God’s Glory in Salvation through Judgment

We start by discussing how God manifests his glory in and through his creation, then move into the focal point of our discussion as found in Genesis 3 (especially vv. 15 and 21).  This theme of God's glory in salvation through judgment is a central theme that unfolds throughout the Scriptures, culminating in the cross... Continue Reading →

What Is the Gospel?: God, Man, Christ, Response

We answer the question, "What is the gospel?," by walking through a biblical framework, one that the apostles themselves utilized in their evangelistic messages: God, man, Christ, and response. Show Notes: What Is the Gospel? (book by Greg Gilbert) "Gospel Pillars: God, Man, Christ, Response" (post by Drew) The Gospel (page)   Subscribe to our... Continue Reading →

Gospel Pillars: God, Man, Christ, Response

The gospel is the good news about what God has done in and through Jesus Christ to reconcile sinners to himself.  The following framework, what I like to call “gospel pillars,” presents doctrinal truths by which we may rightly understand and receive the promises and blessings of the gospel.  While the section on Christ consists... Continue Reading →

God-Centered vs. Man-Centered Evangelism

We progress through a two-column table in Will Metzger's book, Tell the Truth, where he contrasts a man-centered and a God-centered approach to evangelism under four categories: view of God, view of humanity, view of Christ, and view of response to Christ. Show Notes: Tell the Truth (book by Will Metzger) Approaches to Evangelism (pdf... Continue Reading →

God’s “Three Greats”

In the Bible, God has provided for us what I like to call his "three greats".  An understanding of these "greats" helps us to think through the relationship between the law, the gospel, and the Church's mission.  So, let us look briefly at these "greats".   1. The Great Commandment We find this "great" in... Continue Reading →

Christ’s Active and Passive Obedience

"[Christ] perfectly met both the penal and the preceptive requirements of God's law.  The passive obedience refers to the former and the active obedience to the latter.  Christ's obedience was vicarious in the bearing of the full judgment of God upon sin, and it was vicarious in the full discharge of the demands of righteousness.  His obedience becomes the... Continue Reading →

Christ for Us (Pt. 2): Jesus as Prophet

Series Links: Christ for Us: Prophet, Priest, and King. Jesus as Priest In considering the biblical evidence and theological significance of the Messianic offices of Jesus, we begin with his prophetic role, proceed to his priestly role, and conclude with his kingly role.  This order is not arbitrary but reflects the exercise of Jesus’ earthly... Continue Reading →

Christ for Us: Prophet, Priest, and King

When we think of Christ, we should think of him as the Anointed One, as that is what "Christ" means; it is the Greek equivalent of Messiah.  As the Anointed One, we should think of him as Prophet, Priest, and King.  It was, after all, these three offices in the Old Testament that received anointing... Continue Reading →

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