April 21, 2014
Bernard Ramm, in his fine treatment of the subject of God’s glory (Them He Glorified, 1963, p. 22), gives us as good a definition as words permit:
“The glory of God is the excellence, beauty, majesty, power and perfection of his total being. It is the completeness, the wholeness, and therefore the utter desirability of God. It is the appeal, the fascinating power, the attraction which he exerts over men. The man so affected by the glory of God returns glory to him by praise and adoration. Thus glory is not only a totality-character of God but something which the creature returns to the Creator”.
April 18, 2014
“We believe that the Baptists are the original Christians. We did not commence our existence at the reformation, we were reformers before Luther or Calvin were born; we never came from the Church of Rome, for we were never in it, but we have an unbroken line up to the apostles themselves. We have always existed from the very days of Christ, and our principles, sometimes veiled and forgotten, like a river which may travel underground for a little season, have always had honest and holy adherents. Persecuted alike by Romanists and Protestants of almost every sect, yet there has never existed a Government holding Baptist principles which persecuted others; nor I believe any body of Baptists ever held it to be right to put the consciences of others under the control of man. We have ever been ready to suffer, as our martyrologies will prove, but we are not ready to accept any help from the State, to prostitute the purity of the Bride of Christ to any alliance with the government, and we will never make the Church, although the Queen, the despot over the consciences of men.”
Rev. Charles Spurgeon (From The New Park Street Pulpit, Vol. VII, Page 225).
April 16, 2014
An excellent essay on the covenants
“Two Testaments – Two Covenants” by F. F. Bruce:
April 14, 2014
A new Ebook by B. B. Warfield summarizing the essentials of Reformed theology. Warfield was the professor of theology at Princeton Seminary from 1887 to 1921:
A Brief and Untechnical Statement of the Reformed Faith
By Benjamin B. Warfield
April 12, 2014
The Five Solas by Dr. Gregg Strawbridge
(This document was originally written for the 1993 Reformation Celebration at Audubon Drive Bible Church in Laurel, MS, as part of a worship service. Source: http://www.fivesolas.com/5solas.htm.)
Sola Scriptura: The Scripture Alone is the Standard
The doctrine that the Bible alone is the ultimate authority was the “Formal Principle” of the Reformation. In 1521 at the historic interrogation of Luther at the Diet of Worms, he declared his conscience to be captive to the Word of God saying, “Unless I am overcome with testimonies from Scripture or with evident reasons — for I believe neither the Pope nor the Councils, since they have often erred and contradicted one another — I am overcome by the Scripture texts which I have adduced, and my conscience is bound by God’s Word.” Similarly, the Belgic Confession stated, “We believe that [the] holy Scriptures fully contain the will of God, and that whatsoever man ought to believe unto salvation is sufficiently taught therein…Neither may we consider any writings of men, however holy these men may have been, of equal value with those divine Scriptures nor ought we to consider custom or the great multitude, or antiquity, or succession of times and persons, or councils, decrees or statutes, as of equal value with the truth of God… Therefore, we reject with all our hearts whatsoever does not agree with this infallible rule” (VII).
As the Scripture says,
Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Thy law….I will bow down toward Thy holy temple, And give thanks to Thy name for Thy lovingkindness and Thy truth; For Thou hast magnified Thy word according to all Thy name….You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them; and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. (Psalm 119:18; Psalm 138:2; II Tim. 3:14-17)
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April 5, 2014
Six Biblical Truths by Rev. John Piper for download:
Quest for Joy tract.pdf
April 3, 2014
“Ever stand by the good old Calvinistic banner, the banner which Augustine waved of old, and which Paul handed down to us direct from our master Jesus; and hold, believe, and affirm, never swerving from it, that all things in the new creation are of God.”
Charles H. Spurgeon, from the sermon “High Doctrine,” June 3rd, 1860
March 31, 2014
Eschatology by Bruce Ware is a short introduction and discussion of the “last things”.
March 31, 2014
The Inspiration Of Scripture by Lorraine Boettner is a good introduction to the subject:
March 30, 2014
(From Systematic Theology, Chapter 6: The Protestant Rule of Faith, by Dr. Charles Hodge*)
If every man has the right, and is bound to read the Scriptures, and to judge for himself what they teach, he must have certain rules to guide him in the exercise of this privilege and duty. These rules are not arbitrary. They are not imposed by human authority. They have no binding force which does not flow from their own intrinsic truth and propriety. They are few and simple.
1. The words of Scripture are to be taken in their plain historical sense. That is, they must be taken in the sense attached to them in the age and by the people to whom they were addressed. This only assumes that the sacred writers were honest, and meant to be understood.
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March 12, 2014
I do not believe we can preach the gospel.…unless we preach the sovereignty of God in His dispensation of grace; nor unless we exalt the electing, unchangeable, eternal, immutable, conquering love of Jehovah; nor do I think we can preach the gospel unless we base it upon the special and particular redemption of His elect and chosen people that Christ wrought out upon the Cross.
February 25, 2014
This book furnished by CCEL contains 350 pages of selections from Calvins Commentaries on various subjects: The Bible, God, Jesus Christ, Faith, Providence, etc.
February 14, 2014
I updated the PDF file “A Summary Of Christian Doctrine” by Louis Berkhof because of some broken links in the TOC.