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This Week in Housekeeping

Here are four theological terms that I updated today.


  • Fixed the link to Christian Apologetics and Research Ministries’ What is liturgy?

London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689

  • Removed a dead link.

Lord’s Supper

lordship salvation


Theological Term of the Week 

synoptic gospels
The first three gospels in the New Testament—Matthew, Mark, and Luke—which are quite similar in their content, and all very different from John’s gospel.

  • From scripture, the three accounts of the healing of Peter’s mother-in-law in the synoptic gospels:

    And when Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying sick with a fever. He touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she rose and began to serve him. (Matthew 8:14-15 ESV)

    And immediately he left the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon’s mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her. And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them. (Mark 1:29-31 ESV)

    And he arose and left the synagogue and entered Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was ill with a high fever, and they appealed to him on her behalf. And he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her, and immediately she rose and began to serve them. (Luke 4:38-39 ESV)

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A Little Chat

I was interviewed recently by Diane Bucknell of Theology for Girls. You can read it here.


The Circle of Salvation

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” (Galatians 4:4-6).

In From Heaven He Came and Sought Her: Definite Atonement in Historical, Biblical, Theological, and Pastoral Perspective, Jonathan Gibson comments on these verses:

This passage provides an excellent example of the “Trinity-in-unity” at work in our salvation. The repetition of the phrase [“God sent”] with the respective objective clauses [“his Son”] and [“the Spirit of his Son”] (vv. 4, 6) reveals the profound Trinitarianism in Paul”s economy of salvation. God the Father sends his two Emissaries to accomplish and apply redemption: the Son to redeem us from under the law in order “that we might receive adoption as sons”; and the Spirit to be in our hearts. The obedience of Son and Spirit to the Father ensures harmony of purpose: the “circle” of salvation that starts with the Father in sending the Son and the Spirit closes in communion with him as newly adopted sons cry, “Abba! Father!”

That our salvation is a Trinitarian work is one of the important threads in a wholistic argument for definite atonement. In definite atonement all three persons are working in harmony, and “the goals and purposes of each person in the Trinity are the same,” so there is no “discrepancy between the extent of redemption accomplished and that of redemption applied.”

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Heidelberg Catechism

Question 29. Why is the Son of God called “Jesus”, that is, Saviour?

Answer: Because he saves us, and delivers us from our sins; (a) and because we should not seek, and cannot find, salvation in anyone else. (b)

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