A Deadly Brew: Mixing Law and Gospel (Luther)

(This is a re-post from May 2015) In November 1532, some princes of Germany who were sympathetic to the Reformation invited Martin Luther to preach for them in Worlitz.  His text was 1 Timothy 1:5-7.  In the sermon, among other things, Luther explained to the princes the dangerous error of mixing God’s judgment seat and… Continue reading A Deadly Brew: Mixing Law and Gospel (Luther)

Law…Written on Their Hearts (Ridderbos)

Herman Ridderbos' Paul: An Outline of His Theology is one of those essential resources for help understanding the letters of the Apostle Paul. It was originally published in Kampen in 1967. The English translation was published by Eerdmans in 1975. This book is quite lengthy and it's pretty detailed and in-depth. In Paul, Ridderbos explained… Continue reading Law…Written on Their Hearts (Ridderbos)

Loving God’s Law (Duguid)

In Numbers 4, Yahweh tells Moses that the sons of Kohath - in Levi's tribe - were to help with the putting up and taking down of the tabernacle. The Lord gives Moses quite a few details about how the sons of Kohath are to do their task. It's not up for a vote and… Continue reading Loving God’s Law (Duguid)

The Christian Attitude toward the Lord’s Teaching (Futato)

I appreciate Mark Futato's commentary on the Psalms in the Cornerstone Biblical Commentary. It's not terribly long, but it does give helpful textual notes as well as application insights. For example, Futato doesn't give a verse-by-verse commentary on Psalm 119 (although I wish he would have!). However, he does a great job of summarizing the… Continue reading The Christian Attitude toward the Lord’s Teaching (Futato)

The Three Uses of the Law (Luther)

 Here's a great Reformation treatment on the purposes (or uses) of God's law. "What purposes does the Law then serve?"First, the Law helps to control violent outbursts of sin and keeps order in the world (a curb).Second, the Law accuses us and shows us our sin (a mirror).Third, the Law teaches us Christians what we… Continue reading The Three Uses of the Law (Luther)