…His Undeserved Mercy Intervened (Augustine)

In his commentary on Romans 9:21-26 Martin Luther began explaining these verses with a great quote from Augustine. But before I share that quote, here are some of the verses Luther was commenting on: Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes… Continue reading …His Undeserved Mercy Intervened (Augustine)

Justice Pursued with Hatred? (Guinness)

Many people today have a skewed view of justice. Some think justice has to do with violence and revenge. Others think that justice allows people to say and do terrible things. Still others believe that justice means they can disobey laws and ignore order. Speaking of justice, true justice does not have hatred for its… Continue reading Justice Pursued with Hatred? (Guinness)

Persecution: Why Doesn’t God Do Something? (Stott)

The Christians who were part of the new church plant in Thessalonica around 50AD knew quite a bit about persecution and suffering. Not only did they receive the Word with much affliction, they also had to deal with ongoing persecution (1 Thes. 1:6; 2 Thes. 1:5, etc.). And it was serious enough that Paul, Timothy,… Continue reading Persecution: Why Doesn’t God Do Something? (Stott)

Denying Hell? (Turretin)

The last section of Francis Turretin's Institutes appropriately covers the doctrine of the last things (eschatology). Turretin's seventh question is this: "Is there a hell? And what are its punishments...?" Turretin immediately says yes, hell is real and it is a place of punishment for the wicked. He gives numerous Scripture quotations to defend the… Continue reading Denying Hell? (Turretin)

Trusting God’s Justice When We Can’t Trace It (Augustine)

 In book 20, chapter 2 of City of God, Augustine discusses the difficult reality that sometimes the wicked prosper (Ps. 73:3) while the righteous suffer (cf. Job).  Here are Augustine's comments on this reality and how it corresponds to God's justice, which we as his people should trust. ...For not only are the good sometimes unfortunate… Continue reading Trusting God’s Justice When We Can’t Trace It (Augustine)