In my last post, I wrote about the purpose of life - to glorify God! In this, I look at how we do this. To this end, we turn our attention to Thomas Watson's masterful work, A Body of Divinity - a really great and readable Puritan work and one my my top 5 books … Continue reading In How Many Ways May We Glorify God?
The first question of the 1646 Westminster Shorter Catechism aks: Q: What is the chief end of man? Today, we might ask - "what is the meaning of life?" The answer given by the Westminster Assembly was: A: To glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Note that the answer is not phrased in the man-centered … Continue reading What Is the Purpose of Life?
In recent years, the Mormon church has tried to re-brand itself as a Christian denomination. It takes very little investigation, however, to discover that this odd cult is anything but. In fact, the Christian faith actually has far more in common with Islam than it does with Mormonism, in spite of sharing the Bible and … Continue reading The Mormon is Not My Brother
All reformed denominations rightly understand (from a correct understanding of Romans 5 and 1 Cor 15) that all people are either fallen in Adam or stand in Christ. Those that are fallen in Adam fell with him in his failure to maintain his estate under the Covenant of Works. Those who stand righteous before God, … Continue reading The Baptist Covenantal Position, part 2
One of my favorite Christian pastors is Fred Malone of First Baptist Church in Clinton, Louisiana. He is known for an excellent sermon series on the Bible's Covenants. Brother Malone was recently a guest on the Iron Sharpens Iron Radio broadcast and I submitted a few questions via email for the host to ask. In … Continue reading The Baptist Covenantal Position, part 1
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 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
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
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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