Friday, February 28, 2014

"Belonging to Jesus"

"Thou hast taught me that faith is nothing else than receiving thy kindness; that it is an adherence to Christ, a resting on him, love clinging to him as a branch to the tree, to seek life and vigor from him." -from "Belonging to Jesus" (page 57)

Thursday, February 27, 2014

confidence in Scripture

"All believers have the experience that in the best moments of their life they are also most firm in their belief in Scripture. The believer's confidence in Christ increases along with their confidence in Scripture and, conversely, ignorance of the Scriptures is automatically and proportionately ignorance of Christ." (H. Bavinck, RD.2.440)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Q. 100. What doth the preface of the Lord’s Prayer teach us?
A. The preface of the Lord’s Prayer, which is, Our Father which art in heaven, teaches us to draw near to God with all holy reverence and confidence, as children to a father, able and ready to help us; and that we should pray with and for others.

Sunday, February 23, 2014


(Hos 14:4-8) 4 I will heal their apostasy; I will love them freely, for my anger has turned from them.  5 ​I will be like the dew to Israel; he shall blossom like the lily; he shall take root like the trees of Lebanon;  6 his shoots shall spread out; his beauty shall be like the olive, and his fragrance like Lebanon.  7 They shall return and dwell beneath my shadow; they shall flourish like the grain; they shall blossom like the vine; their fame shall be like the wine of Lebanon.  8 O Ephraim, what have I to do with idols? It is I who answer and look after you. I am like an evergreen cypress; from me comes your fruit.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


There are bibliographies in the resources linked above. I recommend starting with Sacred Bond. It's very well done. Mike Horton's volume on covenant theology is also very useful. Check out the links and the audio resources. There are several episodes of the Heidelcast (linked above) that discuss covenant theology and there are episodes of Office Hours about baptism.

JEREMIAH 32:37-42

Jer 32:37-42  Behold, I will gather them from all the countries to which I drove them in my anger and my wrath and in great indignation. I will bring them back to this place, and I will make them dwell in safety.  (38)  And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.  (39)  I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them.  (40)  I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me.  (41)  I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul.  (42)  "For thus says the LORD: Just as I have brought all this great disaster upon this people, so I will bring upon them all the good that I promise them.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Cast yourself into the arms of Christ

"Cast yourself into the arms of Christ, and if you perish, perish there." - Richard Sibbes, The Bruised Reed

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


Hint: From Shem to Abram. Genesis 11:10-32

 This is Genesis 3:15 being carried out to Genesis 12, 15, 17.

 See too, Matthew 1.

Acts 2, is Genesis 12, and is Romans 1:16.

Covenant isn't Co-extensive with Election, the Abrahamic Covenant isn't Co-extensive with Election, the New Covenant isn't co-extensive with election.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014


“Scripture resists all naturalistic and rationalistic explanations of its origins as revelation and attributes it solely to an extraordinary operative presence of God the Holy Spirit. Scripture does not give us data to interpret; it is itself the interpretation of reality, the shaper of a distinct world view, a worldview that is theistic and naturalistic” (p84) Here again we see Bavinck’s faithful commitment to Holy Scripture. Scripture is the sole authority, and it cannot be proven or interpreted by another means, other than scripture alone. Again this may seem circular, but only a word from God can authorize the word of God, and that is exactly what we have in the Bible. And this is the decisive point; Christianity is based upon a revelation that is received in faith. Not a revelation that can be authenticated, or proven by reason.