Trinity Worksheet #4: The Holy Spirit is God

The following passages prove that the Holy Spirit is God Himself: 1) Acts 5:3-4 ‘But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back some of the price of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it wasContinue reading “Trinity Worksheet #4: The Holy Spirit is God”

Trinity Worksheet #3: Further Passages on the Distinct Nature of each Person of the Trinity

1) The Father is the invisible God John 1:18 ‘No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.’ 2) The Son is God made flesh, the perfect revelation of the Father: John 1:1 ‘In the beginning was the Word, andContinue reading “Trinity Worksheet #3: Further Passages on the Distinct Nature of each Person of the Trinity”

Trinity Worksheet #2: Shared Attributes between the Father, Son, and Spirit

If the Son and Spirit are God, they must exhibit the same divine attributes as the Father. The most important shared attribute is that of ‘divinity.’ The facts that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are both fully God are two of the most attacked teachings in the history of Christianity. Here are some clear textsContinue reading “Trinity Worksheet #2: Shared Attributes between the Father, Son, and Spirit”

Trinity Worksheet #1: Three in One, One in Three

Though the word ‘Trinity’ is not found in the Bible, the concept behind it is deeply biblical. This concept is based on three basic, clear biblical facts. They are these: 1) God is one 2) There are three Persons in this One God, who are unified in essence and all equally divine 3) Each PersonContinue reading “Trinity Worksheet #1: Three in One, One in Three”

Apostasy, Church Discipline, Discernment

(Collected Scriptures) How do we read this? 1 John 5:16-17 “If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that. All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sinContinue reading “Apostasy, Church Discipline, Discernment”

The Promise of God, according to the Reformed Confessions of Faith

Scots Confession, Chapter 4 Of the Revelation of the Promise. For this we constantly believe: that God, after the fearful and horrible defection of man from his obedience, did seek Adam again, call upon him (Gen. 3:9), rebuke his sin, convict him of the same, and in the end made unto him a most joyfulContinue reading “The Promise of God, according to the Reformed Confessions of Faith”

John Knox on Pleading Your Own Righteousness

Selections from “A Declaration of the True Nature and Object of Prayer” in The Works of John Knox, III.87–88, lightly modernized by Sam Caldwell What Fasting and Alms Deeds are with Prayer And albeit to fervent prayer be joined fasting, watching, and alms-deeds, yet are none of them the cause that God does accept ourContinue reading “John Knox on Pleading Your Own Righteousness”

King Jesus, Chapter 4: God’s Sovereignty over Sin

Now we must consider the question of God’s sovereignty over sin. God’s relationship to sin and evil is a very, very delicate subject, as we should never say anything that impugns God’s perfect goodness. We may summarize this doctrine as follows: we discern from the Scriptures that God is entirely in control of any andContinue reading “King Jesus, Chapter 4: God’s Sovereignty over Sin”

King Jesus, Chapter 3: God’s sovereignty over everything, period

God’s general sovereignty: God is in control of absolutely everything at all times When we come to discuss God’s general sovereignty, we find much less agreement than when we discuss His sovereignty in salvation, and this is true even among reformed believers. The doctrine of God’s “general sovereignty” addresses the fact that God is inContinue reading “King Jesus, Chapter 3: God’s sovereignty over everything, period”

King Jesus, Chapter 2: God’s Sovereignty in Saving Souls

Three spheres of God’s sovereignty It is helpful to look at God’s sovereignty in three different spheres of activity, all the while keeping in mind that these spheres of activity are all intimately related. 1) One is the question of God’s sovereignty in salvation, or His “soteriological sovereignty.” All biblical, reformed Christians should be inContinue reading “King Jesus, Chapter 2: God’s Sovereignty in Saving Souls”