We All Stumble in Many Ways

One of the most famous lines the Apostle Paul wrote actually comes from the Psalms: there is none righteous, not even one (NASB; Rom 3:10; cf. Ps. 14 & 53).  James agreed: We all stumble in many ways (James 3:2 NASB; cf. Prov. 20:9).  Thomas Manton had some great reflections on this verse (James 3:2)… Continue reading We All Stumble in Many Ways

The Struggles of Sanctification

Charles Hodge does a fine job of explaining regeneration, sanctification, and the Christian’s ongoing struggle with sin.  In the following quote, Hodge is implicitly responding to the unbiblical teaching of perfectionism and explicitly refuting the teaching of Rome, which teaches that baptismal regeneration removes the nature of sin in the soul.  It is also an… Continue reading The Struggles of Sanctification

A Sad Heart and a Wet Eye

This is a pearl of a book: The True Bounds of Christian Freedom by Samuel Bolton (d. 1654).  In this work, Bolton (a member of the Westminster Assembly) explains in detail what it means that Christians are “free indeed” (John 8:36).  There are many excellent – and edifying! – parts of this book.  Below is… Continue reading A Sad Heart and a Wet Eye

The Saint Struggling With Sin

[This is a repost from October, 2009.]  Yesterday I was contemplating Galatians 5.17  - For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want  (NRSV) - which brought me to Thomas… Continue reading The Saint Struggling With Sin

The Wonderful Exchange (Frohlicher Wechsel)

 I’m enjoying Kolb and Arand’s discussion of Luther’s theology and how it applies to the Christian life today.  Here’s one part I found helpful and comforting. “By creating faith and joining us to Christ, the Word of God effects what Luther would call a ‘wonderful’ or ‘joyous exchange’ (frohlicher wechsel)!  In developing the marriage metaphor,… Continue reading The Wonderful Exchange (Frohlicher Wechsel)