The Lawful Use of God’s Law

In 1 Timothy 1, Paul urges Timothy to “charge some that they teach no other doctrine” (v.3). He then indicates the nature of their error in verse 7, “desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm.”

The heretics desired to be “teachers of the law” but distorted the truth.  In verse 8, Paul makes an important declaration: “But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully.” A proper understanding of the lawful uses of God’s law is a helpful corrective to the antinomian and legalistic tendencies in the church today.

The first use of the law is the civil use. Click to read more about “The Lawful Use of God’s Law”

A Necessary Distinction

The doctrines of justification and sanctification are both necessary components of the Christian faith.  There is no such thing as a justified but unsanctified sinner and no such thing as a sanctified but unjustified sinner.  Both are essential.

There is, however, a tendency in the church to confuse the doctrines, to combine the doctrines, and to fail to recognize the distinction between the two.  Justification is concerned with Christ’s work for the sinner as the ground of acceptance with our holy God.  Sanctification is the work of the Spirit in the justified sinner whereby he is conformed more and more into the image of the Lord Jesus. Click to read more about “A Necessary Distinction”

The Judgment of the Sheep and the Goats (Mt 25:31-46)

The question of good works and the final judgment is one that often perplexes the people of God. The teaching of Jesus in Matthew 25 is relevant as it is a clear statement of the judgment of the sheep and the goats. There are several reasons why the traditional, Protestant understanding of justification by faith alone is consistent with Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 25. Click to read more about

Following Jesus Christ – Do you follow Christ?

Many people in North America profess to be Christians. There is, however, a great difference between the number of professors and the number of followers of Christ.

Christians are not saved because of their works – that is impossible (Rom. 3:20). But those who come to Christ, by the grace of God, in faith and repentance will be enabled by God to Click to read more about “Following Jesus Christ – Do you follow Christ? “

The Covenant of Grace

The genius of Particular Baptist covenant theology is seen in the 2nd London Confession of Faith 1677/1689 (2LCF) Chapter 7. In paragraph 1, the general necessity of God’s working through covenant is stated. It is because of “voluntary condescension on God’s part” that he establishes the covenant of grace to bring the “reward of life” to his elect. In paragraph 2, the essential elements of the covenant of grace are highlighted:
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