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Friday
Aug012014

Linked Together: Questions About Salvation

Recommended reading for your weekend.

Who Is Salvation About?
“Salvation is for us … but it’s not mainly about us” (Jared Wilson).

What Does Salvation Include?
It includes both imputed and imparted righteousness (Rick Phillips).

What Did He Mean?
In 1 Timothy, Paul writes, “women will be saved through childbearing.” What in the world does that mean? (Denny Burk).

Tuesday
Jul292014

Theological Term of the Week

Pelagianism
A kind of theism that claims to be Christian but has been condemned as heretical throughout Christian history. In this view, human beings are not born sinful, but are able to live good moral lives and thus receive eternal life as a reward.

  • Scripture disproving Pelagianism: 
    And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. (Ephesians 2:1-3 ESV)
    …as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” (Romans 3:10-12 ESV)
  • From the Belgic Confession: 
    Article 15: The Doctrine of Original Sin 

    We believe that by the disobedience of Adam original sin has been spread through the whole human race. 

    It is a corruption of all nature—an inherited depravity which even infects small infants in their mother’s womb, and the root which produces in man every sort of sin. It is therefore so vile and enormous in God’s sight that it is enough to condemn the human race, and it is not abolished or wholly uprooted even by baptism, seeing that sin constantly boils forth as though from a contaminated spring.

    Nevertheless, it is not imputed to God’s children for their condemnation but is forgiven by his grace and mercy—not to put them to sleep but so that the awareness of this corruption might often make believers groan as they long to be set free from the “body of this death.”

    Therefore we reject the error of the Pelagians who say that this sin is nothing else than a matter of imitation.

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Monday
Jul282014

Heidelberg Catechism

Question 46. How do you understand the words he ascended into heaven” [in the Apostles Creed]?

Answer: That Christ, before the eyes of his disciples, was taken up from the earth into heaven; (a) and that he remains there for our benefit (b) until he comes again to judge the living and the dead. (c)

(Scriptural proofs after the fold.)

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Sunday
Jul272014

Sunday's Hymn: Unto the Hills Around Do I Lift Up

Unto the hills around do I lift up
My longing eyes:
O whence for me shall my salvation come,
From whence arise?
From God the Lord doth come my certain aid,
From God the Lord, who heaven and earth hath made.

He will not suffer that thy foot be moved:
Safe shalt thou be.
No careless slumber shall his eyelids close,
Who keepeth thee.
Behold our God, the Lord, he slumbereth ne’er,
Who keepeth Israel in his holy care.

Jehovah is himself thy keeper true,
Thy changeless shade;
Jehovah thy defense on thy right hand
Himself hath made.
And thee no sun by day shall ever smite;
No moon shall harm thee in the silent night.

From every evil shall he keep thy soul,
From every sin:
Jehovah shall preserve thy going out,
Thy coming in.
Above thee watching, he whom we adore
Shall keep thee henceforth, yea, for evermore.

—John D. Campbell

 

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Saturday
Jul262014

Linked Together: Questions About Christ

Two suggestions for your weekend reading and thinking.

His Nature
Why do Christians believe Jesus is God?  Here are eleven reasons with scripture references (Nathan Busenitz).

His Work
Who am I in Christ? I am forgiven, declared righteous, and heir of God, and more. Scripture references included here, too (Trevin Wax).