Calvin on the Great Usefulness of the Law

In his Institutes of the Christian Religion, Calvin talks about three parts, or uses, of the law (I.II.VII.6-12).  First, he said, the law “warns, informs, convicts, and lastly condemns, every man of his own unrighteousness. …The law is like a mirror.  In it, we contemplate our weakness….”  Second, Calvin said the law restrains people by… Continue reading Calvin on the Great Usefulness of the Law

The Importance of the 10 Commandments

Have you ever wondered why historic Christian churches and their creeds/confessions put so much emphasis on the Ten Commandments?  For example, both the Heidelberg Catechism and the Westminster Catechisms have a commentary type section on the Ten Words, as do Luther's Catechisms.  But why?  Simply put, we emphasize the Ten Commandments because Scripture does.  Here's… Continue reading The Importance of the 10 Commandments

Since It Is God’s Law…

Our triune God has given us his law in Scripture.  Specifically, the Ten Commandments are at the heart of God’s law – summarized with the verb “love” (cf. Mt. 22:33-40).  Thomas Watson, thinking about God’s law and the preface to it (I am the LORD your God… [Ex. 20:1-2]), says because it is God’s law,… Continue reading Since It Is God’s Law…

Growing in Christ: Creed, Commandments, and Prayer

I've found J. I. Packer's Growing in Christ to be a helpful and brief summary of the basics of the Christian faith: the themes of the Apostle's Creed, the Ten Commandments, and the Lord's Prayer.  Indeed, most Reformation catechisms contain discussions of these three basics since even young children can learn and should know them. … Continue reading Growing in Christ: Creed, Commandments, and Prayer

Telling the Truth

 I've really enjoyed Patrick Miller's commentary on the Ten Commandments in the Interpretation commentary series (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2009).  This is a 400+ page commentary that includes an extensive Scripture index, topical index, and bibliography.  For each commandment, Miller examines the historical context, parallel themes in the Hebrew Bible, and the New Testament implications as well. … Continue reading Telling the Truth