Category Archives: Application of Redemption

What’s to Abhor?

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One of the arresting vows that church members take in Presbyterian circles is this: Do you confess that because of your sinfulness you abhor and humble yourself before God, that you repent of your sin, and that you trust for salvation not in yourself but in Jesus Christ alone? Important to consider is that this… Read More→

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Gratitude and Motivation

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The good (loaded term?) folks over at Gospel Reformation Network state the following: We deny that gratitude for justification is the only valid motivation for holiness, making all other motivations illegitimate or legalistic. I am not sure how many critics of neonomianism or flattening insist that gratitude is the exclusive motivation for good works. But… Read More→

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When You Hear Covenant of Grace Do Your Thoughts Turn to “Ministry of Death”?

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(Inspired by a mealtime conversation at OPC HQ.) If a pastor or elder talked about Moses’ ministry as one of death, he might be the object of a committee investigation. If an inspired author of holy writ says it, we may want to pay heed. Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on… Read More→

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From DGH on Knowing Jesus Submitted on 2014/09/25 at 9:58 am

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Mark, since Ref21 doesn’t take comments, I’ll carry the discussion on over here at OL. I am responding to your latest post, which appears to address my (and others, not all about me this time) insufficient knowledge of Christ. That may not be the way you meant it — to prompt me to doubt myself.… Read More→

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Gratitude As the Basis for Obedience

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The title of this post is not meant to echo the Guilt-Grace-Gratitude structure of the Heidelberg Catechism but to indicate that the Obedience Men and Boys should be forever grateful to Tullian Tchividjian for providing a target for those who believe sanctification is besieged in our time. If you look around on the web for… Read More→

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If the Mosaic Covenant Was So Gracious . . .

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Why did the prophets bring so many lawsuits against God’s people? That was the thought I had after reading Peter Leithart: Covenant lawsuits are embedded in Israel’s covenant-relation with Yahweh. The covenant sets up certain requirements for Israel, and positive and negative sanctions attach to these, blessings for faithfulness and curses for breaking covenant. When… Read More→

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Is Grace Everywhere?

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So Mark Jones keeps telling us and since we have no way to comment at his blog we will once again adopt the role of servants serving servers by opening up comments here. First, Jones says that lots of Reformed theologians, backed up by Richard Muller — apparently Jones favorite strategy for finding room to… Read More→

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Flattening Will Get You Nowhere

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Mark Jones wonders what is so controversial about the view that the covenant with Adam was gracious: . . . for the sake of argument, let’s say the Mosaic covenant has a meritorious element. Does that make it a republication of the covenant of works? Not necessarily. After all, you would have to re-define the… Read More→

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