Faith, Justification, and the Law/Gospel Distinction (Walther)

This morning on my reading list was the "twenty-first evening lecture" by C. F. W. Walther in his book, The Proper Distinction between Law and Gospel. In this chapter the 19th century Lutheran theologian discussed the following thesis: "The Word of God, the law and the gospel, is not rightly divided, but commingled [mixed], when… Continue reading Faith, Justification, and the Law/Gospel Distinction (Walther)

The Law and All Good Works Must Be Utterly Excluded… (Fisher)

After explaining the differences between the law and the gospel, Edward Fisher (in The Marrow of Modern Divinity) went on to relate these differences to the doctrine of justification. This section struck me again toady; I really appreciate it and wanted to share it. Here's what Fisher wrote: And now, knowing rightly how to distinguish… Continue reading The Law and All Good Works Must Be Utterly Excluded… (Fisher)

What the Gospel Is, Offers, and Requires (Stott)

In Galatians 3 Paul emphasizes the fact that God's benefits of salvation come by faith, not works. It's an extended argument that Paul had to repeat more than once in his missionary travels. Some Jewish people followed him around and harassed him and tried to refute his teaching of salvation by faith alone in Christ… Continue reading What the Gospel Is, Offers, and Requires (Stott)

Judgment According to Works?? (Vos)

The Bible teaches that sinful people cannot earn salvation or contribute to their salvation.  Justification and eternal life are free gifts of God received by faith alone in Christ alone (Rom 4:1-8, Gal. 2:15-16, Eph 2:8, etc.).  Or as the Heidelberg Catechism says, the good we do can't make us right or help make us… Continue reading Judgment According to Works?? (Vos)

A Righteousness Not Our Own (Hodge)

Charles Hodge's 1841 publication called The Way of Life is a helpful resource on some of the major teachings of Scripture: sin, faith, repentance, justification, etc. Speaking of justification, here's a helpful section from that chapter: In scriptural language condemnation is a sentence of death pronounced upon sin; justification is a sentence of life pronounced… Continue reading A Righteousness Not Our Own (Hodge)