The Comfort in God’s Decrees (Mastricht)

Ephesians 1:11 is where Paul talks about predestination and "the one purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of his will..." (NET). This is a deep and rich phrase to say the least. It has to do with God's eternal purpose and his will, two theology topics that lead to discussions… Continue reading The Comfort in God’s Decrees (Mastricht)

The Word and Assurance (Bavinck)​

 Here's a nice section on faith, the Spirit, the Word, and the Christian's assurance of salvation.  It's found in volume one of Bavinck's Reformed Ethics:  (Note: if you want to know why the language is somewhat choppy, see below.) "The Holy Spirit... brings us to that point; first, through the Word by making the major premise… Continue reading The Word and Assurance (Bavinck)​

New Evidence of Your Depravity? (Packer)

 Many of us know the words of Paul in Romans 8 quite well, including verses 33-34: "Who will bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies.  Who is the one who will condemn? Christ is the one who died (and more than that, he was raised), who is at the right hand… Continue reading New Evidence of Your Depravity? (Packer)

Am I A Christian? Doubts and Grace (Brooks)

 One normal but difficult part of the Christian life is when doubts arise and a person wonders whether he or she is truly a Christian.  When Christians struggle with sin, lack strong feelings for the things of God, or find it difficult to pray and read Scripture, doubts creep up.  "Am I really a Christian?"… Continue reading Am I A Christian? Doubts and Grace (Brooks)

Christ’s Blood and the Christian Conscience (Ash)

 One absolutely wonderful part of being a Christian is having a clear conscience before God and others.  It all has to do with what Jesus did for me: he lived a perfect life for me, died on the cross for me, and was raised from the dead for me.  Because of this, by faith I… Continue reading Christ’s Blood and the Christian Conscience (Ash)