Good Deeds, Bad Deeds, and God’s Grace (Bunyan)

John Bunyan made a great point about saving grace in the following excerpt from "Saved by Grace." I was going to summarize it here, but I'll just let you read it and think about it on your own. The English is a little dated, but it's a great truth! Here's Bunyan: Are men saved by… Continue reading Good Deeds, Bad Deeds, and God’s Grace (Bunyan)

Salvation by Grace: Everywhere in Scripture (Hodge)

 "Salvation by grace alone" is a sweet sounding phrase in the ear of the Christian.  Here's a nice explanation of this truth by Charles Hodge: Another decisive fact is that salvation is of grace. The two ideas of grace and works; of gift and debt; of undeserved favour and what is merited; of what is… Continue reading Salvation by Grace: Everywhere in Scripture (Hodge)

The Marrow of Modern Divnity: Edited and Abridged (Wilson)

 Many of our readers are perhaps familiar with Edward Fisher's excellent 17th century publication called "The Marrow of Modern Divinity."  It is a wonderful treatment of the great Reformation themes of justification by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, to God's glory alone.  I've mentioned it quite a few times here on the… Continue reading The Marrow of Modern Divnity: Edited and Abridged (Wilson)

The Difference Betwixt the Law and the Gospel (Boston)

In my opinion, one of the best brief discussions about the law/gospel distinction was written by Thomas Boston and it's found in the second part of his comments on Edward Fisher's Marrow of Modern Divinity. In this section Boston explains why a law/gospel distinction is necessary, what the difference is between the law and the gospel,… Continue reading The Difference Betwixt the Law and the Gospel (Boston)

Excluding Our Righteousness (Buchanan)

 When it comes to justification, the terms "the righteousness of God" and "his righteousness" are very important (Rom 3:21-22, 2 Cor 5:21, etc.).  These phrases have to do with the fact that an ungodly sinner is not justified by his own righteousness, but by the righteousness of Another that is given by grace alone and… Continue reading Excluding Our Righteousness (Buchanan)