Wholly Defiled (Van Dixhoorn)

In quite a few places the Bible talks about the sinfulness of mankind. Scripture does not gloss over evil or minimize sin. It describes it and explains it it most clear terms. Not only is the human heart deceitful above all things, it is also dead in sin apart from God's renewing grace (Jer. 17:9;… Continue reading Wholly Defiled (Van Dixhoorn)

Accepted Freely by God (Boston)

In a sermon on 2 Corinthians 8:12, Thomas Boston (d. 1732) explained in detail what it means to be accepted before God. He used other Scripture to show that a sinner is accepted by God freely, apart from works, by grace - through faith in Christ and his perfect work. Here's one section of this… Continue reading Accepted Freely by God (Boston)

We Dare Not Trust Ourselves… (Packer)

Here's an excellent devotional thought for today. It's from one of my favorites: Knowing God by J. I. Packer. What is the purpose of grace? Primarily, to restore man's relationship with God. ...Grace is God drawing sinners closer and closer to Himself. How does God in grace prosecute this purpose? Not by shielding us from… Continue reading We Dare Not Trust Ourselves… (Packer)

Election, Love, and Foreknowledge (Goodwin)

In Romans 8:29 the apostle Paul talks about people whom God "foreknew." This word is a very important one in a well-known verse: "...Those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren..." (NASB). Paul uses the word "foreknew"… Continue reading Election, Love, and Foreknowledge (Goodwin)

Great Grace and a Swelling Tone of Joy! (Warfield)

Scripture teaches that the way of salvation begins and ends with God's grace (John 1:16, Rom. 11:6; 1 Cor. 15:10, etc.). We are justified and saved by grace alone. This truth gives the Christian great joy! I like how B. B. Warfield talked about this. Note how he links together grace and joy: It belongs… Continue reading Great Grace and a Swelling Tone of Joy! (Warfield)