Christ has come. Christ will come. We have been saved. We will be saved.

"so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation" (Hebrews 9:28). Here, on earth, we have the beginning of our salvation - purchased for us by the Saviour, who died for our sins. The completion of our salvation is …

Continue reading Christ has come. Christ will come. We have been saved. We will be saved.

People were doing what suited themselves … (Judges 17:1-18:13).

Things are not going well - 'every man did that which was right in his own eyes' (17:6). People were doing what suited themselves. Micah was trying to 'get the best of both worlds'. He was worshipping idols (17:4-5). He was trying to keep on the right side of the Lord - 'Now I know …

Continue reading People were doing what suited themselves … (Judges 17:1-18:13).

We hear so much bad news. We wonder, “What, Lord, do You think of all this?”

“Carried off to Babylon” (2 Kings 20:17); “Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!” (Revelation 14:18 & 18:2). Everything seems to be falling round about us. We hear so much bad news. We wonder, “What, Lord, do You think of all this?” Even “in Babylon” there were “the chosen” – people who belonged to You (1 …

Continue reading We hear so much bad news. We wonder, “What, Lord, do You think of all this?”

The Way Of Blessing Is The Way Of Obedience.

Psalm 119:1-24The way of blessing is the way of obedience (1,9,11,17). Many will choose the way of disobedience - ‘influential people sit together and slander me’. We must choose the way of obedience - ‘Your servant will meditate on Your teachings’(23). Following Jesus Christ will not be easy. We see many people turning back from …

Continue reading The Way Of Blessing Is The Way Of Obedience.

We taste Thee, O Thou Living Bread, and long to feast upon Thee still … (John 6:22-8:59).

John 6:22-59 -  Jesus said, ‘I am the Bread of Life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst’ (35). Jesus had enemies – ‘The Jews then murmured at Him, because He said, “I am the bread which comes down from heaven”’ (41). Christ’s enemies are …

Continue reading We taste Thee, O Thou Living Bread, and long to feast upon Thee still … (John 6:22-8:59).

Faith and Sanctification

Except for one reference to A Half Century of Theology, all of the quotations in this post are from Faith and Sanctification.Berkouwer approaches social concern from a Biblical and Reformed perspective. In Ephesians 2:8-10, the emphases ‘by grace’ and ‘through faith’ lead directly on to the emphasis ‘for good works’. Berkouwer underscores this connection between …

Continue reading Faith and Sanctification

God Has Given Us ‘Weapons’ Which Have ‘Divine Power To Demolish The Strongholds’ Of Satan.

Psalm 140:1-13 When we are threatened by ‘men of violence’, we must put our trust in the Lord, our ‘strong Deliverer’. We must pray that the ‘men of violence’ will not succeed in their ‘evil plans’: ‘Do not let their plans succeed... May disaster hunt down the men of violence’(1-2,7-8,11). The ‘men of violence’ may …

Continue reading God Has Given Us ‘Weapons’ Which Have ‘Divine Power To Demolish The Strongholds’ Of Satan.

The Sufficiency and Reliability of Scripture

Holding that the Bible is all that God wants it to be in accordance with His precise purpose, Berkouwer insists that it is unnecessary to posit a perfection that extends beyond the confines of the specific purpose of Scripture. He speaks of the sufficiency of Scripture in terms of “sufficiency for the Christian life” (Holy …

Continue reading The Sufficiency and Reliability of Scripture

Some Theological Connections between G. C. Berkouwer and Herman N. Ridderbos

The idea of witness in connection with the New Testament witness to Christ.Drawing upon the work of Herman N. Ridderbos, Berkouwer writes, “it is the product of a perception that was not infinite. It is subject to human limitations, its record does not exceed the limits of human memory” (Holy Scripture, p. 162, n. 75).He …

Continue reading Some Theological Connections between G. C. Berkouwer and Herman N. Ridderbos