Evil and God’s Sovereignty (Blocher)

 Some of the more difficult texts in Scripture include those verses that seem to say God is involved in evil.  For example, in 1 Samuel 16:14 we read, "Now the Spirit of the Lord had turned away from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him" (NET).  Of Eli's wicked sons we read… Continue reading Evil and God’s Sovereignty (Blocher)

He Inclines Their Wills (Augustine)

 In 1 Kings 12 Solomon's son Rehoboam had just become Israel's new king.  Israel begged him to lighten the yoke of hard service.  To make a longer story short, Rehoboam flatly refused and told them that he'd instead add to the hard service (1 Ki 12:11, 14).  Scripture gives us this insight in the middle… Continue reading He Inclines Their Wills (Augustine)

God the Sculptor (Kuyper)

 As we well know, the Bible talks about God being a potter (Is. 64:8, Jer. 18:6, Rom. 9:21, etc.).  Abraham Kuyper built on this imagery in his devotional on Philippians 2:13: For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (NASB).  He started by saying… Continue reading God the Sculptor (Kuyper)

God’s Will, the Law, and the Gospel

True or False: the Law/gospel distinction was such an intrinsic part of Reformation and post-reformation Reformed theology that it was even discussed under the will of God (voluntas Dei) in Systematics? (Note: to get our "systematic bearings" in place, the "will of God" is frequently discussed under the communicable attributes of God.) True. Under the… Continue reading God’s Will, the Law, and the Gospel