Assurance, Good Works, and Sovereign Grace (Berkhof)

 The Heidelberg Catechism says that the Christian's good works help in the assurance of faith: "we do good so that we may be assured of our faith by its fruits" (Q/A 86).  The Westminster Larger Catechism notes under assurance that the Holy Spirit enables Christians to "discern in themselves those graces to which the promises of… Continue reading Assurance, Good Works, and Sovereign Grace (Berkhof)

Assurance, Introspection, and Religious Feelings (Hodge)

 Assurance of faith is one of the great blessings of the Christian life.  To be sure, it comes and goes, waxes and wanes.  Sometimes the Christian is certain he or she is a beloved child of God.  Other times the Christian doubts whether it is so.  But assurance is something Christians should pray for, strive… Continue reading Assurance, Introspection, and Religious Feelings (Hodge)

Judge Not the Lord by Feeble Sense (Feelings and Faith)

 The way we react or respond to the gospel is not the gospel.  My feelings and emotions about Christ are not good news.  The empty tomb does not depend upon how much I treasure Jesus.  My delighting in Christ is not at the heart of the apostolic preaching of the cross.  The level of my… Continue reading Judge Not the Lord by Feeble Sense (Feelings and Faith)

God Has Willed My Salvation (Motyer)

I came across these comforting words yesterday when reading Motyer's comments on Philippians 1:6 (...being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. NIV) Salvation would be a wretchedly unsure thing if it had no other foundation than my… Continue reading God Has Willed My Salvation (Motyer)

The Rich Comfort of Justification by Faith Alone (Bavinck)

I'm so thankful to Jesus for his perfect and complete work to save me from my sin and misery.  I'm so thankful that my justification doesn't depend upon my feelings, emotions, prayers, devotion, or good works.  Although my Christian life is far from perfect, and although I lament my sin and sporadic coldness in the… Continue reading The Rich Comfort of Justification by Faith Alone (Bavinck)