Ears, Listening, and Words: Undeceive our Confusion (Part 1 of 2)

“Why do we have ears on the outside of our heads? Why not on the inside? Because we’re not supposed to listen to ourselves. I wonder how much of our misery stems from our almost religious devotion to our own thoughts and feelings. But that inner personal world where you and I live constantly—what relation does it bear to the atmosphere that the gospel creates? We spend every moment of our entire lives within a mental universe. The quality of that environment matters. Are our ears open to the in-flowing blessing of God? Do we understand what it means to listen to God?”

-Ray Ortlund, Jr. Isaiah: God Saves Sinners. (Isa 50:4-51:8) p. 333.


“Our will is locked and knit faster under the will of the devil than could an hundred thousand chains bind a man unto a post.


“Because . . . [by] nature we are evil, therefore we both think and do evil, and are under vengeance under the law, convict to eternal damnation by the law, and are contrary to the will of God in all our will and in all things consent to the will of the fiend.”


-Tyndale, Selected Writings, p. 37, 39

(John Piper sermon about William Tyndale, “Always Singing One Note—A Vernacular Bible“)

The Father’s Love

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

“How Deep The Father’s Love For Us”




“The sum of the whole is this—since the will of God is said [in the Bible] to be the cause of all things, all the counsels and actions of men must be held to be governed by his providence; so that he not only exerts his power in the elect, who are guided by the Holy Spirit, but also forces the reprobate [non-elect] to do him service.”

-John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, vol. 1: chp 18, sect 2 (Edinburgh: The Calvin Translation Society, 1845; Henry Beveridge), 272.


“For my own part, I cannot see how true humbleness of mind can be attained without a knowledge of it; and though I will not say, that every one who denies election is a bad man, yet I will say, with that sweet singer, Mr. Trail, it is a very bad sign: such a one, whoever he be, I think cannot truly know himself; for, if we deny election, we must, partly at least, glory in ourselves; but our redemption is so ordered that no flesh should glory in the Divine presence; and hence it is, that the pride of man opposes this doctrine, because, according to this doctrine, and no other, ‘he that glories, must glory only in the Lord.’

“But what shall I say? Election is a mystery that shines with such resplendent brightness, that, to make use of the words of one who has drunk deeply of electing love, it dazzles the weak eyes even of some of God’s dear children; however, though they know it not, all the blessings they receive, all the privileges they do or ill enjoy, through Jesus Christ, flow from the everlasting love of God the Father.”

-George Whitefield, Selected Sermons of George Whitefield “Christ, the Believer’s Wisdom, Righteousness, Sanctification and Redemption [1 Cor 1:30]”(Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1999). [Robert Trail (1642–1716) was a Scottish Presbyterian divine.]

[1 Corinthians 1:30 “And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption….” Vả, ấy là nhờ Ngài mà anh em ở trong Ðức Chúa Jêsus Christ, là Ðấng mà Ðức Chúa Trời đã làm nên sự khôn ngoan, sự công bình, sự nên thánh, và sự cứu chuộc cho chúng ta;]