'The joy, the comfort, and the blessing of the New Testament is this: We learn the benefits Christ offers us and why we need him. Out of this root grow love and delight, praise and thanksgiving to Christ and to the Father of all mercy. This makes for free, joyful, and brave Christians, whose love … Continue reading Is Sin but a mere Weakness?
'It has been asked: Is an offence, committed in a moment of intoxication, therefore excusable? Most assuredly not; on the contrary, drunkenness aggravates the fault. Hidden sins unveil themselves when a man’s self-possession goes from him; that which the sober man keeps in his breast, the drunken man lets out at the lips. Astute people, … Continue reading On Drunkenness
Thesis: Those who criticise the use of theological books in favour of reading only the Word are, under a false aura of humility, demonstrating their arrogance and ignoring the work of the Holy Spirit who they 'seek' to honour. Explanation: People have been criticised for reading theological books on top of the Bible. This occurs … Continue reading A Thesis on the value of Theological Books.
Text: “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” (Romans 5:3–5 ESV) Thesis: The one … Continue reading Romans 5:3-5
Text: Θαυμάζω ὅτι οὕτως ταχέως μετατίθεσθε ἀπὸ τοῦ καλέσαντος ὑμᾶς ἐν χάριτι [Χριστοῦ] εἰς ἕτερον εὐαγγέλιον, Translation: I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting from the one who called you, in the grace of Christ, for another gospel... Explanation: Paul begins his argument by expressing his astonishment - his amazement - at the … Continue reading Galatians 1:6
Text: “Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die.” But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.” … Continue reading Job 2:9-10
Text: ...ᾧ ἡ δόξα εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων, ἀμήν. Translation: ...to whom be the glory for ever and ever, amen. Explanation: Having been redeemed by Jesus, who gave himself for our sins (Gal. 1:4), Paul finishes by asserting that the glory (δόξα) goes to our God and Father who, in the first instance, willed … Continue reading Galatians 1:5
Text: ...τοῦ δόντος ἑαυτὸν ὑπὲρ τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν ἡμῶν, ὅπως ἐξέληται ἡμᾶς ἐκ τοῦ αἰῶνος τοῦ ἐνεστῶτος πονηροῦ κατὰ τὸ θέλημα τοῦ θεοῦ καὶ πατρὸς ἡμῶν... Translation: ...who gave himself for our sins, in order to deliver us out of the age of present evil according to the will of our God and Father... Explanation: Following … Continue reading Galatians 1:4
Luther espoused what came to be known as the theologia crucis (theology of the cross) for the Heidelberg Disputation which commenced on the 25 April 1518. The theses below are some of his theses from that disputation which were defended before the rest of the Augustinian cloister who were essentially gathered to 'sort Luther out'. While … Continue reading theologia crucis
Text: χάρις ὑμῖν καὶ εἰρήνη ἀπὸ θεοῦ πατρὸς ἡμῶν καὶ κυρίου Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ Translation ...grace to you and peace from God our father and the lord Jesus Christ... Explanation This is one of Paul's usual greetings. Paul constantly reminds us of his gospel which speaks of grace and that which grace brings - peace with … Continue reading Galatians 1:3