To Be Sin For Us (Witsius)

2 Corinthians 5:21 is one of those great verses that many Christians have memorized because it is such a clear explanation of the gospel: "He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him" (NASB). Herman Witsius, a 17th century Dutch… Continue reading To Be Sin For Us (Witsius)

The Sweat and the Blood (Herle)

Charles Herle (d. 1659) was a Presbyterian pastor in England who was also a commissioner to the Westminster Assembly. At one point he was the prolocutor (chairman) of the Assembly. He published various sermons and essays as well as a devotional called "Contemplations and Devotions on the Severall Passages of our Blessed Saviour's Death and… Continue reading The Sweat and the Blood (Herle)

The Law/Gospel Distinction (Beza/Horton)

In 1558 Theodore Beza (John Calvin's successor in Geneva) wrote "Confession De Foi Du Chretien" (The Christian Faith). The following is an excerpt on Beza's description of the law/gospel distinction taken from his book: We divide this Word into two principal parts or kinds: the one is called the "Law", the other the "Gospel". For,… Continue reading The Law/Gospel Distinction (Beza/Horton)

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

The Law, Justification, and the Gospel (Hodge)

In chapter five of his book, The Way of Life, Charles Hodge discussed the great topic of justification. This chapter is split into three sections: 1) Importance of the doctrine / Explanation of the Scriptural terms relating to it / Justification is not by works; 2) The demands of the Law are satisfied by what… Continue reading The Law, Justification, and the Gospel (Hodge)