Romans 2:13 and the Covenant of Works

It has been suggested in recent years that the true sense of Rom 2:13 is that it intends to say that there are two stages to justification, an initial justification by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone and an alleged . . . Continue reading →

What Henk Navis Means to Me

Unlike Father Neuhaus, I guess few readers of this space will know who Henk Navis was, but he died today. Henk did not participate in any famous negotiations with anyone. He did not leave one communion for another. He wasn’t celebrated or . . . Continue reading →

Justification and Vindication

One of the more disturbing aspects of the Federal Vision program is its doctrine of final justification. Let’s be clear here: Protestants have no such thing. We do not not equivocate (use the same word in two senses at the same time) . . . Continue reading →

Resources On Keeping Justification And Sanctification Together Without Confusing Them

Justin writes to the HB to ask, Dr. Clark, You’ve probably been asked this many times, and have given a clear answer on it; But with the focus on sanctification and the gospel, how do we understand passages that emphasize “striv[ing] for . . . Continue reading →

Heidelberg 45: Three Benefits Of Christ’s Resurrection (1)

We live in the late modern world, at least in developed nations. There are benefits to living in late modernity. We might debate that we have these benefits because of modernity, however. It is frequently assumed that the world is better because . . . Continue reading →

Heidelberg 45: Three Benefits of Christ’s Resurrection (3)

In part 2 we looked at how Christ overcame death by his resurrection. Now we must add a layer to the story. Imagine this: you get a letter announcing that a relative has died and you’ve to receive a million dollars. That’s it. There’s no return address . . . Continue reading →

Heidelberg 45: Three Benefits Of Christ’s Resurrection (4)

Be4 I sign off learned a new word in church today: Eschatology. Anyone? — Katie Couric (@katiecouric) December 1, 2014 Couric, a television host took a lot of heat for admitting that she did not know what “eschatology” means. That’s unfortunate because . . . Continue reading →

James Does Not Contradict Paul And Vindication Is Distinct From Justification

And There Is Plenty Of Courtroom Language In The New Testament

Why did James say “justify” if he did not mean to indicate that there is either a second way of justification (e.g., by works) or if he did not mean to signal that works somehow play some role other that fruit and evidence. Continue reading →