The subject of eternal punishment is one of the most significant and serious in all of Scripture. Is it real or not? There are many who say that eternal punishment is such an awful subject, that surely the God of the Bible cannot engage in such an activity. To be sure, it is an awful subject. Jesus, however, speaks quite clearly on the subject in Matthew 25:31 – 46. Does eternal punishment mean an ongoing never-ending conscious punishment, or does it mean a once for all punishment that results in non-existence? There is a vast difference between these two ideas. So which or what is Jesus referring to? [Read more…]
“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only” (Matt. 24:36).
This verse represents a significant shift in the reply of Jesus to his disciples’ questions about the end (see Matt. 24:34 articles). From verses 4 through 35, Jesus has occupied himself with answering the question relating to the destruction of the temple, which is how the disciples interpreted Jesus statement in Matthew 24:2: “But he answered them, ‘You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.’” [Read more…]
Post Tenebras Lux
Luther’s famous dictum (probably not his exact words-but certainly his conviction) is still true for us today:
“Justification is the article by which the church stands and falls” (justificatio est articulus stantis et cadentis ecclesiae).
Don’t let anything stand in the way of this great point. Don’t add anything to it either. God imputes the righteousness of Christ to us through the instrument of faith only. This is how we are right with God.
Happy Reformation Day!
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”
Here is the introduction from John Bunyan’s ‘The Acceptable Sacrifice’ (Works, Vol. 1, p. 689)
This psalm is David’s penitential psalm. It may be fitly so called, because it is a psalm by which is manifest the unfeigned sorrow which he had for his horrible sin, in defiling of Bathsheba, and slaying Uriah her husband; a relation at large of which you have in the 11th and 12th of the Second of Samuel. Many workings of heart, as this psalm showeth, this poor man had, so soon as conviction did fall upon his spirit. One while he cries for mercy, then he confesses his heinous offences, then he bewails the depravity of his nature; sometimes he cries out to be washed and sanctified, and then again he is afraid that God will cast him away from his presence, and take his Holy Spirit utterly from him. And thus he goes on till he comes to the text, and there he stayeth his mind, finding in himself that heart and spirit which God did not dislike; ‘The sacrifices of God,’ says he, ‘are a broken spirit’; as if he should say, I thank God I have that. ‘A broken and a contrite heart,’ says he, ‘O God, thou wilt not despise’; as if he should say, I thank God I have that.