Justification, Imputation, and St. Paul

  Herman Bavinck said this around 100 years ago - it has to do with justification by faith alone and the imputation of Christ's righteousness. "...It is said in Rom. 4:5 and 5:6 that God justifies the ungodly.  It is impossible...to use stronger language.  The opponents of imputed righteousness should not lodge their objection against Luther… Continue reading Justification, Imputation, and St. Paul

Legalism: Working for God’s Favor Forfeits It

 In this excellent summary of Christian theology (which I've used to train younger as well as newer Christians), J. I. Packer writes the following about legalism. "Legalism is a distortion of obedience that can never produce truly good works.  Its first fault is that it skews motive and purpose, seeing good deeds as essentially ways to earn… Continue reading Legalism: Working for God’s Favor Forfeits It

The Reformers and Faith Alone

    "To express the unique suitability of faith to receive the gift of free justification, the Reformers used a variety of expressions.  Calvin, for example, spoke of faith as an 'empty vessel' in order to stress its character as a receptacle that brings nothing to God but receives all things from him.  Luther used the… Continue reading The Reformers and Faith Alone

The Gospel: Sincere Obedience?

  This is one of the most significant statements I've read in quite a while.  It is by Walter Marshall in The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification first published in 1692. "The difference between the law and the gospel does not at all consist in this, that the one requires perfect doing; the other, only sincere doing;… Continue reading The Gospel: Sincere Obedience?

Chatty Theology (or Linguistic Idolatry)

A week ago, I ran across a sentence in Eugene Peterson's Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places.  I can't stop thinking about it.  Here it is. "We cannot be too careful about the words we use; we start out using them and then they end up using us." Concerning words and theology, it is easy for us… Continue reading Chatty Theology (or Linguistic Idolatry)