In this episode:
- Don’t forget to become a Theodio Premier Subscriber. Offer ends when 2020 comes to a close.
- A review of the previous episode
- The relevant audiobook segment
- A look ahead to episode 20
- Episode blog post: Four ways Jesus promised us better things
- Podcast introduction: Yabo Obien
- Logo and marque: Jeff Lyons at Light & Story
- Original music: Makeup and Vanity Set
- Kindle version of Precious Remedies against Satan’s Devices by John Hendryx at Monergism.com
- Text for Precious Remedies provided by GraceGems.org
Welcome back to the Theodio Podcast. I’m your host, Dan Kassis
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Let’s get to it.
What are true riches?
Last time we learned four reasons why wealth is ultimately meaningless to a Christian. Satan can use the desire for wealth to distract us from a godly life.
Taken from chapter 3 of Thomas Brooks’s Precious Remedies against Satan’s Devices, wealth is
- Unreliable, and
These four negative qualities make wealth a terrible substitute for the riches of our inheritance in Christ. The length of Brooks’s writings on this device made necessary our dividing it into two episodes.
This second half illustrates how the promise of better things in Christ, based on God’s eternal promises to us, can help us look beyond temporal pleasures.
As he closes the previous segment, Brooks writes:
“I have been the longer upon the remedies that may help us against this dangerous device of Satan, because he does usually more hurt to the souls of men by this device than he does by all other devices.”
For an entire book dedicated to learning how to defeat our greatest enemy, this is a sobering statement. We would do well to pay special attention to the advice of this wise teacher here.
At the close of this segment, Brooks quotes Chrysostom, an ancient church father. He wished every Christian would write the words of Ecclesiastes on every article in their homes, even on their clothing: that all is vanity and meaningless.
Displaying scripture passages in our homes or on our t-shirts is nothing new for Christians. But we tend to pick ones that are a little more “positive,” don’t we? Still, this isn’t bad advice.
This concludes our look at the lure of worldly wealth. Next time on the Theodio Podcast we’ll talk about the cost of Christian discipleship. If you’re familiar with the story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, you’ll appreciate this one.
Thank you for joining us.