Invoking the Presence of God’s Providence

 This is the full lecture notes of the Reformed Talk on Invoking the Presence of God’s Providence: Providence and Prayer in John Calvin’s Thought and Writings held on March 11, 2023, at Reformed Community of Life Church. Assuredly it is not without cause our heavenly Father declares that our only safety is in calling upon hisContinue reading “Invoking the Presence of God’s Providence”

The Moral Law: The Essence of the Decalogue

What is the Moral Law? I recently watched a podcast that said those who believe in the Moral Law seem to say that the Decalogue is written word-for-word in the hearts of the New Testament believers (as if they are robots!). But, are they correct in saying that? Or, are they merely creating a caricatureContinue reading “The Moral Law: The Essence of the Decalogue”

God Does Not Change: His Truth & Ways

GOD’S TRUTH DOES NOT CHANGE Whatever God says flows from His unchanging nature. Unlike human beings who are always unstable, we say things that we do not really mean, and we take our words back as well. But God is stable, He won’t take back whatever He says. J.I. Packer writes, “…we need to rememberContinue reading “God Does Not Change: His Truth & Ways”

God Does Not Change: His Life & Character

GOD’S LIFE DOES NOT CHANGE Ponder on this thought: God has always been alive. Since God is always alive, He cannot cease to exist. Notice the following passages: Created things have a beginning and an ending, but this is not how it is with their Creator. Children normally ask, “Who made God?” The answer toContinue reading “God Does Not Change: His Life & Character”

Weighing Textual Evidence (Outline)

Textual criticism puts the original text more within the reach of the interpreter, even if absolute certainty remains elusive. The textual critic must balance external and internal evidence in the process and avoid giving too much weight to any single argument among a larger number. Blomberg & Markley, 19 Evaluating External Evidence Evaluating Internal EvidenceContinue reading “Weighing Textual Evidence (Outline)”

He Emptied Himself

One of the Christological heresies that plagued the church during the mid-19th century, which is still believed by some modern evangelical churches and false teachers today (i.e. Kenneth Copeland, Bill Johnson) is Kenosis theory. The teaching that the Son of God in order to be fully human divested Himself not only of the His roleContinue reading “He Emptied Himself”

The Blood of God

But in recent months, I have noticed that there is an encroaching heresy on the blood, that there are people who say that the blood of Jesus was not human, it was divine. One pastor said to me, “He had the blood of God.” I said, “What is the blood of God?” He said, “DivineContinue reading “The Blood of God”

The Greatest Mystery

What do you think is the most hard-to-believe doctrine of the Christian faith? The atonement, the Resurrection, Virgin Birth, or the Gospel Miracles. We may believe that one of these great doctrines of the Christian faith is the most difficult to embrace. But according to J.I. Packer “the supreme mystery with which the gospel confrontsContinue reading “The Greatest Mystery”

Is God the Author of Sin? Yes and No!

In one of our previous blogs, I affirmed this, “we can say that “God is the author of evil or sin.” He ordained evil to take place; unless He does so, it won’t occur.” Now, our confession clearly states that God is not the author of sin. God hath decreed in himself, from all eternity, byContinue reading “Is God the Author of Sin? Yes and No!”

The Self-Authenticating Scriptures

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27 The NT canon we possess today is not due to the machinations of later church leaders, or to the political influence of Constantine, but due to the fact that these books imposed themselves on the church through their internal qualities.Continue reading “The Self-Authenticating Scriptures”