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)

The Law/Gospel Distinction in Reformed Theology

This is a re-post from October, 2009. I've posted on this before, but it is something that needs to be said more than a few times: the law/gospel distinction is right there in the fabric of historic Reformed theology.  Though some people don't like it, won't teach it, and think it is Lutheran, it is… Continue reading The Law/Gospel Distinction in Reformed Theology

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)