Monday, February 14, 2005

The Three R's

"I believe that, at this present time, we are in great danger of being burdened with a crowd of so-called converts who do not really know anything as it ought to be known. They attended a revival meeting, were much excited, and thought they were converted; but just ask them to explain to you the simplest truths of the gospel, and you will soon discover how little they know. Could they explain the three R's, ruin, redemption, and regeneration Do they know what the ruin is? Do they know what the remedy for that ruin is? Do they understand at all what it means to be born again? Do they comprehend what the new nature is, or what "justification by faith" means. Perhaps someone says, "They do not comprehend your theological terms." I do not mind whether they know the meaning of the terms that are familiar to many of us; but do they know the truths themselves? There is a certain degree of Christian knowledge which is absolutely necessary to salvation." Charles H. Spurgeon

We must have an understanding of our ruin, redemption, and regeneration. These are essential truths of the Christian faith. If we do not make it a priority to study and meditate on this, we will fall into slothfulness.

"For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil." Hebrews 5:12-14 (ESV)

Father, grant us mercy to eat solid food. May we leave milk for infants.


1 comment:

Brandon Stewart (CoramDeo2k5) said...

May I say Amen to that! Great Post, and thanks for the clarification comment on my xanga site, much appreciated!