In this episode
- An introduction to chapter 6 of Precious Remedies
- The parable of the hidden treasure
- The relevant segment of our audiobook
- Notes from the blog
- Episode blog post: Mighty to save: How Jesus out-loves your sin
- Podcast introduction: Yabo Obien
- Logo design: 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.
We’re walking though the book Precious Remedies against Satan’s Devices by Thomas Brooks. Along with a segment of our original audio production of the book, we provide commentary and fresh insight, bringing this work of classic theology to life for you.
Last time on the show was the only episode where we will discuss chapter 5 of Precious Remedies. Brooks explains in that chapter Satan’s devices about different kinds of people. In order to hear more of our unabridged, original audio production of the book, sign up for our email newsletter, you’ll know when the book releases, and you’ll be eligible for a special discount. All we need for now is your email address. Sign up on the homepage at theodio.com or at the end of any blog post. Then be sure to answer the confirmation email we send you. It’s that easy.
This time we begin our journey of chapter 6 of Precious Remedies. Throughout the book, Brooks has focused on how our enemy comes against God’s people, those who believe in the Lord Jesus and trust him for Salvation from sin and eternal life. Now the author explains how the devil tries to prevent people from coming to Christ at all.
Blocking the path to peace
In each part of chapter 6, Brooks offers counter-arguments to five lies that Satan tells people:
- Your sins are too great for Jesus to save you.
- You are not worthy of God’s love.
- You aren’t sorry enough about your sins.
- Jesus is unwilling to save you.
- Trusting Jesus is pointless because he saves who he will.
Considered as a whole, you can see how these arguments don’t hold well against each other. But logic isn’t necessarily our enemy’s strength here. If he can apply one of these lies against a person to the point that they won’t repent of their sins and trust in Jesus, that’s all that is needed.
But here’s what Christians know is true: Wielding the word of God as his choice weapon, Jesus defeated Satan in the wilderness. Crying to the Father in agony, Jesus defeated sin on the cross. And rising from the dead the day after Passover, Jesus defeated death for all who trust him.
This defeated devil isn’t finished causing trouble, though. Knowing he has lost, he desires to convince sinners they are too far out of God’s merciful reach.
What rings true
Years ago I dropped a valuable ring down a sink drain. Once past the initial self-berating and anger, I considered the situation. It was dark down there. And dirty? Then there was the disposal. Those blades are sharp, right? Is this even worth it?
Yes, it was. I held my breath and plunged a hand down. After a minute of probing, holding my breath in disgust, I retrieved the ring.
It was dirty and slimy. I could barely look at my hand without gagging. But I had redeemed the prize. A few minutes of vigorous hand washing and some deep breaths and everything was fine.
How much more valuable are you than a ring? How much greater a price did God pay to retrieve you from the mire of sin, to set your feet upon the Rock?
The parable of the hidden treasure
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” Matthew 13:44, ESV.
It’s a simple, little parable. In two deft sentences, Jesus sums up God’s kingdom. But you may not see it the way the Lord intended.
I’ve heard sermons that explained we are the man and Jesus is the treasure. We should be wiling to give everything we have to gain Christ. This isn’t wrong. But it doesn’t hit the mark.
Jesus says “the kingdom of heaven” is like this story, not “I am like this.” God’s kingdom comprises God’s people. In that sense Jesus is the man and we are the treasure. Jesus paid it all. He purchased us with his blood. He ransomed the entire field because even more treasure awaits its unearthing.
Jesus is enough
As many of us have sung in church, Jesus is “mighty to save.” Strong enough, loving enough, Savior enough.
Let’s listen now to Thomas Brooks explain his eight proofs that negate Satan’s lie, demonstrating you can’t out-sin God’s love.
We hope you understand now that, yes, your sin separated you from God. But his love is great enough to overcome it.
Next time we’ll learn how to counter lie number 2: you aren’t worthy of God’s love. Turns out it’s not your worth that is most important.
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