Entries by Jim Butler

The Good News

The word “gospel” simply means “good news.”  The gospel is the historic, revealed message concerning Jesus Christ. It is that record of events which focuses upon Christ’s life, death, and resurrection for sinners. It is important to understand this as some Christians with good intentions maintain that believers should “live the gospel.” Technically, one cannot […]

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.