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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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
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
[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
Former Muslim, Nabeel Qureshi, explains the true nature of Islam - a stark contradiction to what is presented in popular news and television... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2htOWOF4gqs
The life of Luther in pictures…
Jason’s blog post has some good thoughts on the New Covenant fulfillment of some Old Covenant promises. These unexpected means that God used to fulfill his promises are what Paul referred to as “mystery” in Galatians 3 and underscores the necessity to interpret the shadowy and typological old by means of the clear and anti-typical new.
Dispensationalists claim to view scripture literally. This is often contrary to the manner in which the Apostles viewed the Old Testament. I’m not suggesting we have the authority of the Apostles to take scripture and spiritualize it as they often did, rather, I hope to view scripture in the way it was intended to be understood. Dispensationalists and Amillennialist both agree on the historical-grammatical method of understanding scripture but we differ on how to gleam the “literal meaning” of scripture. A good example of a forced and therefore false literalism can be found in the differing interpretations of the eschatological Temple mentioned in Ezekiel and Revelation. To gain some idea of how the Dispensationalist forces a meaning on scripture considering Amos 9 and Acts 15.
We read, “For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a…
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The questions below come from Chapter 4 of Volume 7 of BH Carroll‘s “An Interpretation of the English Bible.” Q. What does the sections 3:1 to 6:14 consist and how does each part commence? 3:1 to 6:14 contain 4 oracles of destruction prophesied against the Kingdom of Israel. You only have I known of all … Continue reading Who Was Amos, Part 2