“In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loves us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins,” (1 John 4:10, ESV).
No other advocate will do as Puritan theologian John Owen (1616-1683) reminds us: The oblation and intercession of any other would not have saved us. Hence, for the security of our faith, we are minded that ‘God… hath purchased with his own blood’ (Acts 20:28). He did so who was God, as he was manifested […]
John H. Gerstner (1914-1996) was professor of Church History at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and Knox Theological Seminary. He wrote in his book, The Problem of Pleasure: Why Good Things Happen to Bad People, that only in the Gospel of Jesus Christ can divine justice and divine mercy meet. Only the Christian gospel presents….a way in […]
21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of […]
A few days ago I read in The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World by Michael Horton something that is so true. We aren’t, as a culture, really prepared to live. Why? Because we aren’t prepared for death. Dr. Horton explains: We are not really prepared for life until we […]
This week I’m preparing for a sermon that looks at Jesus as our propitiation. The very thought of the curse motif of the atonement gets some people angry. That seems to be true in both classical liberal protestant circles, as well as, with some in the emergent church camp. In the 1930s Yale Professor H. […]
The sixth of the seven last words of Christ. When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit, (John 19:30, ESV). Atonement had been made at that moment in human history. In the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, the justice, holiness, righteousness and […]
Eric wrote about the problem of free will, and that as we have seen can bring about some spirited debate. Don while commenting mentioned numerous scriptures in his defense of the Arminian point of view on election and foreknowledge. One verse that Don brought up is commonly used in defense of the Arminian point of […]