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What Was Jesus Praying in the Garden?

When I was a young Christian, I used to struggle with how to understand our Lord's prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane where he prayed, "Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” A number of years ago I came across two ways that help us understand why our Lord Jesus prayed what He prayed. One of the explanati...

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How God Even Works Sin Together for the Believer's Good

The Apostle Paul's statement in Romans 8:28 is one of the most cherished verses in all of Scripture. "All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." The context demands that we understand the words to be referring to the suffering of believers in the period of groaning and turmoil as we await the full reali...

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The Justification of the Good Works of the Justified

One of the most important theological subjects is that which deals with how we are to view good works in the life a believer. The Apostle Paul, everywhere, explains that good works do not, in any sense, play into our justification (i.e. our right standing) before God (Rom. 4:1-8; Eph. 2:8-9; Phil. 3:7-9; and Titus 3:4-7). However, the Scripture also speaks of believers h...

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Dangers of Theological Controversy

Debate in theological matters is necessary in a fallen world. God commands believers to "contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints" (Jude 3). We are to be zealous for the defense and propagation of the whole counsel of God for His own glory and the building up of His people. Ministers and local church members, in many Reformed churches, take vows to "stu...

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The End in the Beginning: A Biblical-Theological Catechism (Genesis)

In December 2013, Kerux published James Dennison's very useful biblical-theological catechism of the theology of Genesis in their journal. In it, Dennison teaches us, in 100 Q A's, how to read the Genesis  narrative eschatologically in  light of the full redemptive revelation of Christ. You can find a PDF of the journal here, or read the catechism below: Q. 1. What d...

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The True and Greater Sweet-Psalmist of Israel

Almost every page of Frederick Krummacher's The Suffering Savior is dripping with profound meditations about the events of the final days of our Lord Jesus leading to His death on the cross. It is one of those rare works that you can read repeatedly and continue to glean theological riches that you somehow missed when you read it before. As I've started reading throu...

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Jesus: The Wisdom of God

In his Unpublished Essay on the Trinity Jonathan Edwards gives one of the strongest arguments for the idea that Christ is the very "wisdom of God." He wrote: But that the Son of God is God's own eternal and perfect idea is a thing we have yet much more expressly revealed in God's Word. First, in that Christ is called "the wisdom of God." If we are taught in the Scripture...

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