The Aim of God’s Wisdom (VanMastricht)

 Paul's well-known doxology in Romans 11 mentions the deep (βάθος) wisdom of God (σοφίας...θεοῦ).  In his excellent discussion of God's wisdom, Peter Van Mastricht (d. 1706) listed eight "aims" of God's wisdom that Scripture teaches. Van Mastricth wrote that the wisdom of God is chiefly occupied and concerned... With the counsels, decrees, predestination, election, and reprobation… Continue reading The Aim of God’s Wisdom (VanMastricht)

No One Will Remember You! (Guinness)

We probably don't think about it too much, but there is such a thing as an unbiblical and unchristian view of time and history. False religions often have erroneous views. For example, Mormonism teaches that matter is eternal. Many Eastern religions teach reincarnation. And so forth. However, Scripture teaches that God,who is not bound by… Continue reading No One Will Remember You! (Guinness)

Theology Is An Eminenty Practical Affair (Vanhoozer)

Christian doctrine is not an end in itself. In other words, the Christian doesn't learn doctrinal truths just to learn doctrinal truths and brag that he knows quite a bit of doctrine. Instead, Christian doctrine helps the Christian live for God; it helps him or her live a life that pleases God. I appreciate how… Continue reading Theology Is An Eminenty Practical Affair (Vanhoozer)

Explaining Our Knowledge of God (Letham)

  Here's a helpful section of Robert Letham's new Systematic Theology.  It has to do with the nature of our knowledge of and language about God. Our knowledge of God is not univocal, identical to his in manner or content.  If it were, it would yield a precise identity between God's knowledge and ours.  His knowledge… Continue reading Explaining Our Knowledge of God (Letham)

The “Beneficent Propensity” of God (Van Mastricht)

 The goodness, kindness, mercy, and love of God are major themes in all parts of Holy Scripture.  It's always one of my favorite parts of theological reading when I come across good explanations of God's goodness and love that are very much based on Scripture.  In volume two of his Theoretical-Practical Theology  Petrus Van Mastricht… Continue reading The “Beneficent Propensity” of God (Van Mastricht)