Can the Elect Fall Away? (Ursinus)

There are some who believe that it is possible for Christians to have true faith one day and lose it the next. Not all Christians affirm the perseverance of the saints and the unchangeableness of election. In Reformed theology, however, perseverance of the saints is affirmed. Reformed theology teaches that those who are God’s elect… Continue reading Can the Elect Fall Away? (Ursinus)

We Share in Christ’s Anointing

When studying the person and work of Christ in Scripture, one thing we should not overlook is how Christ is our prophet, priest, and king. Throughout the Bible one can find language and themes that highlight Christ's role of being the final and great prophet (Heb. 1:1-3). There's language throughout Hebrews about Christ having the… Continue reading We Share in Christ’s Anointing

The Law/Gospel Distinction in Reformed Theology

This is a re-post from October, 2009. I've posted on this before, but it is something that needs to be said more than a few times: the law/gospel distinction is right there in the fabric of historic Reformed theology.  Though some people don't like it, won't teach it, and think it is Lutheran, it is… Continue reading The Law/Gospel Distinction in Reformed Theology

Afflictions as Sermons (Ursinus)

 This morning I happend to run across Zacharias Ursinus' discussion about affliction in his commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism.  The entire section is helpful and worth reading.  Here's a small sample, one that I thought was especially edifying.  I've edited a bit in light of the context to make it easier to read. The godly… Continue reading Afflictions as Sermons (Ursinus)

The Puritans on the Law/Gospel Distinction

One thing I always appreciate about the Puritans is the fact that they make the proper distinction between the law and the gospel.  From Thomas Watson to John Bunyan to William Perkins, the Puritans did not mix the law with the gospel or the gospel with the law.  I got to thinking about this again… Continue reading The Puritans on the Law/Gospel Distinction