Faith Must Not Be Built Upon Works

Thomas Watson  (d. 1686) is one of my favorite Puritan authors.  He wrote clearly, concisely, and biblically. Here’s one great example from his discussion of faith and works in The Beatitudes. Julian [a Roman emperor who renounced Christianity when he became emperor) upbraided the Christians that they were Solifidians, and the Church of Rome lays… Continue reading Faith Must Not Be Built Upon Works

The Glory and Comfort of Free Justification

These are some comforting words on justification sola fide: “The benefit of justification through faith alone has in it a rich comfort for the Christian.  The forgiveness of his sins, the hope for the future, [and] the certainty concerning eternal salvation do not depend upon the degree of holiness which he has achieved in life,… Continue reading The Glory and Comfort of Free Justification

Charles Hodge on Justification

If you haven’t read Charles Hodge’s (d. 1878) explanation of justification in his Systematic Theology, I recommend you do so sooner than later.  You’re in for a real treat!  It’s not too tough to read (aside from the untranslated Latin), it’s well structured, and it is under 100 pages long.  Here are a few excerpts… Continue reading Charles Hodge on Justification

Not What My Hands Have Done (I Cast It All Away)

Here’s a snippet of  B.B. Warfield’s outstanding exposition of Philippians 3.9 found in Faith and Life (reblogged from July 22, 2011). “All that he [Paul] is, all that he has sought after, all that he has done – though from a fleshly point of view far superior to what most men can appeal to – all,… Continue reading Not What My Hands Have Done (I Cast It All Away)

Law and Works Utterly Excluded

At the end of Fisher’s Marrow of Modern Divinity he added a section called, “The Difference Between the Law and the Gospel.”  Here’s a paragraph from it on justification sola fide. “Therefore, whensoever, or wheresoever, any doubt or question arises of salvation, or our justification before God, there the law and all good works must… Continue reading Law and Works Utterly Excluded