Faith Does Not Say, “What Have I Done?” (Luther)

In Galatians 2:4-5 the Apostle wrote this:  [Now] this matter arose [because of the false brothers with false pretenses who slipped in unnoticed to spy on our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, to make us slaves]. But [we did not surrender to them even for a moment, in order that the truth of the… Continue reading Faith Does Not Say, “What Have I Done?” (Luther)

Thinking and Believing, Believing and Thinking

In 428 or 429 AD, Augustine wrote a tract called "On the Predestination of the Saints." In this tract, Augustine refutes the Pelagians on the points of knowledge, faith, the will, God's gifts/grace, etc. It's a classic Christian treatise that is still extremely applicable and helpful for followers of Jesus today. Remember, the Protestant Reformers… Continue reading Thinking and Believing, Believing and Thinking

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)

Weak Faith Compared to No Faith (Watson)

It does happen. Sometimes Christians doubt whether they have true faith in Christ. They question if their faith is real and it causes great heartaches and even painful headaches. Thankfully God is patient with us and his mercies are new every morning. Thankfully our faith is not our savior! And thankfully there is a way… Continue reading Weak Faith Compared to No Faith (Watson)

Conscience, Obedience, and Truth (Stott)

Near the beginning of his first letter to Timothy, the Apostle Paul mentioned some false teachers in the church who rejected a good conscience which caused a shipwreck of their faith. Here's how the NET Bible translates Paul's words: "...You [Timothy] must hold firmly to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and… Continue reading Conscience, Obedience, and Truth (Stott)