“O come, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye to Bethlehem;
Come and behold Him
Born the King of angels;
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ, the Lord.”
This famous Christmas carol (or hymn, whatever) calls on God’s faithful to come and behold Christ, born the King of angels. These faithful of God are identified as joyful and triumphant. Why? Joyful, because we were made (and redeemed) to glorify God and enjoy him forever. (Westminster Shorter Catechism, Answer 1) Triumphant, because God has given us victory over sin and death through Christ Jesus. (1 Cor 15:56-57)
But let us be real for a second. There is a sense in which we are already joyful and triumphant. This is at the very heart of the good news of the Gospel. That Christ has already triumphed over sin and death, reconciled us and the world to God, and has brought us into communion with him. But, in another sense, there are still days we fight for joy. There are days that we are tempted to take our eyes off of Christ and his victory. There are days when we are suffering for Christ’s sake or are being disciplined as sons for our sin, and so we are not feeling very triumphant. In this sense, we are still searching for joy and triumph, every minute of every day. In another sense, we are actively growing in joy and triumph, as we watch God’s Kingdom advance on earth as it is in heaven. The Christian life is one of a constant stride towards joy in Christ and triumph over sin, in every area of life, all by the power of the Spirit. And so there, that explains the blog name. Joy and triumph. The two things I am ever searching for in Christ Jesus. (Plus, http://www.joyfulandtriumphant.com was already taken)
I am just here to write because I want to become a better writer. It is also supposed to be good to get all that stuff out of my head that just hangs out in there with no where to go. So this is where I will put it. This will also afford me the opportunity to look back on the way I thought about things six months or six years ago, to learn from my mistakes, and to learn to be patient with others. The plan is to mostly write about stuff I don’t know anything about – because that is how you learn, right, acting like you know stuff that you don’t have a clue about? Seriously though, book reviews – to help me remember what I read; current events – to give you my opinion because I am a millennial and my mom says it matters; and usually theology/Church related stuff.
Zach is a husband and father of two. He is a healthcare technician, semi-professional coffee drinker, and undergraduate student. Theologically, he is evangelical, reformed in soteriology, covenantal, presuppositional in apologetics, and optimistic about the future. He is also most definitely not antinomian . . .