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)

…His Undeserved Mercy Intervened (Augustine)

In his commentary on Romans 9:21-26 Martin Luther began explaining these verses with a great quote from Augustine. But before I share that quote, here are some of the verses Luther was commenting on: Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes… Continue reading …His Undeserved Mercy Intervened (Augustine)