Adoption is one of the benefits of New Covenant membership. It is also one of the most neglected doctrines in theology books. Our own Confession only commits one paragraph to it; but that one paragraph carries the weight of ten. It reads: All those that are justified, God vouchsafed, in and for the sake of … Continue reading Meditations on ‘Of Adoption’
God’s eternal Moral Law represents His personal holiness and is the standard for all righteousness. It is written on the consciences of all men, summarized in the Ten Commandments, and further summarized in the two greatest commandments to love God and love neighbor. But sinful man rejects God’s Law because he rejects God Himself. And, … Continue reading Hymn Commentary: The Law of God is Good and Wise
13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. 15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, … Continue reading Straight From the Word: James 3:13-18
8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. 9 But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all … Continue reading Straight From the Word: James 2:8-13
Have you ever experienced a season wherein you feel as if God is far away? Discouragement and feelings of spiritual isolation may be painful, but they are relatively common throughout this roller coaster of Christian life. It is not weird to lack assurance of salvation, or feel as if God is “not on your side,” … Continue reading When I Don’t ‘Feel’ Saved
Fools. That’s what the world called us. At least, the world as it was experienced in Hawaii and Southern California. I had some other… odd(?) experiences while still in the Marine Corps on Okinawa and other places, but Hawaii and California stand out as being some of the most, well, unique. It was a sunny … Continue reading Only Fools Share The Gospel.