The Goals of Effectual Calling (Hoekema)

I just read a helpful section of Anthony Hoekema's book, Saved by Grace. It's the part where he discusses the biblical doctrine of effectual calling. I don't really have to summarize it because Hoekema is concise and clear: ...A more complete definition of effectual calling, therefore, might be: that sovereign action of God through his… Continue reading The Goals of Effectual Calling (Hoekema)

Some Great Quotes by Abraham Kuyper

While looking for a certain quote, I was reading through my highlights in To be Near unto God by Abraham Kuyper. I had forgotten some of the great lines in this helpful book. If you've not read it, and you want to read some Kuyper, I recommend it! Here are some of my favorite shorter… Continue reading Some Great Quotes by Abraham Kuyper

Psalm 119: The Breath of the New Heart (McCheyne)

Psalm 119 has always been one of my favorite Psalms. I love how the Psalmist talks about the beauty and power of God's word, precepts, commands, and laws. Speaking of Psalm 119, Robert Murray MCheyne called it "the breathing of the new heart" in a sermon on Romans 7:22-25. After mentioning how an unbeliever has… Continue reading Psalm 119: The Breath of the New Heart (McCheyne)

The Sovereignty of the Holy Spirit in Regeneration (Murray)

 More than a few times in the New Testament John writes about being born of the Spirit or born of God (e.g. John 1:13, John 3:5-8, 1 John 2:29, 3:9, etc.).  We call this regeneration, a work of God's power and grace in giving spiritual life to someone who was dead in sin.  The Holy… Continue reading The Sovereignty of the Holy Spirit in Regeneration (Murray)

Regeneration: Spiritual Resurrection (Hodge)

 As Christians, we're familiar with the Bible's teaching about the new life God has given us in and through Christ.  In his mercy, God has caused us to be born again to a living hope through Christ's resurrection (1 Pet. 1:3).  We can't give ourselves credit for this new life - it's "of God" (John… Continue reading Regeneration: Spiritual Resurrection (Hodge)