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
In present-day Jerusalem sits the “Dome of the Rock,” which now houses a Mosque for Muslim worship. This Muslim place of worship sits on, or next to, the original site of king Solomon’s temple, and the subsequent second temple which the Jews built following their return from captivity in Babylon. Many Jews and Christians look … Continue reading What is the Future Temple?
When the Reformers and the post-Reformed referred to the “sufficiency of the Scriptures,” they specifically meant the adequacy of the Scriptures to communicate saving knowledge, to guide the Christian’s living, and to instruct the church in worship. Throughout the biblical narrative, God always told His people how to conduct worship. There is never an example, … Continue reading The Sufficiency of Scripture in Worship
The Reformed generally held to a real presence of Christ in the sacrament, or ordinance, of the Lord’s Supper and the Particular Baptists of the seventeenth century are no exception. The Second London says: 7. Worthy receivers, outwardly partaking of the visible elements in this ordinance, do then also inwardly by faith, really and indeed, … Continue reading Reviewing & Clarifying the Lord’s Supper
“Two-thousand years of church history,” by itself, is a humbling consideration… at least it should be. The church has a very complex and colorful past. From the Mediterranean coastal lands to the north African deserts and central Europe; from Christians who dwelt in trees to those who lived in rock igloos in islands. The church … Continue reading Excommunicating The Fathers