The Gloomy Doctrine of Universal Atonement

People say that Calvinism is a dour, hard creed. How broad and comforting, they say, is the doctrine of a universal atonement, the doctrine that Christ died equally for all men there upon the cross! How narrow and harsh, they say, is this Calvinistic doctrine—one of...

Why Do We Still Sin?

Tim Challies dug up some interesting quotes from Jerry Bridges’ work, The Discipline of Grace. These two quotes deal with the issue of why Christians still sin even though we have “died to sin” (Ro 6). Before explaining what it means to die to sin,...

Jesus Remains Human

Benjamin Warfield briefly explains the Reformed (Christian) position on the humanity of Jesus contra heretical groups, such as the hyperpreterists, who deny the two natures of Christ, thus leading to a denial of the Christian faith. – kingneb “The Reformed...

Infinity: A Reformed Perspective

Introduction to the issue When we consider the complex nature of the theological task of defining the being of God, that is, His attributes or characteristics, we must consider the possible affect on our understanding and its impact upon the interrelationship of other...

The Sacred Office of Civil Magistrate

by John Calvin With regard to the function of magistrates, the Lord has not only declared that he approves and is pleased with it, but, moreover, has strongly recommended it to us by the very honourable titles which he has conferred upon it. To mention a few. When...

In the Days of His Flesh

Hebrews 5:7 states, “Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;…” Commentary by John Calvin “7. Who...

More Than Forgiven

“This man receiveth sinners.”—Luke 15:2. OBSERVE the condescension of this fact. This Man, who towers above all other men, holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners—this Man receiveth sinners. This Man, who is no other than the eternal God,...

Man as Covenant Creature of God

by Dr. Robert L. Reymond Genesis 1:26–27 and 2:5–25 together comprise the biblical account of the creation of man. The Bible definitely teaches the creation of man by a direct act of God. There is not a hint that he is the product of either naturalistic or theistic...

Calvin Against Christian Anarchists

Those who are desirous to introduce anarchy object that, though anciently kings and judges presided over a rude people, yet that, in the present day, that servile mode of governing does not at all accord with the perfection which Christ brought with his gospel. Herein...

The Days of Creation

Much has been written about the length of the days of creation, whether they were ordinary days of around twenty-fours hours duration, long ages, some combination of days and ages, or simply a nonhistorical literary framework or mnemonic device intended to serve as...