Monday, November 26, 2012

In the INN: "The Gospel According to Isaiah, Part 2"

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The Gospel According to Isaiah, Part 2

With Genesis 1-3, there is the widest end of the funnel: the whole human race is represented in Adam. Then after the fall, God issues his promise of the Savior of the world, but the church formed by this gospel promise is a small remnant: the line of Seth, rather than the line of Cain. Later, God calls Abram and promises him that he will be the father of many nations and in his seed all the families of the earth will be blessed, and as Paul points out he said one seed, Jesus Christ. So although the promised future blessing is worldwide, the carriers of the promise—the covenant community—is constantly being pruned to a remnant.

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Prophecy & The Gospel (Begins on page 5 of PDF)
J. Gresham Machen

The Glory of the Coming Lord
Edmond Clowney

Preaching Christ from All the Scriptures
Dennis Johnson


The term, a German word, literally meaning "salvation-history", was coined in the eighteenth century and used in the nineteenth century by certain theologians who rejected Schleiermacher's attempt to rest theology upon religious feeling and emphasized the primacy of the biblical historical revelation. One way that this term is used today is to insist that the total history of revelation and salvation is connected with real events in actual history, of which Christ is both the center and the culmination. From all the variety of the New Testament elements there emerges one picture of the Christ-event from pre-existence to parousia. This view does not make the Christian religion dependent upon the vicissitudes of historical research; it is faith in Christ which makes sense of the witness of the biblical records, and faith is essential to the right understanding of their historical content. The stress is upon the acts of God in history.

(Adapted from A Dictionary of Christian Theology, s.v. "Heilsgeschichte")

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Monday, October 29, 2012

White Horse Inn: In the INN: "What Does it Mean to be Protestant?"

In the INN: "What Does it Mean to be Protestant?"

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What Does it Mean to be Protestant?

Over the course of this mini-series on recovering the lost tools of discipleship, we've focused on the skills and practices that are required for growing up into Christ. But discipleship isn't just any school with just any curriculum. Paul lamented in Romans 10 that his brethren according to the flesh had zeal without knowledge. Yet it was their ignorance of something in particular that was keeping them from the kingdom of God: namely, the truth of the gospel. "For seeking to establish their own righteousness," he said "they did not submit to the righteousness of God that comes through faith in Christ."

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Conversations for a Modern Reformation
Michael Horton

The Crisis of Evangelical Christianity
Michael Horton

The Distinction between Law & Gospel
Michael Horton

The Reformation

In modern historiography the term Reformation is customarily applied to a series of religious protests and reforms that swept Europe during the sixteenth century. To speak of the Reformation, then, is not to speak of a single, coherent movement with a single leader and a unified program. At the same time, the term encompasses more than a disparate collection of movements unrelated to one another and sharing few or no common characteristics. Collectively, these parallel movements sought to reform the Western church in ways that went well beyond previous reform movements within Western Christendom in both degree and kind. Using scripture as their primary authority and the early church as a model ... these movements rejected the authority of the papacy and, to varying degrees, much of traditional belief and practice that had grown up within Medieval Catholicism. They also attempted to reestablish the church ... in accord with their often varying understandings of scripture and early Christianity.

(Adapted from The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation, s.v. "Reformation")

"If anything of virtue, the Christian life, progress, discipleship-if any of that sneaks over into the column 'justification' all is lost."
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"The paradox is that if Christ is the final word, peoples' hearts fill with joy and gratitude and they suddenly desire to obey the law and begin obeying the commandments."
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Monday, April 30, 2012

WEEK OF APRIL 29, 2012
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Scandalous Grace
"Amazing Grace," it's one of the most familiar songs to everybody growing up in certainly the United States-it's part of our folk culture and people talk about grace. It's not like we don't hear that word thrown around a lot, but grace seems to be taken for granted where people don't really understand what that grace saves them from. So that's the backdrop we are going to be taking a look at in this program: looking at Paul's argument in Romans 3.

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Here Comes the Judge
Michael Horton

God is Just
Todd Wilken

Does Justification Still Matter?
Michael Horton

The Grace and Mercy of God

The Grace of God
In the specific language of Scripture the grace of God is the unmerited love of God toward those who have forfeited it, and are by nature under a judgment of condemnation. It is the source of all the spiritual blessings that are bestowed upon unworthy sinners (Ephesians 1:6-7; 2:7-9; Titus 2:11; 3:4-7).

The Mercy of God
Another aspect of the love of God is his mercy or tender compassion. It is the love of God toward those who are in misery or distress, irrespective of their desires. It contemplates man as one who is bearing the consequences of sin, and is therefore in a pitiable condition. it is exercised only in harmony with the strictest justice of God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ.

(From Louis Berkhof's Manual of Christian Doctrine, p. 67)

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"If we have a superficial view of sin—that is, just 'sins'—the logical connection is to a cross with a life-coach on it."
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"I've even critiqued the concept of God being 'the God of second chances.' No he's not! He is the God of second life... he is the God of second Adams."
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Monday, March 12, 2012

White Horse Inn Play List - This Week: True and False Piety

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True & False Piety

In Matthew 6, Jesus warns his followers about various forms of "showy" righteousness: "Beware of practicing your righteousness before others in order to be seen by them." Elsewhere, Jesus criticized the Pharisees for similar reasons, saying that outwardly they were like beautiful decorated tombs, yet inwardly were full of dead bones (Matt. 23:27). On this program, the hosts discuss this section of the Sermon on the Mount and evaluate some of the ways in which contemporary Christians are guilty of breaking this command.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Excellent Series on White Horse Inn - Sermon On The Mount

  • The Beatitudes

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    In the beginning of his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus pronounces a blessing on his disciples saying, "Blessed are the poor in spirit," "blessed are the meek," "blessed are the pure in heart," and so forth. But what does it mean to be meek or pure in heart, and how does one qualify for this kind of blessing? If only the pure in heart are blessed, how can any of us be saved? On this program, the hosts will address these questions as they conclude their discussion of the Beatitudes in their new series on the Sermon on the Mount.

  • The Sermon on the Mount

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    The Sermon on the Mount is one of the most beloved and yet often misunderstood passages of the entire Bible. Many think of it as a blueprint for the gradual improvement of the human race through pacifism, love, and generosity. But is Jesus talking to the world in general or to his disciples in particular? Is this sermon exclusively about ethics or does it also include the gospel? How should we interpret the Sermon on the Mount? That's what's on tap for this edition of the White Horse Inn.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Gospel - Imputed Righteousness - Does it Really Matter?

This is the part we often forget about and it is understandable that it does get set aside because we want of a list of things to do. Besides we love the Law. And the law comes to us naturally and it is ingrained within our hearts.
Imputed Righteousness just means that we are treated as if we lived the life of Christ. We are treated as if we fulfilled all righteousness when it is really Jesus life and right standing or righteousness is credited to us.
So, there is absolutely nothing for us to boast or claim as credit to our account.
We often in our day think of Jesus being born in December and then going to the cross in April.
So when do we talk about His life? We talk about His teachings and His reaching out but we often miss Him doing the will of His Father in our place. Even in the Old Testament we see that ultimately it will take the righteous life of a savior to fill the requirements of the sacrifice and the requirements of the law. The satisfaction of God's Holiness and His Holy and Just law.
2 Corinthians 5:11-21

2 Corinthians 5

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The Ministry of Reconciliation
11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. 12 We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart. 13 If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin[b] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Jesus is treated as if He lived our life and is punished accordingly and we are treated as if we lived Jesus Life. God sent His Son as the perfect life and sacrifice to satisfy all that the law requires. And in Jesus the Gospel or Good News is that all that the law requires is satisfied in the Person and Works of Jesus Christ.
The Gospel or Good News is something that has already happened and that's why it is News. It happened in the past. So we cant live the Gospel or the Good News because it isn't about us it is about the Person Jesus Christ and it is about His works. The things He has done for us.
And on the Cross Jesus Himself says: "It is finished"

Greace = Grace and Peace
Chris Allen
Coram Deo!!!