The Righteousness of Christ: A Most Admirable Comfort (Brooks)

The righteousness that is ours through faith in Christ (Phil. 3:9) is an amazing and wonderful reality of the Christian faith. Throughout his life, Christ perfectly obeyed the law for us, on our behalf. And his obedience included his act of laying down his life for us, in our place. In other words, in his …

Christ and/in the Old Testament (Kuyper)

When I was a younger Christian, I would have readily admitted that the OT does contain many prophecies and promises about Christ. But the more I read Scripture, meditate on it, and read solid Christian literature about Scripture, the more I realize that the OT is Christ-centered in ways almost too deep to explain and …

Making Scripture Subject to Us? (Augustine)

One of my favorite writings by Augustine (d. 430) is his "Reply to Faustus the Manichaean." It's found in the first series, volume four, of the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers set. In this reply, Augustine gave a very robust explanation of a Christ-centered way of interpreting the OT. Augustine does explain this in much detail, …

Was Jesus a Christian?

(This is a re-post from October 2014) Funny thing: when we read the phrase, “Jesus was not a Christian,” some might pause and at first be inclined to disagree.  But biblically speaking, it’s true.  Jesus was not a Christian!  J. Gresham Machen explained this quite well around 90 years ago: “According to a very widespread …

“…He Repairs the Side of Adam”

Last week, when I was studying Mark's account of Jesus' baptism I ran across Hippolytus' (d. 236) comments on this most important event. Mark wrote that at Jesus' baptism, the heavens were torn open, the Spirit - as a dove - came down upon Christ, and the Father spoke his words of divine approval and …

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