The Practical Benefits of Peace

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ….” (Rom. 5.1a; NIV).  Concerning this peace, we might ask a question: “What does this peace do for us?”  Or, in other words, “What are the benefits of this ‘peace-with-God-through-Jesus’?”  Horatius Bonar answers the question well: 1) It… Continue reading The Practical Benefits of Peace

Justified By Faith(fulness)??

 (This is a slightly edited repost from August, 2008) Today, many people like to talk about a “living faith” or a “faithful faith” or “obedient faith” which justifies.  Though some of these terms may be new, this discussion is not.  The Reformers rejected this type of language when they clearly taught (echoing Scripture) that a… Continue reading Justified By Faith(fulness)??

A Better Word Than The Blood of Abel

In his little book called, The Blood of Christ, Horatius Bonar (d. 1889) wrote how Christ’s blood speaks “a better word than the blood of Abel” (Heb. 12:24).  I’ve edited these to keep them brief.  (Note: the entire booklet is available on Kindle for $0.99 if you want to read it all.) 1) It speaks… Continue reading A Better Word Than The Blood of Abel

Luther on Grace Alone (Sola Gratia)

 Here are some great words from Luther on salvation by grace alone.  These quotes are from a sermon on Titus 3:4-8 and can be found in volume 3 of Baker's 7-volume set of Luther's sermons (edited by J. N. Lenker and others).  “So he [Paul in Titus 3:5-7] discards all boasted free will, all human virtue, righteousness,… Continue reading Luther on Grace Alone (Sola Gratia)

A “Fresh” Definition of Faith?

It is no new thing for people to try to bring a new insight or "fresh" perspective to faith - one can trace this sort of thing throughout church history.  Today, many people like to talk about a "living faith" or a "faithful faith" or "obedient faith" which justifies.  Here's a great response to those… Continue reading A “Fresh” Definition of Faith?