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
Who was Amos? Amos was a shepherd (1:1) and a keeper of Sycamore trees (7:14). He was not the son of a prophet and was not formally trained for the office. He was a member of the southern kingdom, but prophesied over northern Israel. What can you say of the city of Tekoa? Tekoa was … Continue reading Who Was Amos? (part 1)
Brandon Adams has a link to a very helpful discussion between adherents to New Covenant Theology and 1689 Federalism and he shares a few helpful comments: Source: CFTP Podcast: NCT & 1689 Federalism This is a very irenic and helpful discussion among Bible believing brothers and well your time to listen.
Christians don’t spend enough time meditating on the character of God. Below are some good thought from one of my favorite authors (Thomas Boston) on God’s decrees…
The Bible teaches that God “works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will” (Eph. 1:11 NIV). This means that whatever God decrees comes to pass and whatever comes to pass God has decreed. This includes the details of creation, predestination, providence, and so forth. I like how Thomas Boston defined the properties of God’s decrees using Scripture. He said the following about God’s decrees:
- They are eternal. God makes no decrees in time, but they were all from eternity. So the decree of election is said to have been ‘before the foundation of the world,’ Eph. 1:4. …If the divine decrees were not eternal, God would not be most perfect and unchangeable, but, like weak man, should take new counsels, and would be unable to tell everything that were to come to pass.
- They are most wise: ‘According to the counsel of his will.’ God…
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The questions below come from Chapter 1 of Volume 7 of BH Carroll‘s “An Interpretation of the English Bible.” 1. Who was Obadiah? He was an prophet of Judah, whose name means "Servant of Jehovah". Nothing else is known about him. 2. What the theme of his prophecy? That Edom would be punished for taking … Continue reading Who Was Obadiah?
Thanksgiving thoughts from 2015…
Today is, in the United States, the national observance of Thanksgiving to God for all his blessings in 2015 and commemoration of the first American Thanksgiving which took place in the Plymouth Colony in 1621.
Special days of fasting and mourning for sin and special days of feasting and celebration were common and frequent elements in the life of the 17th Century Puritans. What made that first recognized Thanksgiving celebration on US soil, in 1621, to be such a notable event is the fact that it is the first that was thoroughly documented. Those Plymouth Pilgrims suffered so many great difficulties in their first year in the New World, in their quest for religious freedom, that the first great harvest that God bestowed upon them was incredibly sweet.
Thanksgiving is my favorite day of the year! It is the quintessential Protestant Holiday! It is the hearty, sincere, and humble…
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On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of Castle Church, Wittenberg, Germany. There were certainly many reformers within the church both before, during, and after Martin Luther, but the unintended consequence of this seemingly insignificant event sparked a debate that would eventually roar across the Western Church like a … Continue reading Happy Reformation Day 2016
Shane Lems has a great post today encouraging the use of Matthew Henry's commentary. ...I appreciate Henry because he had such a great knowledge of Scripture that he constantly alluded to other Bible passages in his commentary. Also, I like Henry because he understood the doctrines of grace and highlighted them in his comments. One … Continue reading Matthew Henry’s “Notes”