Category Archives: Assurance

The Catholic Roots of Luther’s Gospel: The Sacrament of Penance and the Surety of Faith

[W]e now turn to the holy sacraments and their blessings to learn to know their benefits and how to use them. Anyone who is granted the time and the grace to confess, to be absolved, and to receive the sacrament … Continue reading

Posted in Assurance, Church history, Critiques of Protestantism, Ecumenism, Five Solas, Heresy/Heterodoxy, Justification, Law & Gospel, Martin Luther, Protestant theology, Protestantism, Reformation, Roman Catholicism, Sacramentalism, Scholasticism, Soteriology, Stephen Strehle, Thomas Aquinas, Word of God

“Nothing Other Than Sheer Life”: Martin Luther on Preparing to Die (1519)

In 1519, Martin Luther preached a sermon in which he offered counsel on the importance and manner of preparing to die. This message has become particularly relevant to me in light of the passing of a dear family member. In … Continue reading

Posted in Assurance, Christology, Church history, Martin Luther, Reformation, Resurrection, Sin and evil, Suffering, Theologia crucis, Union with Christ | 2 Comments

The New Heaven and the New Earth (T.F. Torrance on Revelation 21)

Revelation 21:1-4 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out … Continue reading

Posted in Assurance, Devotional, Eschatology, Preaching, Prophets & prophecy, Revelation, Soteriology, Suffering | 1 Comment

To You is Born a Savior: Martin Luther on the Good News of Great Joy

On Christmas day in the year 1530, Martin Luther preached a powerful sermon in which he reflected on the infinite treasures contained in the “good news of great joy” proclaimed to the shepherds near Bethlehem. As Luther made abundantly clear, it … Continue reading

Posted in Assurance, Church history, Devotional, Gospel, Incarnation, Love of God, Martin Luther, Preaching, Protestant theology, Reformation, Roman Catholicism | 2 Comments

The Apostles’ Creed and the Election of Jesus Christ: Karl Barth on the Christ-Conditioned Nature of Divine Providence

To begin this post, I would simply like to quote a section from Christopher Green’s book Doxological Theology in which he examines Karl Barth’s formulation of the doctrine of divine providence in strict accordance with the inner theo-logic of the Apostles’ Creed (after … Continue reading

Posted in Assurance, Biblical interpretation, Christology, Classical theism, Creeds, Doctrine of God, Election, Heidelberg Catechism, Karl Barth, Patristic theology, Providence, Sovereignty of God, Theological methodology, Trinity

Athanasius, T.F. Torrance, and the Vicarious Humanity of Christ

After a recent post on the vicarious humanity of Christ, Fr Aidan Kimel, who blogs at Eclectic Orthodoxy, expressed doubt in a Facebook comment as to whether, apart from T.F. Torrance and Karl Barth, the doctrine has actually had any major … Continue reading

Posted in Assurance, Athanasius, Christology, Evangelical Calvinism, Gospel, Grace of God, Karl Barth, Khaled Anatolios, Orthodoxy, Patristic theology, Reformed theology, T.F. Torrance, Vicarious humanity of Christ | 6 Comments

Reforming Calvinism, pt. 17: Irresistible Grace (The Vicarious Humanity of Christ)

“I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I. But Christ lives in me, and the life which I now life in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and … Continue reading

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Calvin & Westminster on Assurance

Westminster Confession, Chapter XVIII III. This infallible assurance [of salvation] does not so belong to the essence of faith, but that a true believer may wait long, and conflict with many difficulties, before he be partaker of it: yet, being enabled … Continue reading

Posted in Assurance, Classic Calvinism, Confessions, Election, Evangelical Calvinism, Federal theology, John Calvin, Reformation, Reformed theology, Richard Muller | 2 Comments

Reforming Calvinism, pt. 16: Irresistible Grace (The Gift and the Giver)

In this entry in my series Reforming Calvinism, I move from my critique of the traditional Calvinist understanding of ‘irresistible grace’ to an Evangelical Calvinist revision. In doing so, my desire continues to be, as it has been all along, not … Continue reading

Posted in Anthropology, Apostle Paul, Assurance, Christology, Classic Calvinism, Creeds, Eschatology, Evangelical Calvinism, Evangelical theology, Five points of Calvinism, Grace of God, Holy Spirit, Image of God, John Calvin, Karl Barth, Patristic theology, Protestant theology, Reformed theology, Reforming Calvinism, Soteriology, T.F. Torrance, Union with Christ | 7 Comments

The Trinity of Assurance: the Father, the Spirit, and Pete?

Last week on Desiring God’s podcast Ask Pastor John, John Piper responded to a question regarding assurance of salvation (the audio transcript is available here). Someone named Pete had asked the following question: I understand the Bible to teach that a true … Continue reading

Posted in American evangelicalism, Assurance, Athanasius, Biblical interpretation, Christology, Classic Calvinism, Election, Evangelical Calvinism, Evangelical theology, Five points of Calvinism, Gospel, Holy Spirit, John Calvin, John Piper, Patristic theology, Predestination, Protestant theology, Reformed theology, Soteriology, T.F. Torrance, Trinity, Vicarious humanity of Christ | 24 Comments