Who Was Hosea? part 2

Q. What is the character of this division, as contrasted with the first three chapters of Hosea? The first three chapters is a biographical sketch of Hosea's relationship to his adulterous wife. This serves as a type of idolatrous Israel, which is expanded upon in chapters 4 through 14. Q. What was Jehovah's controversy with … Continue reading Who Was Hosea? part 2


The Prayer of Manasseh

The Prayer of Manasseh is not inspired, but worth meditating on... O Lord Almighty, God of our fathers, of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and of their righteous posterity; you who have made heaven and earth with all their ornament; who have shackled the sea by your word of command, who have confined the deep … Continue reading The Prayer of Manasseh

Michael Kruger on Dividing Line

Below is an interview with Michael Kruger and a few of his helpful blog series on the NT Canon. Audio   10 Misconceptions About the NT Canon: The Term “Canon” Can Only Refer to a Fixed, Closed List of Books Nothing in Early Christianity Dictated That There Would be a Canon The New Testament Authors … Continue reading Michael Kruger on Dividing Line

Jonathan Edwards on the Nation of Israel as a Type of the Church

Brandon provides great quotes from Jonathan Edwards on the carnal nation of Israel as a parenthesis in God’s Plan with the Church. Israel was, in many ways, carnal and typical of the true people of God (the body of Christ), which was true and spiritual. The Old Covenant (OC) Israel had the capital of Jerusalem, which corresponds to the true Jerusalem, which is above. Israel had a law written on tables of stone, which typify the law written on the heart. Israel had a physical circumcision, which typifies the true circumcision of the heart. I could go on concerning the temple, the priesthood, the monarchy, etc…


Gary Crampton included a quote from Jonathan Edwards in his book “From Paedobaptism to Credobaptism” regarding the status of the nation of Israel as a type of the church, the Israel of God (rather than equivalent to it). Crampton quoted the following:

That nation was a typical nation. There was then literally a land, which was a type of heaven, the true dwelling-place of God; and an external city, which was a type of the spiritual city of God; an external temple of God, which was a type of his spiritual temple. So there was an external people and family of God, by carnal generation, which was a type of his spiritual progeny. And the covenant by which they were made a people of God, was a type of the covenant of grace; and so is sometimes represented as a marriage-covenant. God, agreeably to the nature of that dispensation…

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The Pulpit

I attended a church this morning that has no pulpit.  It was removed some time ago to make room on the "stage" for musical instruments, etc.  I spent some time meditating today on what message this sends to the modern evangelical church.  As I was thinking, I was reminded of a story I recently heard … Continue reading The Pulpit

The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards

It's the season for New Year's Resolutions and I've been reading various lists here and there of goals that people have set for themselves in 2018. This goal setting and resolving remind me of some resolutions I read several years ago that were penned by Jonathan Edwards.  I was able to find these again at … Continue reading The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards

Thanksgiving Proclamation, 3 Oct 1769

[New York, 3 October 1789] By the President of the United States of America. a Proclamation. Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor—and whereas both Houses of Congress have … Continue reading Thanksgiving Proclamation, 3 Oct 1769

Who Was Hosea?

The questions below come from Chapter 4 of Volume 7 of BH Carroll‘s “An Interpretation of the English Bible.”     Q. Who was Hosea? Hosea was a prophet of the Northern Kingdom of Israel during the reign of Jeroboam, the son of Joash. His name means savior (or deliverer) and is a shortened form … Continue reading Who Was Hosea?

Reformation Sunday – 2017

It's that time of year again! It's the time when the laziness of long warm summer days give way to the short cool crispness of autumn. It's the time when our streets and sidewalks are strewn with colored leaves and porches are adorned with pumpkins, dried stalks of corn, and small bales of hay. These … Continue reading Reformation Sunday – 2017