John The Baptizer: “Produce Fruit Worthy Of Repentance”

“Produce fruit worthy of repentance” ( “ποιήσατε οὖν καρπὸν ἄξιον τῆς μετανοίας”) these were the words of John the Baptizer to the many Pharisees and Sadducees “coming unto (the) baptism” (Matt 3:7). John was the last of the Old Testament prophets. He . . . Continue reading →

Ferguson: Assurance Depends On Sola Gratia, Sola Fide

If final justification is dependent on something we have to complete it is not possible to enjoy assurance of salvation. For then, theologically, final justification is contingent and uncertain, and it is impossible for anyone (apart from special revelation, Rome conceded) to . . . Continue reading →

Calvin: The Judgment Is Good News For Believers

Hence arises a wonderful consolation: that we perceive judgment to be in the hands of him who has already destined us to share with him the honor of judging [cf. Matt. 19:28]! Far indeed is he from mounting his judgment seat to . . . Continue reading →

Did Ursinus Teach Final Salvation Through Faith And Works? (3)

Last time we looked at the first 2/3 of Ursinus’ answer to the question: why do good works or why are they necessary. He has already discussed how our good works relate to God and to self. Finally, under this head, he . . . Continue reading →

David Dickson On Romans 2:13

Vers. 13. (For not the hearers of the Law are just before God, but the doers of the Law shall be justified.) Reas. 3. Especially intended against the Jews, who according to the rule of Righteousness, cannot be accounted for Righteous before . . . Continue reading →