In the introductory pages to his 1672 publication, The Incomparableness of God, English puritan George Swinnock explained the relationship between the Christian's obedience to God and his fellowship with God. It's a short paragraph, but it's quite rich. It's a good Monday devotional thought. The holiness and happiness of the rational creature consists in these… Continue reading Conformity to God and Communion with Him (Swinnock)
This morning I was re-reading parts of The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges. Specifically, I was reading chapter seven where Bridges talks about help in the daily battle against indwelling sin. This is a helpful chapter for sure. I appreciate Bridges' emphasis on the Holy Spirit's work within us: As we grow in the… Continue reading Pride, Holiness, and the Holy Spirit’s Work Within (Bridges)
I’ve been enjoying Herman Witsius’ discussion of antinomianism and neonomianism in Britain during the 17th century. The full title is a mouthful: Conciliatory or Irenical Animadversions on the Controversies Agitated in Britain. Below is a section near the end where Witsius talks about a believer’s good works and why they cannot be part of or… Continue reading Our Best Works (Witsius)
While all sin is a transgression against God and his law, some sins are less heinous and vile than others. For example, it is far worse if I would kill my neighbor’s beloved dog than if I would lie to him and say I liked the dog. However, as Christians, we should detest all of… Continue reading Hating “Little” Sins
I’m sure many of our readers have heard of David Wells’ new book, God in the Whirlwind. It has received many endorsements from many popular Christian teachers and preachers. I’ve appreciated many of Wells’ earlier books, so I purchased this one because everyone said it is an absolute must-read. I’m hesitant to say as… Continue reading God In The Whirlwind: Overhyped?