The New Jerusalem (Bavinck)

One great aspect of being a follower of Jesus is the fact that we have a great inheritance waiting for us in the new creation (1 Pet 1:4-5). The new creation itself will be an amazing place where God's people will no longer have to worry about sin, sickness, evil, death, cancer, kidnapping, rape, divorce,… Continue reading The New Jerusalem (Bavinck)

In But Not Of This World (Epistle to Diognetus)

This is such a great section of the 2nd century Chrisitan letter called "The Epistle to Diognetus".  It is good commentary on the teaching of Christ and his apostles that this present age, this present world, is not our permanent home (John 17; 1 Pet. 1:1, etc.). For Christians are not distinguished from the rest… Continue reading In But Not Of This World (Epistle to Diognetus)

Comfort for a Grieving Widow (Chrysostom)

Chrysostom (d. 407 AD) A young Christian woman was grieving the death of her husband. It was a hard and heavy blow. John Chrysostom knew of her grief and wrote her a kind letter to direct her gaze heavenward, to the Lord. In this part of the letter (dated around 380 AD), Chrysostom echoes biblical… Continue reading Comfort for a Grieving Widow (Chrysostom)

Arminianism and the Stage Coach Guard (Toplady)

Here's a helpful illustration on the perseverance of the saints by Augustus Toplady: Arminianism represents God’s Spirit, as if he acted like the guard of a stage-coach, who sees the passengers safe out of town for a few miles; and then, making his bow, turns back, and leaves them to pursue the rest of the… Continue reading Arminianism and the Stage Coach Guard (Toplady)

Fairer Still Is the Maker of Heaven (Augustine)

Many of us are familiar with the biblical truth that God is good, or benevolent, to all.  "He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous" (Mt. 5:45 NASB).  "The Lord is good to all, and His mercies are over all His works"… Continue reading Fairer Still Is the Maker of Heaven (Augustine)