Category Archives: Soteriology

In Solidarity with Sinners: The Public Ministry of Christ and the Mission of the Church (Reformission Monday)

In seeking to frame an understanding of the church’s mission on the basis of the message which it is called to proclaim, T.F. Torrance reminds us of the irreducibly personal nature of Christ’s public ministry among sinners. That is, he did not … Continue reading

Posted in Apostle Paul, Atonement, Christology, Gospel, Incarnation, Missiology, Mission & evangelism, Reformission, Soteriology, T.F. Torrance | 1 Comment

The Limitless Many of the Elect: Karl Barth on Grasping the Multi-Dimensional Nature of Election

The following section taken from Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics II/2 sets forth a layered, multi-dimensional understanding of the contentious doctrine of election. Many, if not most, of the critiques levelled against Barth’s view tend to flatten it out into two-dimensional straw man, … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical interpretation, Christology, Critiques of Karl Barth, Election, Karl Barth, Mission & evangelism, Predestination, Reformed theology, Soteriology, Universalism

“In Loving Communion With Our Misery”: H.R. Mackintosh on the Cross as the Passion of God in Christ

[T]he Christian is intuitively aware that the vicarious love revealed in Jesus’ cross is the love of God. It is He that in Christ gives us “rest by His sorrow and life by His death.” It is He that stands … Continue reading

Posted in Atonement, Christology, Doctrine of God, H.R. Mackintosh, Incarnation, Judgment of God, Soteriology, Trinity, Union with Christ

“The Disqualification of Human Powers”: The Virgin Birth and Salvation By Faith Alone (T.F. Torrance on the Apostles’ Creed)

Here in Italy, the month of May is dedicated to the veneration of Mary the mother of Jesus. Outside the local Catholic parish, a large banner reads: “Maria, Mamma di Noi Tutti” (Mary, Mama of Us All). In Catholic theology, … Continue reading

Posted in Christology, Creeds, Five Solas, Grace of God, Holy Spirit, Incarnation, Protestant theology, Reformed theology, Roman Catholicism, Soteriology, Sovereignty of God, T.F. Torrance, Word of God

The Gospel as Personal Encounter: The Incarnation of Christ and the Mission of the Church (Reformission Monday)

As I continue to explore the theology of T. F. Torrance, I discover more resources for developing a faithful and fruitful understanding of the church’s mission. Contrary to the popular adage that “the message does not change, but methods do”, Torrance … Continue reading

Posted in Christology, Gospel, Incarnation, Missiology, Mission & evangelism, Patristic theology, Preaching, Reformission, Soteriology, T.F. Torrance

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

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

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

The Only Point of Contact: Karl Barth on the Possibility of Knowing the Word of God

Following yesterday’s post on why Jesus Christ in the gospel is the only apologetic for the truth of the Word of God, I thought that the following section from Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics I/1 was a fitting supplement to what was said concerning our inability … Continue reading

Posted in Anthropology, Gospel, Karl Barth, Missiology, Mission & evangelism, Natural theology, Nature and grace, Preaching, Reformed theology, Soteriology, Word of God | 2 Comments

Renewing the Image: Why Jesus Christ is the Only True Apologetic (Reformission Monday)

Continuing on in my series exploring missional theology with T.F. Torrance, I would like, in this post, to consider one of the practical implications of what I have discussed thus far in terms of a Christological missiology. A Christological missiology is … Continue reading

Posted in Christology, Gospel, Image of God, John Calvin, Missiology, Mission & evangelism, Natural theology, Preaching, Reformission, Revelation, Soteriology, T.F. Torrance, Word of God | 1 Comment