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James Hamilton – God’s Judging and Saving Glory

18 May

The Bible’s bad news is not to be glossed over, hidden away, or avoided. Without the Bible’s bad news, its good news will have no meaning. The center of biblical theology is nonnegotiable for evangelism precisely because God saves people through judgment for his glory. If a man does not perceive that God is holy, righteous, just, and personally offended by transgressions, he will sense no need for Jesus.

God is holy, righteous, just, and personally offended by the sins we commit, and the more clearly we see this, the more deeply we will feel our desperate need for Jesus. God’s wrath makes his mercy beautiful. Without his wrath, his mercy has no meaning and no one has any need for it.

Seeing that the glory of God in salvation through judgment is the center of biblical theology will liberate us to announce the bad news so that the gospel will be seen as good news. Our culture tells so many lies about what it means to do evangelism that we need huge doses of the Bible to counteract the world’s poison. We must love God and know him in all his judging and saving glory so that we will have boldness to tell the truth.

~James Hamilton~


God’s Glory in Salvation Through Judgment (Wheaton, IL; Crossway Books; 2010) p. 566-567

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James Hamilton – How Should Husbands Love Their Wives?

10 May

If anyone deserves to be treated hatefully, sinful rebels against almighty God do. But rather than give them what they deserve, much less treat them hatefully, Christ has cleansed them with his word and sanctified them by his death, uniting them to himself, making them members of his own body. He then treats them as he would treat his own body, nourishing, caring, sacrificing, loving. This calls any man who deems his wife unworthy of tender care, unworthy of special attention, unworthy of extraordinary sacrifice to look at the way that Christ has loved wretches, rebels, and revolutionaries.

Christ cleansed. Christ died. Christ made his bride spotless and then presented her to himself. In this way husbands are to love their wives.

~James Hamilton~


For the Fame of God’s Name (Wheaton, IL; Crossway Books; 2010) p. 268

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James Hamilton – The End for Which God Created Marriage

17 Apr

29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “ Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. – Ephesians 5:29-32 ESV

The connection between Ephesians 5:29b-30 and 5:31-32 is the point where the plunge is taken. This connection is such that having described the way that Christ has loved the church, Paul says that it is because of Christ’s love for the church that the words of Genesis 2:24 exist. This amounts to a declaration that God created humans as gendered persons who would unite in a one-flesh union as one man, one woman, in covenant marriage, the two becoming one, so that the world would have a category for understanding the relationship between Christ and the church.

~James Hamilton~


For the Fame of God’s Name (Wheaton, IL; Crossway Books; 2010)

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