The Clarity of Scripture (Bavinck)

I appreciate Herman Bavinck's explanation and discussion of the perspecuity (clarity) of Scripture. He talks about this topic on pages 475-481 in his first volume of Reformed Dogmatics. Here's a paragraph I marked up quite a bit. I thought Reformed readers would appreciate it as well: The doctrine of the perspicuity of Holy Scripture has… Continue reading The Clarity of Scripture (Bavinck)

Christianity the Only True Religion (Bavinck)

I'm sure I don't have to cite all sorts of resources to convince our readers that many people believe all roads lead to God. This is not a new idea. People for a long time have believed that there are various ways to heaven and that no one religion can claim exclusivity. However, Scripture does… Continue reading Christianity the Only True Religion (Bavinck)

Before You Come to the Lord’s Table… (Bavinck)

One thing Paul said about sharing in the Lord's Supper is that "everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup" (1 Cor. 11:28 NIV). This is a longer and deeper discussion, to be sure. But from these words one thing we can say is that there's a… Continue reading Before You Come to the Lord’s Table… (Bavinck)

On Imitating Christ (Bavinck)

The Christian faith does have the concept of imitating others. Specifically, we're called to imitate the love and forgiveness of God (Eph. 5:1). Paul told the Corinthian church to imitate him as he imitated Christ (1 Cor. 1:11). Christians are called to model the faith in a way for others to imitate (1 Thess. 2:14).… Continue reading On Imitating Christ (Bavinck)

The Clarity of Scripture (Bavinck)

One wonderful aspect or attribute of Scripture is that it is clear in the matters of salvation. This has been called the perspicuity of Scripture. The Westminster Confession explains this teaching quite well in chapter 1, sections 6 & 7. One thing the Confession says is that both learned and unlearned people can attain a… Continue reading The Clarity of Scripture (Bavinck)