Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) is considered by many as America’s greatest theologian. If there were a gene for revival, Jonathan Edwards surely had it. From his father Timothy, Edwards learned how to become a great preacher, to be ambitious, and a learned theologian; and from his maternal grandfather Stoddard, Edwards gained an ineffable revivalist zeal. Edwards, … Continue reading A Sovereign God and a Great Awakening: Jonathan Edwards’ Defense of Revival in 18th Century America.
Chapter 8: Of Christ the Mediator, paras. 2-3 2._____ The Son of God, the second person in the Holy Trinity, being very and eternal God, the brightness of the Father's glory, of one substance and equal with him who made the world, who upholdeth and governeth all things he hath made, did, when the fullness of … Continue reading A Walk through the 1689 Baptist Confession, pt.17: The Person of Christ and the Nature of the Incarnation
Chapter 7: Of God's Covenant 1._____ The distance between God and the creature is so great, that although reasonable creatures do owe obedience to him as their creator, yet they could never have attained the reward of life but by some voluntary condescension on God's part, which he hath been pleased to express by way … Continue reading A Walk through the 1689 Baptist Confession, pt.14: Introduction to Chapter 7 and 1689 Covenantal Theology
Chapter 6: Of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and of the Punishment Thereof 1._____ Although God created man upright and perfect, and gave him a righteous law, which had been unto life had he kept it, and threatened death upon the breach thereof, yet he did not long abide in this honour; Satan using … Continue reading A Walk through the 1689 Baptist Confession, pt.13: Of the Fall of man, of Sin, and of the Punishment Thereof
Chapter 5: Of Divine Providence 1._____ God the good Creator of all things, in his infinite power and wisdom doth uphold, direct, dispose, and govern all creatures and things, from the greatest even to the least, by his most wise and holy providence, to the end for the which they were created, according unto his … Continue reading A Walk through the 1689 Baptist Confession, pt.12: Of Divine Providence
Chapter 3: Of God's Decree, paras. 1-2 1._____ God hath decreed in himself, from all eternity, by the most wise and holy counsel of his own will, freely and unchangeably, all things, whatsoever comes to pass; yet so as thereby is God neither the author of sin nor hath fellowship with any therein; nor … Continue reading A Walk through the 1689 Baptist Confession, pt.8: God’s General Decree of All Events
In December of 1734, Jonathan Edwards preached a powerful message on the preciousness of time. Regardless of what happens with Covid-19 the truth is that all of us are facing death whether that is sooner or later and thus the seconds of our lives all tick away as we know it. Thus it is vital … Continue reading Jonathan Edwards’ message for all of us today: “Redeem the Time!”
The most penetrating and devastating definition of sin that I am aware of in Scripture is the last part of Romans 14:23: "Whatever is not from faith is sin." The reason it is penetrating is that it goes to the root of all sinful actions and attitudes, namely, the failure to trust God. And the … Continue reading What is Sin?
Job 3:11 - Why did I not die at birth, come out from the womb and expire? Job's friends had arrived to console him (Job 2:11-13).. They evidently lived in neighboring regions. The fact that they met by appointment shows that they were already acquaintances who felt it would be better to come together. There is no … Continue reading Job 3 and the Picture of Existential Suffering
Ezekiel 22:29-30 The people of the land have practiced extortion and committed robbery. They have oppressed the poor and needy, and have extorted from the sojourner without justice. And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should … Continue reading Men of God…Stand in the Breach