A Better Vine
June 15, 2019 by Nicholas Batzig
Of the Gospels, none is as full of Old Testament typology as the Gospel of John. The apostle John had a keen interest in the types, shadows, symbols, metaphors, and elusive allusions the Savior employed during his earthly ministry in order to set forth his own divine glory (John 1:14). Most of the types in the Fourth Gospel are rooted in Israel’s exodus and wilderness experience. Whether it was the incarnation of the Son of God typified in the tabernacle in the wilderness (John 1:14), Jesus’ miracle of turning water to wine (John 2:1–11) in Moses’ miracle of turning water to blood (Exod. 7:14–24), Jesus’ death on the cross in the serpent on the pole (Num. 21:4–9), his miraculous multiplication of the bread (John 6:22–59) in the manna from heaven (Exod. 16), his offer of living water (John 7:37–44) in the water from the rock (Exod. 17:1–7), his self-identification as the light of the world in the lampstand in the temple, or his sacrificial death in the Passover lamb (John 1:26; 19:36)—Jesus came as the true Israel of God to fulfill all that old covenant Israel merely typified.
In John 15:1, Jesus spoke his seventh and final “I Am” (εγω ειμι): a self-identification of all that he is and all that he came to do as the true Israel of God. In saying “I am the true vine” (John 15:1), Christ drew from Old Testament language concerning the old covenant people of God. D. A. Carson writes,
In the Old Testament the vine is a common symbol for Israel, the covenant people of God (Ps. 80:9–16; Is. 5:1–7; 27:2ff.; Je. 2:21; 12:10ff.; Ezk. 15:1–8; 17:1–21; 19:10–14; Ho. 10:1–2). . . . Jesus claims, “I am the true vine”, i.e. the one to whom Israel pointed, the one that brings forth good fruit. Jesus has already, in principle, superseded the temple, the Jewish feasts, Moses, various holy sites; here he supersedes Israel as the very locus of the people of God.1
The Old Testament represents Israel’s unique role in redemptive history under the figure of the vine and the vineyard. God had redeemed his people from their bondage in Egypt in order to make them a new creation in the Promised Land—a second Adam to reestablish the garden-temple throughout the earth. In Psalm 80:8-11, we read,
You brought a vine out of Egypt;
you drove out the nations and planted it.
You cleared the ground for it;
it took deep root and filled the land.
The mountains were covered with its shade,
the mighty cedars with its branches.
It sent out its branches to the sea
and its shoots to the River.
Isaiah also prophesied (5:1-2) about Israel under the figure of the vine, when he said,
Let me sing for my beloved
my love song concerning his vineyard:
My beloved had a vineyard
on a very fertile hill.
He dug it and cleared it of stones,
and planted it with choice vines.
Likewise, Hosea (10:1) declared,
Israel is a luxuriant vine that yields its fruit.
The imagery of the vine carries with it the idea of spiritual fruitfulness. God’s revealed will for old covenant Israel was that they would be a fruit-bearing people in the barren wilderness of this fallen world. Just as the Promised Land was a “land flowing with milk and honey” (a clear echo of Eden), so the old covenant people were to be a fruitful vineyard on the earth—a restoration of what was lost in the garden. God was restoring what was once lost and ruined by the Fall. One of the ways that God intended to draw the minds of his people back to the Garden of Eden, Adam, and his mission, was through the use of old covenant allusions to the vine and the vineyard.
When God created the world, he placed Adam, his son (Luke 3:38), in a garden-temple. God told Adam and Eve to “be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and subdue it” (Gen. 1:28). The Lord gave our first parents the commission to bring forth an image-bearing, God-worshiping people who would cover the earth. As the representative, covenantal head of all humanity, Adam was “the vine” that was supposed to bring forth the fruit of holy, righteous image-bearers. Adam was to cultivate the garden, thereby transforming the entire world into a holy garden-temple where God would dwell with Adam, Eve, and their offspring. But Adam failed and forfeited the opportunity to bring forth fruitful offspring when he ate the fruit from the tree from which God had commanded him not to eat.
With the Fall, God frustrated the place of blessing among his image-bearers. Instead of being able to bring forth children with ease, women would now have pain in childbearing. Additionally, instead of bringing forth holy image-bearers, Adam and Eve brought forth descendants in their own fallen image (Gen. 5:3). Instead of cultivating the ground with ease, man would work by the sweat of his brow. Thorns covered the place of bounty and provision. Instead of being a life-giving vine to his descendants, Adam became a cursed vine bringing rebellion and death. The various pronouncements of the curse that God placed on man and woman indicate that Adam and Eve could no longer fulfill the commission God originally gave to them in the garden. Someone else must do it.
Immediately after the pronouncement of curses, God graciously promised to provide a seed from the woman—a son who would conquer the evil one and fulfill the creation mandate (Ps. 8; Heb. 2:5–11). This promise is traced out throughout the entire Old Testament. The seed promise runs through the totality of the Scripture—from Adam to Noah, from Noah to Abraham, from Abraham to David, and from David to the fulfillment of the covenant promises in that coming seed, Jesus Christ.
In the progress of redemptive history, God called Abraham’s descendants to himself and gave them the same commission he had given to Adam. Just as God had placed his son (that is, Adam) in Eden, so he placed his typical son (Exod. 4:22), Israel, in the Promised Land. Israel was to be a light to the nations by being a spiritually fruitful people on the earth. But, just as Adam had failed by his disobedience, the history of Israel is also a long sad story with their repeated disobedience and failure to accomplish the divine commission.
The Son of God, the last Adam and true Israel, the true vine, has come in order to fulfill that in which Adam and Israel both failed—a fruitfulness not by the law but by the Spirit; a growth and expansion, not through birth but by through rebirth; a growth through the grafting in of a people from every tribe, tongue, and nation.2
Jesus declared that he had come into the world to be God’s fruitful and fruit-enabling true vine—the last Adam and true Israel. Unlike Adam and Israel, he obeyed perfectly and fulfilled the mandate God had originally given to Adam in the garden (Ps. 8; Heb. 2:11). Jesus is everything that Adam and Israel should have been. By himself, Jesus accomplishes all that the protological (Adam) and typological (Israel) vines failed to accomplish.
In his death on the cross, Jesus drank the bitter cup of God’s wrath—wrath we deserved because of the bitter wine of our sin. The “sour wine,” which those who crucified Jesus gave him to drink when he hung on the cross, serves as a symbol of this truth (John 19:29–30). We can also observe this symbolism in Jesus’ consecration of wine in the Lord’s Supper. The Savior intentionally chose the “fruit of the vine” to signify his blood and the benefits it would bring. Just as there is a bitterness and a sweetness to fermented wine, so it serves as a sensible sign and seal of the bitterness and blessing that flows from the work on the cross of the Savior.
In the Old Testament prophets, the Lord signified the blessings of the new covenant through the figure of wine. Through Amos, he said, “The mountains shall drip sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it; I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel, and they shall rebuild the ruined cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink their wine” (Amos 9:13–14). Through the prophet Hosea, the Lord said, “They shall return and dwell beneath My shadow; they shall flourish like the grain; they shall blossom like the vine; their fame shall be like the wine of Lebanon” (Hos. 14:7).
At the beginning of his public ministry, Jesus performed his first miracle at the wedding in Cana of Galilee. By turning water into wine, Jesus showed himself to be the new creation and the joy-producing redeemer. He had come into the world to transform what was old and useless into that which is new and fruitful. As D. A. Carson explains:
The sheer quantity of water turned into wine . . . becomes symbolic of the lavish provision of the new age. . . . [T]he time for ceremonial purification is completely fulfilled. . . . John’s point is simply that the wine Jesus provides is unqualifiedly superior, as must everything be that is tied to the new, messianic age Jesus is introducing.3
Significantly, the “true vine” discourse is positioned directly in the middle of John’s record of Jesus’ parting words to his disciples in the Upper Room (John 13–17). In his teaching and prayer here, Jesus told his disciples that he would impart to them his love, joy, and peace. In Galatians 5:22, the apostle Paul places these three graces at the top of his catalogue of “the fruit of the Spirit.” Jesus is the fruitful vine, full of true love (John 15:9), true joy (John 15:11), and true peace (14:27; 16:33). Through union with him, by the working of the Holy Spirit, believers become the recipients of his love, his joy, and his peace—together with the other fruits of righteousness (Rom. 15; Gal. 5:22). When Jesus says, therefore, in John 15:5 “Abide in me and you will bear much fruit,” he is speaking about the fruitfulness of true holiness born in the lives of those he came to redeem. By the sovereign working of the Holy Spirit, Jesus unites to himself a people who will be fruit-bearing branches, spreading across the face of the earth in order to bring glory to God. In union with Christ, we become God’s fruit-bearing people—a fruitful dwelling place of God in the Spirit (Eph. 2:22). Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).
This truth is magnified by the fact that Jesus is not just the true vine for old covenant Israel; Jesus is the life-giving vine for believing Jews and Gentiles. The great promise that God made to Abraham—that he would be the “father of many nations”—is fulfilled in the expansion of the kingdom of God through the spreading and engrafting of branches from every tongue, tribe, people, and nation. Jesus came to be the Savior of both Jew and Gentile. Unbelieving Israelites were cut off, and believing Jews and Gentiles are grafted into this vine by God’s redeeming grace (Rom. 11).
On our own, like old covenant Israel, we will only ever bring forth wild grapes and spiritual thorns of sin and rebellion. When we are united to Christ by faith and abide in him, however, we are guaranteed to bear much fruit. It is all by the electing love and grace of God. Jesus says, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide” (John 15:16). This is the confident assurance given to everyone who lives in a vital, saving union with the true vine.R
- D. A. Carson, The Gospel According to John, The Pillar New Testament Commentary (repr., Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1990), 513.
- I am indebted to Nancy Guthrie for sharing this thoughtful insight with me.
- Carson, 174–75
This post originally appeared in May/June Modern Reformation VOL 28; ISSUE 3 under the title, "I am the True Vine." It is used here with permission. The cover art by Peter Voth is taken from the same edition.
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September 4, 201410 Must-Read Pre-Reformation Works
September 3, 2014Mansions in Glory?
September 1, 20147 Characteristics of Spiritually Beneficial Friendships
August 29, 2014The Sin-Bearing, Curse-Removing True Israel
August 12, 2014Preach the Gospel to Yourself?
August 7, 2014Time for a Spirit Check
August 5, 2014The Sin-Bearing, Curse-Removing Second Adam (Part 1)
August 4, 2014Mini Sermons For the Soul to Sing
July 26, 2014Spurgeon on Expositional Reading and Teaching in the Worship Service?
July 21, 2014The Dangers and Duty of Confessing Sin to One Another
July 8, 2014It All Leads Straight to the Cross
July 5, 2014Geerhardus Vos on Supra- and Infra- Lapsarianism
July 4, 2014Jesus: The Breath of Life
July 4, 2014A Biblical Theology of Burial
July 3, 2014A Biblical Theology of Burial
June 28, 2014In Plenty and/or Want...
June 26, 2014Are Some Parts of Scripture Greater Than Others?
June 17, 2014Geerhardus Vos on the Mosaic Covenant and the Covenant of Grace
June 14, 2014Geerhardus Vos on Sides, Administrations and Conditionality in the Covenant of Grace
June 13, 2014Lord, Should I Forgive My Brother This One Time?
June 3, 2014Ezra and Nehemiah: Types of Christ
May 30, 2014What Was Jesus Praying in the Garden?
May 24, 2014How God Even Works Sin Together for the Believer's Good
May 24, 2014The Justification of the Good Works of the Justified
May 21, 2014Dangers of Theological Controversy
May 14, 2014The End in the Beginning: A Biblical-Theological Catechism (Genesis)
May 13, 2014A Tale of Two Trees
May 9, 2014The True and Greater Sweet-Psalmist of Israel
May 8, 2014Jesus: The Wisdom of God
April 30, 2014The Death of Jesus, An Act of Worship
April 27, 2014Dr. John H. Skilton's Funeral Sermon For Rena VanTil--Wife of Cornelius VanTil
April 21, 2014The Person, Work and Reward of the Redeemer
April 6, 2014John Piper’s 10 Reasons Why Romans 7:14-25 Is About The Christian’s Experience
March 29, 2014How Jesus Read the Old Testament (Part 2)
March 26, 2014The Third Use of the Law and the Finished Work of Christ
March 21, 2014The Greatest Explanation Of What Happens In Conversion
March 18, 2014How Did Jesus Read the Old Testament (Part 1)
March 18, 2014How Did Jesus Read the Old Testament?
March 18, 2014The Christward Collective
March 12, 2014Jonathan Edwards Christology of the Song of Songs
February 20, 2014The Most Important Overlooked Doctrine (Part 2)
February 20, 2014The Most Important Overlooked Doctrine (Part 2)
February 18, 2014Jonathan Edwards on David as a Type of Christ
February 11, 2014The Most Important Overlooked Doctrine?
February 10, 2014The Most Important Overlooked Doctrine (Part 1)
February 5, 2014Pitfalls of Parachurch
January 29, 2014Geerhardus Vos on the Covenant of Works
January 22, 2014Reading and Preaching the Text in Context
January 14, 2014Death and Resurrection: The Key to the Old Testament
January 8, 2014A Biblical Theology of the Good Shepherd
December 30, 2013The Silence of Jesus in Judgment
December 27, 2013Lloyd-Jones on The Gospel and the Charge of Antinomianism
December 26, 2013A God-Determined Progress to a God-Determined End
December 25, 2013Ray Ortlund's Isaiah Sermon Series
December 21, 2013Learning to be a Grateful Critic
December 16, 2013Vos on the Historicity and Interpretation of Genesis 1 and 2
December 4, 2013John Calvin on the Great Exchange
November 22, 2013The Theological Greatness of Jonathan Edwards
November 18, 20136 Subtle Ways to Hold on to Self-Righteousness
November 16, 2013Paul, the Law and Eschatological Justification: Three Views of Romans 2:13
November 7, 2013Does God the Father Love You Because of Jesus?
November 3, 2013The Anatomy of Saving Faith
November 2, 2013A Crisis In the Divine Government
October 31, 2013Individual Personalities and the Gospel
October 23, 2013The Strongest Evidence for the Deity of the Son
October 18, 2013Make It Your Own!
October 15, 2013The Parable of the Three Sons
October 15, 20139 Traces of the Doctrine of the Trinity in the Old Testament
October 13, 201320 Things Jesus Does As The Great Shepherd
October 9, 2013Four Things To Keep In Mind For Your "Last Sermon"
October 1, 2013What Would Jesus Drink?
September 28, 2013The Grace of Remembering
September 16, 2013Stuart Robinson's 8 Point Interpretation of Genesis 3:15
August 31, 2013Suffering, Chastisement and the Fatherly Love of God
August 21, 2013Baptism in the Reformed Tradition (Resources)
August 20, 2013A Biblical Theology of Darkness and Light
August 16, 2013A Faith That Triumphs And Suffers
August 14, 2013We See Jesus: New Testament Use of the Old in Hebrews 1:4
August 13, 2013The Apostolic "We" Passages
August 6, 2013A Biblical Theology of Exile/Restoration in the OT Prophets
August 5, 2013C.S. Lewis on the Right of Private Judgment
August 5, 2013No Greeting From the Holy Spirit?
July 26, 2013Because There Was No Sun...
July 24, 2013Old Testament Personal Types and Shadows of Christ
July 16, 2013A Bad Court In Which To Be Tried
July 9, 2013The Wisdom of the Son (Law and Gospel in the Proverbs)
July 8, 2013The Emmaus Sessions: Christ and Redemptive History
July 2, 2013Tolerance that Parodies Love
July 2, 2013C.S. Lewis on Beauty and Idolatry
July 1, 2013John's Use of the Song of Songs in the Book of Revelation
June 29, 2013Book of Hebrews Resources
June 28, 2013Jonathan Edwards on Christ and the Song of Songs
June 16, 2013Sinclair Ferguson, William Still and Eric Alexander Crieff Fellowship Lectures (1979-2007)
June 10, 2013Jesus on the Inerrancy and infallibility of Scripture
June 7, 20135 Reasons to Join (or Not Join) a Church Plant
May 22, 2013The Songs of the Son (Seeing Christ in the Psalms)
May 16, 2013No More Consciousness of Sin?
May 12, 2013A Pastor's Love for Christ
May 8, 2013Why We Fear Grace
May 4, 2013Why Was Christ Veiled in the Law?
May 1, 2013Proud vs. Broken People
April 26, 2013When God Swears to God
April 8, 2013Taking Up the Hammer and the Nails (A Theology of Apostasy)
April 2, 2013On Getting As Little Truth As Possible
March 22, 2013Jesus' Compassion for Sinners
March 7, 2013The Difference Between a Prophet and a Priest
February 17, 2013The Holy Spirit Says...
February 16, 2013John Newton's Olney Hymn of Gospel Types
February 12, 2013The Importance of Time Management
February 9, 2013Jesus and the General and Special Revelation of God
February 9, 2013Sinclair Ferguson Sermon Series Collective
February 8, 2013Warfield, Biblical Doctrines and Confessionalism
February 1, 2013"Textual, Expository, Redemptive-Historical, Applicatory" Preaching?
January 31, 2013The God Who Loves Finished Work
January 28, 2013Jesus and the World to Come
January 22, 2013East of Eden (Episode 12): Jesus Christ, the Same Yesterday, Today and Forever
January 19, 2013Top 10 (or 11) Volumes on the Suffering and Glory of Christ
January 16, 2013Eric Alexander Sermons
January 15, 2013Edwards on Intellectual vs. Spiritual Understanding
January 12, 2013John Owen on the Apostles' Christological Interpretation of Psalm 2
January 6, 2013"We See Jesus" Sermon Series
January 3, 2013Symbols of Christ in the Wilderness
December 29, 2012The Parable of Three Lost Sons
December 16, 2012The Glory of Man at Creation and in Redemption
December 15, 2012Jesus: The Omega of the Old Testament
December 6, 20127 Years of the 9Marks Journal
November 16, 2012The Aroma of Christ
November 14, 2012East of Eden: The Biblical and Systematic Theology of Jonathan Edwards
October 27, 2012The "Signs" of Tongues and Prophecy in 1 Cor. 14:20-25
October 26, 2012A Divinely Inspired Anachronism of Eschatological Hope (or 'How God Enabled Abraham to Long for Heav
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October 25, 2012When Christ Orchestrates a Prison Break
October 23, 2012Jesus Runs the Church
October 23, 2012Christ and the Tent in the Wilderness
October 20, 2012Jonathan Edwards on Righteous and Sinful Anger
October 18, 2012The Man Behind Monergism
October 17, 2012The Clean for the Unclean
October 15, 2012The Christology of Deut. 30:11-14
October 10, 2012East of Eden (Episode 7) - Christian Knowledge
October 10, 2012Christ's Gifts of the Spirit
October 8, 2012"Precious" New Puritan Press
September 25, 2012On Headship, Hats, Hair and Historical Context
September 22, 2012Sinclair Ferguson on the New Perspective
September 22, 2012The Emmaus Sessions: The Mosaic Covenant and Christ (Part 2)
September 18, 2012East of Eden (Episode 4): Dr. Ken Minkema & the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale
September 18, 2012Sinclair Ferguson on Preaching Poetry
September 12, 2012The Emmaus Sessions: The Mosaic Covenant and Christ (Part 1)
September 11, 2012Jonathan Edwards on the Typology of the Showbread and Lampstand in the Temple
September 11, 2012Samuel Miller Publications Online
September 11, 2012East of Eden (Episode 3): The Most High, A Prayer Hearing God
September 5, 2012How Redemptive History and Example Meet in the Book of Hebrews
September 4, 2012East of Eden: God Glorified in Man's Dependence (Episode 2)
August 28, 2012East of Eden: The Biblical and Systematic Theology of Jonathan Edwards (Episode 1)
August 11, 2012The Theological Driver's Seat and a M16
August 11, 2012Sinclair Ferguson Sermons from His Scotland Days
August 8, 2012Archibald Alexander Publications Online
August 7, 2012Vos on the Typical Role of Moses and the Exodus (Part 1)
July 31, 2012John Gerstner Lectures
July 28, 2012On the Sabbath, Ceremonial Sabbaths, the Lord's Day and the Day of the LORD
July 21, 2012Christ: The End of the Law for Justification and Sanctification
July 13, 2012Jonathan Edwards' Seven Steps for Growth in Divine Knowledge
July 10, 2012Christological Principles of Typology
July 9, 2012The Emmaus Sessions: Christ and Redemptive History
June 28, 2012Adolphe Monod on Jesus, the Mystery of Godliness
June 28, 2012The "Not I, but the Lord...I say, Not the Lord" Sayings of Paul
June 26, 2012Jonathan Edwards on Self-Righteousness in Believers
June 16, 2012The Emmaus Sessions: The Abrahamic Covenant and Christ
June 1, 2012Christ Crucified: the Center of Gravity in Preaching
May 29, 2012William Still Sermons
May 28, 2012Noah, Jesus and Preaching to Spirits
May 28, 2012Teaching One Another In...
May 25, 2012Jesus Christ: Savior or Example?
May 24, 2012The Emmaus Sessions: Adam, Covenant and Christ
May 20, 2012Three Ways the New Testament Writers Quote the Old Testament
May 18, 2012Four Points about the Noahic Covenant and Redemptive History
May 9, 2012"Confessing Our Faith in a Non-Confessing World" Conference (AK)
April 30, 2012Vern Poythress on the Different Approaches to Scripture
April 26, 2012The Emmaus Sessions: A Tale of Two Seeds
April 17, 2012The Emmaus Sessions: The Church as the True Israel
April 14, 2012Spurgeon on the Amusement-Driven Church
April 9, 2012The Sermon on the Mount and the Savior on the Mount
April 3, 2012The Emmaus Sessions - Jesus: True Israel
April 2, 2012The Justification of Imputation
March 17, 2012The Gracious Judgment of Charity
March 3, 2012A Dialogue to Die For
February 27, 2012Feeding on Christ - 2012 Giveaway
February 15, 2012A Biblical Theology of Food and Drink
February 11, 2012Gospel Justice
February 11, 2012"Filling the Shepherd's Fold" Seminar
February 9, 2012A Picture Worth 66 Books
February 4, 2012A Cheap and Easy Way to Support a Church Plant
January 31, 2012How Jesus Confronted and Corrected Others
January 9, 2012Free Martyn Lloyd-Jones Ephesians Sermon Series
January 7, 2012Paradise Restored Series
December 29, 2011"For Unto Us" Sermon Series
December 29, 2011M.I.C. iPhone/iPad Accessories
December 24, 2011The Magi and the Scriptures
December 23, 2011Seeing the Savior in a Poor, Beggar Baby
December 15, 2011Isaiah an OT Paul and Paul a NT Isaiah
December 10, 2011Sinclair Ferguson Christmas Sermons 2005-2012
December 4, 2011Take Heed (December 2011 Tabletalk Article)
December 1, 2011Identifying the Colossian Heresy
November 21, 2011Reading the Gospels in Light of the Gospel
November 19, 2011Sermon Preparation Resources
November 19, 2011Sermon Preparation Resources
November 18, 2011How to Handle Criticism
November 18, 2011Sinclair Ferguson Lectures on Marriage and Parenting
November 17, 2011The Marrow of Modern of Divinity
November 7, 2011The Most Jesus-centered Devotional in Church History!
November 5, 2011The Peril of Wandering (November 2011 Tabletalk Article)
October 29, 2011Preaching Christ in the Proverbs (Video and Audio)
October 28, 2011Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University Resources
October 27, 2011New Keith and Kristyn Getty Christmas Album
October 19, 2011Preaching Christ from the Proverbs (Lecture)
October 16, 2011The Obedience of the Second Adam and True Israel
October 15, 2011A Biblical Theology of Locusts
October 8, 2011The Inner Ring (October 2011 Tabletalk Devotional)
October 6, 2011The Double Crucifixion
September 30, 2011The Dangers of Seeking to Restore
September 28, 2011Sinclair Ferguson 2004-2011 Tabletalk Articles
September 26, 2011Don't Waste Your Grill or Boat
September 26, 2011The Astonishment of Jesus
September 16, 2011Luther and Calvin on Galatians 5:6
September 8, 2011One Thing Leads to Another
September 8, 2011Free Martyn Lloyd-Jones Sermons
September 5, 2011The Secret of Sanctification
August 31, 2011New James M. Boice Daily Devotional
August 31, 2011Second Annual Reformation Worship Conference (Oct. 20-23)
August 26, 2011The World Redeemed From Within
August 20, 2011The Spiritual Decline of Once-Healthy Churches
August 19, 2011The Hardships of Christian Ministry
August 17, 2011Purposes and Preaching of Parables
August 15, 2011Let Him Who Thinks He Stands...
August 13, 2011Holy War: Jesus Style
August 12, 2011PrCRT 2011 Conference - Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals
August 11, 2011The Elemental Principles of World
August 8, 2011Archives
August 7, 2011The Spirit's First Word
August 6, 2011Making Much of God as Father
August 5, 2011Vern Poythress Redeeming Sociology Interview
July 30, 2011Paradise Restored (Video Series)
July 29, 2011Christ is the Wisdom of God
July 28, 2011The Revelation of the Father and the Son
July 26, 2011Jonathan Edwards on the Demand and Curse of the Law
July 22, 2011The Cursed Christ
July 21, 2011Christ, The Savior of Biblical Interpretation?
July 21, 2011Calvin on Legal Righteousness
July 19, 2011Machen on 'Do This and Live'
July 16, 2011Forthcoming Reformed Commentary Series
June 30, 2011R. A. Finlayson on the Sufferings of the Second Adam
June 28, 2011Vern Poythress on Redeeming Sociology
June 24, 2011Propaganda 4 min. Gospel Video
June 24, 2011William Still On Christ Within
June 21, 2011Selected Articles and Posts
June 21, 2011The Deep Things of Christ
June 20, 2011Galatians Sermon Series
June 14, 2011American Presbyterian Father of the Faith: Rev. Samuel Blair
June 13, 2011Isaac Watts' Absurdity of Infidelity
June 12, 2011The Symbolism of the Ark of the Covenant
June 12, 2011A Biblical Theology of Time
June 2, 2011Hymns of the Christian Faith Series
May 31, 2011Church Planting in the Most Dangerous City in the USA
May 26, 2011The Lord our Righteousness
May 23, 2011The Baptizer and the Betrayer in the Old Testament
May 23, 2011Implications of Trusting in Something
May 7, 2011The Converting Light of the Gospel
May 2, 2011The Allurement of Christ
April 29, 2011PCRT 2011 Children of God Conference and Live Webstream
April 23, 2011Eric Alexander on the Cup of Bitterness and Cup of Blessing
April 22, 2011Rejoice in the Murder of Jesus!
April 22, 2011Lloyd-Jones on Preaching and the Use of Media
April 20, 2011Twelve Years of GPTS Conference Audio Online
April 12, 2011Edwards on Spiritual Pride and Self-Righteousness
April 11, 2011Simeon and Levi: Destroying with the Gospel
April 6, 2011Spurgeon on the Church Planting Magnet
April 2, 2011Too Busy for the Son of God
April 2, 2011Darrin Patrick Audio from the Sovereign Grace PLANT Conference
March 28, 2011Derek Thomas Called as Associate Minister of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC.
March 23, 2011Rare Antiquarian Theological Book Sale
March 23, 2011David, Goliath and Representative Warfare
March 21, 2011A Sinless Life
March 8, 2011GPTS Conference Live Webcast
March 8, 2011Mercy Triumphs Through Judgment
March 5, 2011Rowland Ward on the Covenant of Works
March 2, 2011The Blood of Jesus Shed for Angels?
February 24, 2011On Church Membership and Fencing the Lord's Table
February 20, 2011The Idol-Crushing King
February 9, 2011The Resurrection Power of Jesus
February 8, 2011Ligonier Academy Bible College: An Interview with Michael Morales
January 31, 2011Which Systematic Theology is Best?
January 27, 2011The Church: Organism or Organization
January 19, 2011A Life of Blessing and Rest
January 18, 2011The Firstborn, the Levites, Substitution and the Redemption Money
January 13, 2011Highland Theological College Lectures
January 10, 2011Liam Goligher Called to Tenth Presbyterian
January 2, 2011Liam Goligher Candidating at Tenth Presbyterian
December 31, 2010Modern Judaizers?
December 27, 2010The Christ of the Nunc Dimmitis
December 20, 2010The Humiliated and Poverty-Stricken Savior
December 18, 2010Derek Thomas & Ligon Duncan Lectures on the Songs of Christmas
December 16, 2010Jesus: True Israel of the First Gospel
December 15, 2010Eric Alexander on Living "Life in the Flesh"
December 14, 2010"Westminster Confession for Today" Conference Audio
December 13, 2010An Unexpected Announcement (Luke 1:26-38)
December 8, 2010New Dale Ralph Davis Book on Psalms 1-12
December 3, 2010T. Desmond Alexander Audio Lectures and Sermons
November 30, 2010New William Still Republications
November 27, 2010Sinclair Ferguson Basics Conference Videos on Union with Christ
November 27, 2010Elisabeth Elliot on Hymnody
November 26, 2010Pray for Martin Downes' Daughter
November 26, 2010Forthcoming Jonathan Edwards and Scotland Volume
November 25, 2010Sinclair Ferguson on the Apostle Paul, Patrick Hamilton and the Voice of the Gospel
November 25, 2010Sinclair Ferguson on the Westminster Assembly and Baptism
November 24, 2010Mark Dever and the "Reading Richard Sibbes Aloud Project" (MP3 Series)
November 24, 2010Free DeGraaf and Ridderbos PDFs from Paideia Press!
November 20, 2010Pray for Edward Donnelly
November 20, 2010Kim Riddlebarger Amillennialism Interview
November 19, 2010The Faith of the Centurion
November 18, 2010Pray for Our Persecuted Sister in Pakistan
November 13, 2010Rowland Ward on God's Covenant Unfolded: Creation to New Creation
November 12, 2010A Divine Dialogue
November 10, 2010Lectures from the Heidelberg Conference on Reformed Theology
November 5, 2010Next Conference 2011
November 4, 2010Of Time and Eternity
November 3, 2010Exile and Restoration in the Death and Resurrection of Christ
November 3, 2010Law/Gospel Distinction in Calvin
November 1, 2010Houston Chronicle on the Resurgence of Calvinism in America
October 30, 2010How the Actions of One Man Can Affect the World
October 29, 2010The Ark of the Covenant and the Empty Tomb
October 28, 2010The Last of the Levites
October 27, 2010Preaching that Paints the Shedding of Christ's Blood
October 22, 2010John Fesko Interview on Baptism
October 21, 2010The Unimportance of what God's People Think About Him
October 18, 2010Sinclair Ferguson on the Trinity in the Upper Room
October 15, 2010Is the Fourth Commandment Still Required for Christians?
October 8, 2010Dr. Dennis Prutow Interview
October 4, 2010The Letter of the Gospel (Acts 15:12-41)
October 1, 2010The Exodus Motif in Luke-Acts
September 28, 2010Expositor's Conference Live Feed
September 28, 2010The Biblical Theology of the Pilgrim's Progress
September 25, 2010The Circumcision of Christ in Redemptive-History
September 23, 2010Exodus: Symbols of Redemption
September 23, 2010Full Confidence Conference Live on ReformedForum.TV
September 22, 2010Listen Up! $1
September 20, 2010The Son of Man in the Midst of the Lampstands (Rev. 1:9-20)
September 20, 2010Driscoll on Tithing
September 18, 2010David Gooding: A Theologian Worth Knowing About
September 17, 2010Phil Ryken Installed at Wheaton
September 16, 2010Stipulations for Mercy Ministry?
September 16, 2010The Mark of Real Gospel Preaching
September 13, 2010Cleansed By Christ Alone (John 13:1-20)
September 10, 2010The Impact of 9/11
September 6, 2010Promises, Promises
September 2, 2010The Transmission and Identification of the Inerrant Text of Scripture
September 2, 2010Expository Preaching- Youth Ministry Style
August 30, 2010The Mission of God is the God of Missions
August 28, 2010Contentment in the Ministry
August 24, 2010The Bible Is Not About You
August 24, 2010Toxic Tribalism
August 23, 2010Dr. C.N. Willborn Sermons and Lectures
August 23, 2010The Kind of People We Can Learn From
August 22, 2010He Sets the Prisoner Free (Acts 12:1-24)
August 20, 2010Revelation Resources
August 18, 2010PCA Position Papers
August 17, 2010What's in a Name?
August 14, 2010A Christian By Any Other Name...
August 13, 2010The Acts of the Apostles
August 13, 2010The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards
August 9, 2010Pentecost 2: No Partiality (Acts 10:24-11:19)
August 7, 2010Was Cornelius Regenerate Prior to Peter's Preaching Christ to Him?
August 7, 2010Bringing Home the Bacon (Acts 10:1-23)
August 6, 2010Chad Van Dixhoorn & The Westminster Assembly Project
August 6, 2010Boaz: The Law-Keeping/Debt-Paying Redeemer
August 4, 2010Card's Biblical Lyricism
August 3, 2010WWSJ - (We Would See Jesus)
July 31, 2010A Brief Redemptive-History of Animals
July 29, 2010He Must Increase...
July 28, 2010B.B. Warfield's Confession of Faith
July 27, 2010Jesus Lives, and So Shall I
July 26, 2010Reasons to Leave a Church
July 25, 2010Gabriel Fluhrer Farewell Sermon
July 23, 2010Octavius Winslow Daily Readings
July 22, 2010Holy War: Jesus Style
July 17, 2010Anthony Selvaggio on Redemptive-Historical-Applicatory Preaching?
July 15, 2010Andrew Cherry and RUF at Georgia Southern Univeristy
July 13, 2010Phil Ryken's Final Service at Tenth Presbyterian Church
July 12, 2010On Being Shrewd
July 1, 2010Writings
June 30, 2010Keller on the Duty, Delight and Danger of Being Doctrinal
June 30, 2010Church Planting Dynamics: Gathering the Churched, De-Churched and Un-Churched
June 30, 2010The Presence of God Promised & Typified in the Death of Jacob and Joseph
June 30, 20102010 Ligonier National Conference Videos
June 25, 2010Koester on Revelation
June 24, 2010Ligonier's "Bits, Bytes, Blogs & Bibles" Pre-Conference Videos
June 23, 2010Was Adam a Servant or a Son Before the Fall?
June 23, 2010Spurgeon, Driscoll and Tickling the Oyster
June 23, 2010The Glorious Conquest (Acts 9:1-22)
June 23, 2010The Patriarchal Revelation of Job
June 21, 2010Improving Your Conversations
June 21, 2010The Three Days of Jonah, Jesus and Paul
June 14, 2010Tolle Lege: Take Up and Read (Acts 8:26-40)
June 14, 2010Ligonier Ministry National Conference Live Stream
June 12, 2010W.G.T. Shedd on the Genius of Augustine
June 11, 2010Tullian Tchividjian on the Nature of God-Centered Worship
June 11, 2010Alistair Begg "For the Sake of the Gospel" Audio
June 11, 2010Reformation Worship Conference
June 10, 2010Keller on Gospel-Ecosystems
June 9, 2010John Gerstner on Roman Catholicism
June 7, 2010Can't Buy Me Life
June 4, 2010Jay Harvey on Augustine
June 3, 2010What Made Paul So Great
June 2, 2010The Errors of an Inerrant Church
June 1, 2010On Dying Well
May 31, 2010To Die Is Gain (Acts 7:54-8:5)
May 29, 2010Australia's Sons of Korah
May 28, 2010Eric Alexander on Stephen's Martyrdom
May 27, 2010D.A. Carson's Advice to Pastors on Marriage Situations
May 25, 2010A Biblical Stategy for Church Growth
May 25, 2010Phil Ryken's Final Series at Tenth
May 24, 2010A Defense To Die For (Acts 7:1-60)
May 22, 2010The Continuing Acts of Jesus
May 21, 2010Theocratic Case Laws and the New Covenant Era
May 20, 2010The Apostolic Hermenuetic: Preaching Christ From All The Scriptures
May 20, 2010Britain's First Pro-Abortion Television Ad
May 19, 2010Beck, Lillback, Mohler and DeYoung on Social Justice
May 19, 2010Octavius Winslow Book Giveaway
May 17, 2010Why Did God Live in a Tent?
May 17, 2010A Day in the Life of an Extraordinary Man
May 16, 2010R.C. Sproul on the Importance of Tithing
May 15, 2010Tim Keller on Contentment
May 15, 2010Pipa Lecture on William Perkins
May 15, 2010Godly Men: The Divine Methodology
May 14, 2010On Earth As It Is In Heaven - Tullian Tchividjian's Blog
May 14, 2010R.C. Sproul and the Ligonier Teaching Fellows
May 13, 2010Acceptance and Persecution
May 13, 2010R.C. Sproul's Successor(s)
May 10, 2010Choosing Seven Servants (Acts 6:1-7)
May 10, 2010Michael Reeves on Adam and Eve
May 10, 2010On Not Being Good Enough for the Gospel
May 8, 2010Discrimination and the Seven Servants
May 7, 2010The Imperative of the Indicative: Preaching Christ from the Gospels
May 6, 2010Separated at Birth?
May 5, 2010Advice on Reading Noteworthy Theological Chapters, Articles and Sermons
May 4, 2010The Family Tree of Reformed Biblical Theology
May 3, 2010Above All Earthly Powers
April 30, 2010Tim Keller on Proverbs, Community and Culture
April 30, 2010Roy Taylor's Presentation of the PCA Strategic Plan
April 30, 2010Christ and Culture: Common Grace, Natural Law and Eschatology
April 30, 2010The Donkey Driven Church
April 30, 2010The Love is in the Small Things
April 30, 2010The Connected Kingdom Podcast
April 28, 2010Sinclair Ferguson on the Nature of Grace
April 28, 2010Uncovering Noah's Ark?
April 28, 2010T4G Videos
April 28, 2010Martin Downes on the Heidelcast
April 28, 2010PCRT Live Feed April 30-May 2, 2010
April 26, 2010Poythress on the Role of the Presence of God in Exegesis
April 26, 2010The Devil's in the Resales
April 24, 2010"Me-Monsters" and Social Media
April 23, 2010Alexander Brown Called as Pastor of Golden Isles PCA
April 23, 2010The Proposed PCA Strategic Plan
April 21, 2010N.T. Wright's Redeemer Prebyterian Church Lecture
April 19, 2010Ligonier National Conference Ticket Giveaway
April 19, 2010Burk Parsons on the Wisdom of Listening
April 19, 2010...So Could I!
April 19, 2010Meditations on Isaiah 53 (Part 3)
April 17, 20102010 Greenville PCRT - Joel Beeke on "The Age of the Spirit"
April 17, 20102010 Greenville PCRT - Michael Horton "This Present Evil Age"
April 16, 20102010 T4G Audio
April 16, 2010Christ and Capitol Hill
April 16, 2010Meditations on Isaiah 53 (Part 2)
April 16, 2010PCRT Greenville Pre-Conference #2 - Cornel Venema on "The Olivet Discourse"
April 16, 2010PRCT Greenville Pre-Conference #1 - Rick Phillips on "What Cannot Be Shaken"
April 14, 2010Martin Downes "Heresy Never Dies" Twin Lakes Fellowship 2010
April 14, 2010Lex et Euangelium
April 14, 2010Meditations on Isaiah 53 (Part 1)
April 8, 2010Your Name in a Book
April 7, 2010Steps to Legalism
April 5, 2010PRTS "The Beauty and Glory of Christ" Conference
April 3, 2010Edward Donnelly Sermons on Preaching the Word
April 3, 2010More Walke on Evolution
April 2, 2010Free Sermon Hosting and Sermon Player Resource for Church Planters
March 31, 2010Ryken on Darwin
March 30, 2010Martyn Lloyd-Jones on the Honesty of Scripture
March 29, 2010Ground Shaking Prayer (Acts 4:23-31)
March 29, 2010The Alien Righteousness of Christ
March 29, 2010Pride: The Pastor's Worst Enemy
March 28, 2010L'Abri Library Audio
March 27, 2010John Knox's Theology of Prayer
March 27, 2010Samuel Miller on Engaging in Theological Debate
March 27, 2010Waltke, Bavinck and Evolution
March 27, 2010Q & A on Israel and the Church
March 27, 2010Sinclair Ferguson den Dulk Lectures
March 26, 2010Sean Lucas on the Importance of Protestant Confessionalism
March 26, 2010Jeff Waddington on Daniel's Model Prayer
March 26, 2010Christ the Center Discusses the Historicity of Adam
March 24, 2010Can This Be Wright?
March 23, 2010In Battle Array
March 23, 2010The Supreme Foolishness of the Message Preached
March 22, 2010Alfred Poirier Sermons
March 20, 2010The Battle of Battles
March 19, 2010Will the Real First Adam Please Stand Up?
March 18, 2010Performance Driven vs Gospel Driven Churches
March 18, 2010Death and Resurrection in John's Gospel
March 17, 2010Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology in Greenville, SC
March 17, 2010Why Are You So Repetitive?
March 17, 2010Jonathan Edwards on the Covenant of Works
March 16, 2010Tim Keller on the Proverbs as a Mini-Guide to Life
March 16, 2010Should Ministers Preach Christ in Every Sermon?
March 14, 2010Richard Gaffin Perspectives on Pentecost Interview
March 14, 2010The Restoration
March 13, 2010How to Degospelise the Gospel
March 12, 2010Understanding the Law and its Uses
March 11, 2010The Progressive Aloneness of Jesus
March 11, 2010The Value of a Sheep, a Coin and a Son
March 11, 2010Vos on the Covenant of Works and Sinai
March 10, 2010John Piper on Abortion and Eugenics
March 9, 2010Thoughts on Sermon Preparation
March 9, 2010The Growing and Living Church
March 4, 2010Crushing Idols, the Brook Kidron and the Cross of Christ
March 1, 2010Thomas Sowell and the Intellectuals
March 1, 2010New Book on the Atonement
March 1, 2010Hear These Words (Acts 2:14-39)
February 25, 2010Church Planting Interview
February 22, 2010John Owen on the Meaning of Hebrews 13:20
February 21, 2010When Jesus Shows Up at Pentecost
February 20, 2010Phil Ryken is the New President of Wheaton
February 20, 2010Much More Then
February 19, 2010Michael Haykin Interview
February 18, 2010A Theology of the Cross or of the Breast?
February 17, 2010Witsius on the Apostle's Creed
February 17, 2010Covenantal Baptism
February 16, 2010Dennis Johnson on Infant Baptism
February 15, 2010The Purpose of Pentecost
February 15, 2010Better By the Dozen (Acts 1:12-26)
February 13, 2010Choosing Apostolic Number 12
February 12, 2010Muller on Confessing Five Points
February 12, 2010Pastoral Lessons from Larry King?
February 12, 2010Ian Hamilton Sermons
February 10, 2010Presbyterian Mission in Haiti Relief Efforts
February 10, 2010Hart and Bucey on Epistemology and Two Kingdoms
February 8, 2010Text, Context, Cultures PHD Program
February 8, 2010The Acts of the Ascended Christ
February 6, 2010The Progress of Doctrine
February 6, 2010Jonathan Edwards on Christ's Purchase of the Spirit
February 5, 2010New Year's Sermon
February 5, 2010On Biblical Numerology
February 5, 2010Jay Adams on Rescuing Straying Sheep
February 5, 2010When the Man Comes Around
February 5, 2010George Scipione on Drunkeness vs. Disease
February 4, 2010IPC Lord's Supper Conference
February 3, 2010Eric Alexander on the Work of the Spirit in the Book of Acts
February 3, 2010The Cross and the New Division
February 2, 2010Adolph Monod: Five Discourses
February 1, 2010New Perspective(s) on Paul Audio Resources
February 1, 201010 Helpful Books on the Acts of the Apostles
January 30, 2010Murray on Sermon Introductions
January 29, 2010Christ the Center Interview with R. Scott Clark on Casper Olevianus
January 29, 2010Westminster Assembly Project Press Release
January 27, 2010The Rap on Economic Philosophy
January 27, 2010Sinclair Ferguson on Preaching to Itching Ears
January 25, 2010No One Spoke Like Him
January 25, 2010Siouxlands Presbytery and the Federal Vision
January 24, 2010The Christology of Sacrificial Countdown at the Feast of Tabernacles
January 22, 2010Joel Beeke Interview on the Puritans
January 22, 2010Abraham and Rahab in James 2
January 19, 2010Upcoming Conferences
January 17, 2010Pants on the Ground
January 17, 2010Presbyterian Mission in Haiti Update
January 15, 2010Pastoral Ministry: Learning or Doing?
January 15, 2010Support Our Family in Christ in Haiti
January 13, 2010The Tongue of the Dying Thief
January 13, 2010On Jesus' Seeking and Saving
January 10, 2010DeYoung and McClurg on Sexual Sanity
January 8, 2010John Piper Angola Prison Q & A Audio
January 7, 2010Christological Purpose of the Exodus and Wilderness Experience
January 6, 2010Dr. David Murray's Blog
January 5, 2010Faith Comes By Hearing 2009 Top Audio Picks
January 5, 2010Brit Hume Explains Advice to Tiger
January 4, 2010The Heavenly Scholar
January 1, 2010Death as a Limiting Consequence