The Birth of Jesus, the Son of God

Luke 2:1-20  1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. 2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4 And Joseph also wentContinue reading “The Birth of Jesus, the Son of God”

Nathaniel Ingelo, 1659, on the Certainty of the Christian Religion

Upon the plainness of God’s revelation, depends the certainty of the Christian Religion. This Pillar had need be firm, for the best thing in the world rests upon it. What is acceptable to Christ, and what he will do for us, is to be known by revelation which he hath made of his mind toContinue reading “Nathaniel Ingelo, 1659, on the Certainty of the Christian Religion”

William Perkins, 1604, on the Inspiration, Preservation and Canonicity of Holy Scripture as the foundation for Preaching

CHAP III Of the Word of God The perfect and equal object of Preaching is the Word of God, (or, the word of God is the whole and only matter, about which preaching is exercised: it is the field in which the Preacher must contain himself). Luke 16:29, They have Moses and the Prophets, let themContinue reading “William Perkins, 1604, on the Inspiration, Preservation and Canonicity of Holy Scripture as the foundation for Preaching”

Charles Drillincourt, 1658, on Scripture’s Self-Interpretation

Papist: That the Word of God contained in the Canonical Books of the Old and New Testaments, is not the rule of all Verity, since you yourself confess that you hold many things which are not found in the Divine Books. Protestant: You have already made this objection, and I think I have sufficiently answeredContinue reading “Charles Drillincourt, 1658, on Scripture’s Self-Interpretation”

It’s Time for New Christmas Songs

The following Christmas songs come from the Trinity Hymnal save the last three which come from the Baptist Hymnal. Songs have served as a source of tradition for the church over the centuries. And not only have they served as a source of tradition, but that tradition has given to us a cultural language. WhereverContinue reading “It’s Time for New Christmas Songs”

God’s Self-revelation: the Prerequisite of all Knowledge of God

“God is first of all the subject communicating knowledge to man, and can only become an object of study for man in so far as the latter appropriates and reflects on the knowledge conveyed to him by revelation. Without revelation man would never have been able to acquire any knowledge of God. And even afterContinue reading “God’s Self-revelation: the Prerequisite of all Knowledge of God”

No Word of God without God: No Self-Revealed God without the Word

“The beginning of the system proper is, in other words, the exposition of the two principia. Scripture and God, as identified, but not fully defined or exposited, in the prolegomena. The question that arises immediately upon the identification of the two principia of foundations: should the system proceed from its ontic to its noetic foundation,Continue reading “No Word of God without God: No Self-Revealed God without the Word”

Knowing the Scripture Certainly

Andrew Willet’s Cambridge classmate William Perkins reiterated his high view of Scripture in his commentary on Galatians. This was Perkins’s last book, posthumously edited by Ralph Cudworth.[1] In The Epistle Dedicatorie Cudworth writes this of the word of God: They being of such perfection that nothing may be added unto them, nor anything taken awayContinue reading “Knowing the Scripture Certainly”

Can The Intuitively Contradictory Life Be Saved?

The answer is, short of divine intervention, no, they cannot be saved from their chosen life of chaos. Some perspectives so alter a person that a return to the pre-altered state is implausible. Once holding truth in unrighteousness becomes normative, the internal contradiction itself and the chaos that results from this contradiction makes a returnContinue reading “Can The Intuitively Contradictory Life Be Saved?”