To Distinguish is To Avoid Trouble: Or Counterbalancing (Manton)

(This is a re-post from June 2020. NOTE: I'm in the process of selling my complete set of Thomas Manton's Works. They're in like new condition. Let me know if you're interested in a good deal for a great set!) In his treatise "The Life of Faith" Thomas Manton (d. 1677) spent a few paragraphs …

The Three Uses of the Law in Reformed Theology (Berkhof)

  (This is a re-post from March 2018) For quite some time Reformed theologians have, following various texts and nuances in Scripture, taught that there is a three-fold use of God's moral law.  For one example, here's how Louis Berkhof explained it: It is customary in theology to distinguish a three-fold use of the law. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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