Christ as the Only True Hope for Lasting Change by Paul David Tripp

“If sin is part of our nature, we will always be dealing not only with our history, but with how sin distorts the way we handle it. Help will only come when we deal with our past and our own sin. This is essential because sinners tend to respond sinfully to being sinned against…
…Sin not only causes me to respond sinfully to suffering, it causes me to respond sinfully to blessing. The ‘smart’ kid teases the ‘dumb’ kid. The athlete makes fun of the kid with two left feet. Something is so wrong inside us that we can’t even handle blessing properly…

This is why Paul writes so pointedly in Colossians 2:8, ‘See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world and not on Christ.” The world’s philosophy is deceptive because it cannot deliver what it promises. It may be well researched and logically presented, but it is not centered on Christ. Because sin (the condition) is what is wrong, true hope and help can only be found in him. Any other answer will prove hollow.”

-Paul David Trip “Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands”

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