Every Work Excluded (Colquhoun)

One of the great themes of the Reformation - and of the Apostle Paul - was that a sinner is justified not by works, but only by faith in Christ.  In other words, a sinner is justified by faith alone in Christ alone, not by any sort of obedience to the law in any way,… Continue reading Every Work Excluded (Colquhoun)

The Agreement Between the Law and the Gospel

In historic Reformed theology, the moral law has a very important place in the life of the Christian.  One use of the law is that it shows us our sin and drives us to Christ (Rom. 3:20, Gal. 3:23-26).  The law is distinguished from the gospel in that it cannot justify, redeem, or provide a… Continue reading The Agreement Between the Law and the Gospel

The Law/Gospel Distinction in Scotland Part 2

What are the major differences between the law and the gospel?  Joel Beeke summarizes John Colquhoun’s 11 distinctions: 1) The law proceeds from the very nature of God; the gospel from his love, grace, and mercy, or his good will to men. 2) The law is known partly by the light of nature, but the… Continue reading The Law/Gospel Distinction in Scotland Part 2

The Law/Gospel Distinction in Scotland

John Colquhoun (d. 1827) was a minister in the Church of Scotland for 46 years.  Colquhoun was influenced by Thomas Boston and ended up writing quite a few books on theological topics like the covenant of grace, the covenant of works, repentance, and faith.  Below is a selection from his Treatise on the Law and… Continue reading The Law/Gospel Distinction in Scotland