Touched by God’s Mercy (Futato)

I've found Mark Futato's commentary on the Psalms in the Cornerstone Biblical Commentary to be an insightful and concise reference for studying the Psalter. For example, this week I was studying the last few verses of Psalm 116. I was specifically studying the Psalmist's response to God's saving mercy in his life in answer to… Continue reading Touched by God’s Mercy (Futato)

God’s Mercy, God’s Judgment (Augustine)

This morning I found a wonderful exposition about God's mercy and judgment based on Psalm 33:5. In these comments, the North African theologian Augustine (d. 430) was reflecting on the truth that God is just and merciful at the same time. (Note: Augustine was using the Septuagint/Vulgate so the wording and chapter/verse numbers are different… Continue reading God’s Mercy, God’s Judgment (Augustine)

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)

…No Sinner Should Despair of Finding Mercy… (Chrysostom)

John Chrysostom's "Homilies on the First Epistle of St. Paul to Timothy" are an excellent resource for those studying 1 Timothy. I've enjoyed reading Chrysostom's sermons in my own sermon preparation as I work through 1 Timothy. Here's a very encouraging section of Chrysostom's sermon on 1 Timothy 1:16 (...But for that very reason I… Continue reading …No Sinner Should Despair of Finding Mercy… (Chrysostom)

The Mercies of God Work Good for His People (Watson)

"The mercies of God work for good to the godly." Thomas Watson (d. 1686) made this statement in his book called All Things for Good. Under this statement Watson gave quite a few biblical examples that are edifying and helpful. I've put them below in summary form: The mercies of God humble us (2. Sam.… Continue reading The Mercies of God Work Good for His People (Watson)