A Helpful Definition of Regeneration

My studies this week led me to reflect on some Scripture texts that explain regeneration or new birth (e.g. John 1:13, 3:1-12). I also re-read the Westminster Confession of Faith's explanation of regeneration (Chapter 10 on "effectual calling"). The WCF's wording is super helpful and is an excellent summary of the Bible's teaching about this… Continue reading A Helpful Definition of Regeneration

The Law as a Rule of Life

As long as I can remember I have resonated with the teaching that the law of God is a guide of gratitude for the Christian's life.  I've always liked how the Heidelberg Catechism says that obeying the law is a Christian's way of saying "thanks" to God for salvation by grace alone through faith alone… Continue reading The Law as a Rule of Life

Christian Duty

“Duty” is a word that has been used throughout history in the positive sense of the term.  From soldiers to civil servants to police officers to doctors to common laborers, many people have done their tasks because they believed it was their duty to do so.  This sense of duty is usually a good thing.… Continue reading Christian Duty

By Good and Necessary Consequence

Early on in the Westminster Confession of Faith  one reads, "The whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for his own glory, man's salvation, faith and life, is either expressly set down in Scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from Scripture"(1:6).  This phrase basically means that Reformed doctrine and practice… Continue reading By Good and Necessary Consequence

The Third Use of God’s Law

  What relationship does the Christian have to God's law - the law which is summarized in the Ten Commandments?  A good place start is with Paul.  He says that Christians are not under the law (Rom. 6.14, Gal. 5.18).  According to Reformed theology, this means that we are not under the law as a covenant of works… Continue reading The Third Use of God’s Law