Month: March 2011

When we walk with the Lord…

Q. What is repentance unto life?

A. Repentance unto life is a saving grace, wrought in the heart of a sinner by the Spirit and Word of God, whereby, out of the sight and sense, not only of the danger, but also of the filthiness and odiousness of his sins, and upon the apprehension of God’s mercy in Christ to such as are penitent, he so grieves for and hates his sins, as that he turns from them all to God, purposing and endeavouring constantly to walk with him in all the ways of new obedience.

(Question LXXVI of the Westminster Larger Catechism.)

Harden your heart

This week’s phrase is from Exodus 4:21:

The LORD said to Moses, “When you return to Egypt, see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders I have given you the power to do. But I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go…

To harden one’s heart to to be stubborn, obstinate, unwilling to change, even if the facts clearly put one in the wrong!

The land of Nod

This week’s phrase is from Genesis 4:16:

And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.

Originally, Nod referred to a place east of Eden, where Eden is paradise. It meant a place of exile and of discomfort. Today it is more likely to mean quite the opposite – to be fast asleep!

Let there be light

This week’s phrase is from Genesis 1:3

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

Used metaphorically when one suddenly understands an idea, or literally when there is illumination!