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October 13, 2017 by John Fonville 0 comments

The Collapsing of the Covenants: Narrow is the Way that Leads to Destruction

Collapsing the covenants into one overarching theme of grace confuses law and gospel and effectively eliminates an explicit law-gospel distinction in Scripture....Keep Reading

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October 13, 2017 by John Fonville 0 comments

Dishonoring the Spirit?

Does placing primary emphasis upon justification for assurance understate the importance and necessity of good works (i.e., sanctification)? Does this emphasis dishonor the Holy Spirit’s indwelling work?...Keep Reading

Tags: sanctification, good works, assurance, moralism, inherent righteousness, covenant of grace, antinomianism, justification, Holy Spirit, Union with Christ, antecedent conditions, consequent conditions, duplex beneficium, substance of the covenant, imputed righteousness

October 9, 2017 by John Fonville 0 comments

John Calvin on the Four Causes of Salvation

John Calvin discusses the four "causes" of salvation (i.e, the efficient cause- God the Father's mercy; the material cause- Christ's obedience/death; the formal/instrumental cause- faith alone; the final cause- the glory of God)....Keep Reading

Tags: john calvin, sola gratia, sola scriptura, soli deo gloria, Mercy, Salvation, Glory of God, formal cause, material cause, faith alone, Reformation 500, sola Fidea, efficient cause, Christ's obedience, Christ's death, instrumental cause, final cause, 5 Solas, soulus Christus

October 7, 2017 by John Fonville 0 comments

"Christ is not divided. You cannot have half a Christ."

Walter Marshall on how true saving faith embraces Christ for both justification and sanctification. He shows that God's grace is twofold (i.e., the duplex [twofold] beneficium [benefit]). Justification is the first benefit (beneficium) and sanctification is the second benefit (beneficium). ...Keep Reading

Tags: sanctification, holiness, justification, walter marshall, antecedent conditions, consequent conditions, duplex beneficium, progressive sanctification

October 4, 2017 by John Fonville 0 comments

Law and Gospel: The Chief and Most Expressive Mark of the True Church

Zacharias Ursinus, author of the Heidelberg Catechism, discusses the law and gospel. Ursinus refers to the law and gospel the "chief and most expressive mark of the true church."...Keep Reading

Tags: law and gospel, covenant theology, zacharias ursinus, reformed theology, hermeneutics

July 26, 2017 by John Fonville 0 comments

Theodore Beza on how the Gospel changes the effect of the preaching of the Law in believers

Theodore Beza on how the Gospel changes the effect of the preaching of the Law in believers....Keep Reading

Tags: gospel, sanctification, faith, good works, preaching, assurance, law, Holy Spirit, Total Depravity, Prayer, Union with Christ, Regeneration, new nature, curse of the Law, disposition

July 24, 2017 by John Fonville 0 comments

Theodore Beza on the Law and Gospel, Part 2

Theodore Beza on the similarities and the differences between the Law and the Gospel....Keep Reading

Tags: Geneva, Reformed, john calvin, theodore beza, law and gospel

July 24, 2017 by John Fonville 0 comments

Theodore Beza on the Law and Gospel, Part 3

Theodore Beza on what end (purpose) the Holy Spirit uses the preaching of the Law....Keep Reading

Tags: john calvin, Geneva, Reformed, Reformation, means of grace, theodore beza, preaching, law and gospel

July 24, 2017 by John Fonville 0 comments

Theodore Beza on the Law and the Gospel, Part 4

Theodore Beza on the Gospel and its authority, why, how and for what end (purpose) it was written....Keep Reading

Tags: john calvin, Geneva, Reformed, Reformation, theodore beza, law, law and gospel, gospel

July 24, 2017 by John Fonville 0 comments

Theodore Beza on the Law and Gospel, Part 5

Theodore Beza on the manner in which the Gospel includes, in substance, the books of the Old Testament....Keep Reading

Tags: Geneva, Reformed, fulfillment, Reformation, promise, john calvin, theodore beza, Old Testament, gospel