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Wednesday
Apr092014

Faith Needs a Solid Rock

From Donald Macleod in the chapter Definite Atonement and the Divine Decree in From Heaven He Came and Sought Her: Definite Atonement in Historical, Biblical, Theological, and Pastoral Perspective:

[I]f we seek to be accepted by God not per fidem (through faith) but propter fidem (on account of faith) we shall have little peace. Our faith needs a solid rock. It cannot itself be that rock, and when we look at it, our only comfort is that Christ has expiated faith’s own imperfections. Faith cannot look to faith or to repentance or love or obedience. Scarcely conscious of itself, it can look only to the Lord our Righteousness, and to his one great all-accomplishing and all-securing sacrifice.

Previously posted quotes from this book:

Tuesday
Apr082014

Theological Term of the Week 

mirror reading
Reading a biblical epistle with the assumption that most of what is written by the author reflects a particular problem within the church receiving the letter; the practice of reading statements or assertions in a biblical epistle and attempting to identify the circumstances that elicited the (supposed) response given by the author.

  • From Tom Schreiner in From Heaven He Came and Sought Her, on the context of 1 Timothy

    As most commentators agree, a mirror reading of 1 Timothy suggests that in this epistle the apostle Paul confronts some kind of exclusivism heresy. Perhaps Paul’s opponents relied on geneologies to limit salvation to only a certain group of people, excluding from God’s saving purposes those who were notoriously sinful or those from so-called inferior backgrounds (1:4; cf Titus 3:9). Paul writes to remind Timothy and the church that God’s grace is surprising: his grace reaches down and rescues all kinds of sinners, even people like Paul who seem to be beyond his saving grace.1

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Tuesday
Apr082014

Linked Together: Scripture

A Verse
Romans 8:32 says this,”He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” So what are the “all things” that come with the “love of the Father expressed in the sacrifice of the Son”? Derek Thomas answers — and it’s good news.

A Passage
Have you noticed the double brackets in the ESV that surround John 7:53–8:11? Those double brackets mean that the ESV’s translation committee does not consider this passage to be original to John’s Gospel.” Because this passage is not original to John’s Gospel, Jim Hamilton argues it should be in a footnote.

A Book
I’m always looking for new books to add to my list of books of theology every Christian woman should read, and this one looks like a good candidate.

Update 1: Tim Challies reviewed it today, too.

Update 2: Here’s a study guide for it (pdf) from Westminster Books.

Monday
Apr072014

Heidelberg Catechism

Question 31. Why is [Jesus, the only Saviour,] called “Christ”, that is, Anointed?

Answer: Because he is ordained by God the Father, and anointed with the Holy Spirit, (a) to be our chief Prophet and Teacher, (b) who has fully revealed to us the secret counsel and will of God concerning our redemption; (c) and to be our only High Priest, (d) who by the one sacrifice of his body, has redeemed us, (e) and who continually intercedes for us before the FAther; (f) and also to be our eternal King, who governs us by his word and Spirit, and who defends and preserves us in the salvation he has purchased for us. (g)

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Saturday
Apr052014

Sunday's Hymn: O That I Had Ten Thousand Voices

These are the words found in most Lutheran hymnals. The words in the Trinity hymnal are the same for verse 1, but are completely different for the rest of the hymn. I’m posting the Lutheran words sung by the quartet in the video below. I like the Lutheran version better because it contains praise to all three persons of the Trinity instead of just the Father, and is full of the gospel truth.

O that I had a thousand voices
To praise my God with thousand tongues!
My heart, which in the Lord rejoices,
Would then proclaim in grateful songs
To all, wherever I might be,
What great things God has done for me.

Dear Father, endless praise I render
For soul and body, nobly joined;
I praise you, Guardian kind and tender,
For all the daily joys I find
So richly spread on ev’ry side
And freely for my use supplied.

I praise you, Savior, whose compassion
Has brought you down to ransom me.
Your pitying heart sought my salvation;
You bore the cross triumphantly,
Brought me from bondage full release,
Made me your own, and gave me peace.

Glory and praise, still onward reaching,
Be yours, O Spirit of all grace,
Whose holy pow’r and faithful teaching
Give me among your saints a place.
Whatever good by me is done
Is worked by grace divine alone.

Shall I not then be filled with gladness?
Shall I not praise you evermore
And triumph over fear and sadness,
Although my cup of woe runs o’er?
Though heav’n and earth shall disappear,
Your endless love is ever near.

—Johann Mentzer

Other hymns, worship songs, sermons etc. posted today:

Have you posted a hymn (or sermon, sermon notes, prayer, etc.) today and I missed it? Let me know by leaving a link in the comments or by contacting me using the contact form linked above, and I’ll add your post to the list.