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A Note From Pastor Tom
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In Revelation 14, the apostle John provides a vivid preview of Jesus’ final victory, describing His holy wrath and righteous judgment against those who refuse to believe in His Son and the eternal and heavenly reward of all those who have repented of their sins and believed in Jesus Christ. Revelation 14 essentially presents two roads: the wide road that leads to eternal destruction apart from our Lord. And the narrow road that leads to eternal life with Christ.
Revelation 14 is a profound chapter that describes the circumstances prior to the second coming of our Lord Jesus. If we aren’t careful, passages like this almost seem surreal, unreal, and even ephemeral. But the reality is that the truths described in this passage will come to fruition. The saving gospel of Jesus Christ will be preached to sinners, and the judgment of God will be made known to all those who refuse to repent and believe in Him.
Under the divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit, in Revelation 14, the apostle John gives us a glimpse into the future, describing events that will unfold prior to the return of Christ. At the same time, John intends for these truths to impact and affect Christians today. While we as Christians eagerly await Christ’s return, we must be faithful and obey His Word until that great day.
The Bible teaches that hell is a real place where those who do not believe in the Lord Jesus Christ will spend all of eternity. It is described as a place of eternal punishment for both the body and the soul. But the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ is that not only will sinners be saved through Christ’s blood but also that every believer will be ushered into a new heaven and a new earth for all of eternity.
In this magnificent chapter, the apostle John gives a precise preview of several future events that describe the great day of the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. But more than just mere events, these unparalleled times show the heart of God—that He is, by nature, a rescuer or a Savior. He finds joy and delight in saving those who have destroyed themselves because of their sin. And such salvation can only come through His Son, Jesus Christ.
The Bible teaches that God desires that wicked and unrighteous people be saved from their sins through the person and work of Jesus Christ. One of the greatest demonstrations of this reality is found in Revelation 14, where Christ makes three great announcements that relate to the gospel, through His angels, to the entire world. The first angel will proclaim the everlasting gospel, and the second angel will announce the destruction of Antichrist’s empire. And the third angel will announce the impending judgment of mankind.
Although Revelation 14 describes several crucial future events, there are many timeless lessons and principles that we, as Christians, can draw from this amazing chapter. For example, just as all of heaven will break out in praise and song, singing a new song of redemption, of the worthiness of Jesus Christ. Therefore, we should lift our voices in praise and wonder of our Mighty God and His perfect Son, Jesus Christ.
Revelation 14 teaches that our Lord Jesus Christ greatly loves and desires to be with His people. The God of the universe longs to be with the people whom Christ died for. But this passage also teaches us that Christ desires for His people to have spiritual integrity. Although this chapter describes future events, know that our Lord intends to use it for the spiritual growth of every Christian today.
Every Christian has the responsibility to be like the Bereans in Acts 17. After Paul preached a message to them, they evaluated his content against the Scripture to see whether his teaching was in accordance with God’s Word—they wanted to know if Paul accurately interpreted and explained the Scriptures. As Christians, we must be like the Bereans by making concerted and consistent efforts in reading and studying God’s Word to understand clearly what He has said.
As the Bible study process that we’ve worked through on this series comes to an end, it is important that we, as Christians, implement the step of evaluation. As we study Scripture, we don’t want to come to the point where our interpretation is one that no one else has ever come up with. In other words, we need to examine several resources to check and make sure our interpretation can be found in the stream of Christianity, especially by those who are more skilled in the area of biblical interpretation.
“For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord…”
–2 Corinthians 4:5
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What Pastors are Saying about Tom’s Books
“Tom Pennington puts his finger on a crucial question every preacher must ask himself: ‘Am I preaching my wisdom in an attempt to move people by my power for my success and honor, or am I preaching Christ from the Holy Scriptures while relying on the power of the Spirit to glorify God?’ We as preachers ought to read this book, examine ourselves openly before God, and seek much of the Spirit’s grace to live for the Triune God’s glory, for the maturation of the saints, and for the salvation of the lost.”
–Dr. Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan
“In this concise and potent volume, Tom Pennington applies the skill of a seasoned pastor to guide the reader through a passage of Scripture that exposes the heart of New Covenant Gospel ministry. It is a refreshing and reorienting exposition of the faithful pastor’s proper preoccupation: preaching Christ and Him crucified. Read and be blessed.”
–Michael Riccardi, Assistant Professor of Theology, The Master’s Seminary
“Gresham Machen once said that the two great presuppositions of the gospel are the doctrine of God and the doctrine of man. In this short but helpful book, Tom Pennington presents us with that first presupposition—the doctrine of God.Skillfully and winsomely, Pennington unpacks the God who has revealed himself in history and his word. He is holy, but he is also good—which is great good news for sinners like ourselves. This sermon on God’s name will help you hear the gospel better.”
–Jonny Gibson, Associate Professor, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia
In this wonderful book, Tom Pennington lifts our eyes to the Lord, to his great and glorious name, to his great and glorious character. Read, meditate, worship, and rejoice!
–Thomas S. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Professor of Biblical Theology, The Southern Baptist Seminary
A Biblical Case for Cessationism
“We must honor and love the Holy Spirit, for He is God. One of the most important ways to do that is to base our beliefs about the Spirit on the Holy Scriptures that He inspired. Tom Pennington presents a convincing argument from God’s Word that the Holy Spirit no longer gives miraculous gifts to His servants. Here is a book that both cessationists and charismatics should read, sincerely asking, ‘What saith the Scripture?’”
Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan
“At time when much confusion and opposition persists concerning cessationism, Tom Pennington shows from Scripture why by God’s design certain gifts of Spirit given for the founding of the New Testament church did not continue beyond the time of the apostles. Clearly written, it will benefit a wide readership.”
–Richard B. Gaffin Jr., Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Emeritus, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia
“We live in a day in which charismatic teaching has misled many people. A wave of powerful personalities and hyper-emotionalism has left the church vulnerable to doctrinal aberrations. A Case for Cessationism is a much-needed antidote, providing a careful handling of Scripture and survey of church history on this crucial matter. I believe this book will guide you into a biblical understanding of the Holy Spirit and His gifts.”
–Steven J. Lawson, President, OnePassion Ministries, Professor, The Master’s Seminary, Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries, Lead Preacher, Trinity Bible Church of Dallas
“Tom Pennington has written a brief biblical case for cessationism, a case that takes seriously not only the final authority of Scripture, but its sufficiency as the church’s ‘only rule of faith and life’. Just as our Lord Jesus Christ’s life was shaped and informed alone by ‘every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’, so also is that of every believer in him. Pennington ably answers the objections of ‘continuationists’, but more importantly grounds the case for cessationism in the words of Holy Scripture. This ‘vade mecum’ (‘a go with me’, a book that fits into your pocket) will become a standard reference for Christians who want their lives to be defined alone by God’s wholly sufficient word.”
–Ian Hamilton, President of Westminster Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Newcastle, England.
“If you are wondering what the Bible teaches about charismatic gifts, this is the book for you. Sadly, this is an area in which there is much confusion and misinformation, but Tom Pennington has written a clear and accessible case for the traditional view of Christians — that God sovereignly gave certain gifts and manifestations of His Holy Spirit to authenticate the teaching of the earliest messengers of Jesus Christ. Not only has this been the position of Christians for generations, it is also manifestly what the Bible teaches. What a refreshing presentation of the clear teaching of Scripture, reminding us of the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God, and the glorious ways in which God chose to spotlight the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.”
–Jonathan Master, President, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Tom Pennington examines that claim honestly, objectively, and carefully. He presents a mountain of persuasive evidence from both Scripture and church history showing that those gifts did cease—and were meant to cease—before the end of the apostolic era. There seems to have been at least a four-decade-long moratorium among evangelical leaders with regard to this question. So this book is a breath of fresh air, and I’m deeply grateful to Pastor Pennington for having the courage to break the silence. A Biblical Case for Cessationism is a clear, well-written, and eminently helpful book.
–Phil Johnson, Executive Director, Grace to You
“As one who has devoted much of his ministry to engaging the very serious errors of the charismatic movement that have shipwrecked the faith of so many, I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Tom Pennington’s latest book, A Biblical Case For Cessationism. Dr. Pennington has provided the believer who is rightly skeptical of the charismatic movement yet feels ill-equipped to biblically answer its claims and practices, a tremendously helpful resource. This is a must have for the pastor and layman alike. I am so grateful to Tom for this important contribution to the body of Christ.”
–Justin Peters, Evangelist and Apologist
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Let the sun stop shining, and we will preach in darkness. Let the waves stop their ebb and flow, and still our voice shall preach the gospel. Let the world stop its revolutions, let the planets stay their motion; we will still preach the gospel.
Charles H. Spurgeon
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