On Seeking (Bernard)

 Bernard of Clairvaux's commentary/sermons on the Song of Solomon is allegorical, but it is for sure worth reading.  One reason this commentary is worth reading is because in it Bernard very helpfully describes the biblical "seeking" theme.  Here's one example from Sermon 84, part 5: “I have sought,” she says, “him whom my soul loves”… Continue reading On Seeking (Bernard)

God Never Seeks in Vain (Toplady)

In Luke 15 Jesus gave a parable about a shepherd that lost one of his one hundred sheep. He asked, "Which one of you, if he has a hundred sheep and loses one of them, would not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go look for the one that is lost until he… Continue reading God Never Seeks in Vain (Toplady)

Predestination and the Promise (Bunyan)

  Not much in our lives is certain.  We could lose our job and have to move in a month.  We could get into a car accident that makes the rest of our life quite difficult.  Or we could face a diagnosis that immediately brings tears to our eyes and ache to our heart.  Much… Continue reading Predestination and the Promise (Bunyan)

Election and Sovereign Grace (Boston)

In Ephesians 1 and Romans 9-11 Paul teaches what has been called unconditional election.  That is, the reason God has chosen some for salvation in Christ but not others is found in him and in his sovereign will.  Election is not based on man's choice or faith, but on God's sovereign good pleasure (eudokia; Eph… Continue reading Election and Sovereign Grace (Boston)

Before You Sought Him (Bernard)

It's not for nothing that in his Institutes John Calvin cited Bernard of Clairvaux (d. 1153) more than a few times.  The doctrines of grace were not absent in the Medieval era!  One very bright spot of Bernard's writings is "Sermon 84" on the Song of Songs.  This sermon is on Songs 3:1: "On my… Continue reading Before You Sought Him (Bernard)