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April 10, 2015

God’s Word in Servant-Form: Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck on the Doctrine of Scripture

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From the Preface, by Richard B. Gaffin Jr.: “This study, written for the 100th anniversay of J. Gresham Machen on 28 July 1981, first appeared as a two-part article, uner the title, “Old Amsterdam and Inerrancy?,” in the Westminster Theological Journal (44 [Fall 1982] 250-89 and 45 [Spring 1983] 219-72). It is reprinted here with minor revisions…I offer it here confident that the views of Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck on Scriptrure it considers have perennial value for the well-being of Reformed and evangelical theology and church life and so make a singularly important contribution to the crucial debate about Scripture that continues unabated today within evangelical circles, further complicated as they currently are by recently ermergent “post-conservative evangelical” impulses.”

Richard GaffinAbout the Author

Richard B. Gaffin Jr., is Emeritus Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. He is a graduate of Calvin College, Grand Rapids, and he holds his ThM and ThD degrees from Westminster. He also is the author of Resurrection and Redemption: A Study in Paul’s Soteriology, and Perspectives on Pentecost.

Book Details

126 Pages
Publisher: Reformed Academic Press
Publication Date: February 2008
Source: WTS Books

April 10, 2015

I Will Raise Him Up (John 6:36-40)

IMG_0017-0Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015

Even though the broader church annually commemorates the anniversary of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Reformed celebrate his resurrection weekly every Lord’s Day, the first day of the week on which he rose.

Because Jesus Christ has been raised, all who believe in him will be raised on the last day.

1. All the Father Gives – Jesus Christ is the Bread from Heaven who will satisfy the spiritual hunger and thirst of all who come to him and believe. God the Father is sovereign over who will come and believe in Jesus. Jesus will never cast out those believers given to him by his Father. We assume our own autonomy over our salvation, yet Jesus here clearly proclaims a predestinarian salvation that is the only source of true assurance.

2. Never Cast Out – Jesus will never cast out those given to him by his Father, and for whom he would die and rise while they were his enemies. Those who never come to him are the ones who will be cast out. Faith is what separates between those whom Christ will never cast out but raise on the last day from those who never come and will be cast out and judged on the last day.

Jesus identified with his people by taking on our humanity. Our humanity becomes his, so his life, death and resurrection may become ours. The certainty of our resurrection and salvation on the last day is due to our union with him to whom we have been given by the Father.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is a fact attested to by eyewitness testimony. Attempts to prove otherwise will fail, because he is not there, but risen. Because he rose, those who die in faith will be raised to eternal life. Those who die without faith will be raised to condemnation. No one who goes to hell goes unwillingly. Now is the time to believe.

Listen to “I Will Raise Him Up (John 6:36-40) at

April 10, 2015

Israel at Mount Sinai, Part 2 (Exodus 19:7-25)

Chuck Cain Sunday, April 5, 2015–The adult Sunday School lesson this week concluded a study of Exodus 19. After the LORD provided Moses with a statement of covenant renewal, Moses descended the mountain, called the elders of Israel, and set before them all the words that the LORD had commanded him. Upon hearing these words, the people responded positively, and Moses ascended the mountain a second time to report the people’s commitment.

The LORD then tells Moses to go down and consecrate the people before the LORD descends upon the mountain in three days to speak to them. They are to wash their garments, suspend sexual relations with their wives, and Moses is to set limits so that none of the people will touch the mountain when the LORD descends. These preparations point to God’s holiness.

On the appointed day, the LORD descends upon Sinai in a thick cloud accompanied by thunder, lightning, and a very loud trumpet blast. The transcendent God now displays his immanence. (The Bible describes the LORD as both transcendent and immanent. False religions view God as immanent only–such as pantheists–or as transcendent only–such as deists.)

The people tremble with fear at the sight of this theophany. The LORD calls Moses to ascend the mountain a third time whereupon he is told once again to warn the people not to touch the mountain. Moses descends and tells the people.

The chapter ends anticipating the LORD speaking directly to the people his Ten Commandments. – Chuck Cain

Listen to Israel at Mount Sinai, Part 2 (Exodus 19:7-25) .