Who Shall Ascend the Mountain of the Lord?

Who Shall Ascend the Mountain of the Lord? A Biblical Theology of the book of Leviticus
L. Michael Morales
(Downers Grove, IL: Inter Varsity Press, 2015, 347pp.)

Who Shall Ascend the Mountain of the Lord (WSA) is a compelling study that explains the significance of the book of Leviticus and does so with a view to the theme of God’s dwelling with His people. L. Michael Morales moves from Eden, to the tabernacle, to Zion’s temple, and finally to Christ and the Spirit to demonstrate the overarching concern the book addresses: Who shall ascend the mountain of the Lord (Ps. 15:1)? Click to read more about “Who Shall Ascend the Mountain of the Lord? “

The Fear of God

The Bible often speaks about the “fear of God.” There are two types of the fear of God, the first is a slavish fear, and the second is a filial fear. Both are referred to in Exodus 20:20, “And Moses said to the people, ‘Do not fear [slavish]; for God has come to test you, and that His fear [filial] may be before you, so that you may not sin.’” John Murray described the fear of God (in this second sense) as “the soul of godliness.”[1]
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The Lawful Use of God’s Law

In 1 Timothy 1, Paul urges Timothy to “charge some that they teach no other doctrine” (v.3). He then indicates the nature of their error in verse 7, “desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm.”

The heretics desired to be “teachers of the law” but distorted the truth.  In verse 8, Paul makes an important declaration: “But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully.” A proper understanding of the lawful uses of God’s law is a helpful corrective to the antinomian and legalistic tendencies in the church today.

The first use of the law is the civil use. Click to read more about “The Lawful Use of God’s Law”

A Necessary Distinction

The doctrines of justification and sanctification are both necessary components of the Christian faith.  There is no such thing as a justified but unsanctified sinner and no such thing as a sanctified but unjustified sinner.  Both are essential.

There is, however, a tendency in the church to confuse the doctrines, to combine the doctrines, and to fail to recognize the distinction between the two.  Justification is concerned with Christ’s work for the sinner as the ground of acceptance with our holy God.  Sanctification is the work of the Spirit in the justified sinner whereby he is conformed more and more into the image of the Lord Jesus. Click to read more about “A Necessary Distinction”