2 Samuel 23:1-39 By birth, David was ‘the son of Jesse’. By grace, he was ‘the man who was raised on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, the sweet psalmist of Israel’(1). What we are in ourselves is nothing compared with what we can become through the grace of God! Look at David. […]Read More ‘By grace you have been saved…’
Titus 1:1-2:10 How are we to live? We are not to be ‘empty talkers’, people who ‘profess to know God’ and ‘deny Him by their deeds’(1:10,16). We must give no one the opportunity to ‘speak evil of God’s Word’. We must be ‘a model of good deeds’, showing ‘the beauty of the teachings about God […]Read More How are we to live? – We live by the grace of God.
“I’m forever grateful to You, I’m forever grateful for the cross, I’m forever grateful to You, That You came to seek and save the lost” (Power Praise, 195). Grace, Gratitude Glory (1) The first of these words speaks of what God has done. When we gather at the Lord’s Table, we remember what the Lord […]Read More Grace, Gratitude, Glory
More about Berkouwer, see The Theology Of G C Berkouwer Berkouwer’s work on Faith and Justification is undergirded by this foundation – principle: “The character of faith resolves all tensions between objectivity and subjectivity, For faith has significance only in its orientation to its object – the grace of God” (p. 29). His work on Faith […]Read More Justification, Sanctification and Perseverance – By Grace through Faith
* May God give us grace to be “right with God” without taking any glory to ourselves. All the glory belongs to Him. Every sign of spiritual growth is always His doing. It has nothing to do with our being “pretty good people.” * May God, through His Word and His Spirit, bring us each […]Read More The sin is ours. The guilt is ours. The salvation comes from God. The glory belongs to God.
“The church may not function as a fearful border guard, but rather as one who brings good tidings (Rom. 10:15; Is. 52:7) …. For Christ died for us ‘while we were yet sinners, while we were enemies’ (Rom. 5:8,10). All hardness, imprudence and rashness can only be signs that she has forgotten the gracious overstepping […]Read More Saved by Grace, Reaching out with Grace
As well as Berkouwer’s ‘Studies in Dogmatics’, there are the interesting books – The Triumph of Grace in the Theology of Karl Barth & A Half Century of Theology. Reading the first title makes some inclined to connect Berkouwer with Barth. We should be careful at this point. Though he has clearly studied Barth’s works […]Read More A Little Bit about "The Triumph of Grace … " and "A Half Century … "