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’s Return: A Source of Christian Comfort (Ridderbos)

It's not hard to notice Paul's emphasis on the return of Christ. In his letters that we have in the NT, Paul often talks about Christ's return on the last day. It's one of the main themes of Paul's theology. Herman Ridderbos noted that two things stand out when Paul was writing about Christ's return …

The Comfort in God’s Decrees (Mastricht)

Ephesians 1:11 is where Paul talks about predestination and "the one purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of his will..." (NET). This is a deep and rich phrase to say the least. It has to do with God's eternal purpose and his will, two theology topics that lead to discussions …

The Eternal Enjoyment of God (Vincent)

One of my favorite resources on the Westminster Shorter Catechism is Thomas Vincent's 1674 work called The Shorter Catechism Explained From Scripture. Vincent was an English teacher and pastor who ministered during the 1665 plague that passed through London. His commentary on the Shorter Catechism was highly esteemed by men like John Owen, Thomas Watson, …

Christ Loves You Therefore He Prays for You (Boston)

Volume one of Thomas Boston's Complete Works is basically a treatise on the main Christian doctrines (God, Scripture, creation, man, etc.). Each chapter gives the biblical teaching on these topics. In his chapter on Christ's priestly office, Boston gave seven reasons why Christ continually intercedes for his people. It's a comforting reality to know that …

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