Category Archives: Love of God

On Loving Christ with Both Heart and Mind: H.R. Mackintosh on Being a “Christologian”

It seems to be more uncommon than not to encounter Christians who major on loving Christ either with the heart or with the mind, but not necessarily with both. What do I mean? When I think about many of the … Continue reading

Posted in Christology, Devotional, H.R. Mackintosh, Knowledge of God, Love of God

The Blood of God: Understanding the Atonement as a Work of the Trinity (A Reflection for Good Friday)

On this Good Friday, I would like to offer a reflection from Adam Johnson on the way in which we must understand the atonement accomplished in the crucifixion of Jesus as not merely a work of the Son, or of … Continue reading

Posted in Atonement, Doctrine of God, Gospel, Judgment of God, Karl Barth, Love of God, Seasonal, Soteriology, Trinity | 4 Comments

Reforming Calvinism, pt. 21: Irresistible Grace (The Logic of Hell)

In this final post on reforming Calvinism’s doctrine of irresistible grace, I arrive at a burning question—perhaps the burning question—that constitutes for many the deal-breaker when it comes to an evangelical reworking of Reformed soteriology. With its emphasis on the “one-for-all” dynamic of … Continue reading

Posted in Atonement, Christology, Classic Calvinism, Doctrine of sin, Election, Evangelical Calvinism, Five points of Calvinism, Incarnation, Judgment of God, Love of God, Reformed theology, Reforming Calvinism, Sin and evil, Soteriology, T.F. Torrance, Universalism | 2 Comments

The Wrath of God’s Holy Love (T.F. Torrance on Revelation 15)

Revelation 15:1-4 Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and amazing, seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is finished. And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass … Continue reading

Posted in Devotional, Eschatology, Judgment of God, Love of God, Preaching, Prophets & prophecy, Revelation, Sin and evil, Sovereignty of God, T.F. Torrance

The Triumph of the Gospel (T.F. Torrance on Revelation 14)

Revelation 14:6-7, 14-16 Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people. And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God … Continue reading

Posted in Devotional, Eschatology, Gospel, Judgment of God, Kingdom of God, Love of God, Mission & evangelism, Preaching, Sin and evil, T.F. Torrance

God Was In Christ: Karl Barth on the Significance of God’s Being in his Act of Reconciliation

While explaining, in a recent post, why T.F. Torrance considered the traditional Calvinist doctrine of limited atonement to involve an implicit heretical Christology (Nestorianism, to be precise), I touched on the critical importance of Scripture’s affirmation that “God was in Christ … Continue reading

Posted in Apostle Paul, Christology, Five points of Calvinism, Gospel, Heresy/Heterodoxy, Incarnation, Karl Barth, Love of God, Reformed theology, Soteriology, T.F. Torrance, Trinity

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

“He Is Our Flesh”: John Calvin on the Saving Significance of the Incarnation

Sometimes when we think about Jesus Christ and his saving work, we can tend to lay so much emphasis on his death for our sins and resurrection for our justification (as Paul puts it in the last verse of Romans 4) … Continue reading

Posted in Atonement, Creeds, Devotional, John Calvin, Love of God, Patristic theology, Reformed theology, Soteriology, Vicarious humanity of Christ, Worship | 4 Comments

The Wrath of the Lamb (T.F. Torrance on Revelation 6)

Revelation 6:12-17 When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, and the stars of the sky fell to the earth … Continue reading

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T.F. Torrance’s Doctrine of Election in 250 Words

In an article dating back to 1949, T.F. Torrance succinctly described the doctrine of election in the following way: Election means nothing more and nothing less than the complete action of God’s eternal love, that “God so loved the world … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical interpretation, Christology, Election, Evangelical Calvinism, Gospel, Love of God, Predestination, Reformed theology, Revelation, Scripture, Soteriology, T.F. Torrance, Universalism | 2 Comments