The Sweat and the Blood (Herle)

Charles Herle (d. 1659) was a Presbyterian pastor in England who was also a commissioner to the Westminster Assembly. At one point he was the prolocutor (chairman) of the Assembly. He published various sermons and essays as well as a devotional called "Contemplations and Devotions on the Severall Passages of our Blessed Saviour's Death and… Continue reading The Sweat and the Blood (Herle)

The Law/Gospel Distinction (Beza/Horton)

In 1558 Theodore Beza (John Calvin's successor in Geneva) wrote "Confession De Foi Du Chretien" (The Christian Faith). The following is an excerpt on Beza's description of the law/gospel distinction taken from his book: We divide this Word into two principal parts or kinds: the one is called the "Law", the other the "Gospel". For,… Continue reading The Law/Gospel Distinction (Beza/Horton)

Law, Gospel, and the Two Testaments (Melanchthon)

Philip Melanchthon's Commonplaces (Loci Communes) was first published in 1521 - relatively early in the Reformation. Commonplaces is something like a systematic theology in that it covers the basic teachings of the Christian faith as found in Scripture (e.g. God, Trinity, sin, law, gospel, faith, predestination, the sacraments, etc.). Martin Luther couldn't speak highly enough… Continue reading Law, Gospel, and the Two Testaments (Melanchthon)

If That Is Not Darkness…! (Luther)

As most of us know quite well, one biblical way to think about the Lord is that he's our loving, kind, patient, and good shepherd (Ps. 23, John 10, etc.). He loves us, his sheep, so much that he laid down his life for us. Having the Lord Jesus as our shepherd is a source… Continue reading If That Is Not Darkness…! (Luther)

To Distinguish is To Avoid Trouble (Manton)

In his treatise "The Life of Faith" Thomas Manton (d. 1677) spent a few paragraphs explaining from Scripture how to improve on cheerfully "walking with God in a course of obedience." One way is to meditate on God's promises. Another way is to plead those promises. Still another way is to "counterbalance things." What does… Continue reading To Distinguish is To Avoid Trouble (Manton)