guarantee the accusation of a harsh spirit and a bigoted mind. . . .
The Christian preacher is a debtor because through Christ he has himself been delivered from future judgment. He is a steward, because the message of reconciliation has been committed to him. He is to employ the resources provided by his Lord, not to diminish, add to, or transform them.He is also an ambassador, whose task is always to represent his Master and faithfully to deliver his message. This is why our own excuses must never prevail (“I am not that kind of preacher”; “the congregation would not receive it well”; “people do not take these things seriously any longer”; “we are living in a day when that kind of emphasis does not draw people to Christ”).”