Biblical Unity in Diversity (Linne)

Revelation 7:9-10 is a beautiful passage that describes the church triumphant: After these things I looked, and here was an enormous crowd that no one could count, made up of persons from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb dressed in long white robes, and with palm branches… Continue reading Biblical Unity in Diversity (Linne)

A Gospel Primer: Review

I recently picked up this book: A Gospel Primer for Christians by Milton Vincent (Focus Publishing, 2008). A Gospel Primer is something like a devotional that teaches people to meditate upon the gospel every day. Or, in Vincent's terms, "This book is offered as a handy guide to help Christians experience the gospel more fully… Continue reading A Gospel Primer: Review

The Passive Obedience of Christ (Murray)

In Reformed theology we sometimes talk about the passive obedience of Christ. This is a reference to Jesus' suffering in the place of and for sinners. But we do need to know what "passive obedience" means and what it does not mean. Here's a nice explanation of this phrase by John Murray: The term “passive… Continue reading The Passive Obedience of Christ (Murray)

A Deadly Brew: Mixing Law and Gospel (Luther)

(This is a re-post from May 2015) In November 1532, some princes of Germany who were sympathetic to the Reformation invited Martin Luther to preach for them in Worlitz.  His text was 1 Timothy 1:5-7.  In the sermon, among other things, Luther explained to the princes the dangerous error of mixing God’s judgment seat and… Continue reading A Deadly Brew: Mixing Law and Gospel (Luther)

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)