The Church Will Not Fail (Witsius)

 In the Apostles' Creed we confess that we believe "a holy catholic church."  Catholic here means universal or worldwide.  But what does it mean to say that we believe a holy catholic church?  Notice that it doesn't say "we believe in the holy catholic church."  The Creed doesn't call the Church a Savior or the… Continue reading The Church Will Not Fail (Witsius)

He Ascended Into Heaven

This is an absolute must-read when it comes to the study of ecclesiology and eschatology: Ascension and Ecclesia by Douglas Farrow (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1999).  It is a theological masterpiece that relates Christ’s ascension to the doctrines of the church and eschatology.  Here’s how Farrow ends the first chapter (giving a main point of the… Continue reading He Ascended Into Heaven

Holy Self-Despair

 The historic Christian Creed says, “I believe in the forgiveness of sins.”  What does that mean?  Obviously there is a whole chorus of biblical teaching on this topic.  In the following paragraphs Herman Witsius (d. 1708) gives us one helpful angle on the meaning of this phrase in the Creed. “We confess that we are… Continue reading Holy Self-Despair

Barth on Credo Ut Intelligam

Some parts of Karl Barth’s Dogmatics frustrate me, upset me, and make me want to quit reading them once and for all.  Other parts make me want to finish them ASAP.  Here’s a helpful quote – one of the reasons I read this stuff.  It has to do with the first line of the Apostle’s… Continue reading Barth on Credo Ut Intelligam

The Second Article of the Creed: Redemption

Luther's exposition of the second article (...and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, etc...) of the Apostles' Creed is great.  This is from his small catechism, and the question is, "What does this mean?" "Answer: I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born… Continue reading The Second Article of the Creed: Redemption