Many of us have heard or even used the phrase "hail Mary." It often refers to a long and risky throw in football, when the quarterback unleashes a monster toss hoping the receiver will catch it. This term, "hail Mary," is how the "Ave Maria" prayer in the Roman Catholic traiditon starts: "Hail, Mary, full… Continue reading Entrusting Our Cares to Mary!?
Many of our readers are perhaps familiar with Edward Fisher's excellent 17th century publication called "The Marrow of Modern Divinity." It is a wonderful treatment of the great Reformation themes of justification by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, to God's glory alone. I've mentioned it quite a few times here on the… Continue reading The Marrow of Modern Divnity: Edited and Abridged (Wilson)
Here's a wonderful selection from Martin Luther's commentary on Psalm 51:1a (Have mercy on me, O God, because of your loyal love! NET). These comments have a lot to do with Luther's critique of Rome's "theology of glory." Notice how Luther talked about God "clothed in His Word and promises," which have to do with… Continue reading God Clothed in His Word and Promises (Luther)
Scripture teaches that those who are justified have peace with God and will be glorified (Rom. 5:1; 8:30). This means, among other things, that God continually forgives the sins of those he justified and that once they are justified, they cannot fall from the state of justification (see WCF 11.5). What does this mean for… Continue reading Not a Twofold Justification (Turretin)
This is very good, very biblical, and very comforting: Justification is 'inamissibilis;' it is a fixed permanent thing, it can never be lost. The Arminians hold an apostasy from justification; today justified, tomorrow unjustified; today a Peter, tomorrow a Judas; today a member of Christ, tomorrow a limb of Satan. This [Arminian doctrine] is a… Continue reading Justification Can Never Be Lost (Watson)