Entries by Jim Butler

A Faithless King and a Faithful Prophet

In 1 Kings 22:1-28, Ahab plans to go to battle with the Syrians in order to re-capture Ramoth Gilead. He invites Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, to accompany him in an alliance of the northern and southern kingdoms of Israel. Jehoshaphat requests divine guidance prior to the battle (v.5) and 400 false prophets testify that Israel […]

The Covenant of Redemption

The covenant of redemption is pretemporal, intratrinitarian, and foundational with reference to God’s dealings with his elect. It is referred to in the 2nd London Confession of Faith 1677/1689 (2LCF) 7:3 as “that eternal covenant transaction that was between the Father and the Son about the redemption of the elect” and 2LCF 8:1 further explains […]

Jesus Is God

The Bible clearly teaches what orthodox Christians have believed for centuries, namely, that Jesus Christ is Almighty God. There are explicit assertions that Christ is God in John 1:1-4, 20:28, Rom. 9:5, Tit. 2:13, Heb. 1:8, and 2 Pet. 1:1. There are applications of divine names to the Lord Jesus in Isaiah 9:6, 40:3, and […]

Is Christ the focus of your Christianity?

Being a Christian means having a relationship with God through the Lord Jesus Christ.  Oftentimes, we can get side tracked and pursue Christianity with little regard for the Person of Christ.  Things like legalism, mysticism, and asceticism (Col 2) can take our focus off the Lord Jesus. 

The Gospel of Jesus Christ

The Christian Gospel is a message regarding God, man, and the Mediator between the two, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible says that God is “of purer eyes than to behold evil, and cannot look on wickedness” (Hab 1:13). This is bad news for man as the Bible says concerning everyone: “There is none righteous, […]