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The 6 Ingredients of Jesus' Bitter Cup

When we think of the cup that was placed before Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, we tend to think of it merely in terms of the wrath of God--since that is what the cup most clearly symbolizes in the writings of the OT prophets. While we would never dare reduce it to something less than this, there is certainly more intended by the sight of the cross. When Jesus looked ...

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The Christology of Genesis 3:15

In similar fashion to that of Stuart Robinson, Geerhardus Vos, explained the meaning of Genesis 3:15 in redemptive-history--tracing the various parts of the promise in order to show the Christological nature of it--when he wrote: 40. Where is the covenant of grace first revealed? In the mother promise, Gen 3:15, “I will put enmity between you and this woman, and between...

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The Theological Significance of the Eighth Day

In recent decades, the "eighth day" has been taken up by American pop-culture as something of a rhetorical literary device. When I was in high school there was a somewhat annoyingly catchy song about God making sweat tea on the eighth day. Then there was the Superbowl commercial about how God supposedly made farmers on the eighth day. While these attempts to employ the ...

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The Righteous One of Psalm One

In recent years there has been pushback on the idea that every Psalm is Messianic. Perhaps it is born out of a failure to understand the typological nature of the Old Testament saints and their experiences (e.g. that of David), or perhaps it is for fear of undermining the experiential value of the Psalms or the call to holiness for believers contained in them under an a...

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The Covenant of Works, the Law and the Mosaic Covenant

With so much confusion floating around at present about the precise relationship between the Covenant of Works, the Law and the Mosaic Covenant, I thought that it might be helpful to set out what Geerhardus Vos wrote about some of the related issues in his Reformed Dogmatics and in Grace and Glory. In his section in Reformed Dogmatics on "The Covenant of Grace," Vos g...

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10 Must-Read Pre-Reformation Works

If there is one area in which  young Reformed men preparing for seminary have generally failed to give adequate attention it is to the writings of the period from the Apostles to the Reformation. There are obvious reasons for this. For one, we live on this side of the Reformation where so much theological refinement has occurred. Many newer converts who have just begun to...

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Mansions in Glory?

If you were really into Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous in the 80's, or like to get your theology from Elvis Presley, then you've probably joyfully engaged conversation with other Christians over the mansion that Jesus has waiting for you in glory. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufaRsFKy6kI Actually, it's not so much Elvis' fault as it is the fault of the translat...

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7 Characteristics of Spiritually Beneficial Friendships

Since the earliest days of my Christian experience, I've had the privilege of forming friendships with brothers and fathers who are wiser, more mature, more spiritually minded, more experienced, more humble and more loving than myself. The benefits that have accrued from the seemingly innumerable conversations that I've had with such brothers and fathers in the faith is ...

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