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… Continue reading Christ’s Return: A Source of Christian Comfort (Ridderbos)

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… Continue reading The Comfort in God’s Decrees (Mastricht)

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,… Continue reading The Eternal Enjoyment of God (Vincent)

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… Continue reading Christ Loves You Therefore He Prays for You (Boston)

Bunyan’s Prison Poem and Comfort in Death

When John Bunyan was in prison in 1665 he wrote a poem called "Prison Meditations Directed to the Heart of Suffering Saints and Reigning Sinners." Here's a part of it I thought our readers would appreciate: 5. I am, indeed, in prison nowIn body, but my mindIs free to study Christ, and howUnto me he… Continue reading Bunyan’s Prison Poem and Comfort in Death