When we’re initially saved, who makes it happen? If you’re not familiar with many aspects of the traditional Calvinist/Arminian debate, you may be wondering what quite this question is getting at. If you are, you may recognize the doctrinal point involved. The question at hand is the debate of monergism vs. synergism. If you don’t … Continue reading "Who Acts in Our Salvation? Jesus!"
Sometimes you’re reading an old Church Father or something along those lines when you suddenly feel the need to stop in your tracks because you hit a quote like this one from St. Athanasius: For the Son of God became man so that we might become god. If you’re not from an Eastern tradition of … Continue reading "Theosis: Does Christmas Make Men Gods?"
If you’ve followed some of my posts about Evangelical Calvinism, you might have to wonder what exactly makes it deserve the label “Calvinism.” After all, we reject the defining U, L, and I of TULIP. Without the meaty bulk of the Calvinist system, what substance is left for the title “Calvinist?” Without getting into too much detail either theologically or … Continue reading "What’s So Calvinist about Evangelical Calvinism?"
This is post 3 of 3 in the series “In Christ, Out of Christ? Two Views on “Losing” Salvation in Christological Perspective” [For the second of these two essays, I will be arguing a defense of eternal security, after having written in opposition, again from a union with Christ perspective. You readers can judge between … Continue reading "In Christ, Out of Christ? For Eternal Security, from a Union with Christ Perspective"
This is post 2 of 3 in the series “In Christ, Out of Christ? Two Views on “Losing” Salvation in Christological Perspective” [For the first of my two “union with Christ”-focused eternal security essays, I will argue that salvation can be lost. In the next post I will argue that it cannot, and leave you … Continue reading "In Christ, Out of Christ? Against Eternal Security, from a Union with Christ Perspective"
This is post 1 of 3 in the series “In Christ, Out of Christ? Two Views on “Losing” Salvation in Christological Perspective” The question of whether or not people can “lose” their salvation, to the extent that this language even makes sense, has been traditionally controversial. In the time in between the completion of the … Continue reading "In Christ, Out of Christ? Two Essays on “Losing” Salvation"
The New Testament frequently cites Old Testament prophecy about Jesus. A quick glance, even just through Matthew, shows just how much this was emphasized. Core to the Christian faith is the belief that Jesus fulfills the prophetic word of God in the Old Testament. The ancient Nicene Creed says Jesus “suffered death and was buried, and rose again on … Continue reading "Wait, How Is That Prophecy about Jesus?"
Another sermon manuscript, one that I preached this morning. This was actually meant to lead into Communion, which you will see that it does. His Whole Life Matters This morning, I want to start by asking a simple question. In fact, it’s a good little church question which a bunch of church people should have … Continue reading "Jesus Lived for Us: The Vicarious Humanity of Christ"
The Christian life is a complex one. On one hand, we are righteous, and truly so, as I explained in a recent post. But on the other hand, we clearly continue to sin and get tangled up in the problems of this age. As John tells us, “If we say that we have no sin, … Continue reading "For Now, I Am Sinner and Saint (Simul Justus et Peccator)"
“Jesus paid it all / all to Him I owe.” Some hymns have the most wonderful truths, don’t they? Jesus paid it all. We are saved by Christ alone. In practice, we don’t always believe this. We think that the strength of our faith, the degree of our obedience, or the purity of our motives … Continue reading "Christ Alone: Absolutely Wonderful!"