Suffering as a Christian – Part 2

Everyone, to a lesser or greater extent, suffers in this world. And that is because when Adam sinned, he brought the judgment of God – death – upon the whole human race for his transgression (Gen. 2:17; Rom. 5:12). And with death came suffering. There is much good in this life, and life itself is…

Suffering as a Christian – Part 1

Peter has much to say about suffering in his first epistle, and in my preaching through 1 Peter I am just beginning to reach the bulk of Peter’s words on the subject. So, my thoughts have been on the significance of suffering in the Christian life. Though it may surprise the purveyors of a health-and-wealth…

The bigger threat to the well-being of the Church

Last Sunday I preached on these words from 1 Peter 2: “Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution” (v.13). As I thought about the relationship between the Church and government, and how we as Christians often feel and express alarm at the prospect of living under a government hostile to the Christian…

Redemption Applied, Part 2 – God’s Effectual Call

According to John Murray in Redemption Accomplished and Applied, the very first step in the application of salvation is God’s effectual calling. That is the subject of chapter 2 of Part 2. The word “effectual” is important, because the Bible does describe a universal call to salvation that goes out to all who hear the…

Redemption Applied, Part 1 – The God of Order

Having finished discussing the accomplishment of our redemption in Part 1 (that accomplishment being the atoning work of Christ), John Murray goes on in Part 2 of Redemption Accomplished and Applied to focus on how God then applies that redemption to his people. Chapter 1 of Part 2, “The Order of Application,” is, as the…

Redemption Accomplished, Part 4 – Not a Wasted Death

In Chapter 4 of Redemption Accomplished and Applied, John Murray deals with one of the most controversial doctrines of Reformed theology – limited atonement. In contrast to the idea of universal atonement, which is that Christ died for the sins of every single person, limited atonement holds that Christ died only for the elect of…