Ames on Justification

 Great stuff by William Ames (d. 1633) on justification by faith alone in Christ alone. "Justification is the gracious judgment of God by which he absolves the believer from sin and death, and reckons him righteous and worthy of life for the sake of Christ apprehended in faith (Rom 3.22)." "This justification comes about because… Continue reading Ames on Justification

The Suffering of Christ

 Here's a small section of William Ames' (d. 1633) commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism, Lord's Day 15. "The Lord Christ suffered all the evil penalties that were owed to us on account of sins." "He suffered every kind of evil, as much spiritually as corporeally [bodily], in agony and horror of soul." "He suffered from… Continue reading The Suffering of Christ

William Ames and the Covenants

 William Ames (d. 1633) sounds quite a bit like Francis Turretin (d. 1623) when it comes to the relationship of the covenant of grace and the covenant of works in the old covenant (the Mosaic Covenant).  Ames says the essence (the foundation, the basis, the core) of the covenant of grace is there at Sinai.  However, the… Continue reading William Ames and the Covenants

Mastricht on the Kingdom(s)

Peter Van Mastricht (d. 1709 - a Reformed professor of theology at Frankfort, Duisburgh, and Utrecht Universities) wrote a theological work called Theoretico-Practica Theologia in 1699.  Soli Deo Gloria published part of it in a booklet called A Treatise on Regeneration.  The entire book is well worth reading, but for now I just want to point out… Continue reading Mastricht on the Kingdom(s)

Catechetical and Confessional Piety

As a pastor who "signs on" to the Three Forms of Unity (Heidelberg Catechism, Belgic Confession of Faith, and the Canons of Dort), I often hear other Christians say things like this to me:  "Well, that stuff worked back then, but all that doctrine stifles true Christian living."  Or, "Our church used to use those… Continue reading Catechetical and Confessional Piety