Faith Does Not Say, “What Have I Done?” (Luther)

In Galatians 2:4-5 the Apostle wrote this:  [Now] this matter arose [because of the false brothers with false pretenses who slipped in unnoticed to spy on our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, to make us slaves]. But [we did not surrender to them even for a moment, in order that the truth of the… Continue reading Faith Does Not Say, “What Have I Done?” (Luther)

Comments on the Law and the Gospel (Colquhoun)

If you're looking for another helpful resource on the law/gospel distinction, check this one out: A Treatise on the Law and the Gospel by John Colquhoun (d. 1827). Colquhoun was was a pastor in the Church of Scotland and was deeply influenced and edified by the writings of Thomas Boston. I've mentioned A Treatise on… Continue reading Comments on the Law and the Gospel (Colquhoun)

Shameful Acts Contrary to Nature (Augustine)

A few chapters into his Confessions, Augustine wrestled with ethics, truth, justice, law, and so on. In this section Augustine wrote that God is supreme over all and must be "unhesitatingly obeyed" because he's the "governor of all his creation" (p. 46). Right before these statements he wrote this on sexual sin: Can it be… Continue reading Shameful Acts Contrary to Nature (Augustine)

Love to God’s Law (Duncan)

Here and there I've read some great quotes by John "Rabbi" Duncan (d. 1870). I finally decided to read Rabbi Duncan for myself. Right now I'm working my way through Rich Gleanings from Rabbi Duncan. I really like it! Here's a great part of one of Duncan's sermons on Psalm 119:96-97: I have seen a… Continue reading Love to God’s Law (Duncan)

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)