The Spirit Gives Life (Boston)

 I really like the way Thomas Boston explained how the Holy Spirit gives life (cf. John 6:63; 2 Cor. 3:6).  I've updated the language slightly: [Jesus said] “All that the Father giveth me, shall come to me.” (John  6:37) Now, this also belongs to the promise of the Spirit, who is therefore called the Spirit… Continue reading The Spirit Gives Life (Boston)

A Ransom For All (Ryken)

 In 1 Timothy 2:6a Paul says that Christ Jesus "gave himself as a ransom for all" (NET).  What does this mean? Did Jesus redeem every person from sin and death?  I appreciate Philip Ryken's comments on  this verse: Calling Jesus a ransom for all men is something like calling your local physician the town doctor.… Continue reading A Ransom For All (Ryken)

John Wesley’s Hatred of Predestination

I was recently reading Lee Gatiss' collection of essays on Reformed theology and history when I ran across his article called, "Strangely Warmed: John Wesley's Arminian Campaigns."  I have to admit I have not read much of Wesley's writing (though what I have read has been less than impressive).  Since Gatiss mentioned Wesley's oft-preached sermon… Continue reading John Wesley’s Hatred of Predestination

“A Strange Anomaly in Contemporary Evangelicalism” (Boice)

James Montgomery Boice made some good points on the perseverance of the saints in these following paragraphs: This doctrine has a logical connection to the other Calvinistic distinctives, of course.  Because we are radically depraved and because salvation depends on God's sovereign acts in our salvation, we have a security that is based on his… Continue reading “A Strange Anomaly in Contemporary Evangelicalism” (Boice)

Faith Follows Regeneration (Phillips)

Here's a brief but biblical explanation of the truth that faith follows regeneration: "...It is clear from the Bible that the Spirit's regenerating work always precedes and causes faith.  Jesus stated this to Nicodemus: 'Unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God" (John 3:3).  This is reflected more or less clearly… Continue reading Faith Follows Regeneration (Phillips)