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
The below helpful post apeared on the 1689 Federalism blog yesterday. Here's a link to the original post: LINK . James Haldane (1768 – 1851) was converted later in life and entered the ministry as a Scottish Presbyterian. Upon further study, he and his brother (Robert) became baptists. Through their evangelistic efforts they planted many … Continue reading Robert Haldane on Hebrews 8
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.
The questions below come from Chapter 4 of Volume 7 of BH Carroll‘s “An Interpretation of the English Bible.” Who was Jonah and what was the time of his writing? According to 2 Kings 14, he was the son of a prophet named Amittai and he prophesied during the regin of King Jeroboam II in … Continue reading Who Was Jonah?
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 3 of Volume 7 of BH Carroll‘s “An Interpretation of the English Bible.” Who was Joel? Joel was a prophet, the son of a Pethuel, and probably a resident of Jerusalem. Not much else is known about him. What the date of this prophecy? The date of Jeol's prophecy … Continue reading Who Was Joel?
The questions below come from chapter 1 of Louis Berkhof's Summary of Christian Doctrine. 1. Is religion limited to certain tribes and nations? No. All men were created in the image of God, and even though all men are fallen, all show some form of the corrupted seed of religion still operating in them. It … Continue reading What is Religion?