For Me, To Live is Christ (Watson)

Most Christians are quite familiar with Paul's great words in Philippians 1:21: "For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain" (NIV). Or as the Geneva Bible has it, "For Christ is to me bothe in life, and in death advantage." Thomas Watson (d. 1686) wrote a nice brief explanation of this… Continue reading For Me, To Live is Christ (Watson)

Saved and Being Saved (Warfield)

 The Bible talks about salvation in many different places.  It also uses different tenses when it talks about the salvation of God's people.  For example, we have been saved (Eph 2:5).  We are being saved (2 Cor. 2:15), and we will be saved (Mt. 24:13).  This language means that when God graciously rescues a person… Continue reading Saved and Being Saved (Warfield)

Calvin on the Great Usefulness of the Law

In his Institutes of the Christian Religion, Calvin talks about three parts, or uses, of the law (I.II.VII.6-12).  First, he said, the law “warns, informs, convicts, and lastly condemns, every man of his own unrighteousness. …The law is like a mirror.  In it, we contemplate our weakness….”  Second, Calvin said the law restrains people by… Continue reading Calvin on the Great Usefulness of the Law

Surrender and Consecration: Life and Ministry

Many of B. B. Warfield’s Princeton sermons are wonderful and edifying pieces to read.  One that I appreciate is from Acts 22:10 (What shall I do, Lord?) called “Surrender and Consecration.”  Here are two paragraphs from it – the second one applies to ministers of the gospel.  These words make me think of the hymn… Continue reading Surrender and Consecration: Life and Ministry

The Happy Christian – A Review

I try to be a positive Christian with a positive outlook on life.  Generally speaking, I look on the bright side and press on in the Christian life with hopefulness because Christ is on the throne.  But sometimes I fall into a rut of gloom, cynicism, and I think the cup is “half empty,” so… Continue reading The Happy Christian – A Review