Grace is important because grace is what carries the Christian life from its beginning to an end.
Was Gottschalk, the ninth-century monk of Orbais, standing alone in his preaching of the sovereignty of God? This article indicates that it was not the case that in a time when Semi-Pelagianism dominated, he stood alone. Investigation of eighth and early ninth-century literature reveals an influence of Pelagian and Semi-Pelagian soteriology.
Does the traditional antithesis between law and gospel indeed function in the Mosaic covenant? The article gives specific attention to the use of the contrast between the principles of inheritance by works and inheritance by grace through faith. Can it be argued that the Mosaic covenant is in a certain sense a republication of an original covenant of works?
In Chapter 1 Burns discusses the subject of the presence of God in John 1:1-18. The focus of the chapter is verse 14. Attention is given to the Word in the flesh, the Word and salvation, the Word and perseverance, the Word as tabernacle, the Word as grace and truth, the Word and the Law, and the Word and our world.
What does it mean to say that God is gracious, merciful, and patient? God’s mercy means God’s goodness towards those in misery and distress. God’s grace means God’s goodness towards those who deserve only punishment. God’s patience means God’s goodness in withholding punishment toward those who sin over a period of time. This article explains these attributes of God and their implications for the Christian.
There is no way men and women can believe the biblical truth about grace without embracing what it presupposes. This article discusses four fundamental truths that grace presupposes. Without them, the truth of grace is not believed.
Jesus' coming fulfilled Old Testament prophecy, but did so in a way which shattered expectations. Jesus brought grace in a way that is counterintuitive and contrary to what we would expect. This book examines how Jesus and the gospel of grace are revealed in each of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. This section focuses on the book of Matthew, showing how Jesus' rebuke is counterintuitive.
What is the nature of God's grace? The article describes the differences between God's common grace and God's special grace, in line with the reformed teaching of election. Common grace is extended to all men, but does not lead to salvation. Special grace is extended to the elect, and leads to righteousness in Jesus Christ, and thus salvation.
No one seeks after God. Man's salvation is only as a result of God's grace. In expositing Romans 3:11, this article shows that man by nature has no inclination to seek after God. Only when He is found by God can he seek after Him. This truth of salvation by grace alone is fundamental to the life of every Christian, family and church.
This is the fifth article in a series on the five points of Calvinism. This article looks at irresistible grace. This doctrine is important because it shows that salvation does not depend on the free will of man, but on the sovereign grace of God. God brings the sinner to trust in Christ, giving him the will through the Holy Spirit to respond to the calling of the gospel.
How can man be right with God? Working from Galatians 1, this article shows that there are only two answers to this question: either by grace or by law. However, only one can be right - and this is what made Paul's gospel unique. Paul's gospel was not manmade; it sought God's glory and it was mandated by God.
Most discussions on infant and adult baptism focus on the role of faith. This article looks at this discussion from another angle, addressing the question: when is the grace that is symbolized in baptism given to the individual? The author shows that adult baptism sees it to be given in the past, whereas infant baptism is a promissory seal of grace to come.
This article looks at how the Reformation is still relevant today. The author looks at the Reformation under Martin Luther, showing that the struggle of knowing we have justification before God still exists today. This is a call to the church today to embrace reformed righteousness, learning to live through the sufficient and complete work of Christ by grace alone.
This article shows that a true understanding of the gospel and the sovereignty of God will lead to racial harmony. Looking at total depravity, limited atonement, unconditional election, irresistible grace, and perseverance of saints, this article shows how in all of these God works beyond race or color.